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Could the British royal family have another budding equestrian on its hands?
The Duchess of Cambridge recently revealed that Princess Charlotte, who is only 17 months old, has taken up the sport of riding horses.
During a Buckingham Palace reception Tuesday for Olympic and Paralympic athletes, equestrian gold medalist Natasha Baker said she had a chance to meet the duchess and ask how her two children were doing.
The former Kate Middleton noted that 3-year-old Prince George has taken to watching fencing — perhaps, she said, because of the face shields — and that Charlotte is "really enjoying her riding."
“I said we may see her here on a lineup in 20 years time," Baker said. "She 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.”
Riding horses runs in the royal blood. Charlotte's father, Prince William, and her uncle Harry rode horses from an early age and continue to play in charity polo matches regularly. And Queen Elizabeth is well known for her love of horses.
The passion also runs through others, including the queen's daughter, Princess Anne, and her own daughter, Zara Phillips, who won an equestrian silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics.