When the Olympic Games roll around, royals from across the globe travel to the host city to cheer on their nation’s competitors and watch the world’s best athletes compete for the honour of receiving the gold medal and hearing their national anthem play as their country’s flag is raised. The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will be no different.
The royal courts of Europe have confirmed the attendance of several of their members at the upcoming games. Many of whom are also members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, who met at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, were the first royals to confirm their attendance. Their Majesties will be in Pyeongchang from 17 through 25 and will attend the Closing Ceremony.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will be present at the Opening Ceremony and stay through the 13th. The King is an honorary member of the IOC and will attend the IOC dinner on the 8th. The Queen will arrive the following day after concluding meetings in Beijing, China.
Norway’s Royal Court confirmed to Royal Central that Crown Prince Haakon would travel to South Korea to cheer on the Norwegian athletes. The dates for his attendance were not revealed, but it was said that he would not be at the opening or closing ceremonies.
Anne, the Princess Royal will represent the British Royal Family at the Olympic Games. The former Olympian and current member of the IOC will arrive on 4 February and attend the IOC meetings. Her Royal Highness will be present at the Opening Ceremony and attend through the 13th.
Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg is due to attend the IOC meetings ahead of the games. He will be present at the Opening Ceremony and watch the competitions on 10 February, the Grand Ducal Court explained to Royal Central.
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, a member of the IOC, will attend the meetings from 5 through 7 February before attending the Olympic Games from 9 through the 25. He will be present at both the opening and closing ceremonies.
However, he was forced to fly home before the Opening Ceremony as the Royal House announced that his father, Prince Henrik’s health has worsened considerably.
Princess Nora of Liechtenstein is a member of the IOC and typically attends the meetings. The Princely Family of Liechtenstein does not usually confirm the attendance of their members ahead of time at such events. Later, Princess Nora was seen at the IOC meetings in South Korea. It is still not known how long she is staying to watch the Games.
Casa Real has said it has not been decided if any member of the Spanish Royal Family will attend, and there has been no confirmation if Prince Albert of Monaco will attend the IOC meetings or the competitions.
The Winter Olympic Games will run from 9 February to the 25 February with an estimated 92 nations competing. Tensions have been high on the Korean peninsula as of late, but it was recently announced that North and South Korea would march under a united flag during the Opening Ceremony in what many see as a diplomatic breakthrough for the two countries.