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Old 04-15-2017, 12:56 PM
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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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Old 04-15-2017, 01:11 PM
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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 04-15-2017, 11:22 PM
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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 04-15-2017, 11:51 PM
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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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Old 04-16-2017, 12:17 AM
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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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Old 04-16-2017, 02:54 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.
Lock making?! Seems interesting 😃
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Old 04-16-2017, 06:57 AM
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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, 07:08 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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Old 04-16-2017, 02:37 PM
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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, 02:46 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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What about Romanian Royal Family? I've only known that king Mihai and his grandson Nicholas (ex-prince) are interested in cars :-)
Michael indeed has an interest in automobiles, really keen on military jeeps. He is also a pilot. He was a test pilot in his exile days.

Anne studied fashion at Parsons school of design. She was voluntarily joined the French army as an ambulance driver.

Margarita was heavily influenced by her grandmother. She was an equestrian, played the piano and involved in student politics.

Elena was very athletic in school. She played goal in netball. She has pursued a career in art restoration.

Nicholas grew up spending holidays with his grandfather working on his jeep collection.nthevtwobshateca love of cars, boats and airplanes. He also did a lot of fishing with them. He is into outdoor challenges, having worked in Africa and other areas leading expeditions. He is a rafting trainer.
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Some of Prince Philip's paintings -

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Old 04-24-2017, 10:14 PM
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Great find

One thing Charles and Philip have in common

https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/features/watercolours

https://www.artbrokerage.com/Prince-Charles

An interesting video from Charles about several generations of artists in the family.

http://www.pbs.org/program/royal-paintbox/

Lady rose Gilman actually makes Harry Potter wiki, as she was an art assistant on several films
http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Rose_Windsor

There are a number of published authors including Charles and Princess Michael.
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Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians was a sculpturer and a yoga practicioner, which leads to the following anecdote. In 1958-when she was 81- she invited BKS Iyengar to the palace:

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She wanted to learn to stand on her head and was not about to take ‘No’ for an answer saying: ‘if you can’t teach me to stand on my head, you can leave’. With some trepidation, and acutely aware what headlines there would be if the august queen did not survive the experience, Iyengar carefully positioned his feet and his body to allow for the maximum possibility of success and hoisted her up onto her head. Although this was remarkable enough, everyone around was rather more concerned with whether or not he could bring her down safely again. Queen Elisabeth was so taken with Iyengar that she gave him the first of the two gifts that ever afterwards remained precious to him. This first one was a bust of him. She had sculpted it with her own hands. He treasured it ever afterwards, and it would take pride of place in the institute he would later build.
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Old 04-26-2017, 05:53 AM
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The Duke of Cambridge has always been interested in flying


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When Princess Anne was at Benenden, she did drama, netball, sang in the choir, and played the oboe; although she had to give it up after her teeth got in the way. And let's not forget horseback riding!


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Princess Charlene was an Olympic swimmer before she married Albert and still swims now. I believe in addition to playing Water Polo, William held school records for swimming freestyle in a couple of sprint distances.

William, Harry and Charles are all polo players. Prince Philip was very into racing horse-drawn carts and he was a pilot, as well.

Could we call Stephanie of Monaco's dabbling in pop music and modeling in the 80s a hobby? She certainly seemed to enjoy both, but wasn't serious or focused enough to really call those career attempts.
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The HGD of Luxembourg is an accomplished musician who plays violin, cello and guitar. He also writes and composes his own music. He is a talented linguist who speaks English, French, Spanish, German and Luxembourgish perfectly.

His wife Stephanie plays the piano and is good linguist as well(English, French, German, Luxembourgish, some Dutch and Russian)
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K.W-A has been a frequent guest-pilot on KLM flights from the Netherlands, it is very relaxing for him to fly a plane
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