The Queen of the Netherlands showed up Sunday for the final day of the European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam. She brought with her granddaughter, Princess Catharina-Amalia, who is second in line to the Dutch throne.
This was Queen Beatrix’s first outing since going for cataract surgery in her right eye on Thursday. She noticably wore sunglasses while spectating the competition.
Also in attendance with Princess Benedikte, the sister of the Queen of Denmark. Benedikte is the patron of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses. The royal trio say in the royal box, cheering loudly for their favorite, Adelinde Cornelissen of the Netherlands, who won the gold medal.
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Princess Letizia Pays Visit to Sport Organization for the Handicapped
On Wednesday, Spain’s Princess Letizia stopped by Handisport, an not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the handicapped integrate socially through sports. Handisport is located in Llucmjaor on Mallorca, one of the Balearic islands.
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Dressed in a flowing chiffon salmon dress, Letizia was welcomed by the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Carlos Delgado plus the President of the Foundation Handisport, Cristina Martin, the founder of the Foundation, Rafael Winckelmann, and the mayor of Llucmajor, Joan Jaume Mulet.
The Princess was then introduced to a couple of those who have benefited from Handisport. One of them was European golf champion for disabled persons Sebastian Lorente of Spain. He demonstrated for Letizia how he is able to stand by the use of a machine and therefore play golf.
Established in 2006, Handisport seeks to make sports available for everyone, including those with mental and physical disabilities.
Letizia is also on Mallorca to begin the annual summer vacation with the rest of the Spanish royal family. Already Queen Sofia and Infanta Elena are there, and Infanta Cristina and her family will arrive tomorrow. Letizia’s husband, Prince Felipe, is currently in Peru for the presidential inauguration but he will come to Mallorca later this week along with King Juan Carlos.
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Monegasque Royals at the 69th Formula 1 Grand Prix
This weekend, the princely family of Monaco took part of one of the tiny principality’s traditions – the 69th Formula 1 Grand Prix. Starting on Thursday and ending this Sunday, race car drivers sped around Monaco’s winding roads, hoping to win first place. This year, Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany won the race.
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Monaco sovereign Prince Albert II, his soon-to-be wife Charlene Wittstock, and the Casiraghi trio – Andrea, Charlotte and Pierre – attended the event. Charlene congratulated the top three winners by giving them kisses on their cheeks.
This evening, there will be a celebratory dinner and Vettel will dine with the princely family.
Recently, Prince Albert gave an interview to CNN and spoke about Monaco’s car racing tradition.
“It’s hard to say what lies ahead for us for the future, but we have a great relationship with the FIA and the entities running Formula One,” he said.
“I don’t see anything changing in the near future, at least for the next 10 or 11 years, because that’s the cycle. Beyond that, if there is still Formula One racing — because it will evolve like every sport does — I think Monaco will be a part of it.
“Monaco is such a part of the history of motor racing and the history of Formula One, I think it would be difficult to imagine a Formula One season without the Monaco Grand Prix, but of course I’m biased.”
The country held its first car racing event in 1929. During the glamorous days of Albert’s parents, Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, they would personally meet with the drivers away from the race for a more personal connection.
“History and the links between Monaco and motor racing make it a very special place,” said Albert.
“And the fact that there are so many events around the grand prix, that it’s a great place for the different teams and sponsors and they love coming here, also the fact it’s on the waterfront, I think all of this creates a special atmosphere.”
Princess Haya Brings Daughter to New FEI Headquarters Opening
Dubai’s Princess Haya was in Lausanne, Switzerland Saturday to inaugurate the new headquarters of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). Named after Haya’s father, the late King Hussein of Jordan, the project was three years in the making, and was funded by the Princess herself.
With her three year old daughter, Sheikha Al Jalila in her arms, Haya watched as Martin Fuchs of the Youth Olympic Games team champion cut the ribbons to officially open the King Hussein I Building.
“The building we are inaugurating has been designed to serve our wonderful sport,” said Princess Haya.
“I also feel an immense sense of pride knowing that this building carries the name of my late father and hope that this serves as a constant reminder to all of us who work at the FEI of a unique statesman, whose entire soul was devoted to the service of his people.
“Our new headquarters will play a key role for the FEI and our National Federations over the coming years. It will be the environment in which important discussions take place and fundamental decisions are taken as we continue our mission to advance the orderly growth of equestrian sport worldwide, while ensuring that the welfare of the horse and a level playing field remain at the centre of all that we do,” Haya said.
Worth $18 million, the new headquarters include offices for 62 employees plus a state of the art interactive gallery showcasing the equestrian sport.
Attending the opening was Infanta Pilar of Spain, who was the FEI president from 1994 – 2006 and Princess Lalla Amina, who is chairwoman of Morocco’s Federation of Equestrian Sports. The other 300 attendees included Olympians and Swiss officials.
Watching the World Skiing Championships in Oslo has been lots of fun for the Scandinavian royals. The royals of Norway and Sweden have been present for each of the events, and enjoyed them together as they showed the world they are very friendly with each other.
To demonstrate that, during a relay race, Prince Daniel jokingly flipped Crown Princess Mette-Marit the finger. But no one was offended – Mette-Marit, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Victoria simply laughed at Daniel’s cheeky move.
In the end, the royals had something to cheer about as Norway took the gold while Sweden won the silver.