For the London 2012 Olympics we had fun reviewing all of the royals who came out to cheer on their fellow countrymen and today we wrap up the Sochi Olympics with more of the same. What’s not to love? This is an event where even Kings and Queens have to wear credentials in the venues, jump up and down waving flags, and wear olympic uniforms.
Princess Charlene & Prince Albert
We’ll dive in with Charlene and Albert who were both there at the beginning of the games (and before this whole thing started to get attention). Take a good look at La Princesse Charlene’s credentials, which give her access to ALL venues. Not too shabby!
They showed up at skiing where Albert showed of his Olympic gloves.
This guy like them, too.
Afterwards, they congratulated Arnaud Alessandria of Monaco.
The Princess Royal
Moving on, Princess Anne joined other IOC members and met with Vladimir Putin before the opening of the games.
She paid a visit to the Athlete’s Village as well. Gotta say, those uniforms look very smart.
Much more British Olympic fun can be found here.
PS Why doesn’t Zara stage a hair intervention?? WHY?
King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden
The King and Queen of Sweden paid a short visit to Sochi and cheered on their fellow Swedes from February 14th to 16th. The visited the athlete’s village, watched the Swedish country relay team scoop of two gold medals, and took in some hockey, figure skating, and curling. Here they are meeting with Swedish figure skating champion Alexander Majarov before his competition where he ended up placing 14th and scored a personal best.
Naturally, they also got the traditional picture in front of the olympic flame.
We can’t not mention that the King and Queen first met at the 1972 Olympics in Madrid, where Silvia Sommerlath was working as an interpreter for the Olympic Organizing committee and participated in the medal ceremonies. See?
For more on that, check out our post here.
Crown Prince Haakon, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway
The winter Olympics are definitely Norway’s thing, so Crown Prince Haakon paid a visit from the 10th to the 14th of February (boo! Princess Mette-Marrit stayed home).
Flashback: Here’s Prince Haakon lighting the Olympic flame to declare the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway open.
The King and Queen came out later and stayed from the 17th to the 22. They flew the flag watching a biathlon event.
Hey, did you know that King Harald was an Olympian himself? Yep, he was on the Olympic Sailing team at the Tokyo ’64 games, the ’68 Mexico City Games, and finally at the ’72 Madrid Games. Much more on the Norwegian royal’s Olympic history is in our post here.
Hold on to your hats, I’ve saved the best for last. King – and Queen Maxima paid a visit to Sochi near the beginning of the games and they did not disappoint. Our favourite and most enthusiastic cheerers were decked out in orange and out in full force .
They showed up at the village riding orange bicycles.
They felt their athlete’s pain while watching speed skating.
And, just as we’ve come to expect, they really got into it when things were going well.
Oh, the joy.
This time we didn’t have the little princess’ enthusiasm which was a bummer. They must have had to stay home for school. Remember this? Heck, one little princess (Princess Ariane, I believe) was waving Maxima’s orange coat around. Can you see her?
Here are some more great pics of Maxima getting into the spirit of things. As is to be expected, Princess Anne was much more sedate and Tim Laurence and the King didn’t want to get too cozy it would seem.
Well, that was fun. Any other favourite Olympics moments to share, royal or otherwise?