Queen’s love of horse riding passed down as George, Charlotte and Louis saddle up


QUEEN ELIZABETH II’s love of horse riding has made its way to Kate Middleton and Prince William’s children, as the three young royals begin trotting with ponies.

The Cambridge children are said to have become avid riders in recent months, while staying in Anmer Hall.

George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, are expected to join Her Majesty for rides at Windsor and Balmoral when lockdown ends.

William and Kate are also said to be keen for their children to learn to ride, provided they can take a “hands-on” approach.

The Duke is said to be “thrilled” his children are enjoying the same hobby he did as a child, The Sunday Times has revealed.

Charlotte showed enthusiasm for riding on her first day at Thomas’s school, Battersea, in southwest London in 2019.

The young Princess sported a unicorn charm on her school bag, indicating a love of ponies.

George has previously been reported to have taken riding lessons – on a Shetland pony belonging to Zara Tindall, William’s cousin.

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Queen Elizabeth II news: The three youngsters are practicing their riding at Anmer Hall, Norfolk (Image: EXPRESS)

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge competes in the Maserati Charity Polo match during the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo at the Beaufort Polo Club on

Queen Elizabeth II news: William is said to be ‘thrilled’ his children are getting involved with riding (Image: PA)

William and Prince Harry both enjoyed horse riding as young royals, with Diana, the Princess of Wales, taking the pair riding at Highgrove in Gloucestershire.

The Cambridge royal is an accomplished horseman who regularly fox-hunted before the ban came into force in 2005, and still plays polo for charity events.

However, Kate rarely takes part in horse riding, as she didn’t grow up with the traditional country pastime, nor has she expressed a natural interest in horse racing.

Australian author Kathy Lette claims she spoke to Kate during a polo match where the Duchess was cheering on her then-boyfriend Prince William in 2009.

When Ms Lette asked the royal girlfriend why didn’t play herself, Kate admitted: “I’m allergic to horses.”

Prince Harry on the Eventers team and Prince William on the Jockeys team take a break whilst playing in the Jockeys v Eventers Charity polo match at T

Queen Elizabeth II news: William and Harry both rode horses as young royals at Highrove (Image: PA)

The Queen is a lifelong lover of horses, with Her Majesty pictured last year riding Fern, a 14-year-old Fell pony, at Windsor Castle.

The picture marked the monarch’s first public appearance after the initial nationwide lockdown.

Hugo Vickers, biographer of the Queen Mother, the Duchess of Windsor and Queen Mary, said at the time: “Her daily riding is her main exercise, though she also walks her dogs.

“I think the nation needs reminders that the Queen is fit and well during these strange times.”


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