Saturday, 20 August 2016

Royal Rio 2016: a collection of kings

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia with some of Sweden's canoeists at the Rio Olympics
(photo kungahuset Instagram)

The Rio Olympics are coming to an end in right royal style. As the final events of this year's Games are played out on a world stage, there is a collection of kings and queens watching on to give the last moments of this Olympiad a truly regal air.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden have been at equestrian events in the last few days in Rio, cheering on competitors.

Queen Silvia and Queen Maxima are there too along with the three Dutch princesses, Amalia, Alexia and Ariane.

But the real star of this royal show was Princess Estelle who was thousands of miles away but still got plenty of interest as her proud grandma started snapping photos on her phone with her eldest grandchild's photo on the case.

The Dutch Royal Family also had an agonising late night as the Olympics drew to an end, watching their women's hockey team defending their title only to lose a nail biting final to Team GB.

There have been some more royal arrivals in Rio in the past few days as well, with Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway joining the party.

He began his Olympics visit with a trip to the handball semi final between his country and Russia.

The day before, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark had been at a quarter final match in the same sport as his stay at the Rio Olympics continues.  The Games come to an end on Sunday with all eyes on the royal box for visitors to the closing ceremony of this Olympiad. And there won't be long to wait until the next royal appearances at the Games with the Winter Olympics in Pyongcheung in South Korea set to start in less than two years time.

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