Everyone has a hobby, and the royal families are no exception to this rule. Although it was known that Kate Middleton and Prince William played a soccer game when out on royal matches and Queen Elizabeth tried her hand at gardening, each royal has their own beloved pastime that they enjoy in their spare time. In this article, we’ve compiled 15 such royal family hobbies that’ll leave you amazed! Excited to learn more? Let’s get started!
15. KATE MIDDLETON’S LOVE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
Not only has the 38-year-old Duchess of Cambridge studied art history in school (her thesis was in photography), but when it comes to significant milestones, she serves as the stand-in photographer of the family. Middleton was charged with taking all of her children’s official portraits, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, as well as photographs of the first day of school. She also acts as the patron of the Royal Society of Images.
14. PRINCE WILLIAM AND HIS MOTORCYCLES
Prince William is an avid motorcyclist, even though his wife isn’t the biggest fan of his hobby. Middleton has said that she is “terrified” by his love for bikes and that she will never let Prince George ride around her husband’s loved Ducati, which he drives when he doesn’t bring around Louis’s diaper bag. Prince William, please do us a favor and wear a helmet.
13. PRINCE GEORGE’S LOVE FOR BALLET AND SKIING
Prince George, like his parents, took up skiing early on. His mom announced during a royal tour of Scandinavia that he had his first skiing lesson when he was just two years old. More recently, with his sister, Princess Charlotte, and Middleton, the prince started studying ballet at school and even took part in outdoor photography lessons.
12. PRINCESS CHAROLETTE’S PASSION FOR HORSERIDING AND BALLET
The apple does not fall from the royal tree far away. Princess Charlotte has developed a passion for dance, much like her big brother, Prince George. And Char, including her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and her aunt, Princess Anne, took up horseback riding as well.
11. QUEEN ELIZABETH’S HORSERIDING
Since she was three years old, the 94-year-old queen has been riding horses. When she was gifted her first horse at the age of four by her grandfather, King George VI, she developed a love for the sport. In 1951 Trooping the Colour above, she can be seen riding side-saddle. Since then, the queen has been riding and is frequently seen out with her horses.
10. PRINCE PHILLIP AND BARBEQUE
Queen Elizabeth’s former private chef, Darren McGrady, told PureWow in an exclusive interview that Philip is the most ardent chef of all the royals. “Prince Philip [loves] cooking, and at the barbecue, he [is] amazing. They go out to the lodgings and Prince Philip [cooks] dinner while they’re at Balmoral Castle, their home in the 50-thousand-acre region in the Scottish Highlands. So, he’s the chef in the family,” said the author of The Royal Chef at Home.
9. PRICE HARRY AND POLO
Prince Harry took part in a significant number of polo tournaments during his early days. Most recently, he played with his brother, Prince William, as their wives and children cheered them on from the sidelines of the Polo Day King Power Royal Charity. He also took part in the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup in Rome in May and the Sentebale Polo Cup in England last July, both of which sponsored his Sentebale charity.
8. MEGHAN MARKEL’S HIDDEN TALENT OF YOGA AND CALLIGRAPHY
Markle has been a passionate fan of yoga even before she was a duchess. In reality, Doria Ragland, her mother, is a yoga instructor, so Markle said she’s been practicing since she was a kid. She’s so committed to yoga that Frogmore Cottage reportedly has its own private studio for her and Prince Harry. That isn’t her only passion, though. Before she landed a leading spot on Suits, the 39-year-old Duchess of Sussex even made a living as a calligrapher and still uses her tricks to this day.
7. PRINCE CHARLE’S AND CHICKEN RAISING
As a devout conservationist, the 72-year-old Prince of Wales tries to keep things as fresh in his home as possible. Part of it, for Prince Charles, means raising his own chickens. At his Highgrove House home, Charles raises cherished Burford Brown and Maran chickens and is so good at it that he is also the patron of Great Britain’s Poultry Club. Judging from this image, their secret to avian success is to feed them with… salad?
6. ZARA TINDELL AND OLYMPICS
Like her mother, Princess Anne, Zara, who earned a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics, was a member of the British equestrian team. In 2013, Zara also finished second at Luhmuhlen before taking a break to have Mia as her child. At the 2014 World Equestrian Games, she successfully returned to the saddle in time to win team silver. As of now, Zara rides wherever she can.
5. KING ABDULLAH OF JORDAN AND SPORTS
King Abdullah of Jordan is renowned for a lot of things, but his passion for adventure sports is one thing that misses the attention of the public. He is also a gifted sportsman, in addition to maintaining a healthy friendship with other nations. His interests are in auto racing, water sports, scuba diving, and the collection of ancient arms and weapons (he is a former Jordanian National Rally Racing Champion), and while he was unable to skydive as a monarch, it was one of his favorite hobbies.
4. PRINCE ALBERT AND BOBSLEDDING
Many of us may find this as a surprise, but Prince Albert II of Monaco was once a professional bobsledder. He competed for Monaco in bobsleigh at five consecutive Winter Olympics, competing in two-man and four-man events. However, since 2002, he has not participated in the Games.
3. LATE KING BHUMIBOL AND MUSIC
The late Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej was a great composer and songwriter during his lifetime, having written over 49 songs in both Thai and English. Not only was he a huge jazz fan, but he also composed musical compositions for waltz, classical, march, and other genres of music. His “Royal Marines March” is still the Royal Thai Marine Corps’ official march.
2. PRINCESS DIANA AND DIVING
Not only was Diana a fashion icon and activist, but she was considered to be a skilled diver as well. She was a star in the sport at school, according to Yahoo, and even developed her own signature move: The “Spencer Special” was considered to be a dive with almost no splash.
1. LADY GABRIELLA WINDSOR, SONGS AND WRITING
Lady Gabriella, the Queen’s first cousin, launched “Out of the Blue” and “Bam Bam” in August 2020 to raise money and awareness for the Playing For Change Foundation, a music education non-profit. For the albums, which were published under the name Ella Windsor, she wrote the lyrics and melodies. You can find them on Spotify and iTunes.
“It’s a little daunting, but exciting too,” she said to Hello! magazine.
Lady Gabriella works as a freelance author as well.