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The Duchess of Edinburgh has kept the legacy of Prince Philip intact by driving a carriage at Windsor. Sophie, 58, practised one of her late father-in-law’s favourite hobbies over the weekend, just days after the second anniversary of his passing. The late Duke of Edinburgh died at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle on April 9, 2021.
In 1971, he discovered carriage driving and was credited with bringing the sport to the UK.
The Duke represented Britain in three European championships and six world championships.
Speaking about her own love for carriage driving to BBC Radio 5 in 2021, Sophie said of her late father-in-law: “[The Duke] was so pleased when she took the sport up because I took it up – I was at the beginning of my carriage driving career and I fell pregnant with Louise so I had to hang up the reins.”
Lady Louise Windsor, now 19, has followed in her grandfather’s footsteps to take up the sport.
Lady Louise is an accomplished carriage driver, having achieved third place in the Private Driving Singles carriage drive at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2019.
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The teenager drove one of her late grandfather’s carriages in front of the late Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Windsor Horse Show last year.
The King gave Edward and Sophie their new royal titles of Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh on Edward’s 59th birthday last month.
Buckingham Palace previously announced Edward would eventually one day succeed his father as the Duke of Edinburgh.
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