KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge, will join husband Prince William and the rest of the Royal Family for Trooping the Colour on the Queen’s birthday – but she will not be looking forward to one part of it.
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Trooping the Colour is a special military parade to mark the monarch’s official birthday. It starts at Buckingham Palace and moves down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade. Over 1400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians take part.
However, the Duchess of Cambridge once admitted she is allergic to horses, according to the Daily Mail.
She reportedly told Australian author Kathy Lette at a society polo match in 2008, after she was seen watching from a small tent in the corner of the field.
This means the couple of hundred horses that take part in the Queen’s birthday march could be a bit of an issue for Kate.
During the 2011 Trooping the Colour, she was photographed on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with her hands cupped over her face in what could be a sneeze.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, at Trooping of the Colour last year (Image: GETTY)
Trooping the Colour (Image: GETTY)
What’s more, Kate usually rides in a horse-drawn carriage with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Unfortunately for Kate it is not just an annual thing to be surrounded by horses; the Royal Family are famously associated with the equestrian.
Prince Philip once said of his daughter Princess Anne: “If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she’s not interested.”
Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall – previously Zara Phillips – even used to be the Eventing World Champion.
Most Royal Family members learn to ride, some play polo and some ride horses in parades, including the Queen until relatively recently.
The Queen continues to ride horses privately despite being in her 90s, it was confirmed after she was spotted riding in Windsor in April this year.
She also owns several race horses.
Princess Diana, who used to have a fear of horses, infamously had an affair with her riding instructor Major James Hewitt.
Kate in the carriage with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 2011 (Image: GETTY)
Kate on the balcony with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (Image: GETTY)
Meanwhile, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall used to hunt, while Prince William and Harry enjoy polo.
Kate’s allergy makes it all the more impressive that she loyally attends so many events with the animals.
When she reportedly revealed her allergy to Ms Lette she was sitting alone watching the polo.
Ms Lette asked: “Why don’t you come and join the rest of the party?”, referring to a campaign reception in the marquee next door.
Kate even had to endure her allergy at her own wedding, with a horse-drawn carriage (Image: GETTY)
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Kate apparently replied: “I’ve got to pay attention to every second. I’ll be discussing the game in minute detail later on.”
The writer said: “You can’t be having much fun here. Why don’t you play polo yourself?”
Kate told her: “I’m allergic to horses.”
This shows her dedication to not only turn up to these events but also spend a long time afterwards discussing it.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK