Prince Philip’s gifts left to his granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor have a very special meaning

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The Royal Family united to pay a fond and emotional farewell to Prince Philip, who was laid to rest at Windsor Castle's St George's Chapel on Saturday 17 April.

Among the 30 guests in attendance was Lady Louise Windsor, 17, the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex.

Lady Louise and her late grandfather shared a passion for carriage driving and the Duke of Edinburgh often attended equestrian events to watch his granddaughter.

Following his death, Prince Philip has left Lady Louise some very special and personal gifts.

Paying homage to their love of carriage driving, Lady Louise has inherited his two Fell ponies, Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw Storm, and his dark green four-wheeled carriage.

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The carriage was seen during the funeral on Saturday and it is his most recent one, which has been in his possession for around eight years.

Meanwhile, Lady Louise paid tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh with her outfit.

She arrived at the ceremony in all-black, like the rest of her family, but there was one standout feature on her outfit; an equestrian brooch, which is believed to have been a sweet tribute to Philip.

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Lady Louise was seen carriage driving in Windsor just a handful of days before attending the church service, and Prince Philip has watched her in the past as she competed in the Private Driving Singles carriage during the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Another funeral guest fond of carriage driving was Prince Philip’s closest friend Lady Brabourne.

Penelope Romsey, 67, is said to have been one of Prince Philip’s “closest confidantes”, despite their 32 year age gap.

The pair enjoyed a friendship which lasted decades, with the Duke of Edinburgh teaching Penny carriage driving back in 1994.

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Penny and Prince Philip met at a polo match when she was 20 and in a relationship with Lord Romsey, Earl Mountbatten's grandson Norton Knatchbull.

Penny became Philip’s carriage driving partner and she became a regular visitor at Wood Farm, a cottage on Sandringham Estate where Prince Philip spent a lot of time since retiring in 2017.

According to reports, Philip nicknamed Penny “and also” as an “ affectionate signifier of the fact that he would insist on her attendance at any function”.

“Penny and the Duke of Edinburgh shared decades of affection,” a source told Grazia.

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