Lady Louise Windsor picks up reins from her grandfather Prince Philip
Lady Louise Windsor takes up the reins from her late grandfather Prince Philip as she drives her carriage at Windsor Castle after being dropped off by Sophie Wessex
- Lady Louise Windsor, 17, was spotted driving her carriage at Windsor Castle
- It was a hobby she shared with her late grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh
- Prince Philip was instrumental in helping to establish carriage driving as a sport
- Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was spotted leaving Windsor in her Land Rover
- Royal sources said Sophie has been a ‘tremendous source of comfort’ to Queen
Lady Louise Windsor has picked up the reins from her late grandfather Prince Philip after his death last Friday.
Lady Louise, 17, was spotted driving her carriage in the Dressage Arena at Windsor Castle on Wednesday.
The hobby is one which she shared with her grandfather, who was instrumental in helping to establish carriage driving as a sport in Britain.
The teenage royal is the eldest child of Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Lady Louise, 17, was spotted driving her carriage in the Dressage Arena at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, five days after her grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing
Lady Louise wore dark clothing and was joined by an aide, as she donned a blue face covering and a protective helmet.
Her Majesty announced Prince Philip’s death at midday on Friday as the Union Flag was lowered to half-mast outside Buckingham Palace and on public buildings across the UK and Commonwealth.
The Royal Family said in a statement: ‘It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
‘His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss’.
Proud mother Sophie Wessex, 56, looked somber and reflective as she left Windsor castle this morning
Just like her grandfather and mother, Lady Louise, pictured, is an avid carriage and horse rider who has been training regularly throughout the years
A trainer directed Lady Louise, pictured, during her outing, but the teenager is already a skilled carriage driver
While Lady Louise was spotted riding her carriage, her mother Sophie Wessex was also seen leaving Windsor Castle this morning
Lady Louise, along with her mother the Countess of Wessex, is an avid carriage driver and competed in the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of the British Driving Society in Berkshire in May last year.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was also seen leaving Windsor Castle in her blue Land Rover discovery.
The countess wore her locks in a low bun and wore black glasses as she was pictured driving.
It comes as royal sources said she has been a ‘tremendous source of comfort’ to the Queen after her husband’s death.
The teenager applied herself to her training today in Windsor, pictured. She competed in the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of the British Driving Society in Berkshire in May last year
They told the Mirror: ‘The Countess has been a tremendous source of comfort to the Queen.
‘The Queen is very practical in making sure everyone is okay and despite her tremendous grief at the passing she is no different.
‘Sophie cherishes her relationship with the Queen and not only appreciates her guidance and wisdom throughout her own life, she is very protective of her.
The Queen has shared a close relationship with her daughter-in-law for many years.
Taking advantage of the sunny morning, Louise was seen training. Her mother Sophie has been a comfort to the Queen after Prince Philip’s passing on Friday
Last week, Sophie led royal tributes to Prince Philip as she movingly described his death on Friday as ‘so gentle’ and said how his passing was ‘just like someone took him by the hand and off he went’.
Sophie was speaking to mourners outside the chapel at a Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor.
She said: ‘You know it’s going to happen but when it happens it’s just this massive, massive hole. It was so gentle, it was just like someone took him by the hand and off he went.
‘Very, very peaceful and that’s all you want with somebody isn’t it? I think it’s so much easier for the person that goes than the people left behind, we’re all sitting here looking at each other going ‘This is awful’.’
Wearing her hair in a ponytail, Sophiw looked pensive this morning. On Sunday, she spoke to mourners outside the chapel at a Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor
The Queen was married to the World War II hero for 73 years, before he died just two months before his 100th birthday.
Prince Philip’s ceremonial royal funeral will take place on April 17 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, and a national minute’s silence will be observed as it begins at 3pm.
The duke will be carried on a specially-modified Land Rover he helped design which Army engineers reportedly prepared after he was admitted to hospital in February with an infection and pre-existing heart condition.
Just 30 people, expected to be the duke’s children, grandchildren and other close family, will attend his funeral while wearing face masks and socially distancing, due to Covid-19 restrictions. Boris Johnson will not attend the service, while individual royals who are unable to attend will watch it on a live stream instead.
Sophie, pictured, said her father-in-law’s passing was ‘gentle’ and added: ‘it was just like someone took him by the hand and off he went’
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