Prince Philip: Princess Anne recalls hilarious fishing swipe
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The Princess Royal, 71, is well-known for her association with and participation in the Olympic Games. She is the President of the British Olympic Association and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Anne, a keen horse rider, became the first royal to compete in the Games in 1976 in Montreal. She rode her mother, the Queen’s horse, Goodwill, in the equestrian three-day event, but was unable to clinch a medal.
Anne has been on the IOC for more than 30 years and is now its Honorary President.
In her Olympic role, the Princess Royal will be in Paris from tomorrow until Monday for a series of sporting engagements.
The Princess Royal is famous for her strong personality and sometimes does not hold back when it comes to her opinions.
One such moment came during the preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games as Anne uttered a searing remark after forgetting to turn her microphone off.
Her Olympic colleague Lord Sebastian Coe spoke about the controversial moment in the 2020 ITV documentary ‘Anne: The Princess Royal at 70’.
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He said: “I do remember, after a rather long-winded interjection by one of the Committee members, she had actually forgotten to turn her microphone off.
“She did manage to utter the immortal words, ‘I think this person is probably the most stupid person in world sport’.
“And this echoed absolutely around the room and she never flinched.
“It was as though it never happened and we just moved on, but it was probably one of my favourite moments.”
Lord Coe described Anne’s contribution to the London Games Committee as “seismic” and said she “doesn’t suffer fools gladly”.
During her trip to Paris, Anne will meet senior figures from the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Princess Royal, who is also patron of the Scottish Rugby Union, will meet people involved in the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which will be held across France.
Her visit to Paris has also been timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
She will meet with recent laureates and prize winners of the UNESCO-L’Oréal Women in Science Programme.
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The programme is for researchers who are working to overcome global challenges, according to Buckingham Palace.
The Princess Royal will be the first member of the Royal Family to visit Paris since 2017.
The last royal visit to the French capital saw the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch the Six Nations rugby match between France and Wales.
Last year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo were held without spectators due to the prevalence of COVID-19.
Ahead of the sporting spectacular, Anne sent a message of encouragement to Team GB’s athletes.
She said: “As your President, I would like to wish you every success for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“Although I am sad not to be there in person, I and the whole nation will be cheering for you and proudly supporting you from home.”
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