As we inch closer to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, royal attendance at the games in Rio has begun to be announced. At the moment, representatives from the British, Belgian, Dutch, Swedish, Monégasque, and Danish Monarchies have been released.
Representing the British Royal Family will be The Princess Royal. She will be in Rio de Janeiro, as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Chair, will attend the 129th IOC Session from 2 August to 5 August. She will then attend the opening ceremony on 5 August and the games until 12 August.
Supporting the Belgian athletes will be King Philippe and Queen Mathilde. They will be in Brazil from 4 August through 8 August. According to the Belgian Monarchy, they will attend the opening ceremony and visit Olympic Village. They will meet with the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, also. Further, they will visit the social project Kiyo/Amar, while in the country. This project takes care of children and reintegrates them into society after living in the streets. It mainly works in the poor areas in northern and suburban Rio de Janeiro.
The Dutch athletes will have the support of their king. King Willem-Alexander, honourary member of the IOC, will be in the country, alongside Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers. King Willem-Alexander will be in Brazil from 4 August through 6 August. They will all attend the opening ceremony on Friday evening at the Maracanã Stadium. During the royal family’s annual summer photo call, His Majesty did not rule out taking his three daughters, Amalia, Alexia, and Ariane to the South American country to experience the games.
King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will be in attendance from 16 August to 21 August. They will attend the closing ceremony on the evening of the 21st. It will no doubt be a special time for Queen Silvia to return to Brazil. Her Majesty is half Brazilian and spent ten years of her life living in the South American country, where she attended a traditional German school, Colégio Visconde de Porto Seguro.
Prince Albert II of Monaco, an IOC board member, has announced that he will travel to Brazil for the 2016 Olympic Games for 10 days. However, his wife, Princess Charlene will remain in Monaco with their one year old twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques. Concerns over the Zika virus was also a cause for Charlene to remain in Europe. Prince Albert will be attendance for the opening ceremony and IOC meetings preceding the games.
The athletes representing the Kingdom of Denmark will have the support of Crown Prince Frederick, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, and Princess Marie throughout the games. The Crown Prince is a member of the IOC and will be in Brazil from 31 July through 21 August. The Crown Princess will be there from 31 July to 6 August. Prince Joachim and Princess Marie will be in Rio to support the Danish athletes from 29 July through 8 August. All four will be in attendance for the opening ceremony, while Crown Prince Frederick will also be at the closing ceremony. While in Brazil, the four royals will open a Danish pavilion on the famed Ipanema Beach on 2 August.
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held from 5 August until 21 August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with 207 nations participating.