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7 royals who have competed in the Olympic Games

See the royals in action


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Danielle Stacey
Online Royal CorrespondentLondon
July 19, 2021
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The royals are a multi-talented bunch and are renowned for their love of sport, so much so that some members of the Queen's family have even competed in the Olympic Games.

With the start of the Tokyo Olympics on 23 July, at HELLO! we thought we'd take a look at some of the best photos of the royals in action.

The Princess Royal, who wished Team GB good luck in a video message, was the first member of the British royal family to compete in the tournament, when she rode the Queen's horse, Goodwill, in the equestrian three-day event at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, along with Princess Anne's brothers, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, flew to Canada to support her.

The successful royal equestrian won a gold medal in 1971 and two silver medals in 1975 at the European Eventing Championships.

Take a look at other royal Olympians from around the world.

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Princess Anne's first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, was part of the British three-day event team that won a gold medal in the 1972 Munich Games. He later won a silver medal with the British team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

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Princess Anne and Captain Mark's daughter, Zara Tindall, followed in her parents footsteps and is an accomplished equestrian.

The mother-of-three competed in the London 2012 Olympics and won a silver medal with the British team, which was presented to her by her proud mother.

Zara's cousins, Prince William and his wife Kate, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, were among the spectators in the crowd cheering her on.

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Before she married Prince Albert of Monaco, Olympic swimmer Princess Charlene represented South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Games, with her team finishing fifth in the 4 x 100-metre medley relay.

That year she met her future husband, Albert, at the Mare Nostrum swimming competition in Monte Carlo, Monaco, with the pair marrying in July 2011.

The couple, who recently celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary, have six-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.

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Prince Albert of Monaco is also a former Olympian. He competed in the bobsleigh at five consecutive Winter Olympics for Monaco, taking part in both the two-man and four-man events, from 1988 to his retirement in 2002.

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King Harald was a keen sportsman before he became monarch of Norway in 1991. He represented his country in sailing at the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympics.

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Princess Haya bint al Hussein, who is the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and his third wife, the late Queen Alia, is an accomplished equestrian. She represented Jordan in show jumping at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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