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Old 04-12-2017, 06:30 AM
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Hobbies, talents, interests and skills of Royals

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I've noticed that members of many Royal families are avid sports fans and some are into arts (artistic things like music, dance, drawing, etc.), languages, reading etc.

According to the Cour de Grand Ducale (the official website of the Grand Ducale family of Luxembourg) most members of the immediate family are avid sports fans. And many of them are interested in Spanish language.

The Duke of Cambridge & Prince Harry like football (soccer) and rugby. And The Duchess of Cambridge played hockey during her schooldays.


I would like to know about the hobbies, interests, skills and talents of the members of other Royal/Princely/Imperial families 😊
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Old 04-12-2017, 07:28 AM
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King Boris III of Bulgaria loved to drive a train locomotive.
King Louis XVI enjoyed lock making.
Queen Juliana enjoyed playing theatre.
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Old 04-12-2017, 02:14 PM
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Among the artistic royals there are for example:
- Queen Margrethe II, who is a painter, designer of stage costumes, has designed altar cloths, tapestries, etc.
- Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands is a good sculptor
- Queen Sonja is a photographer and also has exhibited some of her work
- The Prince of Wales is known to paint in water colours
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Old 04-12-2017, 08:51 PM
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In a recent interview with the Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple of Luxembourg, the Hereditary Grand Duchess said she likes History and Arts; and also that she's quite interested to know about the past.
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Old 04-15-2017, 10:29 AM
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Queen Mathilde of Belgium plays the piano and so does her daughter, The Duchess of Brabant.

In a new video taken on King Philippe's​ 57th birthday (15th April 2017, i.e. today!), his younger daughter, Princess Eleonore is seen playing the violin.

Most of the European Royals seem to be interested in skiing.

I've read somewhere that Prince Antônio of Brazil paints. His son Prince Rafael once said in an interview that he likes to draw and play football (soccer!). I read somewhere that Princess Maria Gabriela, daughter of Prince Antônio and sister of Prince Rafael, is a gifted musician.
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Old 04-15-2017, 12:08 PM
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All the Begian kids enjoy playing sports like cycling, skiing, sailing and swimming. But some others

The Duchess of Brabant is quite creative. As well as the piano, she draws and takes ballet classes.

https://www.monarchie.be/en/royal-fa...ess-of-brabant

Gabriel plays the piano and is in a hockey club.

Emmanuel plays the flute and enjoys hiking.

Eleanor plays the violin and like her sister, likes to draw.

The Dutch girls all enjoy hockey and horseback riding.

Amalia enjoys singing.

Alexia singing and guitar.

Arianne plays guitar, draws and does jazz ballet.

Lady Louise as well as riding, she is a member of the girl guides.
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Old 04-15-2017, 01:20 PM
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Somewhere on TRF, I've read that Princess Maria Laura of Belgium loves fashion. Prince Amedeo is into rugby, he and his father, Prince Lorenz took part in New York marathon.

Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg likes playing tennis.

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume plays the piano and violin/cello.

Prince Felix of Luxembourg likes Martial arts and plays cello.

Prince Louis of Luxembourg took sword fighting lessons.

Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg is a member of a swimming club, he played rugby.
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Old 04-15-2017, 01:43 PM
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The Jordanians are very athletic.

The king is said to be a huge football fan. He is into motorcycles. He was an avid sky diver but isn't allowed since King.

The crown prince shares an interest in football and motorcycles with dad.

Iman is an equestrian. She also won her schools top student athlete award.

Extended family of the king

Hamzah does Brazilian martial arts as well as shooting, sky diving, , motorcycles and a number of physical activity.

Princess Haya us a former equestrian.

Ali was an accomplished wrestler in school. He also rides.
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CP Naruhito plays the viola, and jogs, hikes and mountaineering.

Aiko plays the violin and piano, and seems to enjoy poetry.

Prince akishino is an accomplished tennis player and calligrapher

Princess Kako competed in figure skating

Princess Mako has an interest in art history and has pursued a career
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King Abdullah is into scuba diving and helicopter riding as well. He used to play football (soccer) with his children when they were kids!


Prince Akishino plays the guitar and his daughter, Princess Kako is into figure skating
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King Jigme is said to share an interest in basketball, archery and cycling with his brothers.

Queen Jetsun likes to paint. She was captain of the basketball team in school and continues to have an interest. She was also said to be in band in school.
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Old 04-16-2017, 12:22 AM
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Queen Jetsun Pema is said to be knowing many languages, which include Bhutanese, English and Hindi.

I remember seeing pictures of The Duke of Cambridge rowing a boat during his days at Eton college along with his friends.

