The grandson of the Queen of England used to enjoy this passion from an early age, but his family was very scared that something might happen to him.
HRH Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, 38, is the eldest son of Charles the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. Of course, he is also the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II. Since he was little he had a fondness for motorcycles and obtained his license at the age of 19.
Together with his brother Harry, he participated in a 2008 rally in Africa, to raise funds for charities such as Sentebale. His love for motorcycles led him to own a few, including a powerful 1199cc Ducati.
When the Triple World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea was made MBE at Buckingham Palace the Duke of Cambridge talked to him about his love for motorcycles. On that occasion, he told Mr. Rea who put his hobby aside a bit for his little children.
He said: "It does help being anonymous with my motorcycle helmet on because it does enable me to relax. But I just enjoy everything about motorbikes and the camaraderie that comes with it."
WHAT THE QUEEN SAID
The queen is an authority on the lives of members of the royal family, including what they can do with their lives and in some cases even who they can marry. But, she can't control everything, and that includes her grandson Prince William's hobby.
When Prince William was enjoying his favorite hobby, riding a motorcycle, the queen was definitely not a fan. According to a source close to the palace, the queen did not like her grandson's hobby.
AND THE DUCHESS SAID
Not only did the queen have a hard time when her grandson regularly rode his motorcycle, something he liked to do among other things, to avoid the paparazzi around him.
His wife, Duchess Katherine, also does not like her husband riding a motorcycle. One of the Duke of Cambridge's famous walks was the one he took the night before his wedding, in April 2011. She hopes that she will keep her son Prince George out of it.
KEEPING HIS PASSION
A couple of years ago, Prince William again enjoyed a ride through the streets of London to meet some friends and play a game of soccer. The Prince did his thing to stay incognito in his Ducati.
William looked like a pro in his Hypermotard, a $ 20,000 Ducati that can run up to 130 miles per hour. The father of three was dressed in jeans and a gray riding jacket, his face fully covered by his helmet.
FACTORY VISITOR EXPERIENCE
The prince was photographed posing next to one of Triumph’s classic bikes. This happened in February 2018 when he was on an official visit to the HORIBA MIRA Technology Park in Hinckley, England.
That day he also had the opportunity to drive an Aston Martin DB11 on the HORIBA MIRA Technology Park test track and was also able to travel in a driverless vehicle, designed and developed by HORIBA MIRA.