Prince Philip's beloved ponies and the carriage that was filled with his prized possessions during his funeral will be inherited by his granddaughter.

The Duke of Edinburgh reportedly left them all 17-year-old Lady Louise, reportedly the Queen's favourite granddaughter, because she shared his love of carriage driving.

Prince Philip initially took up carriage driving in the 1970s, after switching from polo, and he taught the sport to his granddaughter and her mother, the Countess of Wessex, the Mirror reports.

Sources close to the Royal Family told the MailOnline she will regularly exercise the two black ponies – Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw Storm – at Windsor.

The ponies were seen pulling the custom-made four-wheeled carriage at the funeral for the Queen's consort on Saturday, which was watched by millions on TV.

Lady Louise Windsor
Lady Louise Windsor will inherit her grandfather's horses and carriages as they shared the same hobby

His polished dark green carriage, which he started using in his 90s for riding around Windsor, was parked by the funeral procession and his cap, whip and brown gloves laid on a folded blanket on the seat.

A small red pot Prince Philip used to carry sugar lumps for his ponies, was also inside the carriage.

The duke, who was married to the Queen for 73 years, was credited for bringing carriage driving to the UK.

After drafting the first international rules for the sport in the late 1960s, he represented Britain in three European championships and six world championships in total.

Prince Philip carriage driving in the Laurent Perrier meet of the British Driving Society in 2011.
Prince Philip carriage driving in the Laurent Perrier meet of the British Driving Society in 2011

He was a member of the British team that won the world championships at Windsor in 1980 and was part of the bronze medal-winning team in the European championships in Switzerland the following year.

Prince Philip continued to drive competitively with teams of ponies until 2003 when he retired from the sport in his early 80s.

However, he continued to drive a team of fell ponies around the royal estates and judging carriage driving competitions.

"I am getting old, my reactions are getting slower, and my memory is unreliable, but I have never lost the sheer pleasure of driving a team through the British countryside," he wrote in a book about the sport.

Duke of Edinburgh during the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor
The Duke's love of carriage-driving was a central feature of his funeral at the weekend

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Just 30 people were allowed to attend the duke's funeral on Saturday, due to coronavirus restrictions, and everyone inside St George’s Chapel in Windsor was socially distanced and wearing masks.

Before the funeral, his coffin emerged from the State Entrance of Windsor Castle, was loaded onto a custom-made Land Rover and the driven to the chapel, with members of the Royal Family walking behind in procession.

In a statement, the Royal Family said it was a "Ceremonial Royal Funeral” that was "very much in line" with the wishes of Prince Philip, who died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April, aged 99.