And why Prince George and Princess Charlotte are already learning.

By Cailey Rizzo
Updated: January 22, 2018
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Apparently there is one foolproof way of determining whether or not someone was brought up royal or married into royalty: horseback riding.

According to biographer Marcia Moody, although Kate Middleton may now be a duchess, there’s one thing that sets her apart from her royal family. Growing up, she didn’t learn how to ride horses.

Her husband William and brother-in-law Harry are both avid polo players and even 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth still rides, however the duchess does not partake in family horseback outings “purely because she didn't do it growing up.”

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However, the duchess isn’t missing out on too many opportunities. Moody told Town & Country UK that, “William and Harry were taught from an early age, but the only time they ride now is for polo — they don't go off on hacks like the queen always has.” The Queen can still be spotted going for horseback rides through Windsor Great Park.

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But Middleton is making sure that both of her children have a proper royal upbringing. Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte (ages three and two) have already begun their horseback riding lessons.

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Apparently Charlotte in particular has taken a liking to horses. Last year, the duchess told equestrian triple-gold medalist Natasha Baker that Charlotte “has this passion about horses and although she doesn't echo it, she'll do her best to champion and encourage it,” Baker told the Mirror.