Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Royals in Sochi, day three

The royal contingent in Sochi is changing all the time.  Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway has now arrived for a four day stay and made his way straight to a session of curling to cheer on his home team.

Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway at the curling in Sochi soon after his arrival on February 10th 2014

Prince Albert of Monaco has left the Games for now after attending the opening ceremony and several events as well as fringe meetings of the International Olympic Committee.  Princess Anne is still in Russia but has engagements away from the Winter Games over the coming days.  She was snapped in a rather empty set of seats with her husband, Tim Laurence, and the king and queen of the Netherlands on February 10th 2014.

Four royals all pretending not to notice that the others are there - Princess Anne, Tim Laurence, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima in Sochi on Feburary 10th 2014

And it's Willem-Alexander and Maxima who continue to provide the best royal images of Sochi 2014 so far.  In fact, the Dutch queen is miles ahead of her nearest rival.  After offering us bicycling in orange at the start of the games, Maxima has now found a rather fetching knitted hat to add to the set.

Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands wonders whether he should have a word with his consort about her very striking hat

And Willem-Alexander has claimed first glories in presenting gold medals to home grown winners when he awarded the top honours to Sven Kramer who had just claimed a second, consecutive Olympic win in the 5000 metres speed skating.  He also handed out a bronze medal to fellow countryman Jorrit Bergsma in the same event.

King Willem-Alexander presents Dutch speed skate Sven Kramer with the gold medal after his win in the 5000 metres - his second consecutive gold in that event.  Jorrit Bergsma of the Netherlands, who won bronze, looks on.

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