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The Name’s Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth

  July 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm by

The Opening Ceremony of London 2012 Olympic Games was a spectacular affair certain to be remembered for years to come. From poignant tributes to Armed Forces, to British humour at its best, the ceremony was lauded all over the world. Arguably the most memorable event was, however, Queen Elizabeth’s acting début as a “Bond Girl”. As the film began, many expected the Queen to be portrayed by a double, yet … Continue reading

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And They’re Off! London 2012 Begins

  July 28, 2012 at 8:06 am by

The London 2012 Olympic Games began last night, with the opening ceremony taking place at the Olympic Stadium. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Games at the end of the ceremony, which featured Sir Kenneth Branagh, David Beckham and Sir Steve Redgrave. Queen Elizabeth had previously hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for the heads of state and government in London for the Games, attended by a large number of … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia Presides Over Spanish Olympic Reception in London

  July 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm by

London, England – July 26th, 2012 Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain presided over a reception at the Spanish Embassy in London in honour of the Spanish Olympic Team. The Queen was accompanied by her sister-in-law, Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain. Also present was the Spanish Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the Mayor of Madrid, the President of the Spanish Olympic Committee, and the Secretary of State for … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: Competitors

  July 27, 2012 at 9:36 am by

There is just over six hours to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad! Our third and final blog entry focusing on combined royal and Olympic history showcases royals who have themselves competed in an Olympic Games. Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia, Stockholm 1912 Prince Friedrich Karl competed for the German team in the team jumping event, winning a bronze medal for his efforts. Grand … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar in London with the Spanish Olympic team

  July 26, 2012 at 7:09 am by

London, England – July 24th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz arrived at Heathrow Airport in London on July 24th with the Spanish Olympic team. The elder sister of King Juan Carlos I of Spain, is a member of the Honorary Council of the Spanish Olympic Committee and was accompanied by her only daughter, Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo. On July 25th, Infanta Pilar, Alejandro Blanco – … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: IOC Membership

  July 26, 2012 at 5:48 am by

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 … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: Host Nations

  July 25, 2012 at 8:29 am by

With the Games of the XXX Olympiad kicking off on Friday in London, the TRF Blog will be looking at the connection between Royal Families and the Summer Olympic Games throughout history over the next few days. Our first blog entry focuses on royal nations which have hosted a Summer Olympic Games. Greece: Athens 1896 The first Games of the Modern Olympiad were held in the traditional home of the … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family host Audience for Olympic Team

  July 24, 2012 at 7:32 am by

Madrid – July 23rd, 2012 Members of the Spanish Royal Family hosted an audience for the Spanish Olympic Team at the Palacio Real de El Pardo in Madrid earlier today. Present were Their Majesties The King and Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Asturias. After meeting the team, the King delivered a speech wishing the team ‘much success’ and the King also expressed his thoughts for … Continue reading

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Reception for Members of the IOC at Buckingham Palace

  July 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm by

Queen Elizabeth hosted a reception for members of the International Olympic Committee today. The Monarch invited IOC representatives from around the world to Buckingham Palace to welcome them to London. During the reception, Count Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC, made a speech, then presented the Queen with a set of Olympic medals. Her Majesty also addressed her guests, welcoming them to London. The Queen said: “In the coming days … Continue reading

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Kate Opens National Portrait Gallery’s Olympic Exhibition

  July 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm by

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the exhibition “Road To 2012: Aiming High” at London’s National Portrait Gallery today. The exhibition features images of famous athletes and newcomers all hoping for Olympic glory. Kate met the photographers, as well as some of their sitters. Among them was the London 2012 Olympic torch relay’s oldest bearer, Diana Gould. Mrs Gould, who turned 100 this year, is set to be a torch-bearer in … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar attends Spanish Olympic Committee Ceremony in Madrid

  July 19, 2012 at 8:56 am by

Madrid – July 14th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz attended the Spanish Olympic Committee opening ceremony in Madrid on July 14th. The elder sister of His Majesty King Juan Carlos I is a member of the Honorary Council of the Spanish Olympic Committee. Present was Spanish judoka champion, Isabel Fernández, who won a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Isabel later … Continue reading

