15 Surprising, Little-Known Facts About Prince George

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Prince William’s mini-me, Prince George, is only 9 years old, but he already boasts an impressive list of achievements. Not only is he fashionable like his parents, but he’s also a stellar role model for his younger siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. (Not to mention photogenic.) 

But did you know that he can play the guitar? Or that he learned to ski at just 2 years old? Keep reading for 15 Prince George facts you probably didn’t know.

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1. He Loves Spaghetti Carbonara 

According to chef Aldo Zilli, who has worked with Prince William through the charity Centrepoint, Prince George really enjoys Italian cuisine. Zilli told the Daily Mail, "[William is] amazing. I'm waiting for the call because apparently, his little boy's favorite is spaghetti carbonara. So, I'm waiting for the call to go and cook it for him."

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2. Horseback Riding Is One of His Favorite Hobbies 

Prince George and his siblings took up horseback ridingQueen Elizabeth's favorite hobby—while spending time at their country home in Norfolk in 2020. According to the Times, the Cambridge children have their own ponies, and Prince William couldn’t be more thrilled about their newfound interest.

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3. He’s a Protective Big Brother

Leave it to Prince George to look out for Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. In an interview with Us Weekly, a source revealed, “He’s very protective of his younger siblings and goes out of his way to help his mother with the household chores, especially when it earns him extra time on electronics!”

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4. He Played Tennis with Roger Federer 

Not too many kids can say that they received tennis pointers from one of the most famous athletes in the world. According to Hello!, Prince George has been playing tennis since he was 5 years old. Federer has praised the young royal's technique, saying, "At that stage, it's all about just touching the ball, it's already good. Same with my boys. I think I have a little advantage that I actually spent some time with him. I'm the only player he's ever met. Then you have a little head start in who is your favorite player."

Federer added, "I love to see that they're into tennis or into sports...his mum has always enjoyed their tennis. I hope that he'll still say the same in a few years' time." 

5. He Loves to Watch the British Show Fireman Sam

In an interview with BBC Radio One, his parents revealed that he can’t get enough of the animated series. Prince William said, “Fireman Sam is taking an awful lot of interest. You have to pretend you’re really interested in [his shows]. George gets very upset if you’re not showing due diligence to the characters.” Clearly, he takes his TV time very seriously.

6. And the Show Paid Tribute to Prince George

In honor of its 30th anniversary in 2017, the show's producer, Ian McCue, told People about their special tribute to the young prince in the form of a cameo. He said, “We’re going to celebrate Fireman Sam’s 30th anniversary by introducing a very special episode. We heard that we have a very famous fan in Prince George, so we thought it would be really fun to bring a royal family to Pontypandy and see how the community reacts to that.

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7. He Was the Popular Kid at School

Before he enrolled in Lambrook School, Prince George used to attend Thomas’s Battersea in south London. And according to one of his former classmate’s parents, he got along well with his non-royal peers. The source told Vanity Fair, “George is really happy at school, and his nickname is P.G. He’s very popular and has lots of friends, and there’s very little fuss made about who he is.”

8. He Loves to Hit the Dance Floor

While hosting an event for teens at Kensington Palace in 2018, Prince William spoke to a 14-year-old dancer and revealed that Prince George has some impressive moves of his own. In a video shared by the palace, the royal said, “George is doing dancing as well, he loves it.” Prince William revealed that George inherited his dancing skills from Princess Diana, adding, “My mother always used to dance, she loved dancing.”

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9. He Has a Passion for Wildlife

It comes as no surprise that the 9-year-old is already following in his dad’s footsteps. According to The Telegraph, Prince George held a bake sale during the pandemic in an effort to help the wildlife conservation non-profit, Tusk. The organization’s chief executive, Charlie Mayhew, said, “Prince George very sweetly did a little cake sale to raise money for Tusk during lockdown and wrote a very sweet card about it, clearly demonstrating his concern for Africa’s wildlife.”

10. He Helped Design His Mother’s Garden

On Instagram, the official Kensington Palace account shared photos of Princess Catherine and her kids at the Royal Horticultural Society's Back to Nature Garden. The caption read, “Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis have helped the Duchess gather moss, leaves, and twigs to help decorate the RHS Back to Nature Garden. Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den.”

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11. He Was Gifted a Rocking Horse from Former U.S. President Obama

For his first birthday, Barack Obama sent Prince George a handmade rocking horse with the presidential seal on the saddle—but that’s not all. According to TIME magazine, he also gave the young royal a polo mallet that was carved using an oak tree from the White House lawn, as well as a wool blanket. Consider us impressed.

12. He Made a Cameo Appearance in a Winnie-the-Pooh Book  

Yep, that’s right. As it turns out, Winnie-the-Pooh was first published in 1926, which happens to be the same year that Queen Elizabeth was born. So, in honor of her 90th birthday, Disney released the digital storybook, Winnie-the-Pooh and the Royal Birthday, which features an illustration of Piglet giving his red balloon to an unnamed toddler who looks a lot like Prince George.

13. He Has Some Impressive Culinary Skills

We’ve seen the young prince put his cooking skills to use on multiple occasions. In 2019, he teamed up with Queen Elizabeth, King Charles and Prince William to make traditional Christmas Pudding at Buckingham Palace, in honor of the Royal British Legion's "Together at Christmas" initiative. And in 2022, Kate Middleton shared footage of Prince George and his siblings baking cakes to distribute for a Platinum Jubilee street party.

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14. He’s Into Photography Like His Mom

In 2019, while attending a photography workshop for the Royal Photographic Society and Action for Children, the princess explained how both George and Charlotte find their inspiration when taking photos. 

She said, “Just look at everything around you. Maybe it’s in front of you, or far away, but choose your subject and focus in on it. Get outside with your camera as well. George and Charlotte love it when we do that.”

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15. He Learned to Ski at Just 2 Years Old

During a royal tour of Scandinavia in 2018, his parents visited the Holmenkollen ski jump with a group of nursery children for fun activities on the slopes. And according to Elle, Middleton revealed that Prince George had his first skiing lesson when he was just 2 years old during a private holiday in the French Alps. NBD.

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