Top 50 Fittest Royals in the World


The image of a portly king sitting on his throne with a meaty turkey leg and goblet wine of is a thing of the past. Today’s royalty is cut from a different cloth, namely gore-tex and polyester cotton blend. They still spend a lot of time at the family stables, but are also making sure to set aside enough time for spin class. The team at Health Fitness Revolution, along with its founder Samir Becic, four-time No. 1 Fitness Trainer in the world, investigated the fitness habits of the world’s nobility. What we found was a group of people who really, really like to stay active. But it’s no surprise when you consider they attend so many state dinners, where they have to wear tailored suits and elegant dresses, so they have a huge incentive to stay in tip-top shape!

Sadly, we can’t have the nobility duke it out in some grand tournament to crown who is the healthiest and most physically fit. Until that’s a thing, we’ve come up with our own methodology to determine the 50 fittest royals. Those fitness level, nutritional habits, age, their own medical issues and how they coped with them, and especially involvement and promotion of healthy lifestyle within their country.

“These fit royals are great trend setters for the new generation in terms of healthy lifestyle.” – Samir Becic

This list contains only royalty that have power in their countries. Here are Health Fitness Revolution Top 50 Fittest Royalty in alphabetical order:

Queen Rania Abdullah, 44 – Jordan 


  • Eats a healthy diet
  • Likes brown rice, steamed fish, steamed chicken, and green vegetables
  • Prefers foods with low GI
  • Begins her day with yoga
  • Performs Pilates, kickboxing, karate, and taekwondo
  • Enjoys running in her spare time
  • Hobbies also include skiing and cycling
  • Doesn’t smoke or drink

Prince Olof Daniel Westling Bernadotte, 41 – Sweden


  • Had a passion for sports growing up
  • Fitness instructor and personal trainer
  • Gym Owner and ran the company Balance Training with 3 gyms in central Stockholm
  • Served in the Swedish army as part of the national conscription
  • Met his wife Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland while at the gym.

Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, 25 – Bahrain


  • First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport
  • President of the Bahrain Association of Athletics Federations
  • President of the Federation of West Asian Athletics
  • Force Commander of the Special Royal Guard
  • Graduated from British Military Academy
  • Royal Guard Commander Khalidiya Stables
  • Member of the Royal Group of Endurance horses
  • Founder of the Stables (Khalidiya) Race Horse in 2004
  • Has loved riding since childhood and became a coach because of his gifted ability
  • Won the youngest coach in the world title.
  • Participates in most major sports
  • Hobbies: Equestrian, hawk, archery, football and huju mosol.
  • Loves to engage in endurance sports, well recognized for horse racing and show jumping
  • Awarded Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Creative Sports in its sixth category (athlete has achieved outstanding successes)
  • Graduate of British Military Academy
  • Achieved second place in diving and special forces, and has taken many special military training courses
  • Holds the current military rank of Major
  • Participant of Cut off swimming challenge from Sunset Beach, distance of 42 km a time of 20 hours March 14, 2014 for the benefit of cancer patients
  • Won many awards in swimming and in field sports.
  • Established events in the Humanitarian field
  • Well recognized and an outstanding athlete, with many achievements and awards

  Prince Félix Léopold Marie Guillaume, 30 – Luxembourg

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  • Honorary president of the Luxembourg Basketball Federation
  • He was voted “best athlete” of his school for five years running.
  • Plays tennis, football and volleyball on a regular basis and also interested in golf and basketball.
  • He also excels in acrobatic skiing, classical and giant slalom, and snowboarding.

Crown Prince Frederik Christian, 46 – Denmark


  • Encourages Danish participation in sports
  • He is a patron and honorary member of various sports organizations and a member of the international Olympic Committee.
  • He promotes an active lifestyle in society
  • An avid sportsman, running marathons in Copenhagen, New York and Paris
  • He is a competitive Farr 40 skipper as well as an accomplished Dragon boater
  • He also served in the military

Prince Amedeo D’Aviano, 28 – Belgium


  • Spent a year in the Royal Military Academy in Belgium
  • Completed military service and is a reserve officer in the Belgian Army
  • Known for being an athlete
  • Hobbies include rugby and running
  • Ran the 2008 New York City Marathon

Prince Harry David, 30 – England


  • Captain in the British Army Air Corps
  • According to the British military’s guidebook for physical training, Harry’s position requires a rigorous fitness routine
  • Receives personal training sessions at a public gym
  • Enjoys sports such as rugby union, polo, and skiing
  • Has a trainer
  • Does a mixture of circuit training, boxing, and cardio

Princess Victoria Désirée, 38 – Sweden


  • Met her husband, Prince Daniel, while he was her personal trainer at a gym in Stockholm
  • Enjoys exercising at the gym

Duchess Kate Elizabeth, 33 – England

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  • Gym
  • Cycling
  • Yoga
  • Rowing
  • Tennis
  • In 2008 it was reported that Prince William ordered a new gym to be built at Clarence House for Kate, so that she did not need to visit any other gyms and risk being photographed.
  • She works out for at least an hour a day and loves to stay slim and toned. She and Pippa use the gym all the time because it has great equipment and it’s completely private. She has even had William and Harry doing crunches and press-ups.
  • While studying at college she was captain of the hockey team.
  • Goes skiing every winter with Prince William
  • She fuels her body well with healthy low GI carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fats, and exercises hard to burn off any excess energy that she has.

