How Princess Charlotte takes after the Queen with this hobby

Princess Charlotte takes after the Queen and is quite the avid horse rider, something which has “thrilled” Prince William

Princess Charlotte takes after the Queen with a particular hobby
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Princess Charlotte is reportedly already showing great skill as a horse rider, something which she has in common with her great-grandmother, the Queen. Her Majesty has been an avid rider since she was young and it has “thrilled” Prince William to see his own children take after the Queen in such a way.


Her Majesty the Queen has long been a fan of horse riding, taking a trot on her horses around the grounds for some fresh air as well as visiting prestigious professional races, like Ascot.

And it would appear that the next generation of royals is taking after the Queen, with Princess Charlotte particularly singled out for her skill—and this isn’t the first time Charlotte’s likeness to the Queen has been noted.

Along with her brothers, Princes George and Louis, the three are said to have become avid riders and are all prancing about on their very first ponies.

The Queen has a long history of horse riding

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It is believed they began to hone their riding skills at Amner Hall, their home in Norfolk, during the coronavirus lockdowns.

Prince William was said to be “thrilled” that his children are taking on the hobby.

The Queen has also bred successful race horses

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The Queen is said to have had her very first horse riding lesson aged just three years old. As a child, she was then given her first horse, a Shetland pony named Peggy, at age four, which she was riding solo by the age of six.

From her first appearance as princess in 1947 and throughout her reign as queen until 1986, she attended the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony on horseback.

The Queen also turned her attention to breeding thoroughbred horses for racing.

Horses owned by the Queen have won over 1,600 races, and excluding the Epsom Derby, they have won all the British Classic Races.

She has also won a French Classic, the Prix de Diane in 1974. She was named British flat racing Champion Owner in 1954 and 1957, the first reigning monarch ever to do so twice.

The Queen continued horse riding well into her early 90s

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In October last year, reports indicated that the Queen was told to give up horse riding for at least six 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 favorite 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.”

With her recent mobility issues, that might be unlikely so it’s up to her great-grandchildren to carry on the beloved pastime of the monarch who, no doubt, would have some advice and pointers to share.

Jack Slater

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