It seems Princes and Princesses are just like our own little ones – along with painting, reading, or music, most love anything active, especially if gets them outdoors. And a bit of mud is never a bad thing! Read on to discover some of their favourite sports and pastimes…
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest, George, eight, has an interest in music and is learning to play the guitar, as his mother revealed during a visit to Ireland in 2020. Kate asked the band NØÖV: "When did you all start playing?”, adding that “George is starting to learn the guitar."
Kate has passed on her love of tennis to her son. At the Cambridges’ country home in Norfolk, Anmer Hall, they have built a court so that they and their children can practise, and George has also hit a ball with Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer, who is a good friend of his mum’s family.
Like her grandmother, the late Princess Diana, George’s six-year-old sister Charlotte enjoys ballet. She has taken private lessons and enjoys watching professional performances, such as The Nutcracker at London’s Royal Opera House, which she attended with her mother. The Princess is also a keen gymnast.
"Charlotte is really into gymnastics, she's doing cartwheels, handstands, everything. It's so good for balance and coordination," Kate has said.
William and Kate’s youngest was beaming with pride as he showed off his cycling skills last year, when his parents allowed him to ride to his first day of nursery school on his new balance bike.
The three-year-old Prince enjoys getting artistic too. During the pandemic he posed for a joyful portrait with bright paints all over his hands while creating a rainbow picture to pay tribute to Britain’s National Health Service.
Two-year-old Archie’s dad, the Duke of Sussex, is a rugby fan, who believes it’s never too young to start kicking a ball. In an interview with former rugby league player and coach Ellery Hanley, Harry said: "What I need is a few mini rugby balls so I can get Archie involved with the game. I've got a little bit of space outside, so I need to get him playing some rugby league."
Young Archie also loves books, and his parents have been reading to him since he was tiny. In an adorable video to mark his first birthday, Harry and Meghan could be seen reading Archie his favourite book, Duck! Rabbit!
The Tindalls and Phillipses
Horse-riding is a strong tradition in the British royal family, and Olympic equestrian Princess Anne’s grandchildren naturally have a head start in the sport.
Her daughter Zara’s children, Mia, eight, Lena, three, and ten-month-old Lucas, seem to be learning to ride before they can walk. Back in 2019, Zara told Australian magazine Now To Love: “Lena is in a little basket on the saddle, purely a passenger. But we just bought Mia a new pony called Magic.” Her husband Mike added: “Mia’s cousins Savannah and Isla and Zara’s brother Peter Phillips all ride as well and they go riding together.”
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