A variety of events, from concerts to sporting events, will be held to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Furthermore, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund has been established as a charitable organization.
The fund aims to use sport and physical activity as a means of bringing communities together and addressing inequalities, and it’s not surprising that the Queen has always been interested in sports.
She isn’t the only Royal who gets her hands dirty on the field or in a competition, though. Many more people from all over the world have competed in high-level sports.
Princess Anne – Equestrian
It’s impossible to begin without mentioning the British Royal Family and perhaps the country’s most well-known sportsperson.
Princess Anne, the Queen’s only daughter, took up horseback riding in the same way that her mother did. While the Queen has never ridden in a professional event, preferring instead to watch from the stands as her horses compete, Anne has gone one step further.
Princess Anne’s interest in horses was inherited from her mother.
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She competed in the three-day equestrian event in the 1976 Montreal Olympics on Goodwill, the Queen’s horse.
Zara and Mike Tindall – Equestrian and rugby
Anne’s daughter Zara outperformed her mother in equestrian competition.
Even as a member of the Great Britain equestrian eventing team, the Queen’s granddaughter won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics.
Mike and Zara Tindall
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Her marriage to professional rugby player Mike Tindall ended a year later. Before retiring in 2014, he won a World Cup and several Six Nations titles.
Iñaki Urdangarin – Olympic medallist
The Royal Family of Spain enjoys a similar level of celebrity as the Royal Family of the United Kingdom.
Iaki Urdangarin competed in the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Summer Olympics as a member of the Spanish handball team, serving as team captain in 2000. In 1996 and 2000, the team received bronze medals.
After meeting at the Games, he married Infanta Cristina, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofa’s younger daughter, in 1997.
Spain’s Inaki Urdangarin competed in multiple Olympic Games.
Cristina and Urdangarin, however, announced their separation on January 24 of this year. He was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in prison following an embezzlement scandal.
First Thai Formula One driver, Prince Birabongse
The Anglo-Thai driver Alexander Albon will be well-known to Drive To Survive viewers, but Prince Birabongse paved the way for him.
His Highness Prince Birabongse Bhanudej, as he was known in the Asian country, was an incredibly successful sportsman. In 1952, he flew from London to Bangkok in his own twin-engine Miles Gemini plane, competing in sailing events at four Summer Olympic Games.
At Crystal Palace, Thai Prince Birabongse trains for a car race.
In the western world, he was best known for his work with the Maserati, Gordini, and Connaught teams in Formula One and Grand Prix races.
For the Maserati, Gordini, and Connaught teams, Birabongse raced in Formula One and Grand Prix races.
George VI – Wimbledon entrant
George, the Queen’s father, was a Wimbledon competitor six years after becoming Duke of York.
Tennis was a sport that a number of members of the Royal family enjoyed, including the future King. He was such a useful player that when Sir Louis Greig qualified for the 1926 Wimbledon Championship, he chose the Duke to play doubles with.
In 1929, King George VI and Princess Elizabeth were photographed together.
They were eliminated in the first round by Arthur Gore and Herbert Roper Barrett, who defeated them in three sets.
The Duke would be made King ten years later.
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco
Albert was a member of Monaco’s bobsled team at five Winter Olympic Games in a row, in 1988, 1992, 1994, Nagano, 1998, and Salt Lake City, 2002.
Because Charlene was a top athlete in her own right, he met his wife through his Olympic involvement. At the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, she was an important member of the South African 400m relay swim team.
Gabriella and Jacques, twins born to Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, are seven years old.
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They married in 2011, after dating for years and first appearing in public at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin.
Skiing sensation Prince Constantine von Lichtenstein
Here’s a trivia question for you: what is the smallest country in terms of population that has ever won an Olympic gold medal?
Liechtenstein is, without a doubt, a sporting heavyweight. Hanni Wenzel, who won gold in alpine skiing at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, was the catalyst.
A Royal Family member had previously set the standard in the sport 32 years prior. In the 1948 Olympics, Prince Constantine competed in the inaugural downhill skiing event. In a time of 5:04:01, he finished 99th.
During the 1958 Winter Olympics in Italy, Prince Max of Hohenlohe-Langenburg finished 46th.
King Constantine of Greece – sailing
Although neither of the Liechtenstein Princes won a medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, King Constantine of Greece did.
Given the proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, it was unsurprising that he excelled in a watersports event, winning gold in Dragon Class sailing.
Crown Prince Constantine of Greece racing in 1961
He was only 20 at the time, and four years later he would be crowned King. He was also a strong swimmer and karate black belt who competed in squash, track events, and horseback riding.
Sailing and yachting with Norway’s Crown Prince Olav V
We’re off to Norway to meet the late King Olav, a watersports expert. He was appointed Chief of Defense in 1944, during World War II. After his father died in 1957, Olav ascended to the throne.
He continued to enjoy one of his favorite pastimes, yachting, during his reign. The King’s frequent appearances on the water were one of many factors that contributed to his image as a down-to-earth figure, earning him the moniker “People’s King.”
On Stora Vartan, a bay north of Stockholm, Crown Prince Olaf of Norway sails his ice yacht.
And, on top of that, he won a gold medal in sailing at the 1928 Olympics.
Consider the following scenario: you’re playing football and the ball is being thrown at you. You prepare to tackle him, but you quickly realize he’s worth £15 billion.
If you were facing Faiq Bolkiah, this would be the case. Faiq is the nephew of Hassanal Bolkiah, the current Sultan of Brunei, and the son of Prince Jefri Bolkiah.
Faiq Jefri Bolkiah spent time in Chelsea’s youth system.
He has spent time in the Southampton, Chelsea, and Leicester academies, and last year he made his senior debut for Maritimo B in Portugal.
The 24-year-old has the world at his feet and a solid backup plan if his football career fails.