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Princess Anne arrives in Rio for the Olympics

Princess Anne arrived in Rio de Janerio on Tuesday morning, three days before the 2016 Olympic Games officially get underway with the Opening Ceremony on Friday.

The Princess Royal will stay in Brazil for just under two weeks, and will attend a variety of sporting events and ceremonies where she will represent the United Kingdom.

She starts her visit to Brazil by attending a three day session of the International Olympic Committee, of which she is a British representative.  This session will last three days, and will conclude on Thursday.

On Friday she will attend the Opening Ceremony in the 2016 Olympic Stadium. What will happen in the Opening Ceremony has been kept a closely guarded secret, but it has been promised to showcase Brazilian culture to the world.

Other royals who will be in attendance at the Opening Ceremony include King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, King Philippe & Queen Malthilde of Belgium, Crown Prince Frederick & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, and many others.

No other British royals are scheduled to attend the games – which take place just four years after London hosted the event in 2012.

The games are due to officially get underway on Friday, however, they have been somewhat overshadowed by various issues which could threaten the games.

One of these issues is the zika virus, which is a harmful disease mainly spread by mosquitos. Due to the risk of being affected by the virus, many athletes have withdrawn from this year’s Olympics over health concerns.

Another major problem is the quality of the water in Rio’s Olympic venues where sailing, rowing and open water swimmers will compete.

In a report by the Associated Press, the water contains dangerously high levels of pollution and viruses. More than 1,400 athletes will compete in the water, leading to widespread health concerns.


    Welcome HRH Princess Anne. I hope your stay with us can be unforgettable.

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