George, Charlotte and Louis follow in Queen’s footsteps with new passion for horse riding


PRINCE GEORGE, and his siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have all taken up one of the Queen’s favourite pastimes – horseback riding.

It is known that her daughter Princess Anne, and Anne’s daughter, Zara Phillips Tindall both share the monarch’s passion for horses, as both competed in the Olympics representing the British equestrian team in 1976 and 2012, respectively.

Also, it would now appear that the next generation of royals are taking after the Queen with the beloved hobby too.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are said to have been bitten by the horseback riding bug.

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Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis take up horse-riding (Image: Getty)

The Queen with a horse

The Queen has been a horse rider from a young age (Image: Getty)

All three are said to be becoming avid riders after learning the skill at their country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, the Mirror reports.

The three began “trotting about on their very first ponies” amid the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Prince William was said to be “thrilled” that his children are taking on the hobby after he learned himself how to ride as a child.

Princess Charlotte, six, has been particularly singled out for her skill as a horse rider something which she has in common with her great-grandmother, the Queen.

Prince William and Kate with their three children

The Cambridge children are said to have taken lessons during the Covid lockdowns (Image: Getty)

In October last year, reports indicated that the Queen had been unable to ride her horses for some months, following a bout of ill health.

A royal source said at the time, “The Queen is sad she can not get out on her horse, which is one of her favourite pastimes, but she is resting and taking every precaution to get back to full fitness.

“However she is very determined to be back riding as soon as possible and in no way does she feel her riding days are behind her.”

The monarch is said to have been riding solo by the age of six.

She has also shown a particular interest in the breeding of thoroughbreds for horse racing.

The monarch is also the patron of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association.

Queen horse

Her Majesty was given her first horse, a Shetland pony named Peggy, at age four (Image: Getty)

She is recognised as being very hands-on with her animals and makes regular visits to observe and check in with them.

Her Majesty’s horses have also won some of the biggest races in the sport.

Over the years, the Queen has owned hundreds of racehorses and has claimed more than 1600 race wins, a figure which continues to grow to this day.

In addition to racehorses, Her Majesty also breeds Shetland ponies at Balmoral in Scotland and Fell ponies at Hampton Court.

The Queen also hosts the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor Park annually.


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