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The Wessexes enjoy an afternoon of riding

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 On Sunday afternoon, the Wessex family were spotted enjoying horse riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Edward and Sophie, were photographed in the grounds of Windsor Castle, watching their children, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, ride their horses while enjoying the sunshine. 

The family live only a few miles from Windsor at Bagshot Park, and Louise, 10, and James, aged 6, have often been seen riding within the castle grounds with their grandmother, The Queen. Edward, who turned 50 last week, also donned his jodhpurs and riding boots as he led a horse out of the stables. His wife, Sophie, watched from the sidelines as her family enjoyed their first ride of the month.

In 2012, Lady Louise broke her arm after falling from her horse, causing Sophie to cancel an engagement to be by her daughter’s side. However, yesterday, Louise looked comfortable, riding without a saddle or leader. James, being only six years old, opted for a saddle, and was led by a stable hand, though it seems he has also inherited the equestrian bug.

It is not just the Wessexes that have a passion for horses; the Royal Family have a long association with horses, not least because of their frequent use at ceremonial occasions. Her Majesty used to ride in Trooping the Colour, until she decided she felt more comfortable watching on the sidelines.

Horse racing is a fixed feature in the Royal calendar, with Ascot and Cheltenham being two events which are always popular with the Royals. Lady Louise has been seen with her parents at the races, showing her inherited love for horses. Last week, The Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne and Zara Tindall were spotted at Ladies Day at Cheltenham Festival, and a few weeks before, baby Mia Tindall was taken on her first trip to the races with her mother, Zara.

Growing up with her own pony, Peggy, The Queen has always had a love for horses. She passed this love on to her children; Princess Anne especially as she competed in the 1976 Olympic games in Montreal as an Equestrienne. The Princess Royal then passed this on to her daughter, Zara, who competed in the London 2012 games, winning a silver in the eventing.

Polo is another horse-based sport enjoyed by many a-Royal, particularly The Prince of Wales and his sons, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The trio at one point created ‘Team Highgrove’ and played alongside one another on horseback.

The Queen has imparted her love of horses on her family and it is evident the passion will be carried on for years to come.

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