King Philippe of Belgium has congratulated the country’s first Winter Olympic medalist in 20 years. The King stated that Belgium is very proud of the Olympic medalist.
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have congratulated the country’s first Winter Olympic medalist since 1998. Bart Swings did an outstanding job winning a silver medal on the mass start (speed skating) in PyeongChang, South Korea. It was an unexpectedly good result for the young Belgian. However, it was the South Korean Seung-Hoon Lee who came in at the first place. Koen Verwije from the Netherlands came in just after Bart Swings and won a bronze medal.
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde immediately congratulated Bart Swings on his victory via Twitter. The Royal Palace tweeted: “Silver for @bartswings at the mass start #PyeongChang! Wonderful result! Go @teambelgium! #Proud”
The King and Queen of Belgium didn’t travel to South Korea to support the Belgian team at the Winter Olympics as they traditionally don’t do. One of the reasons could be that Belgium almost never wins an Olympic medal at the Winter Olympics.
In 1998, Bart Veldkamp, who came from the Netherlands, won the bronze medal for Belgium in the 5000m speed skating. It was also 70 years ago since Belgium won a silver medal at the Winter Olympics.
Many other royals did travel to South Korea to cheer on their teams. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is still in PyeongChang and has cheered several members of team Sweden to victory. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are already back from their trip to see the team from the Netherlands. The Princess Royal supported team UK for two weeks at the Winter Olympics. Many other royals will be promoting their countries’ teams at the Winter Special Olympics next month, including Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.