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Prince George’s new hobby revealed

Little by little, we learn more fun and interesting things about Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

George’s parents are both athletic. Prince William enjoys polo and skiing, while Kate is an avid lover of tennis.

During the royal tour of Sweden and Norway, the Duchess of Cambridge revealed George has started skiing.

It was on Friday while William and Kate visited the Holmenkollen ski jump when the Duchess explained how George took up the sport back in 2016. It was when the third in line was just two-years-old. The Cambridge family took a private holiday in the French Alps where they stayed in the Alpine village of Courchevel.

It’s no surprise that Prince George likes to hit the slopes. He has also followed in the footsteps of his mum by taking a liking to tennis. He plays at the court of the Cambridge home at Anmer Hall.

Kate chatted about her son’s introduction to the sport with retired tennis player, Greg Rusedski: “{George’s] got a racket and he enjoys playing tennis.”

She says that George just “wants to whack a ball.”

It was during a visit to the Lawn Tennis Association where the Duchess sought advice from LTA coach Sam Richardson about how to teach her son the sport.

“She says with George just being four he wants to whack a ball, so she was asking what sort of stuff should she be doing. They will struggle at that age to hit a ball. She said he’s interested in it, but more in whacking the ball.”

We know that Princess Charlotte enjoys horses. She takes after her father in this aspect, as her mother is allergic to the lovely animals. She also takes after her late grandmother, Diana, Princess of Wales in her love of dance.

During their tour last week, the Duke and Duchess learned a lot about Swedish and Norwegian culture – mainly how active children are playing outdoors. His Royal Highness explained, in a speech at an event at Fotografiska honouring Swedish culture and the creative industries, how he and Catherine are amazed at the Swedes love for the outdoors despite it being so cold.

He remarked: “The Swedish love of the outdoors – the way you embrace your climate and environment, and are committed to ensuring future generations can do the same. The fact that you do so when it is so cold, is really inspiring. One lesson that we will take home with us is that children are actively encouraged to spend time outdoors, whatever the weather. This is obviously very good for their physical health but, as we learned this morning at the remarkable Karolinska Institute, it has huge benefits for a child’s mental health as well.”

Does this mean we’ll see more of the little Cambridges? Perhaps not. But after meeting Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s children, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, William and Kate have a new perspective on the role royal children play in the public and how to acclimate them to their future roles.