If you talk about physicality, I would think maybe Frederick. However, if you talk about strength of skill and technique, I absolutely have to say King Baudouin of the Belgians (you know - my guy
The following extract has been taken from the New World Atlas of Golf.
"No royal family has taken a livelier interest in golf than the Belgian. King Baudouin has represented his country in international matches, a unique distinction for a reigning monarch."
Baudouin was good enough to play the pro-am circuit. He played rain
Newsreel footage of Baudouin playing in a tournament
(if the reel doesn't show, just click in the white space where it should be and it'll show up)
He was also a fan of fast cars and had an Aston Martin DB2/4
. Additionally, he had a Porsche 356 Spyder
and was a fan of Maserati as well. I hear he liked motorcycles
too, but don't have a picture of him actually on one. His beautiful Aston Martin
was restored and recently sold at auction in Europe for a lot of money. Estimates
were that it would be between €200,000 – 240,000.
He enjoyed snow skiing
, etc. Hiking in particular allowed him to engage in his other passion, photography
. He was always game for trying out various sport disciplines
. His grandfather was the one who was killed while mountain climbing, so they all were pretty active. I also found information that he qualified
for and received his pilot's license
He also had interest in astronomy and not only hosted the Apollo 10 crew
and their wives but also attended the launch
in Florida. And, of course, he often played chess
with Philippe and Fabiola.
Then, he had a life-long passion for and commitment
and remained active
throughout his life in scouting events an mentoring
. This is no better evidenced than by the Scouts of Belgium
that showed their love for Baudouin at his funeral
But, you gotta love Fabiola's sense of sportiness
. I think about the only sport she did (besides billiards and very minor cycling
) was spinning records
on their player.
One small note about all of this...Baudouin suffered from sciatic nerve
flare-ups and later would advise his close assistants and house staff to never get into golf because it will ruin your back.
Together, they mainly did the billiards and walking
, swimming and bicycling
in Motril. In the mid-sixties, their boat, the Avila
was built and while it is sort of a yacht
, it was very much a working ship as well. Not fancy at all. Certainly not like Albert's or Juan Carlos' ships. They did, however, go on many many vacations with Juan Carlos and Sofia
on their boat. One thing I really like about Baudouin was that he had these interests early in life
them throughout. I read that Baudouin taught Fabiola to swim - despite her growing up in a warmer climate, she could not swim and never put her bathing suit on as a young person.