Tessy Antony, Princess of Luxembourg, has shown her support for the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The games will last from 14 to 21 March.
The Princess was invited by Luxembourg’s Special Olympics Team.
Ahead of the opening ceremony, the Princess tweeted her pride for the Luxembourg team, “Pure admiration for the Luxembourg Team at this year’s Special Olympics.”
She went on to say that the energy in the arena for the opening ceremony was “breathtaking.”
During the ceremony, she was also able to speak to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed – the son of the UAE’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – who she described as a “kind man.”
Day one began with Tessy showing her support for Luxembourg’s tennis and boccia teams. She even took time to have lunch with her fellow countrymen before they went together to cheer on their basketball team. The team lost the game against Nigeria but went on to play Bangladesh the following day.
Her trip to Abu Dhabi also consisted of a visit to the Sheik Zayed Mosque. Tessy shared images of the mosque and its splendid architecture, calling it a “true masterpiece.”
Her Royal Highness revealed she took time to pray at the mosque for all the victims of the New Zealand terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch. As a Christian, Tessy’s prayers at the mosque symbolised the unity of all religions against terrorism and standing up against violence in any form.
She has attended various sporting events throughout the games. If an athlete comes up to her and asks her to watch their activity, she drops what she’s doing to make sure she’s there cheering them on.
Speaking to Royal Central, Tessy called the competitors “inspirational.”
Princess Tessy was able to watch her beloved Luxembourgers take home their first gold medal of the games on day two with Eike Shroeder taking home first place in the Semi-Marathon (21 km).
Writing a blog post for RTL on the Special Olympics, she said:
“The finishing line is approaching, with apples and medals on the ready for the winners. Here he comes – Eike – with an impressive time of 1h 30 min and 19 seconds (his record time is 1h 24min) hands high in the air. Emotions are strong. What an experience this must be for him. Minister Kersch and H.E the Ambassador of Luxembourg are also standing on the finish line and cheering for the winners (in my opinion everyone is a winner). Great time! Well done. Verdict of the morning — gold medal for Eike!”
Her Royal Highness also took in a football match on day two, sitting with the family and friends of the competitors. Sadly, Luxembourg lost out to Papa New Guinea but will play Hong Kong today.
“What I personally love about the Luxembourg athletes is that no matter what, they are always in a good spirit and hopeful — a true testimony of their sportsmanship,” she wrote.
Yesterday, Tessy was able to present the gold medal to an “incredible” Syrian woman in boccia. Luxembourg’s Sports Minister, Dan Kersch has accompanied Her Royal Highness on the trip and was able to present the gold to Luxembourger, Francois at the same afternoon ceremony.
Today, she will attend another football game and a basketball game, as well.
Tessy was not the only Luxembourg royal at the event as Prince Paul-Louis de Nassau has also been in attendance. He is the 21-year-old son of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg, the younger brother of Grand Duke Henri. Princess Noor of Liechtenstein was also there.