August 2008 Newsletter: The Summer Olympics

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Nov 26, 2003

We’re entering August. The eighth month of the year, and on August 8, in China, the Olympic games opens.

Pierre de Coubertin, the man who is seen as the founder of the modern Olympic games, is reputed to have said, in regards to the games: “L'important n'est pas de gagner, mais de participer” The important thing is not to win, but to participate.

Whether you cheer for swimmer Natalie du Toit of South Africa, Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg riding for Denmark, the Norwegian handball team, the Australian softball team, the Dutch baseball team, the American football teams, the Brazilian volley ball teams, or any of the other participants at the games - we hope you enjoy this month's newsletter, focusing on the Summer Olympics.

The Newsletter team
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01.07 - Birthday of Charles Armstrong-Jones (1999)
03.07 - Birthday of Prince Maximilian, Margrave of Baden (1933)
03.07 - Birthday of Princess Marie Louise of Baden (1969)
04.07 - Birthday of Prince Michael of Kent (1942)
04.07 - Birthday of Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand (1957)
04.07 - Birthday of Queen Sonja of Norway (1937)
07.07 - Birthday of Prince Nicholas of Montenegro (1944)
09.07 - Birthday of Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (1965)
11.07 - Birthday of Prince Kyrill, Prince of Preslay (1964)
11.07 - Birthday of Prince Jean-Christophe Napoleon (1986)
12.07 - Birthday of Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1967)
14.07 - Birthday of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (1977)
15.07 - Birthday of Camille Gottlieb (1998)
15.07 - Birthday of Prince Lukas of Bulgaria (1997)
15.07 - Birthday of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei (1946)
16.07 - Birthday of Princess Marie of Liechtenstein (1975)
17.07 - Birthday of Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall (1947)
17.07 - Birthday of Crown Prince Alexander Kara?or?evi? (1945)
17.07 - Birthday of Felipe Juan Froilan de Marichilar y Borbon (1998)
18.07 - Birthday of Muna Juma of Jordan (1996)
18.07 - Birthday of Prince Alexander of Belgium (1942)
19.07 - Birthday of Prince Ernst-August Jr. of Hannover (1983)
20.07 - Birthday of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (1973)
20.07 - Birthday of Princess Alexandra of Hannover (1999)
22.07 - Birthday of Prince Felix of Denmark (2002)
23.07 - Birthday of Princess Georgina Maximiliane Tatjana Maria of Liechtenstein (2005)
24.07 - Birthday of Princess Sarvath of Jordan (1947)
25.07 - Birthday of Lord Nicholas Windsor (1970)
25.07 - Birthday of Princess Maria Olympia of Greece and Denmark (1996)
27.07 - Birthday of Archduke Bartholomeus of Austria (2006)
27.07 - Birthday of Princess Mafalda-Ceceilia of Bulgaria (1994)
28.07 - Birthday of Crown Prinxe Vajiralongkorn of Thailand (1952)
28.07 - Birthday of Samuel Chatto (1996)
30.07 - Birthday of Young Crown Prince Hridayendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev of Nepal (2002)
30.07 - Birthday of Infanta Maria del Pilar (1936)
30.07 - Birthday of Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005)
31.07 - Birthday of Marina Ogilvy (1966)
31.07 - Birthday of Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern (1932)

