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Prince Andrew and Lady Louise Windsor, 17, go for a horse ride on the grounds as Windsor Castle


Prince Andrew appeared to put his woes behind him today as he joined his niece Lady Louise Windsor, 17, for a horse ride at Windsor Castle.

The Duke of York, 61,  was joined by a female groom for the jaunt as his mother’s Berkshire home.  

Meanwhile, Lady Louise, who is the daughter of Andrew’s younger brother Prince Edward, 57 and Sophie Wessex, 56, looked confident as she rode around the royal residence on a white horse.

The royal family appear to be putting their woes behind them and carrying on as normal following the Queen’s admission to hospital this week.

Prince Andrew appeared to put his legal troubles behind him today as he joined his niece Lady Louise Windsor, 17, for a horse ride at Windsor Castle

Lady Louise, who is the daughter of Andrew's younger brother Prince Edward, 57 and Sophie Wessex, 56, looked confident as she rode around the royal residence on a white horse

Lady Louise, who is the daughter of Andrew’s younger brother Prince Edward, 57 and Sophie Wessex, 56, looked confident as she rode around the royal residence on a white horse

Her Majesty, 95, was forced to cancel her trip to Northern Ireland on doctor’s orders  after being ordered to rest. 

She was then admitted to King Edward VII’s on Wednesday afternoon and stayed there overnight for tests.

Donning traditional riding gear, the Queen’s second son drove himself to the grounds from his nearby home, the Royal Lodge.

Lady Louise lives with her parents and younger brother James, Viscount Severn at Bagshot Park, in Surrey – which is a short drive from Windsor Castle. 

 Lady Louise, is a keen equestrian and, like her late grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh, has competed in carriage-driving competitions.

 It is believed that the late Duke of Edinburgh also taught her mother Sophie to drive a team of horses as the family shared a love of the animals.  

Donning traditional riding gear, the Queen's second son drove himself to the grounds from his nearby home, the Royal Lodge

Donning traditional riding gear, the Queen’s second son drove himself to the grounds from his nearby home, the Royal Lodge

Lady Louise lives with her parents and younger brother James, Viscount Severn at Bagshot Park, in Surrey - which is a short drive from Windsor Castle.

Lady Louise lives with her parents and younger brother James, Viscount Severn at Bagshot Park, in Surrey – which is a short drive from Windsor Castle.

Louise’s uncle Andrew looked delighted to be riding today, letting out a huge grin while atop a horse.

The Duke of York has come embroiled in scandal this year having stepped back from royal duties following speculation over his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. 

Lady Louise Windsor is named as one of Tatler’s top dates in their Little Black Book 

 She’s only 17 but Lady Louise Windsor has already been named as one of the hottest dates in the UK.

Society Bible Tatler named the Queen’s granddaughter in the top ten alongside Emma Raducanu, Lady Lola Bute, daughter of the late racing driver the Marquess of Bute; Bridgerton’s Rege-Jean Page and  David Beckham’s model son Romeo.

 The full Little Black Book is in Tatler’s December issue, available via digital download and on newsstands from Thursday, October 28.

 

This week, one of Epstein’s victims claimed the the paedophile’s New Mexico Zorro Ranch housed three huge computer rooms to spy on famous guests, including Prince Andrew. 

Maria Farmer, a former employee of the late billionaire, alleges that the footage would include Prince Andrew’s alleged 2000 stay at the 33,339 square foot estate.

Farmer claims the rooms were ‘bigger than houses’, and were packed with computers and video equipment belonging to Epstein and his former girlfriend and alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell, and used in his spying network.

The appearance also comes as The Queen, 95, was admitted to King Edward VII’s on Wednesday afternoon and stayed there overnight for tests following the cancellation of her trip to Northern Ireland.

But the royal family have kept calm and carried on since the hospital admission, with Prince William and Kate Middleton spotted taking his family to Heathrow airport this week while Andrew’s daughter Princess Eugenie was also seen for a night out in London with her husband Jack Brooksbank and group of well-heeled pals.

Commentators including BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell questioned whether the palace had undermined public trust by failing to reveal she had been taken to hospital.

The palace’s communications team told journalists the Queen had remained at Windsor Castle.

