It appears that Prince George — Peppa Pig enthusiast, pizza-and-pasta aficionado, and future King of England — shares another bond with his beloved great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth aka "Gan-Gan." The little Prince, who will turn five years old in July, is reportedly already learning horseback riding and has been taking lessons at Windsor Castle. Likewise, Queen Elizabeth took the reins early in life. At just four years old, she received her first horse, a Shetland Pony named Peggy, as a gift from her grandfather, King George V.
But the pint-sized Prince George isn't practicing with just any horse. Prince William's equestrian cousin and Olympic medalist, Zara Tindall, allegedly lent the young royal one of her Shetland ponies, a palace insider has revealed to Hello! magazine.
"William and [Kate Middleton] were really keen to get George riding — it's something all the royals do. But obviously, he's only small, so they didn't want to put him on a big horse," the source said. "They asked Zara if they could use one of her Shetland ponies, and he's been learning to ride on one of those."
Following in her big brother's footsteps, Princess Charlotte has also expressed an interest horseback riding, according to equestrian triple-gold medallist Natasha Baker. "[Duchess Catherine] said Charlotte is really enjoying her riding… I said we may see her here on a line-up in 20 years time," Baker said. "She emphasised that Charlotte has this passion about horses, and although [Kate] doesn't echo it, she'll do her best to champion and encourage it."
If Queen Elizabeth's enduring passion for the sport is any indication, this early interest may develop well beyond a mere hobby for both the little Prince and Princess. At 92 years old, the monarch continues to enjoy the occasional ride herself. She's often pictured out for a fairweather trot, dressed in jodhpurs, riding boots, and a headscarf in place of a hard hat. With all signals pointing toward the stables, we may see two more royal Olympians winning metals, come 2032!
This post was written by Candice Mehta-Culjak. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.
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