July 1 - Wedding Anniversary of Archduke Maximilian of Austria and Maya Askari
July 2 - Wedding Anniversary of King Albert II & Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria of Belgium
July 3 - Wedding Anniversary of Prince Alois of Liechtenstein & Sophie Duchess in Bavaria
July 3 - Wedding Anniversary of Clarissa zu Toerring-Jettenbach & Prince Tassillo
July 6 - Death of Edward VI
July 6 - Death of Henry II
July 6 - Wedding Anniversary of King George V and Queen Mary
July 7 - Death of Edward I: 07-07-2008
July 7 - Wedding Anniversary of Prince Bernhard van Orange-Nassau and Annette Sekreve
July 8 - Wedding Anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
July 8 - Wedding Anniversary of Princess Alexia and Carlos Morales Quintana
July 8 - Wedding Anniversary of Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn & Count Stefano
July 12 - Wedding Anniversary of King Mohammed VI & Salma Bennani of Morocco
July 14 - Wedding Anniversary of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones and Daniel Chatto
July 17 - Wedding Anniversary of Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein & Marie Countess Kálnoky
July 18 - Wedding Anniversary of Lady Helen Windsor and Timothy Taylor
July 23 - Wedding Anniversary of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
July 26 - Death Anniversary of Shahanshah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
July 29 - Wedding Anniversary of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer
July 29 - Wedding anniversary of Reigning Prince Hans Adam II and Countess Marie Kinsky
July 30 - Death of Emperor Meiji
July 30 - Death Anniversary of late King Baudouin of Belgium
July 31 - Enthronement Anniversary of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei

Other events of note
4 - Princess Madeleine of Sweden participated in a sail for charity:
7 - Photoshoot with Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix:
11 - Photoshoot of the Dutch royals:
14 - Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 31st birthday celebrations:
15 - The Government Crisis in Belgium returned:
15-16: Visit of the Saudi-Arabian King to Spain:
16-22: Japanese visit to Spain:
17 - Spanish Royals start arriving in Palma de Mallorca for the holidays:
18 - Prince Henrik of Denmark was admitted to the hospital for some minor surgery in his shoulder.
19 - Lady Rose Windsor married George Gilman:
20 - Photosession at Haakon and Mette-Marit's new summerhouse:
21 - National Day of Belgium:
26 - Annual Photoshoot at Gråsten in Denmark:
July 30- August 3 - Coronation celebrations for King George V of Tonga:

Expo Zaragoza is still going on:

Spanish Summer holidays regatta thread
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03.08 Birthday of Charlotte Casiraghi (1986)
03.08 Birthday of Princess Christina Mrs Magnuson (1943)
03.08 Birthday of Prince Louis of Luxembourg (1986)
05.08 Birthday of Princess Irene of the Netherlands (1939)
06.08 Birthday of Columbus Taylor (1994)
08.08 Birthday of Princess Beatrice of York (1988)
11.08 Birthday of Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau (1960)
12.08 Birthday of Achileas Andreas, Prince of Greece and Denmark (2000)
12.08 Birthday of Princess Sarah of Jordan (1978)
12.08 Birthday of Queen Sirikit of Thailand (1932)
13.08 Birthday of Princess Rahma of Jordan (1969)
15.08 Birthday of The Princess Royal (1950)
16.08 Birthday of Duke Paul-Vladimir of Oldenburg (1969)
16.08 Birthday of Princess Luisa of Savoy (2006)
16.08 Birthday of Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)
19.08 Birthday of The Duchess of Anhalt (1961)
19.08 Birthday of Prince Philipp Erasmus of Liechtenstein (1946)
19.08 Birthday of Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (1973)
20.08 Birthday of Prince Gabriel of Belgium (2003)
21.08 Birthday of King Mohammed VI of Morocco (1963)
23.08 Birthday of Queen Noor of Jordan (1951)
24.08 Birthday of Alexandre Eric Stéphane Coste (2003)
26.08 Birthday of Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester (1944)
26.08 Birthday of Princess Maria-Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1988)
28.08 Birthday of Prince Nikolai of Denmark (1999)
30.08 Birthday of Princess Lilian, the Duchess of Halland (1915)
30.08 Birthday of Former Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (born Princess of Denmark) (1946)
31.08 Birthday of Queen Rania of Jordan (1970)

