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Prince Andrew appears in high spirits as he shares a laugh with walkers

Prince Andrew appears in high spirits as he shares a laugh with a cyclist and her children while enjoying a horse ride in the grounds of Windsor Castle

  • Prince Andrew spotted taking early morning ride on his horse in Windsor Castle
  • The royal appeared at ease as he enjoyed a horse ride at his mother’s home
  • Could be seen sharing a laugh with local woman and children during the outing 
  • Comes weeks after daughter Princess Beatrice announced her pregnancy  

Prince Andrew appeared in high spirits today as he shared a laugh with a group of locals while taking an early morning ride on his horse in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The Duke of York, 61, who sported a pink polo shirt, blue jacket and a riding hat, appeared relaxed as he enjoyed a horse ride at his mother’s home along with his two grooms.

The father-of-two could be seen grinning before bursting out with laughter after encountering a cyclist alongside her three children during the outing.   

The royal was later spotted driving away from the castle grounds in his personalised Range Rover.  

Prince Andrew appeared in high spirits today as he shared a laugh with a group of locals while taking an early morning ride on his horse in the grounds of Windsor Castle 

The father-of-two could be seen grinning before bursting out with laughter after encountering a cyclist alongside her three children during the outing (left and right)

The father-of-two could be seen grinning before bursting out with laughter after encountering a cyclist alongside her three children during the outing (left and right) 

Prince Andrew, who recently became a grandfather for the first time after Princess Eugenie welcomed her son August earlier this year, could be seen smiling as he approached the group of young children on his horse.

Meanwhile the Duke could be seen bursting into laughter after appearing to speak with the small group.

His grooms could be seen riding by his side, and also appeared to share in the joke with the royal. 

Andrew’s outing comes weeks after his eldest daughter Princess Beatrice announced she is expecting a baby with her Italian property developer husband Edo on 17 July last year.

The Duke, who sported a pink polo shirt, blue jacket and a riding hat, appeared relaxed as he enjoyed a horse ride at his mother's home along with his two grooms

The Duke, who sported a pink polo shirt, blue jacket and a riding hat, appeared relaxed as he enjoyed a horse ride at his mother’s home along with his two grooms

The Queen and both families are said to be ‘delighted’ with the news the couple are expecting, which will have brought much joy to the monarch who is mourning the loss of her husband Prince Philip, who died last month aged 99. 

Princess Beatrice’s baby will be the second grandchild for Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and the Queen’s 12th great-grandchild following the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan’s Markle’s second child in the summer. 

The reports come as royal experts predicted the Duke of York was ‘trying to rehabilitate himself’ and get back into the royal fold – despite his brother Prince Charles pushing plans for a slimmed-down monarchy. 

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline that Andrew would ‘obviously like to be rehabilitated’, but must first answer FBI questions on his links to Jeffrey Epstein. 

The royal was later spotted driving away from the castle grounds in his personalised Range Rover

The royal was later spotted driving away from the castle grounds in his personalised Range Rover

The royal opted for a bright pink polo shirt for the outing at Windsor Castle earlier this morning

The royal opted for a bright pink polo shirt for the outing at Windsor Castle earlier this morning 

Prince Andrew stepped down from royal duties in November 2019 following a disastrous interview with Newsnight and scrutiny over his friendship with the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

However his latest appearance comes after it was suggested Prince Charles is planning to slim down the monarchy in the wake of his father’s death and after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to trade in royal life for LA. 

Last month, the Duke of York sat next to the Queen at his father’s funeral before leaving in his new £220,000 Bentley.

On April 11, he also spoke to television cameras outside the Royal Chapel of All Saints at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, two days after his father’s death.

That appearance, where he paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, was the first time he had directly addressed cameras since his car crash interview about his friendship with Epstein. 

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