LADY Louise Wessex has been spotted driving Prince Philip’s beloved carriage he left to her following his death.
The late Duke of Edinburgh taught his 17-year-old granddaughter the equestrian sport and decided to give her his Fell ponies.
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Louise Wessex was seen driving her late grandfather’s carriage at Windsor CastleCredit: © Kelvin Bruce
The Duke was an expert carriage driver and competed at eventsCredit: � Kelvin Bruce
Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 in April, was an expert carriage driver and represented Great Britain in three European Championships and six World Championships.
He turned to the sport after giving up polo at the age of 50 in 1971 due to what he called his “dodgy” arthritic wrist, and competed at events up until 2003.
Louise, who is Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex’s daughter, shared his love of horses and Philip taught her how to carriage drive.
Today, she was snapped driving Philip’s carriage through the grounds of Windsor Castle with the pair of black Fell ponies he also left to her.
His pair of cherished ponies, Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw Storm, were at the forefront of his funeral, standing ahead of his polished dark green four-wheeled carriage as his coffin made its way to St George’s Chapel.
The two ponies, who were both born in 2008, were accompanied by two of Philip’s grooms as the procession began.
Balmoral Nevis was bred by the Queen.
Philip taught Louise how to drive the carriage before his death in AprilCredit: © Kelvin Bruce
The Duke’s beloved ponies were part of his funeral processionCredit: PA
The aluminium and steel carriage was designed by the Duke eight years ago for riding around Windsor and other royal estates.
It can seat four people at maximum capacity and can harness up to eight horses.
It has two padded black leather seats and a clock mounted on brass at the front, which features an inscription commemorating the gift of the timepiece.
The clock was presented to Prince Philip by the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars in October 1978 to mark his 25 years as their Colonel-in-Chief.
It comes after The Royal Mint today launched a commemorative £5 crown coin to celebrate Prince Philip’s life and legacy.
The memorial coin features an original portrait of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and is available in Brilliant Uncirculated, Silver Proof and Gold Proof editions.
The £5 coin features an original new portrait that was personally approved by Prince Philip himself in 2008.
In keeping with Royal tradition, the denomination of the memorial coin is a £5 Crown – typically used to mark significant moments such as Coronations and Jubilees.
The coin bears the inscription “HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021” and was designed by acclaimed artist Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
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