On July 31, 2012, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco was at the Aquatic Center in London to watch various swimming competitions. The one event that everyone was anticipating, including the princess, was the Men’s 200m Butterfly Final.
The best of the best competed: Michael Phelps of Team USA, Takeshi Matsuda of Team Japan, Yin Chen of Team China, Pawl Korzeniowski of Team Poland, Tyler Clary of Team USA, Dinko Jukic of Team Austria, and Chad Le Clos of Team South Africa.
Anyway, before the race began many believed one of the greatest athletes ever, Michael Phelps, would win. He didn’t. The winner was Chad Le Clos of Team South Africa with a time of 1:52.96. Mr. Phelps came in at 1:53.01.
So yeah… Princess Charlene was there to cheer on Chad’s amazing swim along his family, friends, and dozens of Team South Africa fans. Oh and Prince Albert was there as well as members of the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg including Comtesse Stéphanie de Lannoy. 🙂
Congrats to Chad! 🙂
Interview with Chad whilst in Monaco. Begins at the 6:09 mark
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On Tuesday, July 31, 2012, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales, Their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, Peter and Autumn Phillips and Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal were at Greenwich Park to watch Team GB participate in the “… show jumping Equestrian event…”
Wow. Long sentence. Sorry about that. 🙂
Anyway, the royal family clapped, smiled and cheered as Team GB performed brilliantly throughout the competition. In the end, Team Germany won the gold medal. Team GB won the silver medal and Team New Zealand won the bronze medal.
Afterward, the Duchess Kate of Cambridge, Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge visited the Athletes Village at Olympic Park in London to met with members of Team GB. They had fun.
Soon, the Duke of Cambridge waltzed on over to the Water Polo Arena to watch Men’s Water Polo, Group B Match #17. Team GB had some tough competition against the heavily favored team, Serbia.
In the end, Team GB lost… big time. The score: 21-7. Team Serbia basically kicked their booty to put it mildly. 🙂
While their royal friends are having a blast in London watching the world’s greatest athletes do their thing at the 2012 Summer Olympics His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain and His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias were stuck in a stuffy room with a bunch of boring people. What did they do? Well, the royal duo attended a plenary meeting of the Consejo de Defensa Nacional at Zarzuela Palace.
Also in attendance alongside His Majesty and the prince was the Prime Minster of Spain, Mr. Mariano Rajoy Brey, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. José Manuel García-Margallo Marfil, the Minister of Defense, Mr. Pedro Morenes Eulate, and a bunch of other government officials.
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On Monday, July 30, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark was in Weymouth, England to watch Mr. Jonas Hogh-Christensen of Team Denmark compete in the Men’s Finn event during the 2012 London Olympics.
The prince consort also enjoyed watching other sailing competitions such as Men’s Laser, Men’s 49er and the Women’s Laser Radial. If that made any sense to you. 🙂
Later in the afternoon, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark was at Wembley Stadium where he watched the Men’s Singles in Badminton. The crown prince cheered on Mr. Peter Gade of Team Denmark who went on to win against Pedro Martins of Team Portugal. In an interview with the Danish magazine, Politiken, Crown Prince Frederik also noted that he also attended other competitions that day including Judo, Fencing, and of course the exciting event known as Table Tennis.
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On Monday, July 30, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended various beach volleyball competitions at the 2012 London Olympics.
Anyway, the sovereign prince is such a fan of the awesome sport that he even built his own court just so he could get a good workout and probably pretend that he’s the famed U.S. beach volleyball player, Karch Kiraly, for thirty minutes. “I’m such a fan [of the game]… it’s just fantastic…” the sovereign prince exclaimed to reporters.
Moving on, last night Prince Albert II attended an Olympic dinner aboard the MS Deutschland along with other members of the International Olympic Committee and VIPs.
Yeah… that’s it. 🙂
On Tuesday, July 30, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg along with children attended a Tennis match, Men’s Singles 2nd Round, at Wimbledon. The grand-ducal family watched as Gilles Muller lost to Denis Istomin of Team Uzbekistan.
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And, finally, in keeping with the Olympic theme I just had to share this funny video that has been making the rounds on Twitter, Facebook as well as other social media sites, newspapers and television for the past several days. Enjoy the clip known as the Happiest Olympic Worker 2012 by Ollygourley. 🙂
On July 30, 2012, Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal watched various Badminton matches held at the Wembley Arena in London.
In the afternoon, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales, and Their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrice and Prince Eugenie were at Greenwich Park to watch and support Ms. Zara Phillips. Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal watched “… from the grounds of the 5.7 kilometer course…”
Ms. Phillips was participating in the “…second phase of the three-day team eventing competition…” (cross-country). She came in 10th place with a score of 46.10. Click here and here to view photos.
And, finally, Their Royal Highnesses the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales attended the Men’s Team Final in Gymnastics. Team China won the gold medal with a final score of 275.997. Japan won the silver medal with a final score of 271.952 and Team GB won the bronze medal with a final score of 271.711.
Sources: AP and Telegraph
On the evening of July 30, 2012, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge attended the Royal Academy of Arts “… creative industries reception hosted by the British government supported by the Founders Forum…” in London.
According to the Press Association tonight’s event celebrates:
… UK culture, creativity, art and entertainment. The event is part of the Government’s GREAT campaign which aims to use the platform of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to showcase Britain’s capabilities and promote and enhance the country’s reputation aboard.
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On Tuesday, July 30, 2012, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was in Caithness, Scotland for a one-day visit. The future king began his day with a visit to Castletown where he opened the Backies two newly restored cottages funded by The Prince’s Regeneration Trust “… as part of the North Highlands Initiative” notes the BBC News. The cottages were recently renamed “… as the Caithness Flagstone Cottages.”
Afterward, the prince visited the offices of the North Highland Initiative and Wick Harbour. According to the Press Association, the Prince of Wales met with “…. representatives of the Harbour Authority…. The prince also met with [the] lifeboat crew who helped search for four airmen whose Tornado jets crashed earlier this month.”
The day ended with a visit to Sibster Farm. Click here to view photos.
On July 30, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands along with their three daughters continued to enjoy the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The royal family watched the Men’s Preliminary Field Hockey match, Group B, between the Netherlands and India held at the Riverbank Arena. Final score: 3-2, Netherlands. Princess Maxima and her Princess Ariane also enjoyed a Judo match this afternoon.
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Recently, CNN journalist, Mr. Max Foster, sat down with the beautiful Her Royal Highness Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, Sheikha of Dubai regarding “…show jumping’s Olympic royalty.” Click here to watch the video
On July 29, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands along with their three daughters attended various Olympic competitions during day two of the London Olympics.
On their agenda today, the royal family cheered on Team Netherlands during a great Women’s Hockey match against Belgium. The final score: 3-0. Team Netherlands basically dominated the game! 🙂
Also, the family enjoyed the intense Women’s Road Cycling in which Team Netherlands cyclist, Ms. Marianne Vos, won a well-deserved gold medal. Click here and here to view photos. Click here to watch a video.
In the evening, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima visited the Holland Heineken House in London.
On July 29, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco presented the gold, silver, and bronze medals to the winners of the Women’s 400m Freestyle swimming competition held at the Aquatic Center in London.
The sovereign prince, a member of the International Olympic Committee, presented the gold medal to Ms. Camille Muffat of France. The silver medal to Ms. Allison Schmitt of the United States of America and the bronze medal to Ms. Rebecca Adlington of Great Britain.