Lady Louise Windsor today paid a moving tribute to her grandfather, Prince Philip, as she was spotted driving through the grounds of Windsor Castle on the morning of her death.
The daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie the Countess of Wessex, 17, could be seen participating in the hobby she shared with her grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, who helped in horse-drawn carriage rides a sport in Great Britain.
The teenager, who was joined by an aide and wore her blonde hair in a low ponytail, cut a relaxed figure in black and wrapped herself warm in black pants and a coat – putting safety first in a protective helmet.
Her appearance came just hours before the Queen today announced with “deep sadness” the death of her husband at the age of 99, his “strength and guide” throughout their marriage. 73 years and his reign of 69 years.
Lady Louise Windsor (pictured), 17, paid a moving tribute to her grandfather Prince Philip as she was spotted driving through the grounds of Windsor Castle on the morning of her death
Prince Philip has previously spoken about how he started riding a horse-drawn carriage when he quit playing polo at the age of 50. Pictured, for a morning carriage ride in Norfolk after surrendering his driver’s license after his accident in February.
Her Majesty announced her husband’s death at noon as the Union Flag was lowered at half mast outside Buckingham Palace and on public buildings in the UK and Commonwealth.
The royal family said in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“Her Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The royal family joins people around the world in mourning their loss ”.
Lady Louise and her mother Sophie Wessex, both passionate about horse-drawn carriage drivers, took part in the British Driving Society’s Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet in Berkshire in May last year.
Lady Louise, 17, who was joined by an assistant (pictured), could be seen participating in the hobby she shared with her grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, who helped make horse-drawn carriage driving a sport in Britain.
Lady Louise (pictured, this morning) learned at a young age and inherited the love of carriage riding from her grandfather, Prince Philip, who represented Great Britain in three European Championships and six world championships.
Lady Louise Windsor (pictured), who wore her blonde hair in a low ponytail, wrapped warm in black pants and a coat – and put safety first in a hard hat
The appearance of Lady Louise Windsor came just hours before the Queen today announced with “deep sadness” the death of her husband at the age of 99, his “strength and guide” all throughout their 73-year marriage and 69-year reign.
Her Majesty announced the death of Prince Philip at noon as the Union Flag was lowered at half mast outside Buckingham Palace and on public buildings in the UK and Commonwealth. Pictured is Lady Louise Windsor this morning
Lady Louise learned at a young age and inherited the love of carriage riding from her grandfather, Prince Philip.
After his retirement, Philip had more time to enjoy carriage riding, which had been one of his favorite hobbies since the 1970s.
He raced in a horse-drawn carriage near Norfolk before representing Great Britain at several World and European Championships.
REINING PASSION: PRINCE PHILIP ET CARRIAGE DRIVING
Prince Philip, 95, turned to car racing after deciding to stop playing polo at the age of 50.
The Duke of Edinburgh practiced racing cars in Norfolk before convening a committee to decide on the official rules of a sport.
He then represented Great Britain, participating in several European and World Championships, as well as competitions in Hungary, Poland and the Netherlands.
Prince Philip led the partially cultivated Cleveland Berry Queen’s team at Home Park Windsor in 1974
Prince Philip takes part in the 2006 Hopetoun Estate Horse Driving Trials (left). He stopped by the pub for a pint during a competition in Cirencester Park in 1975 (right)
The sport involves two- or four-wheeled cars pulled by a single horse, tandem, or four-handed team.
Different competitions include dressage, time trials and a difficult obstacle course.
Horse-drawn carriage riding can also just be a relaxed way to enjoy the countryside.
In May 2017, Prince Philip explained how he started driving a horse-drawn carriage when he quit playing polo at the age of 50.
He said: “I was looking around to see the rest, I didn’t know what was available. And I suddenly thought, well, we have horses and cars, so why not go.
“So I borrowed four horses from the London stables, took them to Norfolk and practiced and thought – why not?
The Duke described how he convened a committee of equestrian experts to develop a set of international rules for the nascent sport of horse-drawn carriage driving.
The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by two assistants, at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor, Berkshire on May 9, 2019
The Duke of Edinburgh pictured for a carriage ride through the grounds of Windsor Castle on April 22, 2019