However on Thursday night – more than 24 hours later – it confirmed she had been taken to the private hospital in London.

Unusually, the royal standard remained flying at Windsor on Wednesday, even after the Queen had left.

The flag represents the sovereign and is flown only when she is present.

A royal source denied it was kept aloft as part of a cover-up and said the standard did not move to every building she visited.

The source said Windsor had remained the Queen’s residence, despite the overnight trip. Mr Witchell insisted journalists – and the public – ‘weren’t given the complete picture’.

Louise's uncle Andrew looked delighted to be riding today, letting out a huge grin while atop a horse. The Duke of York has come embroiled in scandal this year having stepped back from royal duties following speculation over his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Louise’s uncle Andrew looked delighted to be riding today, letting out a huge grin while atop a horse. The Duke of York has come embroiled in scandal this year having stepped back from royal duties following speculation over his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

She's only 17 but Lady Louise Windsor has already been named as one of the hottest dates in the UK. Society Bible Tatler named the Queen's granddaughter in the top ten alongside Emma Raducanu, Lady Lola Bute, daughter of the late racing driver the Marquess of Bute; Bridgerton’s Rege-Jean Page and David Beckham’s model son Romeo

She’s only 17 but Lady Louise Windsor has already been named as one of the hottest dates in the UK. Society Bible Tatler named the Queen’s granddaughter in the top ten alongside Emma Raducanu, Lady Lola Bute, daughter of the late racing driver the Marquess of Bute; Bridgerton’s Rege-Jean Page and David Beckham’s model son Romeo

The royal family appear to be putting their woes behind them and carrying on as normal following the Queen's admission to hospital this week. Andrew is pictured today

The royal family appear to be putting their woes behind them and carrying on as normal following the Queen’s admission to hospital this week. Andrew is pictured today

He added: ‘The problem, it seems to me, is that rumour and misinformation always thrive in the absence of proper, accurate and trustworthy information.

Peter Hunt, a royal commentator and former BBC journalist, claimed there had been a ‘failed attempt’ to cover up the hospital admission.

He said: ‘The media’s faith in the veracity of royal communications will have been sorely tested by the failed attempt to hide the fact the Queen spent a night in hospital. Buckingham Palace can ill afford a breakdown in trust, given all they’re dealing with.’

Palace officials are generally reluctant to disclose information relating to health matters because the Royal Family is entitled to privacy and medical confidentiality.

But updates are usually provided if a senior royal is admitted to hospital, and the health of the monarch is of constitutional significance. As head of state, the Queen’s health has been subject to intense scrutiny, which increases as she gets older.

The revelation that she had needed to be seen by specialists in hospital – her first overnight stay for eight years – has fuelled public concern about her health.

This week, one of Epstein's victims claimed the the paedophile's New Mexico Zorro Ranch housed three huge computer rooms to spy on famous guests, including Prince Andrew, pictured today

This week, one of Epstein’s victims claimed the the paedophile’s New Mexico Zorro Ranch housed three huge computer rooms to spy on famous guests, including Prince Andrew, pictured today

Lady Louise, is a keen equestrian and, like her late grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh, has competed in carriage-driving competitions

Lady Louise, is a keen equestrian and, like her late grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh, has competed in carriage-driving competitions

Mr Witchell told BBC Breakfast: ‘We are told that she’s back at Windsor Castle, undertaking light duties. Well, we must hope that we can place reliance on what the palace is telling us.’ Royal expert and biographer Ingrid Seward said: ‘They did mislead the media. I think they were trying to protect the Queen, because she would not have wanted a fuss, but it was misleading.’

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, added: ‘The Queen does have a right to a certain degree of privacy, but on the other hand she’s head of state.

‘So does that entitle us to know exactly what ailments she may or may not have? It’s a very difficult one to get the balance right for the satisfaction of everybody.’

The Queen was discharged from hospital on Thursday and is now expected to remain in Windsor, where doctors have told her to rest. Buckingham Palace has not disclosed the nature of the tests carried out at King Edward VII’s and it is not known whether she will need any further examination or treatment.

She was taken from Windsor to hospital by car rather than by helicopter, and was expected to stay for a short period while she was seen by specialists. The decision to admit her overnight was taken for ‘practical reasons’, a source said.



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