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The Wessexes

The Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise attend Burghley Horse Trials

It was a mother-daughter day out Sunday as Lady Louise Windsor joined the Countess of Wessex for the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in Stamford.

The duo – both dressed in blue blazers – appeared in high spirits as they took in the annual event, which was held Thursday through Sunday. The Countess and Lady Louise watched competitors in showjumping and also walked the event grounds, enjoying activities such as a Red Arrow demonstrator, which gave Lady Louise a giggle as she tested it out. At one point, the pair were surrounded by some friendly pooches, and the Countess reached down to give them an affectionate pat.

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Sunday marked the end of the Burghley Horse Trials and the day culminated with the presentation of prizes. The Countess of Wessex helped to honour Sir Mark Todd and his horse NZB Campino, chatting with the equestrian (and sharing some playful faces with the horse) during a presentation to mark his official retirement from competitive eventing.

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The Burghley Horse Trials bill itself as “the world’s greatest five-star equestrian event” and is seen as a major competitive goal for riders. It’s also a popular event to mark the end of the summer social season in England and welcomes around 167,000 visitors. Featuring 600 exhibitors, the shopping avenues give attendees plenty to browse and Sophie took in some of the items up for sale.

This was a rare public appearance for 15-year-old Lady Louise, who is the eldest child of the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Lady Louise has certainly inherited the equestrian gene from the Windsors and is an accomplished rider and carriage driver. She was pictured riding with her father at Balmoral this summer and has competed in the British Driving Society Championship for Young Drivers.

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Lady Louise is said to bond with her grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, over their shared love of carriage driving; the Duke has represented Britain in three European championships for carriage driving and six world championships.

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Kristin is Chief Reporter for Royal Central and has been following the British royal family for more than 30 years. Kristin has appeared in UK and U.S. media outlets discussing the British royals including BBC Breakfast, BBC World News, Sky News, the Associated Press, TIME, The Washington Post, and many others.