Archduchess Elisabetta is said to have received an upper class honours for her degree in Comparative Literature and Film studies (Which includes French, Italian, English, American Literatures, etc.).

I've read about Princess Alix de Ligne, she is said to interested in dance, playing the piano and horseback riding.
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Old 04-16-2017, 12:51 AM
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The young Monaco adults are all quite athletic.

Andrea is into riding, skiing, water sports and football.

Piere competes in racing both inshore and car.

Charlotte is a horse jumper.

Alexandra is a figure skater.

Pauline is a champion diver and also did gymnastics.

Louis is a big football fan. He is studying sports management.
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Zara is obviously an equestrian. But in school she also competed in hockey, track and gymnastics.

Peter competed in rugby both at Gordonstoun and university.

William did a wide variety in his early days. But at Eton he competed in football and water polo. He played water polo at the university level. He is of course a football supporter. He hunts, plays polo and is into motorcycles.

Harry played rugby and polo in his school days. Like his brother he is still into polo and motor cross.

Beatrice is very active. She often raises money through marathons, triathlons and other physical events.

Eugenies interest is in the arts. Studied art history abd works in the field.

Kate played hockey. She was on a rowing team during their break up.
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King Boris III of Bulgaria loved to drive a train locomotive.
King Louis XVI enjoyed lock making.
Queen Juliana enjoyed playing theatre.
Lock making?! Seems interesting 😃
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Lock making?! Seems interesting 😃
Yes, isn't it? But the day and age of Louis XVI, lock making must have been considered as a really advanced art. The mystery of the complicated mechanics must have fascinated him.

Also interesting: King WA of the Netherlands is a pilot, often flying his own jet when visiting abroad. I'm not sure if he is still doing it, but he used to fly regular KLM flights from time to time, so that he would have enough flight hours to keep his pilot license.

Afaik, King Philippe of the Belgians likes flying his helicopter. As does Prince William, as we all know.

Sailing is a very popular sport among the royals: King Konstantin even won an Olympic medal. King Juan Carlos used to be very passionate about sailing, and he passed this passion on to Felipe. CP Frederik of Denmark used to sail in competitions as well, but now he seems to be more into endurance sports.
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Old 04-16-2017, 08:08 AM
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you're absolutely right!.

I didn't know that King Philippe flies the helicopter and King Willem-Alexander also flies the plane!

Queen Maxima plays the guitar
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Sailing is a very popular sport among the royals: King Konstantin even won an Olympic medal. King Juan Carlos used to be very passionate about sailing, and he passed this passion on to Felipe. CP Frederik of Denmark used to sail in competitions as well, but now he seems to be more into endurance sports.
Sailing is indeed popular. And numerous royals have competed at the Olympic level. And it has become a family thing for some.

The Greeks and Spaniards are perfect example. Constantine and Sofia were both on the gold medal team, though Sofia was reservist. Her husband JC competed in dragon class in 1972 olympics and came in 15th. Cristina competed in the Seoul Olympics and Felipe in 1992 olympics. As we know, the family sails on holidays, grandkids learning.

Also in Norway. Both Harald and his father. Olav won gold medal in Amsterdam. Harald competed in three olympics, Munich, Mexico City and Tokyo. Olav son in law John ferner was also an Olympic sailor and won a silver medal in his day.

There are plenty of royals who have competed in the Olympics in varied sports.

Equestrians
-Anne, her first husband Mark and Zara are all Olympic equestrians
-Nathalie if SWB has competed in three. Now coaches national dressage
-Prince Faisal and Abdullah of Saudi Arabia have competed in two
-princess haya of Jordan competed and went on to Olympic committee
-Sheikha Latifa of Dubai

Shooting
-sheikhs Saeed and Ahmad of Dubai
-sheikh Juma

Others
-Albert of Monaco competed as a bobsledder
-Sheikha Maitha of dubai in martial arts
-Prince Hubertus of Hohenlole-lanenberg competed for Mexico in alpine sports in five Olympics. Was oldest at 51 in 2010

Plenty of royals who have competed professionally but not at Olympic level. One of the daughters of the new king of Thailand competes in badminton.
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What about Romanian Royal Family? I've only known that king Mihai and his grandson Nicholas (ex-prince) are interested in cars :-)
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Old 04-17-2017, 03:46 AM
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I think Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein is also an equestrian.

And I've seen some pictures of the Princes of Dubai playing football (soccer)!!. And they're into camel racing as well.

I've seen an old video of Prince Albert of Monaco playing tennis.

And I think the Princely Family of Monaco into sports cars, formula 1 and all.
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