Wedding Anniversaries
04.08 Prince Faisal and Princess Aliya of Jordan (1987)
06.08 Prince Manuel of Bavaria and Princess Anna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (2005)
09.08 Duchess Fleur of Wurttemberg and Count Moritz von Goess (2003)
13.08 Princess Xenia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Max Soltmann (2005)
25.08 Crown Prince Haakon of Norway & Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby (2001)
27.08 Prince Pieter Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven and Anita Theodora van Eijk (2005)
27.08 (2006)
29.08 King Harald of Norway and Sonja Haraldsen (1968)

30.08 Prince Ferdinand-Maximilian zu Ysenburg und Büdingen & Sophie De Bois (2003)

Other events
01.08: Red Cross Ball in Monaco:

05.08: Press Conference at Cayx:

08.08 Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The games continue until the end of August. For the thread discussing the royal aspect:
For the thread discussing the games themselves:

17.08-23.08: World Water Week in Stockholm:
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Royal Participants in the Olympics in Beijing include:

* Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein will be representing Denmark at the games. A participant on the Danish dressage team, Nathalie will be riding her horse Digby.

* Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, a daughter of the ruler of Dubai, will be representing UAE in the games. The Sheikha will be a participant in the under-67kg weight category of taekwondo. She will also be the flagbearer for the UAE in the opening ceremony.
Gulfnews has a picture-series of her preparation for the games.

* Shaikha Latifa Bint Ahmad Al Maktoum will be participating in show jumping.

* Also from the UAE: Shaikh Ahmad Mohammad Hasher Al Maktoum will be defending the gold medal he won in Athens 4 years ago in Beijing. The Shaikh will be participating in double-trap shooting.

* Another UAE royal: Shaikh Saeed Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum will be participating in skeet shooting.
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It has been reported that Prince Philippe has accepted the invitation to represent Belgium as an observer. Other royals who have announced their presence at the games include Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark; Princess Benedikte of Denmark who will be traveling to cheer for her daughter, Nathalie; Kuwait's Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, a member of the IOC; Princess Nora of Liechtenstein, also a member of the IOC; from Malaysia, some other IOC members, prince Tunku Imran, Prince Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Prince Nwaf Faisal Fahd Abdulaziz and Infanta Pilar of Spain - as well as other members of the Spanish royal family. Constantine of Greece will also possibly be there, in his capacity as an IOC member.

The Luxembourg Grand Ducal family is represented by the Grand Duke and Duchess and two of their children.

Netherlands will send Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima, whereas Norway will be represented by the King, the Queen and the Crown Prince. Sweden will only be represented by the King and Queen, and where the Prince of Wales made a huge splash in headlines by announcing that he was not going to the games, his little sister will be representing Britain as a member of the IOC.

Prince Albert II of Monaco is a member of the IOC and will likely attend the games. Albert's companion, Charlene Wittstock, was reputedly in training for the Beijing games when they first started seeing each other around the Turin Olympics, but is not reported to be a member of the South-African squad.

Princess Haya bint Hussein will be at the games, likely cheering for the record-sized UAE squad.
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In tune with the ancient tradition, the chief of state is the one responsible for the opening of the games at the big and beautiful Opening Ceremonies that are held to get the games started.

Thus, when the games are held in a country who has a royal family, the chief of the family is incumbent of such task. Over the years, these were the royals responsible for opening the Summer Olympic Games:

1896 - Athens, Greece - King George I of Greece
1908 - London, UK - King Edward VII
1912 - Stockholm, Sweden - King Gustav V of Sweden
1920 - Antwerp, Belgium - King Albert I of the Belgians
1928 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands - Prince Hendrik
1948 - London, UK - King George VI
1956 - Melbourne, Australia - Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden with Queen Elizabeth II (the equestrian events could not be held in Australia due to unforseen circumstances. Therefore, those events were held five months earlier in Stockholm, Sweden)
1964 - Tokyo, Japan - HIM Emperor Showa
1976 - Montreal, Canada - Queen Elizabeth II
1992 - Barcelona, Spain - King Juan Carlos I

The next Summer Olympic Games will be held in London in 2010 and, after almost 20 years, it'll be time for a royal chief of state to officially open the games.
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* Crown Prince Harald was the Norwegian flagbearer at the Olympics in Tokyo in 1964.

