Kate Middleton Says 'No Thanks' to This Royal Tradition

Kate, Will and Camilla Parker Bowles

Quick: When was the last time you saw Kate Middleton on a horse? The answer is probably never, and there's a good reason for that.


Equestrian sports have long been a favorite of the crown-wearing set. Harry and William play polo atop the regal animals, and their cousin, Zara Tindall, is an Olympic-medal-winning rider. Heck, the queen is 91, and she's still riding. But Kate ... she just isn't that into horses. 

There are rumors she may be allergic to horses, and if so, that probably adds to her aversion to saddling up. But there may be more to it than that, something simpler.

"Kate doesn't ride, purely because she didn't do it growing up," Marcia Moody, author of Kate: A Biography, told Town & Country.

According to reports, she's tried to ride over the years, taking lessons here and there, but it's just not her thing. That doesn't mean she has a problem with equestrian sports. In fact, Charlotte reportedly has taken lessons for a while now, and has a passion for horses. George has even supposedly taken riding lessons already (which has to be the cutest thing ever).

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So Kate's not saying neigh nay to horses, she's just saying they're not for her. So, good for her.

Kate continues to bring a fresh blast of reality to the royal world, which is why we love her so. She's not pretending to be someone she's not, and she's not going to spend time doing something she doesn't truly enjoy just because it seems like what a duchess should do. So, if she prefers the sidelines to a saddle, then so be it.

But we would like to see some pictures of Charlotte and George riding, please!

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