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Royals At Buckingham Palace Reception For Team GB

  October 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm by

Great Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes were honoured yesterday at a glittering Buckingham Palace reception hosted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. British Royals turned out in force to show their appreciation for the sporting heroes who had won Britain an unprecedented haul of gold, silver and bronze medals during the spectacular London 2012 Games. Team GB did the country proud with an outstanding performance during the Olympic … Continue reading

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Dubai’s Ruler Wins Horse Endurance World Championships

  August 30, 2012 at 6:04 am by

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has won the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championship that took place in the United Kingdom. Dubai’s ruler won gold for the individual and team categories. The UAE team also included Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh … Continue reading

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Closing Ceremony of London 2012 Olympic Games

  August 13, 2012 at 9:13 am by

After fantastic two weeks, London 2012 came to end with the traditional Closing Ceremony – and what a ceremony it was! The night’s spectacle was led by Prince Harry, who was tasked with the role of Her Majesty’s official representative; other British and foreign royals, including the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne, Prince Albert of Monaco, were present as well. The magnificent ceremony satisfied even the most demanding, providing a … Continue reading

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London 2012: Dutch Royals Bring Nieces to Cheer on Holland

  July 31, 2012 at 9:49 am by

When the Oranjes turned up to watch the women’s hockey match between the Netherlands and Belgium on July 29th, royal watchers had to pause and re-count the number of little blonde heads sitting with Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima. Along with the couple’s three daughters – Princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane – were Countesses Luana and Zaria, the two young daughters of the Prince’s brother, Friso, and his wife Mabel. … Continue reading

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London 2012: Silver Team Medal for Zara Phillips

  July 31, 2012 at 9:11 am by

The British eventing equestrian team has taken home a silver medal, following the completion of the three stages in the eventing tournament. Zara Phillips, Tina Cook, Mary King, William Fox-Pitt and Nicola Wilson placed second behind Germany after today’s show jumping at Greenwich Park. Unfortunately for Phillips, she incurred both a fence and time penalty during her ride, which left her with combined penalties of 53.10. Zara admitted that “[she] … Continue reading

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London 2012: A perfect round from Zara in cross-country

  July 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm by

Zara Phillips continued her quest for an Olympic medal with a highly successful result in the difficult cross-country portion of eventing. The Queen’s eldest granddaughter finished well inside the time frame with a final result of 9 minutes and 55.11 seconds, to the delight of the cheering crowd. Zara was also one of the few riders to go through the 5.7-kilometer course dotted with 28 obstacles without a single penalty. … Continue reading

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London 2012: Swimming Draws the Royals In

  July 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm by

As it usually is, the Olympic swimming competition has been the place for royal spotting. Yesterday saw members of the Danish, Dutch, Luxembourgish, Norwegian and Greek royal families in the stands for the morning heats. Sitting together in the VIP section, it was a kin to a family reunion of sorts. Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Princess Benedikte of Denmark were on hand to cheer Jeanette … Continue reading

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London 2012: Zara Phillips Makes Olympics Debut

  July 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm by

Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne, made her Olympic debut today, competing in the second day of the individual dressage at Greenwich Park. Riding High Kingdom, she scored 46.1 penalty points during her dressage routine before lunchtime, which left her in twenty-fourth place following the conclusion of the day’s competition. In the team eventing, Great Britain – comprising of Phillips, Nicola Wilson, Mary King, Kristina Cook and William Fox-Pitt – … 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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Queen Silvia Receives Cancer Cyclists at Solliden

  July 26, 2012 at 8:19 am by

Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf are currently spending their summer holidays at Solliden Palace on Öland. Yesterday, Queen Silvia was visited by a special group of young women. Four best friends – Beatrice Björch, Stina Lif, Adéle Rundgren and Amanda Löfgren – arrived at Solliden to meet with the Queen at the end of their route. The girls have cycled from Östersund, in the middle of Sweden, to … 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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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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Prince Charles Shows Off His Wall-Climbing Skills

  July 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm by

It seems everyone is getting into the spirit of the London Olympics, even Prince Charles. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, on the first day of their tour to Channel Islands, went to Grainville Secondary School where they talked to teachers and students and popped into the school gym. That’s when the Prince saw a traversing wall – and immediately decided to climb it. To the surprise … 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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‘Spot the Royals’ at Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Final

  July 9, 2012 at 12:17 am by

It was a game of ‘spot the royals’ in the Royal Box at Wimbledon yesterday afternoon, as Roger Federer and Andy Murray battled it out for the Gentlemen’s Singles Title. The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by her sister, Philippa Middleton, arriving in a Duchess-driven Land Rover. The two sisters sat in the front row of the Box, and watched the match with smiles on their faces. The Duchess wore … Continue reading

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