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Queen ‘not as excited’ by Prince Philip’s sweet gesture to Lady Louise, says Sophie Wessex

Prince Philip was 'pleased' with Lady Louise says Sophie Wessex

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The Queen “had something to say” after Prince Philip’s kind act for his granddaughter seemed to backfire on the castle grounds. Sophie, Countess of Wessex, had revealed the humorous story during an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, in which she spoke about the late Duke of Edinburgh. The senior royal, who was moved to tears at one point, was asked about her daughter, Lady Louise Windsor’s love of carriage driving that she shared with Philip.

Sophie told listeners: “I remember once when we were at Balmoral on a holiday; there’s a wonderful, huge lawn outside the front of the castle.

“Louise had put the cones in a paddock somewhere so she could go and practice them.

“I looked out of the window and I saw his Land Rover out on the lawn, and I thought what on earth is he doing.

“He was pacing up and down, putting the white boards out.”

She continued: “I suddenly realised he’d collected all of the boards that formed the outer ring of the dressage arena and he was setting it up in prime position on the lawn in front of the castle.

“To his mind it was the flattest piece of lawn anywhere.

“I’m not sure the Queen was quite as excited as he was because, of course, it’s a very nice lawn.

“I called to Louise to look out the window to see what her grandfather was doing.”

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The Countess added: “She was absolutely horrified because it was front and centre.

“Everyone was going to be able to see what she was doing.

“We spent the entire time she was going around saying, ‘Oh no, we’re leaving terrible tire marks everywhere’.”

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Sophie told the BBC: “Also having to move the boards every couple of days because the grass was growing underneath them.

“But, in his mind, it was completely practical because it’s a lovely, beautiful, open area of grass for her to be able to practice her dressage.

“The only other person that had something to say on the subject was the Queen.”

Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99 in April this year.

He was buried in St George’s Chapel in Windsor during his funeral.

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