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What Prince Philip really thought of Lady Louise Windsor's carriage driving

Lady Louise is skilled in the sport

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Melanie Macleod
Wellness Editor
September 29, 2022
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Lady Louise Windsor, 18, is known to be an accomplished carriage driver, with her mother and father, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and her grandmother Queen Elizabeth II proudly watching her compete in the sport this summer.

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The young royal takes after her grandfather, Prince Philip, in her love of carriage driving, but her passion for the sport is very different from the late Queen's husband's love of the practice.

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Lady Louise made her carriage driving debut at the age of 17 in 2021, while Prince Philip didn't take up the hobby until he was 50, in 1971, calling it a "geriatric hobby."

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After retiring from polo, the late Duke of Edinburgh decided to try his hand at carriage driving. "I thought it would be a nice weekend activity, rather like golfing," The Mirror reported he said.

On his decision to dabble in horse riding, the Duke said in 2017: "I was looking round to see what next, I didn't know what there was available. And I suddenly thought, well, we've got horses and carriages so why don't I have a go?

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Prince Philip took up carriage driving after retiring from polo

"So I borrowed four horses from the stables in London, took them to Norfolk and practised and thought – why not?"

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Despite being less energetic than polo, Prince Philip was still embroiled in a few scrapes when carriage driving.

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Lady Louise Windsor made her carriage riding debut in 2021

In 2010, Buckingham Palace said: "The Duke was involved in an accident on the Windsor estate when his carriage hit a tree stump as a result of the ponies running away.

"He has a minor injury and didn't need hospital treatment."

This came after he injured his back in a crash at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk in January of the same year.

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