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The royal passion for equestrianism looks set to continue into the next generation with Princess Charlotte.

At a special Buckingham Palace event for Olympic and Paralympics heroes, the Duchess of Cambridge revealed the princess’s love of horses.

Kate said that her 17-month-old daughter is already a fan of horses and riding, while Prince George is interested in fencing.

Para rider Natasha Baker was among the guest athletes at the event, on 18 October.

“I asked her how the children were and she said Charlotte is really enjoying her riding, which is great to hear and I said we may see her here on a line-up in 20 years’ time,’” said Natasha.

”She emphasised that Charlotte has this passion about horses and although she doesn’t echo it, she’ll do her best to champion and encourage it.”

The Queen, Prince Harry and Prince William joined Kate at the event honouring the stars of Rio.

Equestrian roots

Charlotte’s appreciation of horses runs through generations of the royal family.

Horses have been central to The Queen’s life from a very young age and her daughter Princess Anne shares this passion.


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The Princess Royal took gold at the European Eventing Championships and is committed to equestrian charities.

Meanwhile, Charlotte’s cousin once removed Zara Tindall became the first royal to win an Olympic medal when the event rider took team silver at London 2012 riding High Kingdom.

The Duchess of Cornwall also shares the family’s love of horses and has been president of the Ebony Horse Club in Brixton since 2009.