To the delight of Prince William, both Prince George and Princess Charlotte have taken up one of the Queen’s very favorite pastimes. The Prince is reportedly “thrilled” that his children are showing such a strong interest in this longstanding royal family tradition.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte Join in on Royal Family Tradition
Over the past year, Prince George and Princess Charlotte have been honing their skills in horseback riding—but George, now 7, has been taking lessons since he was just four years old. As for five-year-old Charlotte, she has always been fascinated with horses.
It was back in October 2016 that Kate first revealed that Charlotte, who was one year old at the time, had developed her love for horses, just like Queen Elizabeth, her great-grandmother. It obviously runs in the family!
Paralympic Equestrian Natasha Baker said at the time that Kate, “emphasized that Charlotte has this passion about horses and although she doesn’t echo it, she’ll do her best to champion and encourage it.”
Queen Elizabeth Has Always Had a Great Love for Horses
Queen Elizabeth was also a very young child when she first started showing a love for horses. In fact, she received her first Shetland pony when she was only four years old. Her love for horses continued throughout her life, and now at 94 years of age, she’s still an avid rider and breeder.
She attends the Windsor Horse Show yearly and is known for getting rather excited while watching horse races, such as the Royal Ascot.
Princess Anne, the Queen’s daughter, and also her granddaughter Zara Tindall, all share the same passion.
Zara Tindall Won Olympic Silver Medal During Equestrian Event
Anne was the first royal to compete in the Olympics when she rode in the 1976 equestrian three-day event in Montreal. Later, in 2012, Zara followed her mother’s footsteps and also competed in the Olympics, winning a silver medal as a member of the Great Britain Eventing Team.
It was back in Dec. 2020 when Queen Elizabeth was last spotted in the saddle. That was when she set out for a horse ride at Windsor Castle. She was joined by her head groom, Terry Pendry.
Riding horses has been one of the ways the Queen was able to stay busy while self-isolating with her husband, Prince Philip, during the ongoing pandemic.
The royal family shared a photo of the Queen riding a pony named Fern around Windsor Home Park in May.