Sophie Wessex is a proud mum as she and Queen watch Lady Louise carriage driving

Sophie Wessex was ever the proud mum today as she watched and snapped pictures of her daughter, Lady Louise, carriage driving as the Queen watched too.

Lady Louise, 18, is an accomplished carriage driver, having spent much of her younger years enjoying the sport with her grandfather, the late Prince Phillip.

She showed off her skills at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, and her mother, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 57, couldn’t contain her pride as she snapped photos of her only daughter.

Lady Louise looked calm and collected in a tweed khaki overcoat with a white shirt and a tweed top hat.

Sophie looked fantastic in a khaki green military jacket worn over a burgundy-coloured blouse, which she paired with a cream skirt.

Her blonde hair was swept back into a casual ponytail and she sported minimal jewellery to complete the look.

The Queen beamed from ear-to-ear as she watched her granddaughter compete in the carriage driving at the event.

Also present at the event was Sophie’s father, Prince Edward, Earl of Sussex, who looked elated as he watched his eldest child show off her skills.


Lady Louise drove her late grandfather, Prince Phillip’s carriage, as she led the Fell Pony Society centenary parade.

The 18 year old is a huge fan of carriage driving, a sport inherited from her grandfather, who enjoyed the pastime since the 1970s, and he raced carriages near Norfolk before going on to represent Britain at several world and European championships.

Lady Louise lives in Suffolk with her parents, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and her younger brother, James, Viscount Severn, who is 14 years old.

Earlier this month, Louise competed in the British Indoor Carriage Driving Championships.

In 2017, Prince Phillip spoke about how he discovered carriage driving, after giving up polo at the age of 50.

He said: “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.

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

Prince Phillip, who died aged 99 in April 2021, was a keen carriage driver, and he represented Britain in three European championships and six world championships in total.

The Queen, who recently turned 96, looked in high spirits as she watched her granddaughter compete.

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