Princess Charlotte turned seven on Monday and, for the first time in two years, was able to celebrate it without any Covid restrictions in place. And her day was made extra special by the gift bought by her doting parents Kate and William, according to a source.
The little Cambridge is known to have taken on horse riding and, according to the insider, she truly wanted to own a pony.
And the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly obliged, after realising their only daughter is very committed to the sport.
The source told Us Weekly: “The gift Charlotte wanted more than anything was a pony.
“She has been taking horse riding lessons for over a year and is obsessed.
“William and Kate know that her passion for riding isn’t a [phase] and finally agreed to buy her one.”
This present would surely help Charlotte grow closer to her great-grandmother the Queen, whose love for horses and horse riding is well known.
The monarch first received a Shetland pony as a present from her grandfather King George V when she was only four.
The 96-year-old regularly rode her fell ponies well into her 90s.
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During the first national lockdown in the spring of 2020, Buckingham Palace released two pictures showing the smiling sovereign riding in Windsor Great Park.
In October 2021, it was claimed Her Majesty had to give up horse riding after suffering “discomfort”, a decision which surely saddened the monarch.
Nevertheless, her love for the animals and horse racing hasn’t diminished, as shown by the picture released by the Palace for the sovereign’s birthday in April.
In the snap by Henry Dallal, the monarch is standing between two of her ponies with a huge smile on her face.
Princess Charlotte isn’t the only member of her family to be enjoying horseback riding.
Her eldest brother Prince George, who is turning nine in July, is believed to have been taking lessons since he was four.
On the other hand, Princess Charlotte’s love for horses has been strong at least since 2016, when her mother opened up about it with Paralympic Equestrian Natasha Baker.
Reporting a conversation she had with the Duchess during a meeting with British athletes at Buckingham Palace, Ms Baker said Kate “emphasised that Charlotte has this passion about horses”.
The athlete also reported the royal saying that, while “she doesn’t echo it, she’ll do her best to champion and encourage it”.
Kate is said to be allergic to horses and is rarely seen at major horse racing events such as Royal Ascot or Cheltenham.
Prince William is more of a keen horse rider than his wife as he loves playing polo.
Last year, The Times reported Prince William was “thrilled” his eldest children had embraced this family passion.
Princess Charlotte’s birthday was publicly celebrated by the Cambridges with the release of three new photographs.
The portraits, taken by Kate in Norfolk, show the princess sitting on the ground surrounded by bluebell.
In one snap, the smiling child can be seen hugging the family’s dog, which was revealed to be named Orla.