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Princess Charlotte Loves to Go Horseback Riding, Just Like Her Gan-Gan, Queen Elizabeth

The little princess comes from a long line of equestrians.
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Members of the British royal family learn to ride almost as soon as they learn to walk.

Prince George, for example, was reportedly up on a horse by the time he was 2. Back in December of 2015, a source told the Daily Mail, "William and Kate were keen to get George on a horse once he was walking confidently. George loved his first ride–he was led around a paddock on a rein and shrieked with delight. William and Kate were both there to watch."

Since then, young Princess Charlotte has started learning how to ride as well. In October of 2016, when Charlotte was just a year and a half old, Duchess Kate revealed her little girl's love of horses.

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No thanks, I prefer to watch the races.

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At an event with honoring Olympians and Paralympians at Buckingham Palace, Kate told Natasha Baker, a decorated Paralympic Equestrian, that Charlotte is already enjoying riding.

"I asked her how the children were, and she said Charlotte is really enjoying her riding which is great to hear," Natasha shared about their conversation. "She emphasized that Charlotte has this passion for horses and although she doesn’t echo it, she’ll do her best to champion and encourage it."

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While Duchess Kate isn't keen on horses, the young Cambridges have plenty of other riding role models in the family.

Both Princess Anne and Zara Tindall have competed in the Olympics in equestrian sports, with Zara winning a silver medal in a team event at the 2012 summer games.

And at 92, the Queen still rides regularly (fingers crossed we see her riding with her great-grandchildren sometime in the future). In the meantime, here are a few photos of the royals on horseback:


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The Queen on horseback with her sister Princess Margaret in 1940.


The Queen and Princess Anne riding in 1979.


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Queen Elizabeth riding with Ronald Reagan in 1982.


William and Harry out on the polo field in 2011.


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Zara Tindall after receiving her silver medal at the Olympics.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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