10 sport stars that came from royalty including F1 and Wimbledon names

King Charles greets royal fans along The Mall

The coronation of Charles III and his wife, Camilla, as King and Queen of the United Kingdom is set to take place this afternoon at Westminister Abbey. Express Sport marks the occasion by taking a trip through history to acknowledge royals who carry or left behind a sporting reputation.

Faiq Bolkiah

Faiq Bolkiah is the son of the Prince of Brunei, Jefri Bolkiah and nephew of the current Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah.

The 24-year-old has made a name for himself as a footballer, featuring in Southampton and Chelsea’s academies and representing Leicester City at U19 level.

Bolkiah is a versatile attacker, making his senior debut for Portuguese outfit Maritimo B in 2021 and currently plays for Chonburi FC in Thailand, making 31 appearances.

Zara and Mike Tindall

Zara Tindall continued her mother’s (more on her later) legacy as an equestrian and married professional rugby player, Mike Tindall.

Before he retired in 2014, Tindall won a World Cup and a host of Six Nations titles with England.

A year after marrying him, Zara won silver as part of the Team GB equestrian eventing team at the London 2012 Olympics.

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Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco

Prince Albert met his wife, Princess Charlene, through their involvement at the Olympics before getting married in 2011.

Albert was a member of Monaco’s bobsled team, representing the nation in five consecutive Winter Olympic Games from Calgary in 1988 to Salt Lake City in 2002.

Charlene competed at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney with the South African 400m relay swim team.

Inaki Urdangarin

After competing in 1992 and 1996, Inaki Urdangarin captained the Spanish handball team to bronze at the 2000 Olympic Games.

That was three years after marrying Infanta Cristina, the younger daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.

But in January last year, the pair announced their separation after he was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison.

Princess Anne

Before Zara Tindall, once Zara Phillips, Princess Anne followed Queen Elizabeth II in her interest in horses.

She rode Goodwill, owned by the late Queen, in a three-day equestrian event at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.

Princess Anne is the British Royal Family’s best-known sportsperson and passed her talent down to her daughter.

King Constantine of Greece

King Constantine brought glory to Greece in 1960, four years before he was crowned.

Aged just 20, he won gold in the Dragon Class of sailing at the Olympic Games in Rome.

King Constantine didn’t just have a sailing talent. He was also a swimmer, had a black belt in karate, and enjoyed a handful of other sports.

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Prince Birabongse

Alex Albon is impressing on the F1 track in 2023 with Williams, but the first Thai driver had royal blood.

Prince Birabongse raced in F1 for Maserati, Gordini and Connaught.

Known as His Highness Prince Birabongse Bhanudej in Asia, he also competed in four different Olympic Games.

George VI

George VI was named the Duke of York in 1920, six years before featuring at Wimbledon alongside Sir Louis Greig at the 1926 Championships.

They suffered first-round elimination from Arthur Gore and Herbert Roper Barrett, losing in three sets.

But it’s fair to say he came out in fine shape, considering he was crowned King a decade later.

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