Does anyone know if the Dutch royals have a fondness for horses like the British royals? Were Beatrix and her sisters interested in riding when they were young?
Beatrix was and still is found of horses since she was a little child. She and Irene often participate in competitions or attended when their father did.
She and her sisters had to take care for their horses
She also learned how to ride with a side saddlein 1957 (but while doing this she fell from horse, broke her ankle and couldn't fully attend her second Prinsjesdag,because she couldn't get into the Golden Carriage with her leg in plaster). Finally she did it
Prince Claus also went on horseback with her sometimes
Beatrix still does horsebackriding (even with her new knee and more" riding accidents" -->last in 2009). She loves to ride at the beach with her horse Benito
PS When fairy talked about a handsome fellowman she meant this one. Her Majesty's stablemaster