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London 2012: Royals and Dignitaries Flock to Olympic Badminton

European royalty, government leaders and top sports officials were among the thousands savouring Olympic badminton at London 2012.

A strong presence from the British and Danish royal families – including the attendance of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark on the final day – as well as visits by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Dr. Jacques Rogge, and Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG), Lord Sebastian Coe, highlighted the nine-day event at Wembley Arena.

Several dignitaries, such as members of various National Olympic Committees, enjoyed the Badminton World Federation’s hospitality at its cocktail reception on Tuesday, 31 July, in the Olympic Family Lounge. During the festivities, which featured brief speeches by Dr. Rogge and BWF President Dr. Kang Young Joong, the IOC head and other guests received portrait caricatures sketched by artists that evening. A chuckling Dr. Rogge was presented with his sketch by Dr. Kang.

Meanwhile, Singaporean President, Tony Tan, and Finland’s President, Sauli Niinistö, came to patriotically cheer on their respective country’s shuttlers. Newly elected Vice-President of the IOC’s Executive Board, Sir Craig Reedie – a leading sports administrator and former president of the International Badminton Federation (precursor to the Badminton World Federation) – also lent his support to the competition, greeting long-time friends and colleagues in the badminton community.


Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (top right) watches the Men’s Doubles final in the company of her sister, Princess Benedikte (next to her). Also pictured (bottom left) is Kai Holm, a former Danish IOC Member.


BWF President Dr. Kang Young Joong chats with HRH Princess Anne. Also pictured is Dr. Kang's interpreter, Ms. Lim.


Singapore Support: Singaporean President Tony Tan and his wife, Mary, celebrate victory by one of their players.


Badminton legend, BWF Council Member and new IOC Member, Li Lingwei, has the full attention of IOC President, Dr. Jacques Rogge.


Newly elected Vice-President of the IOC’s Executive Board, Sir Craig Reedie, attended a number of the badminton sessions.


The Earl of Wessex (second right) admires various international badminton trophies which were on display during the London Olympics. Also pictured (from left) are BWF Vice-President Olympic Relations, Gregory Verpoorten; Chief Executive of Badminton Scotland, Anne Smillie; and BWF President Dr. Kang Young Joong.


HRH Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark (right) visited the Danish badminton contingent in the Mixed Zone. While there he chatted with former Danish shuttler, Jim Laugesen (second left; backing), who was Ireland's coach at the London 2012 Olympics.


Laughing Matters: IOC President, Dr. Jacques Rogge (left), shows his sense of humour as he accepts a caricature of himself from BWF President, Dr. Kang Young Joong, at a reception at Wembley Arena.


HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark (left) is accompanied to watch badminton by BWF President, Dr. Kang Young Joong. Also pictured is BWF Secretary General, Thomas Lund.



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