The Royal Olympics: A Pictorial Guide to the Royal Family’s Athletic Attempts — PICS

Kate Middleton Hockey

Ahh, the Royal Family. Don’t you just love ‘em? They’re so prim and proper… and British. You just want to squeeze their cheeks and put them in your pocket and carry them around with you to say nice British things like, “Another spot of tea?” And now, with the Olympics in their lovely land of Londontown, we get to see the Royal Family’s beautiful faces even more than usual. (How about the Queen at the opening ceremonies?)

Seeing William, Kate, Harry, and Charles so much recently has got us wondering: does royalty play sports? Besides croquet and polo, we mean. Turns out, they do! In honor of the Olympics, we have compiled photographic evidence of the times the Royal Family has tried their hands at Olympic sports. Let the games begin!

GALLERY: The Royal Olympics

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Celebrity Editor Abbey Stone hails from the fair isle of Martha's Vineyard, a lovely, vaguely dinosaur-shaped spot of land located off the coast of Cape Cod, MA, that is best known for exporting preppy salmon-colored pants. But the bright lights of New York City beckoned, and Abbey was lured away from her coastal haven to attend Barnard College. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in English and a much less useful minor in Dance. Abbey has been published in Dance Magazine, The Huffington Post, Time Out New York, and Popstar! magazine (where she learned more than she ever wanted to know about Justin Bieber). Abbey now lives in Brooklyn, where she spends her days watching stupid Internet videos and reading pretentious books.