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Royals who love horse riding: 9 of the sweetest photos

George, Charlotte and Louis share the Queen's passion

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Danielle Stacey
Danielle StaceyOnline Royal CorrespondentLondon
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The British royals are a family of avid horse riders and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's children are the latest to take up the hobby.

According to The Times, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have become "avid riders" in recent months, enjoying regular pony rides at their home in Norfolk, Anmer Hall, where the family have spent much of lockdown.

Once restrictions ease, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and two-year-old Louis are expected to join their 'Gan Gan' for rides at Windsor and later Balmoral in the summer holidays.

It comes after HELLO! revealed in 2018 that Prince George had been practising riding on a Shetland pony belonging to William's cousin, Zara Tindall. 

HELLO! takes a look at the best photos of the royals horse riding through the years.

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The Queen has ridden horses since she was a young girl and her daughter, Princess Anne, went on to become an accomplished equestrian, becoming the first royal to compete in the Olympics in 1976. Mother and daughter are pictured enjoying a sunlit ride on the Sandringham estate in 1979.

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The monarch's grandchildren have followed in her footsteps with Princess Eugenie, then aged ten, confidently riding a horse with mum, Sarah, Duchess of York by her side.

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Princess Beatrice, then 12, impresses with a spectacular jump at a horse show in 2000.

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How cute is this image of Prince William on his pony at Highgrove House with mum Princess Diana leading the way, in 1986? Both he and brother, Prince Harry, began playing polo from a young age like their father, Prince Charles, and grandfather, Prince Philip

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Just like her mother Princess Anne, Zara Tindall competed in the London 2012 Olympics, where she won a silver medal as part of Great Britain's eventing team. Zara's cousins, William, Harry, Beatrice, Eugenie and William's wife Kate cheered her on from the crowd in Greenwich.

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Prince Harry enjoyed a horse ride around Buckingham Palace in 1990, after Trooping the Colour, the official ceremony to mark the Queen's birthday.

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Prince Edward and his daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, took part in a pageant to mark the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor in 2016. Just like her grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, Lady Louise is a talented carriage driver.

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Prince Philip is pictured on his horse ready to compete in a polo match, in 1955.

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Prince and Princess Michael of Kent's children, Lord Frederick Windsor and Lady Gabriella Windsor, enjoy a pony trek in the grounds of their country home Nether Lypiatt Manor, in 1984. 

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