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Princess Charlotte is the Queen’s “favourite” great-grandchild because of her love of horses, a royal expert has claimed.

The daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton, six, is believed to be “pony-mad”, according to editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine Ingrid Seward.

The fourth in line to the throne reportedly starting riding at 18 months and follows in the footsteps of Her Majesty, 95, whose passion for horses spans 90 years after she was given her first pony by her grandfather aged four.

“While Prince Philip loved babies, the Queen has always preferred being around children when they are a bit older, especially if it involves teaching them to sit astride a horse,” Ingrid told Fabulous magazine.

She added: “Princess Charlotte – who is pony-mad – has always been a favourite.”

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The Duchess of Cambridge has previously revealed how the Queen was “really thrilled” when they announced that their second child was a girl, with Kate adding: “I think she is very fond of Charlotte, always watching what she’s up to.”

The Queen is usually spotted at Royal Ascot every summer as her racehorses compete in the event.

Meanwhile the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, has proved the interest in equestrian runs in the family as she competed in numerous races when she was younger, and was the first member of the British Royal Family to compete in the Olympic Games.

Queen Elizabeth II has eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and will soon have two more once Meghan Markle welcomes her daughter with Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice gives birth to her first child.

The 95 year old monarch was previously pictured in a touching snap taken by the Duchess of Cambridge with seven of her great-grandchildren, who call her Gan-Gan, at Balmoral Castle in 2018 alongside her late husband Prince Philip.

It comes after Prince William has sweetly revealed that his daughter Princess Charlotte is "growing up fast".

The dad of three admitted his spirited daughter tells anyone who asks, that she is 16 years old and not six.

Speaking during an engagement at an engineering firm in the West Midlands yesterday, he said: "If you ask her, she says she's 16… Charlotte says, 'I'm six now, I'll do what I want'. They grow up very fast."

When asked whether Charlotte had a "lovely birthday", he responded: "She did thank you very much, yes.

"Unfortunately for her obviously last year there was no birthday party because of lockdown but this year [we had] one other family, so that was it.

"So it wasn't a party but we made it as fun for her as possible."

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