'Very shy' Lady Louise to compete at Royal Windsor Horse Show with 'all eyes on her'

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The daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, started riding from a very young age. The late Prince Philip, who died on April 9, bonded with Lady Windsor over their shared love of carriage driving.

Richard Eden, Daily Mail Diary Editor, shared news of Lady Windsor’s plans to compete.

A family friend told him: “All eyes will be on her.

“She is naturally very shy, but wants to do something to make everybody proud, including the Queen who will be watching.”

Lady Louise, 17, last took part in May 2019, finishing third in the Private Driving Singles carriage event.

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Philip memorably watched his granddaughter take part in the carriage drive.

Mr Eden also said the young royal would be “harnessing Philip’s spirit” for the show.

Lady Louise has been left personal and special gifts by the late Duke, who died aged 99.

This includes his two Fell ponies, Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw Storm, and a dark green four-wheeled carriage.

The carriage was used during Philip’s funeral, seen carrying the Duke’s cap, whip and brown gloves.

Lady Louise also shares her love of riding with the Queen. She rode with Prince Edward for Her Majesty’s 90th birthday celebrations in 2016.

Sophie has praised her daughter’s talent, commenting last year: “I trail in her wake frankly.

“She is naturally so good at it, she really is. It’s something that she has taken to very well.”

Sophie spoke in her first interview since Philip’s death this month, talking to The Telegraph’s Camilla Tominey.

Ms Tominey wrote: “As we chat for an hour at their Grade II listed mansion, before they collect their children Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and James, Viscount Severn, 13, from school, they tell me how they keep expecting to see ‘Grandpa’ arrive in his green Land Rover Freelander.”

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