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Princess Anne Arrives in South Korea for the Winter Olympics

Her Royal Highness has had a long-standing association with the Olympics.
IMAGE Manju Shakya/ Chatham House/ WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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Princess Anne is attending the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, as part of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The daughter of Queen Elizabeth left the U.K. for South Korea on February 4 as reported by Royal Central. While there, she is undertaking official duties as member of the IOC and as President of the British Olympic Association.

Princess Anne will attend the 132nd International Olympic Committee Session with other dignitaries and officials. She will also be present for Team Great Britain’s flag raising ceremony and the official opening reception and ceremony at the PyeongChang Stadium, but she's expected to leave halfway through the duration of the games to undertake other official engagements in the U.K.

Her Royal Highness has had a long-standing association with the Olympics. In 1976, she joined the British team and competed in a three-day equestrian event where she became the first member of the British royal family to participate. The princess has since been appointed a Member of the International Olympic Committee and has been on the Members Election Committee since 2015.

She counts a successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games in London as one of her accomplishments, as she acted as Director of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. She also accepted the Olympic flame in Athens on behalf of London in preparation for the relay tour of the country.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Princess Anne made a passionate speech about the World Anti-Doping Agency during a session of the IOC.

“Testing the athlete and sanctioning the athlete is a relatively straightforward process. But the other parts of the equation, the people who make up the backing of those athletes and the people who manage the testing laboratories, is a very different picture. And my question is who are we going to sanction and how?” she said.

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The Princess is not the only royal involved in the committee. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Princess Nora of Liechtenstein, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, and Prince Albert of Monaco all hold positions in the committee and are also scheduled to attend the games. Several royal members will be attending the upcoming games as a show of support. These include Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, and Crown Prince Haakon.

The opening ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games will be on February 9. It will conclude on February 25.

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