Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth enjoy the outdoors at Windsor Castle, he riding a carriage and she a pony

Prince Philip was last seen at Princess Eugenie's wedding and has been a fantastic carriage driver since he gave up polo in the 1970s.


                            Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth enjoy the outdoors at Windsor Castle, he riding a carriage and she a pony

The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip may have retired officially, but that hasn't stopped him from taking advantage of the gorgeous outdoors when weather permits it.

The 97-year-old was spotted on Monday morning on a carriage ride at Windsor Castle, looking absolutely delighted. Philip looked fresh as he took in the morning air on the crisp autumn morning. He was seen sporting a green jacket and a flat cap as he controlled the reigns and steered his carriage at the Berkshire estate.

The Queen was also seen riding around the castle grounds, accompanied by her head groom Terry Pendry. In a tribute to Remembrance Week, the Queen had also attached a spring of poppies to her pony's bridle. 



 

Terry has been a close associate of the Queen for several years and had previously mentioned her love for the great outdoors. As reported by DailyMail, while appearing on BBC Countryfile, he said, "I often wonder that if she hadn’t been queen she would have been a great farmer’s wife. She adores the countryside and there’s not much she doesn’t know about it".

He also referred to the Queen's favorite pony Carltonlima Emma, "She has the most wonderful nature. She was a prolific winner in the show ring and is very comfortable to ride. The Queen loves her, and she loves the Queen. They chose each other". 



 

The Queen was seen in a quilted jacket and a signature silk headscarf as she took in the fresh morning air. Reportedly, the Queen refuses to wear a hard hat and told trainer Ian Balding, "You don't have to have your hair done like I do". 

Prince Philip was last seen at Princess Eugenie's wedding and has been a fantastic carriage driver since he gave up polo in the 1970s. He would frequently race near Norfolk and even went on to represent Britain at many world and European championships. 

However, the Prince has eased up on outdoor activities ever since his retirement last year.

Last year the Palace released a statement which read, "His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen".

Since then, Prince Philip has spent a lot of time at Windsor as well as the Queen's private Sandringham estate in Norfolk. 

Prince Philip (Source: Getty Images)
Prince Philip (Source: Getty Images)

 

Even though Prince Philip stepped down from his duties, he still maintains his unofficial role within the royal family. It is believed that he is heavily involved with running the royal estates and also maintains a small office.