Thursday, May 30, 2013

Games of the Small States of Europe - Day Three

People, I have a confession to make: I am a fan! A fan of the Games of the Small States of Europe, it's like a mini-Olympics with a maxi-Grand-Ducal-Family-turnout. Surely there might be people complaining about the absence of more prominent family members but humble me for one is very happy to see so many lesser known family members. Case in point: Day three of the competitions.

Photo: Georges Noesen / Sportrevue
We might be missing princely sport fans in our recap today but there were new additions to the grand ducal cheering club. (Just to make sure: Neither this list nor the ones in the past days claim to be correct. It's entirely possible that more members of the family were in attendance or that the sporting venues were misidentified by moi but it is sure that those mentioned were present for some kind of event of the day in question.)

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, Prince Paul-Louis and Prince Jean-André, the oldest and the youngest sons of Prince Guillaume, were at the Judo competition today and saw both the Luxembourgish men's and women's teams take - or rather keep - home the gold medals in the team event.

Meanwhile, Grand Duke Henri, his brother Prince Guillaume and wife Princess Sibilla, and his sister Archduchess Marie-Astrid were at the gymnastics venue and also witnessed a number of Luxembourgish medals.

It seems that they all united for the swimming competition in the afternoon and evening hours as Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, Archduchess Marie-Astrid, Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla could all be seen cheering in the stands or alternatively handing out the medals.

I also spotted the Grand Duke at the athletics competition at the Stade Josy Barthel.

Pictures of today are available at Sportrevue #1, Sportrevue #2, Sportrevue #3, Tageblatt and L'essentiel. A video is located at RTL.

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