Princess Margriet and her husband Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven will attend the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games in London, the Government Information Service (RVD) announced. The royal couple will support 91 paralympic athletes from the Netherlands who are hoping to improve on the 22 medals won at the previous Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008.
Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven will visit several events in the first days of the ten day event. The sister of Queen Beatrix is member of the honourary board of the International Paralympic Committee, along with Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Monaco's Prince Albert II.
Clarence House in London announced on Thursday that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) and Prince Harry will be supporting the British paralympic team.
The Dutch chose javelin thrower Ronald Hertog, 23, to carry the flag into the Olympic stadium on opening night on Wednesday August 29th. Hertog is the reigning European champion and aims to be the first amputee athlete to throw the javelin over 60 metres. His current record is 56,76 metres. © HJ