The Royal House has announced that Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will attend the Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. As a member of the Honourary Board of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Princess Margriet will be visiting in an official capacity and her royal visit will commence on Friday 9 and continue until Tuesday 13 March 2018.
Princess Margriet will attend the opening ceremony on Friday, 9 March and it has been confirmed that she will watch the competitive events of para snowboarding, para skiing, para ice hockey and wheelchair curling. The Princess will also be handing out a number of medals to the winning athletes and will make a visit to the Paralympic Village to meet with members of the Dutch team including athletes, coaches and trainers. The Dutch Paralympic Team consists of nine athletes, all of whom will be competing in either para skiing or para snowboarding. They are led by Chef de Mission Esther Vergeer.
The International Paralympic Committee is an international non-profit organisation which is recognised as the global governing body for the Paralympic Movement. The IPC’s primary mission is to show that anyone can inspire others and achieve sporting excellence and they have been the primary coordinators and facilitators of the Paralympic Winter and Summer Games since it was founded in September 1989 in Düsseldorf. The IPC has representatives from 176 National Paralympic Committees, five regional organisations and four international organisations of sport for the disabled. Outside the Paralympic Games, the IPC organises and runs a variety of other international competitions for para athletes.
Princess Margriet is the younger sister of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands and aunt to King Willem-Alexander. She is currently eighth and last in the line of succession and has frequently represented the monarch (first her sister and now her nephew) at official events such as the Paralympic Games.