* Crown Prince Constantine carried the flag for the Greek delegation in Rome in 1960.

* Infanta Cristina was the Spanish flagbearer at the Olympics in Seoul in 1988.

* Prince Felipe was the Spanish flagbearer at the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992.
(Around 4.14)

* Princess Haya represented Jordan at the games in Sydney in 2000, and carried the flag for the delegation.

* Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum has been reported to be carrying the flag for the UAE in Beijing.
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Royals who have won a medal at the Olympics include:

* Crown Prince Olav of Norway, who won a gold medal in Amsterdam in 1928.

* Crown Prince Constantine of Greece, who won a gold medal in Rome in 1960.

* Shaikh Ahmad Mohammad Hasher Al Maktoum, who won a gold in shooting in Athens, 2004.
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The Olympic games have also been the stage for the start of some royal relationships.

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden met Silvia Sommerlath at the 1972 Munich Olympic games. She was working as a translator and their relationship quickly blossomed. Almost four years later, on March 12th, 1976 they announced their engagement and were married three months later, on June 19th at Stockholm Cathedral. Silvia Sommerlath became Queen Silvia of Sweden and the couple has three children.

In 1996, at the Atlanta Olympic games, Infanta Cristina of Spain met the one who'd become her husband: Iñaki Urdangarín y Liebaert. Cristina, after taking part in the 1988 Seoul games as an athlete, had gone as an spectator and Iñaki was one of the stars of the Spanish Handball squad (that won the bronze medal). A little over a year later, on May 3rd, 1997 they became engaged, five months later, on October 4th they got married at Barcelona Basilica. Upon marriage, the couple became the Duke and Duchess of Palma de Mallorca, they have four children.

Four years after Cristina and Iñaki, during the 2000 Sydney Olympic games, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark went out one evening with some friends and met the woman that was meant to become his wife: Sydney real estate agent Mary Elizabeth Donaldson. After three years of relationship, with a period being long distance, before Mary moved up to Denmark, they became engaged in October 2003 and were married on May 14th the next year, in a big ceremony at Copenhagen Cathedral. Mary became Crown Princess Mary Elizabeth of Denmark and the couple has two children.
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There were several royals that took part in the Olympic games as athletes through the years:

Amsterdam 1928: Crown Prince Olav of Norway took part in the sailing competitions (6m mixed). The Crown Prince and his crew won the gold medal.

Rome 1960: Princess Sophia of Greece, now Queen Sofia of Spain, was in the reserve crew in one of the sailing competitions.

Tokyo 1964: Crown Prince Harald of Norway, son of King Olav, took part in the sailing competitions. The Crown Prince was the Norwegian flag bearer at the games.

Munich 1972: King Juan Carlos of Spain took part in the dragon class of the sailing competitions.

Montreal 1976: Anne, The Princess Royal, took part in the games as a member of the British eventing team. She's the only member of the British royal family to have ever taken part in the games to date.

Seoul 1988: Infanta Cristina of Spain took part in the Spanish sailing team. She was the flag bearer for her country that year.

Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992: Albert II, The Sovereign Prince of Monaco was a as a bobsleigh driver for the Monegasque squad.

Barcelona 1992: Felipe, Prince of Asturias, took part in the soling class of the sailing competitions. He was the flag bearer for Spain that year.

Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000: Iñaki Urdangarin, Duke of Palma de Mallorca took part in three Olympic Games as a member of the Spanish handball squad. At Atlanta and Sydney the team won bronze medals.

Sydney 2000: Princess Haya of Jordan took part as a member of the Jordanian eventing squad. She was also the flag bearer of her country.
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