Duchess of Cambridge spills the beans on Princess Charlotte's love of horses


The Duchess of Cambridge has told Britain's Olympians and Paralympians that Princess Charlotte has inherited a very royal trait - a love of horses.

At a special Buckingham Palace reception in honour of the nation's leading sportsmen and women, Kate Middleton said her 17-month old daughter was equestrian mad while Prince George was a fan of swimming.

The Cambridges.
It appears Princess Charlotte likes horses while her brother Prince George is a fan of swimming (Chris Jackson/PA)

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh hosted the celebratory evening and were joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke of York and the Princess Royal, who welcomed 240 guests including Prime Minister Theresa May, gold medal-winning boxer Nicola Adams, Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds and equestrian Lee Pearson.

Equestrian gold medalist Natasha Baker said about her chat with the Duchess, who wore an Alexander McQueen outfit: "I asked her how are the children, and she said George really enjoyed the fencing and Charlotte really enjoyed her riding.

The Duchess of Cambridge meets athletes during a reception for Team GB and ParalympicsGB medallists from the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Duchess of Cambridge meeting athletes during a reception for Team GB and ParalympicsGB medalists (Yui Mok/PA)

"It obviously got to her and maybe she will be here in a few years' time.

"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."

This comes after Prince William recently revealed his daughter loved football during a visit to the National Football Museum in Manchester.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte.
Future equestrian in the making? (Mark Large/Daily Mail/PA)

Triple gold-medalist Simmonds added: "The Duchess was telling me how George likes swimming and Charlotte loves horses."

Maybe she is taking after another famous royal known for her love of horses - Zara Philips. Watch out Zara.