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Prince Frederik as Guest Editor of MetroXpress ‘Olympic’ Edition

  July 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm by

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark was the guest editor of the Special Olympic Edition of MetroXpress on 26 June 2012. The focus of the Wednesday 27 June issue lays on sports, health and the Olympic Games. The issue also included an interview with the Crown Prince about his IOC-work and about the Olympic Games itself. More information about Crown Prince Frederik’s current events and other news and pictures of the … Continue reading

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Zara Phillips Picked For UK Olympic Team

  June 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm by

Zara Phillips has been nominated as part of the British team for the London Olympics, the British Equestrian Federation officially confirmed. The Queen’s eldest granddaughter defied the odds to claim her way to a spot on the team. Just a couple of weeks ago, she was considered to be a long shot to make the strong squad – one of Britain’s main hopes for an Olympic gold. However, always a … Continue reading

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Princess Anne takes the Torch in Athens at Olympic Handover

  May 18, 2012 at 11:54 am by

The Princess Royal, President of the British Olympic Association, took the Olympic torch from Spyros Capralos, in the Panathenaic Stadium yesterday. Other members of the British delegation included David Beckham, Boris Johnson, Lord Coe, and Hugh Robertson – all beaming with pride as they took part in the historic ceremony. Despite the rain, the ceremony that took place at the Stadium was quite magnificent. Princess Anne, along with Greek President … Continue reading

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William and Kate support Team GB

  May 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm by

Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended our Greatest Team Rises – a black tie gala to raise funds to support British athletes and mark countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The royal couple were greeted by Lord Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association, before attending an evening reception. Prince William gave a speech at the reception, with some uplifting words for the British athletes: “For the … Continue reading

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Prince Nikolai to represent Denmark in Innsbruck Torch Relay

  January 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm by

Prince Nikolai of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, the elder son of Prince Joachim and of his former wife, Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg, née Manley, will represent, along with 2 other Danish children, Denmark and it’s young athletes in the torch relay of the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games on 13 January 2012. The 2012 Winter Youth Olympics will take place from 13 till 22 January 2012. Children from over 60 countries will enter. It’s … Continue reading

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British Royal Family – July/August Events

  September 3, 2011 at 5:45 am by

The Summer months are usually a time of rest and relaxation for the royals, but it seems the British Royal Family were as busy as ever. July 4th – Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond met with Queen Elizabeth at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland. July 4th – Princess Anne has arrived in Botswana for a two day official visit. It’s her third official visit to Botswana after 1999 … Continue reading

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Charlene Wittstock’s Visit to South Africa

  February 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm by

Charlene Wittstock is not even married, not even Serene Highness, yet as Prince Albert’s fiancee, set to become the Princess Consort of Monaco in less than five months’ time, she is already in the swing of her first solo diplomatic mission. Granted, the tour she has undertaken is of her homeland, South Africa. The princess-in-training is actually a native of Bulawayo, Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe) but her family relocated to the … Continue reading

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Stephanie Watches Daughter Compete at Junior Olympic Games

  August 27, 2010 at 10:58 am by

While Princess Caroline of Monaco tried her hat Mexican-style on a charter yacht anchored off the Aeolian Islands, in the Tyrrhenian Sea, her sister, Princess Stephanie, was in Singapore to support daughter Pauline Ducruet, 16, in the Junior Olympic Games. Recently, Princess Stephanie was pool side to support Miss Ducruet at the Junior European Championships in Helsinki. But on the occasion in Singapore, Pauline had the added support of others … Continue reading

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Royals Say Goodbye to Vancouver

  March 2, 2010 at 2:13 am by

The Vancouver Winter Olympic Games have finished, and the royals have all headed back home to continue with their yearly engagements. Here’s how they spent their final week in Vancouver: The Dutch Royals On February 20th, the Crown Princely Family was back at the Richmond Olympic Oval for more speed skating, and more Dutch gold. Mark Tuitert came in first place in the Men’s 1500m Speed Skating, while Willem-Alexander, Máxima … Continue reading

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