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9 royals who have competed in the Olympics

Summary List PlacementIn 1976, Princess Anne became the first member of the British royal family to compete in the Olympics. Princess Anne rode Queen Elizabeth's horse named Goodwill in the three-day equestrian event at the Montreal Olympics. During the event, her horse fell, taking Anne with it, but she got back on and rode through a concussion to finish the course. In 1988, she became a member of International Olympic Committee. Captain Mark Phillips was a member of the British Olympic equestrian team, which won a gold medal in 1972 and a silver medal in 1988. Despite being on the team in 1988, he...

Princess Anne on horseback at the 1976 Olympics

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In 1976, Princess Anne became the first member of the British royal family to compete in the Olympics.

Princess Anne rode Queen Elizabeth’s horse named Goodwill in the three-day equestrian event at the Montreal Olympics. During the event, her horse fell, taking Anne with it, but she got back on and rode through a concussion to finish the course.

In 1988, she became a member of International Olympic Committee.

Captain Mark Phillips was a member of the British Olympic equestrian team, which won a gold medal in 1972 and a silver medal in 1988.

Despite being on the team in 1988, he never actually competed in the event because his horse was injured.

Phillips married Princess Anne in 1973. They had two children, Peter and Zara, before divorcing in 1992.

Princess Anne and Phillips’ daughter, Zara Tindall, won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Tindall, who is Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, became the first member of the immediate British royal family to win an Olympic medal when the British eventing team took home the silver medal. Prince William and Kate Middleton sat in the audience to cheer her on as she competed in dressage, cross-country, and jumping events on horseback.

Before she married Prince Albert II of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock competed in swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Wittstock was part of the South African team in the 4×100 medley relay, which placed fifth.

Prince Albert II was also an Olympian, competing on Monaco’s bobsleigh team at five Olympic Games between 1988 and 2002.

Prince Albert met Wittstock at a swimming competition he was presiding over. The couple married in 2011 and welcomed twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques in 2014.

King Felipe’s sister Princess Cristina of Spain was a member of the Spanish sailing team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

Princess Cristina also carried the Spanish flag at the opening ceremony.

Inaki Urdangarin, who is married to Princess Cristina, won two bronze Olympic medals in handball.

Urdangarin competed in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, won a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and won another bronze medal in Sydney in 2000.

He was convicted of tax fraud, embezzlement, and influence peddling in 2018 and is currently serving out his prison sentence in Spain.

Princess Haya of Jordan competed in show jumping at the 2000 Olympic Games.

Princess Haya is the first Jordanian athlete to turn professional. She also served as a member of the International Olympic Committee from 2007 to 2014.

King Harald of Norway competed in sailing at the Olympics three times before ascending to the throne.

King Harald carried the Norwegian flag at the opening ceremony of the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He competed in sailing that year, as well as in 1968 and 1972, but never medalled.

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