25 FEBRUARY 2009 One month after injuring his back carriage driving on the Sandringham estate, Prince Philip returned to the sport this week, taking a spin around the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Wearing a flat cap and gloves, the Queen's 87-year-old husband showed no signs of discomfort as, accompanied by a female groom, he took the reins of the two-horse carriage on Monday.
The outing, his first in a carriage since he strained muscles in his back, is not the only sign the Duke of Edinburgh – who took up carriage driving as a "geriatric sport" after retiring from polo in 1971 – is on the mend.
After missing a series of engagements while he recovered, the Prince fulfilled his first public duty since Christmas earlier this month. He also attended the unveiling ceremony for a statue of the Queen Mother on Tuesday.