Rio Olympics 2016: European Royals Stole Spotlight
The European royals are in Rio for the Olympic Games 2016 amidst Zika virus fears. Princess Mary & Prince Frederik arrived in Brazil on Monday.Advertisement
Prince Albert II of Monaco is also present at the games in his capacity as an active member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). However his former Olympian wife Princess Charlene did not accompany him, Hello reports.
Charlene, 38, a former swimmer from South Africa is worried about Zika virus and the safety of her twins. She has stayed at home to look after little Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.
Princess Mary & Prince Frederik attended the opening of the Danish Pavilion on Tuesday. The Danish royal couple will also attended a special gala dinner on the training ship Danmark on Wednesday.
It will be followed by a special IOC President’s dinner on Thursday. Meanwhile, just like Princess Mary & Prince Frederik, Albert and Charlene’s relationship with the Olympics run deep.
The crown prince and princess met at a pub in when the prince visited Australia during the 2000 Summer Olympics. Albert and Charlene both former Olympians and made their first public appearance as a couple at the 2006 Games in Turin.
Crown Prince Frederik told local publication Berlingske that he does not have any regrets to do away with his Olympic dreams. He was giving an interview before the couple embarked on their trip to Rio.
“I’d been pushed to the limit training as a diver when I was younger, and I briefly wondered if I should dare to dream of trying out for Denmark’s national team in 1996,” he said. Frederik is an accomplished Dragon Class Yachtsman, People reports.
“If I dropped out of everything else I was doing, yes, if I had spent four years training for it, then I could have done it,” said the father-of-four, who still competes in extreme sports.
Mary & Frederik met his younger brother Prince Joachim, 47, and his wife Princess Marie, 40, in Rio, Hello reports. Prince Albert has reduced his stay at Rio to only 10 days.
The Netherlands royals King Willem-Alexander, 48, and Queen Máxima, 45, are expected to be at the Aug. 4 opening ceremony. Swedish royals King Carl XVI Gustaf, 70, and Queen Silvia, 72, are scheduled to arrive later to show their support for their national teams.