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Sarah Ferguson says she is “very proud” of Prince Andrew following his Trooping horseback debut

Sarah, Duchess of York has said that she is “very proud” of the Duke of York following his debut at Trooping the Colour as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

Taking to Twitter, the Duchess wrote: “Very proud of The Duke Of York Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.”

Prince Andrew mounted a horse for the first time at this year’s Trooping the Colour.

The royal has been undergoing riding lessons ahead of the event where he rode on horseback behind The Queen’s carriage alongside Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne.

Prince Andrew, who appears to be the only one of Her Majesty’s children who has not inherited a passion for horses, finally took to the saddle on a horse called Elizabeth – Princess Anne’s former mount.

The Duke rode on horseback this year due to his recent appointment as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards following the Duke of Edinburgh’s retirement last year.

Prince Charles is currently Colonel of the Welsh Guards, Prince William is Colonel of the Irish Guards, and Princess Anne is Colonel of the Blues and Royals.

The Duke of Edinburgh had been Colonel of the Grenadier Guards since 1975.

The Grenadier Guards were formed by King Charles II in Flanders in 1656, and were known as His “Royal Regiment of Foot Guards.”

They have fought in almost every major campaign of the British Army and later became known as the First Regiment of Foot Guards, and now bear the title The First or Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards in honour of their defeat of the Grenadiers of the French Imperial Guard at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

The Duke of Edinburgh retired from public duties last year, and now only makes appearances at a few selected events.

Prince Philip, who turns 97-years-old tomorrow, was absent from today’s proceedings but was no doubt watching his son take up the reigns from home.

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