Kate dotes on George during family day out at Norfolk horse trials

The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted wearing a £39.99 Zara dress as she enjoyed a day out with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Houghton Horse Trials in Norfolk 

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The Duchess of Cambridge is currently on maternity leave and the only time we've seen her since she left the Lindo Wing with little Prince Louis was at Meghan and Harry's wedding.

For the big occasion she wore bespoke Alexander McQueen, so you can only imagine how excited we were to spot her at the Houghton Horse Trials in Norfolk wearing a hot off the high street dress!

It's from Zara, and we love the button down front, flattering midi length and tie belt waist on this blue dress. The floral flocking is very pretty, plus the sleeves can be worn just off the shoulder.

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  • George, who wore a green polo top with beige shorts, was seen climbing into an air ambulance vehicle at the event

    They did not appear to be joined by Prince William, who took part in a charity polo match in Cirencester on Friday, cheered on my cousin Zara Tindall.

    Kate’s High Street dress was markedly different to the formal Alexander McQueen coat and Philip Treacy hat that she wore at St George’s Chapel.

    The Duchess is known to have worn Zara when off-duty in the past, having been spotted in a checked coat from the retailer last December, while pregnant with Prince Louis. 

    It is not the first time the Cambridges have been spotted at the Houghton horse trials, which take place near their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk.  

    The family outing is Kate, George and Charlotte’s first public appearance since Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding 

    Charlotte stole the show with her enthusiastic waving on the steps of St George’s Chapel 

    Prince George delighted royal watchers with his cheeky grin as he posed with the other bridesmaids and page boys in the official wedding portraits 

    Kate and William were spotted with George and Charlotte at the Houghton horse trials in 2016, along with friends James Meade and his wife Lady Laura Marsham.

    The three-day festival includes showjumping and eventing, with children’s entertainment on offer for youngsters as well.

    While the royal family are know for their love of horses, Kate has never taken up the hobby, instead choosing to watch from the sidelines.

    However, both George and Charlotte are said to have already started riding lessons, following the lead of their father and also their great-grandmother the Queen.   

    Prince William, who took part in a charity polo match in Cirencester on Friday, did not appear to have attended this year’s Houghton horse trials

    Charlotte and George won over the hearts of the public at the royal wedding just over a week ago, when they acted as bridesmaid and page boy to Meghan.

    Confident Charlotte was seen waving enthusiastically to crowds on the steps of St George’s Chapel, with mother Kate holding onto her hand.

    In fact, the youngster is said to have ‘taken charge’ of the other flower girls, telling them ‘no – you can’t go yet’ during the ceremony. 

    Meanwhile, George, who is known to be more shy than his younger sister, was seen hiding behind father Prince William after the wedding. 

    However, he delighted royal watchers with his cheeky grin as he posed with the other bridesmaids and page boys in the official wedding portraits. 

    Prince George is having riding lessons on a Shetland pony – and it belongs to Zara Tindall

    By Martha Cliff  

    It is no secret that the royal family have a love of all things equine and it seems that Prince George is set to follow in the family’s footsteps.

    The four-year-old prince, who will turn five in July is reportedly having riding lessons in Windsor. 

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were said to be ‘keen’ on having their son start the hobby and looked to Prince William’s cousin Zara Tindall for help.

    The famous royal equestrian is said to have leant the family a smaller Shetland pony for the youngster’s lessons.

    Four-year-old Prince George (pictured at Harry and Meghan’s wedding) is reportedly having horse riding lessons in Windsor 

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to be keen for their son (pictured in Canada in 2016) to begin riding 

    A source told Hello! ‘William and Kate were really keen to get George riding – it’s something all the royals do and the whole family adore animals. But obviously he’s only small so they didn’t want to put him on a big horse.’

    ‘They asked Zara if they could use one of her Shetland ponies and he’s been learning to ride on one of those.’

    George is taking after his father William who was also a keen rider as a child and was given a Shetland called Smokey when he was four.  

    He is an expert polo player and hopes his son follows in his footsteps. And the Queen, of course, is an accomplished horsewoman. 

    Prince William’s cousin Zara Tindall (pictured at the 2012 Olympics) has reportedly loaned the family a Shetland pony for George’s lessons 

    Prince William (pictured as a child with Diana and Harry) was an early rider having been given a Shetland called Smokey when he was four

    Princess Charlotte has also reportedly got the riding gene with Kate previously telling equestrian triple-gold medallist Natasha Baker that Princess Charlotte could follow in her Aunt Zara’s footsteps all the way to the Olympics.

    Recalling their conversation in 2016 Baker said: ‘I asked her how the children were, and she said Charlotte is really enjoying her riding which is great to hear, and I said we may see her here on a line-up in 20 years time. 

    ‘She emphasised that Charlotte has this passion about horses and although she doesn’t echo it, she’ll do her best to champion and encourage it.’

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