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The Princess Royal departs for South Korea to attend the 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Princess Anne arrives for the Winter Olympics

The Princess Royal has left the UK for South Korea to attend the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

Her Royal Highness is in the country in the capacity as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and President of the British Olympic Association – a role she has held since 1983.

The games will get underway on Friday 9th February with Princess Anne spending some time in the country undertaking official duties for the IOC before the opening ceremony.

Once she has arrived in South Korea, The Queen’s daughter will attend the 132nd International Olympic Committee Session in PyeongChang.

This meeting will run in the days before the opening ceremony and will involve dignitaries and officials from around the world.

On February 8, the Princess will attend the Team GB Flag Raising Ceremony ahead of the games getting underway.

The next day, she will attend the Opening Reception and Ceremony for the Winter Olympic Games at the PyeongChang Stadium.

Then, for the next week, she will watch all of the sporting action in South Korea, and will likely hand out medals to competitors.

Princess Anne will not stay for the duration of the games, and will return to the UK halfway through the Olympics where she already has engagements planned in the diary.

With a passion for all things equestrian, the Princess Royal competed in the 1971 European Eventing Championships winning a gold medal, and then again in 1975 where she won two silver medals.

She was voted as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1971 for her efforts.

In 1976, she represented the country at the Olympic Games in Montreal riding Her Majesty’s Horse, Goodwill.

Since 1988, the Princess has been an IOC member and was also on the LOCOG Board. LOCOG was The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The board was the organisation in charge of managing the planning and development of the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Until her daughter, Zara Tindall, competed in the 2012 London Olympics, Anne was the only Royal to have competed in the international games.

Royal Central will bring you continuous coverage of Princess Anne’s visit to South Korea throughout the next couple of weeks.

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