Royalty and the Olympics: IOC Membership
Continuing with our look at Royals and the Olympics, today the TRF Blog focuses on royals – both reigning and non-reigning – who are members of the International Olympic Committee.
There are a number of royals who have current IOC membership, listed here in alphabetical order of the country they represent, as well as three who were made Honorary Members following the end of their active membership. Many of these royals were in attendance at a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace earlier this week for members of the IOC.
Crown Prince Frederik (Denmark)
Frederik, heir to the Danish throne, was elected to the IOC at the 121st IOC Congress, held in Copenhagen in 2009. His candidacy had been announced in October 2006. According to the IOC website, Frederik is a member of the Sport for All Commission. He has been involved in sports within Denmark for several years, and is a member of the International Sailing Federation.
The Princess Royal (Great Britain)
The Princess Royal has been a member of the IOC since 1988. She competed in the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games in equestrian. From 1986 to 1994, the Princess was the President of the Fédération Équestre Internationale. Princess Anne is the President of the British Olympic Association, and has been heavily involved in the London 2012 bid and organisation.
Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein (Jordan)
The Prince, who is the younger brother of King Abdullah II, was elected to the IOC in 2010 as the only Jordanian representative. He is the President of the Jordanian Olympic Committee. Prince Faisal has been involved with sports in Jordan since 1986. The Prince is a member of the IOC Commission for Women and Sport.
Prince Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah (Kuwait)
Prince Ahmad, nephew of Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Sabah, has been a member of the IOC since 1992. He is also the President of the Olympic Council of Asia, and was the President of the Kuwait Olympic Committee between 1990 and 2001. He is currently a member of the IOC’s Commissions for Olympic Solidarity and International Relations.
Princess Nora (Liechtenstein)
The Princess, whose father was Franz Josef II of Liechtenstein, has been involved with sports in her home country for over three decades. In 1984, she was elected to the IOC, after becoming the President of the Liechtenstein National Olympic Committee in 1982 (her post ended in 1992). Nora is the President of Special Olympics Liechtenstein since 2002, and a member of the IOC Commission for Women and Sport.
Grand Duke Henri (Luxembourg)
The Grand Duke of Luxembourg was elected to the IOC in 1998. The following year, he joined the IOC Commission for Olympic Solidarity. Grand Duke Henri is patron of several sports organisations within Luxembourg, including the Swimming and Lifesaving Federation and the Luxembourg Cycling Sports Federation (which sees him routinely attend the final stage of the Tour de France – particularly when one of the Schleck brothers is in the lead).
Prince Tunku Imran (Malaysia)
Prince Tunku has been heavily involved with Malaysian sport since the 1980s. His election to the IOC in 2006 came after numerous positions within Malaysian and Southeast Asian sporting organisations; including the Presidency of the Malaysian Olympic Council, the Vice-Presidency of the Commonwealth Games Federation and the organising committee for the 1998 Commonwealth Games. The Prince played squash for Malaysia in the 1970s.
Prince Albert II (Monaco)
Prince Albert was elected to the IOC in 1985. An avid sports fan, the Prince has taken on a large number of sports-related duties, both within Monaco and the IOC. He is the President of the Monegasque Swimming and Athletics Federations, the Monaco National Olympic Committee, a member of the Honorary Board of the International Paralympic Committee; and was involved with seven of the IOC’s special commissions. Prince Albert is also a five-time Olympian, competing in bobsleigh in the Winter Olympics between 1988 and 2002.
The Prince of Orange (The Netherlands)
Prince Willem-Alexander has been the Dutch IOC member since 1998. Prior to this, he was a part of the Dutch Olympic Games Committee. The Prince is interested in many sports, even taking part in the Elfstedentocht, the ice skating marathon of eleven Dutch cities. Willem-Alexander is on the coordination commission for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani (Qatar)
Sheikh Tamim, heir apparent to the Qatari throne, was elected as Qatar’s first IOC member in 2002. The Sheikh played tennis on the Qatari national team, and is the President of the country’s National Olympic Committee. He is on the IOC’s Sports for All Commission.
Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd Abdul-Aziz (Saudi Arabia)
Prince Nawaf, grandson of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, has held his IOC membership since 2002. He is also the President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, and the Union of Arab Football Associations. The Prince is also involved with equestrian in Saudi Arabia.
Princess Haya (The United Arab Emirates)
The Princess, who has previously represented her native Jordan at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, was elected to the IOC in 2007. She is also involved with the International Paralympic Committee and the International Jordanian Athletes Cultural Association. Haya is the current President of the Fédération Équestre Internationale.
King Constantine II (Greece)
The former and last King of Greece was a member of the IOC from 1963 to 1974. He has been an honorary member of the IOC ever since, attending many Olympic Games in this capacity. King Constantine represented Greece in the Rome 1960 Olympic Games, in the Dragon Class sailing event – he won gold. The King is the current Honorary President/Patron of the International Sailing Federation, alongside Harald V of Norway. He presented sailing medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, so keep an eye out for Constantine at the sailing events in London.
Grand Duke Jean (Luxembourg)
Luxembourg’s former Grand Duke was a member of the IOC for a lengthy 52 years, between 1946 and 1998. Rightfully, he was made an honorary member when he stepped down from active duty. He has patronised several sporting federations within Luxembourg.
Infanta Pilar (Spain)
The King of Spain’s younger sister was a IOC member between 1996 and 2006, when she became an honorary member. She was also the President of the Fédération Équestre Internationale between 1994 and 2006. Infanta Pilar is currently on the executive board of the Spanish Olympic Committee.
The London 2012 Olympic Games will begin on July 27th. Expect to see many royals attending various sporting events!
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