Prince Charles George, 66 – England


  • Convinced his parents to begin eating organic
  • Known for being very active
  • Has served in both the navy and air force and trained as a jet pilot.  In order the qualify for this position, one must be extremely healthy and fit.
  • He is an avid polo player, hikes, and has a regular fitness regimen.
  • He recently was asking the National Welsh Rugby team for training advice, to help him be even more fit.
  • He has been known to do push-ups and crunches before bed.
  • He was honorary mention on Top 13 Fittest Heads of State

Prince Akishino, 49 – Japan


  • He is an avid tennis player, ranked top ten in tennis doubles players in the Kanto Region

Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, 27 – Bahrain


  • Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport
  • President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee
  • Officially opened the supplements and healthy products exhibition in Bahrain (with a ceremonial ribbon cutting), which showcases over 50 exhibitors giving their expertise in health and fitness for other sport enthusiasts
  • Holds numerous sporting events such as Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Ramadhan Football Championship, International Triathlon Challenge Championship, and the annual Olympic Triathlon Race.
  • He has also participated in numerous regional and international races and won medals
  • Attended Sandhurst Military Academy in the UK
  • Currently serving in the Bahrain Defence Force and leads the Bahrain National Endurance Team.

Prince William Louis, 32 – England


  • Prince William works for the Royal Air Force flying Sea King search and rescue helicopters. He performs his duty as any RAF pilot should, with professionalism and total dedication to the job. This includes eating a healthy diet and staying very fit.
  • While at school and college Prince William played several sports, including soccer (he was captain of his house team at Eton College), swimming, basketball, cross country running and water polo.
  • In 2004 while studying at St. Andrews University he represented the Scottish National Universities Water Polo Team during the Celtic Nations championships. His codename was Steve during the tournament, and the press never caught on to the fact that he was Prince William of Wales.
  • He is always active, both in work and in leisure. He does not spend his days sitting at a desk and his evenings sitting in front of the television. He has access to healthy food, and his work and royal commitments means that he has the motivation to stay in great shape.

King Abdullah II bin al-Hussein, 52 – Jordan


  • Attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
  • Huge fan of sports
  • Hobbies include skydiving, scuba diving, and football
  • Was named to the Top 13 Fittest Heads of State

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein,  40 – Jordan 


  • Loves riding horses
  • Champion show jumper
  • Follows a healthy diet
  • She was on Jordan’s Equestrian team in Sydney in 2000 for show jumping and didn’t win a medal. She was also the flag bearer for Jordan

Prince Faisal Al Shalan, 27 – Saudi Arabia


  • Completed in the mixed jumping events for Saudi Arabia in both individual and team events in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games
  • He won several medals in show jumping events, including gold for national equestrian team, at the 2011 Pan Arab Games in Doha, Qatar
  • He also obtained a silver medal in team jumping at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea

 Emir Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, 34 – Qatar

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  • Former member of the Qatar Armed Forces
  • Participates in competitive sport
  • Has been filmed playing badminton and bowling
  • Promoted sport as part of Qatar’s effort to raise its international profile
  • Voted the “Best sport personality in the Arab world” by an Egyptian newspaper in 2006

Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohammad bin Hasher Al Maktoum, 51 – Dubai


  • He is a member of the ruling family of Dubai, and competed at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games for UAE in trap shooting
  • His best performance was a gold medal in Double Trap in 2004

Sheikha Latifa bint Ahmed Al Maktoum, 25 – Dubai


  • Competed in Equestrian Individual Mixed Jumping for UAE in 2008, finishing 54th

Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 34 – Dubai


  • Competed in Taekwondo Women’s Welterweight and finished 7th in the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • In 2008, she was included as 17th on the list of the “20 Hottest Young Royals” as compiled by Forbes Magazine

Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 38 – Dubai


  • A member of the Dubai royal family, the son of the former ruler of Dubai Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Sheikh Saeed competed in Men’s Skeet Shooting for UAE in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012, his best performance 9th place in Sydney 2000
  • He was the flag bearer for the UAE at the opening ceremony of London 2012 Olympics
  • In 2011, he won gold in the ISSF World Cup Finals in Al Ain, UAE. He also won gold in the 2011 Pan-Arab Games in Doha, Qatar
  • In 2010, he won 9th Arab Shooting Championship at the Fahad Al Ahmed Complex in Kuwait
  • In 2006, he won Asian Shooting Championships in skeet. He is owner of famous racehorses including Lammtara of the Godolphin Stables
  • He is chairman of Al-Shabab football club
  • He sponsored 1000 Dunes Rally in 2008

 Prince Abdullah bin Miteb Abdullah Al-Saud, 30 – Saudi Arabia


  •  Has been at the forefront of show jumping in Saudi Arabia for over a decade and has represented his country on numerous occasions
  • As well as being an integral part of the bronze medal winning team at the London Olympic Games in 2012, Prince Abdullah won individual and team gold at the Pan Arab Games in 2007 and was also part of the gold medal winning Saudi Equestrian team at the Asian Games in 2006 and 2010

Prince Carl Philip Edmund Bertil, 35 – Sweden


  • Enjoys skiing and cross country skiing
  • Swimming
  • Sailing
  • Plays soccer

Princess Mӓrtha Louise, 43 – Norway


  • Spoke about the importance of nutrition and maintaining a healthy diet at the 60th Anniversary of Rheumatism Association celebration
  • Favorite sport is riding
  • Has participated in both national and international show jumping competitions

Prince Haakon Magnus, 41 – Norway


  • Served in the  Royal Norwegian Navy
  • Involved in several sports, particularly likes windsurfing
  • Has been part of olympic ceremonies (opening ceremony Vancouver)
  • Enjoys winter sports and water sports
  • Runs races, including the 2014 mini-marathon through Oslo

Jigme Wangchuck, 34 – Bhutan


 King Philippe Maria, 54 – Belgium


  • Was a fighter pilot and parachutist
  • Named Lieutenant General of the Armed Forces
  • Vice-Admiral of the Navy
  • Those around him say that his two favorite hobbies are studying man in the modern world and exercising to keep his body fit
  • Loves winter sports such as skiing

Princess Beatrice Mary, 26 – England


  • Lost 30 pounds in 2012 by running and following a low-calorie diet
  • Spent most of her teen years heavier than recommended
  • After an unflattering bikini picture surfaced of her and she got many nasty comments, she decided to embark on a journey of health and fitness
  • Hired a trainer and began working out an hour a day- often outdoors in a park
  • Squats and lunges
  • Boxing
  • Does not believe in fad dieting, but rather sticks to consuming a healthy diet longterm
  • Competed in the National Lottery Olympic Park Run
  • Ran a marathon
  • Hikes
  • Bikes
  • Swims
  • Surfs

King Norodom Sihamoni, 61 – Cambodia


  • Best known for his work as a cultural ambassador in Europe and as a classical dance instructor
  • Studied classical dance and music until 1975
  • In 1981 he moved to France to teach ballet and was later president of the Khmer Dance Association
  • Does exercise regularly, such as bike riding and walking around the palace
  • Spent a year as a monk

Prince Guillaume Marie Louis Christian, 51 – Luxembourg


  • Enjoys football and volleyball
  • Also known to play tennis, skiing, swimming and other aquatic sports

Queen Mathilde Ghisline, 42 – Belgium


  • In September 2014, Opened the Special Olympics in Belgium
  • Serves as the World Health Organization’s special representative for Immunizations
  • Promotes women’s health
  • Has been seen skiing with her family

Prince Albert Grimaldi, 56 – Monaco


  • Was a camper and later became a counselor for six summers at Camp Tecumseh on Lake Winnipesaukee, Moultonborough, New Hampshire
  • An enthusiastic sportsman
  • Participated in cross country, javelin throwing, handball, judo, swimming, tennis, rowing, sailing, skiing, squash and fencing
  • Has competed in five Winter Olympics in the sport of bobsledding for Monaco
  • Took part in both 2-man and 4-man events
  • Patron of Monaco’s football team
  • Flag bearer for Monaco at the 1988, 1994, 1998 winter olympics
  • Member of the International Olympic Committee
  • Awarded the Eagle award by the United States Sports Academy

Grand Duke Henri, 59, Luxembourg


  • He is a career military man, undertaking his military officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, England.
  • Is a member of the International Olympic Committee, a member of The Mentor Foundation (established by the World Health Organization).
  • He does regular fitness exercises and maintains a healthy lifestyle which aided him on his journey to recovery from certain genetic ailments.
  • Made our 2014 List of Fittest Heads of State and 2015 Fittest Heads of State

Prince Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume, 28 – Luxembourg


  • A keen fan of mountain sports like alpine skiing, snowboarding,etc.
  • Also likes cycling, hunting and scuba diving

Prince Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume, 22 – Luxembourg


  • Enjoys climbing, skiing, swimming and particularly rugby.
  • He was selected for the Luxembourg National rugby team and also plays for the varsity team at his University.

Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, 28 – Thailand


  • Loves sports
  • Has participated in badminton and sailing competitions, both nationally and internationally
  • Works out regularly
  • Practices yoga and meditation
  • Enjoys Thai cuisine that is full of herbs, vegetables, and fruits with minimal meat

Prince Naruhito, 54 – Japan


  • During his childhood he enjoyed diverse hobbies as music, mountain climbing, and riding
  • While in Australia, he would go riding around Point Lonsdale, play violin and tennis, and climb Uluru
  • He enjoys jogging, hiking, and mountaineering in his spare time

Princess Marie Odile, 38 – Denmark


  • Avid sportswoman
  • Has been seen skiing with her family
  • Interested in boxing

Queen Letizia Ortiz, 42 – Spain

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  • Maintains her figure with a healthy diet
  • Avoids refined carbohydrates
  • Exercises
  • Enjoys sailing, skiing, and tennis
  • Promotes nutrition and health
  • Her husband King Felipe VI was named Top 13 Fittest Heads of State

King Felipe VI, 46 – Spain


  • Holds the military rank of Captain General of the army, navy and the air force
  • The highest military rank, therefore the supreme commander of the armed forces
  • Engages in military exercises and maneuvers
  • Generally an enthusiast of sports
  • Was a member of the olympic sailing team at the 1992 Barcelona olympics
  • Spain’s flag bearer in the parade of nations
  • Has been awarded an Olympic diploma
  • Was named to Top 13 Fittest Heads of State 2015

Princess Charlene Wittstock, 36 – Monaco


  • Former competitive swimmer
  • Represented South Africa in the 2000 Olympics
  • Does regular workouts, which include weight training, cardio, and stretching
  • Vegetarian
  • Follows a healthy diet
  • Enjoys surfing and hiking

Princess Madeleine Josephine, 32 – Sweden


  • An enthusiastic equestrian
  • Competed in showjumping
  • Enjoys skiing, dancing, and taking walks

King Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand, 47 – Netherlands


  • Former member of the armed forces
  • Enjoys tennis, running, skiing, sailing, golf, horse riding, skating, and diving
  • Took part in the 1992 New York marathon

Queen Sonja Haraldsen, 77 – Norway


  • Certified skiing instructor
  • Enjoys long hikes and ski trips in the Norwegian mountains every year
  • Also participates in sailing

Prince Henrik, 80 – Denmark


  • Did military service in France and Algeria
  • Known as a sportsman
  • Hobbies include yachting, horsemanship, shooting, skiing, and tennis

King Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus XVI, 68 – Sweden


  • Previously rose to the rank of captain (in the Royal Swedish Army and Air Force) and lieutenant (in the Royal Swedish Navy)
  • Highly skilled skier
  • Enjoys riding, water sports, and sailing

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, 64 – Bahrain


  • Learned swimming, horse riding, and target shooting from expert trainers at an early age.
  • Underwent military training, first with the British Army; in 1972, he joined the US Army Command and General Staff College in Kansas
  • He was awarded a Military honor certificate from the US for his achievements in military school and was also enlisted in the college’s lieutenant list.
  • In 1975, he was appointed President of the Supreme Council of Youth and Sports.
  • Enjoys golf, tennis and football

Princess Anne Louis, 64 – England


  • Known for her equestrian talents
  • First member of the British Royal Family to compete in the Olympic Games
  • She is a British representative in the International Olympic Committee as an administrator

King Sidi Mohammed VI, 51 – Morocco


  • Amir al Mu’minin, or Commander of the Faithful, has all religious and political authority
  • Practices many sports

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 68 – Brunei


  • Honorary commission in the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom as an Air Marshal
  • Honorary Admiral of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom
  • Went to Royal Navy’s officer-training school in the United Kingdom
  • Plays polo, golf and badminton

Honorary Mentions: These two men are technical Royalty but were not born into it. Their Sovereignty is only applicable while they are in Power of their respective positions

Pope Francis Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 78 – Vatican City



  •  Interested in football
  • Active member of San Lorenzo de Almagro, which is one of the teams in the Primera Division league
  • “Sports in the community can be a great missionary tool, where the Church is close to every person to help them become better and to meet Jesus Christ”
  • Focused on how sports can bring about good in the lives of young people
  • Says that sports is like school and work in helping youth develop themselves and avoid addictions to drug and alcohol
  • Is our Fittest Religious World Leader

François Hollande, 60- Andorra 

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  •  The Andorran constitution ratified and approved in 1993 establishes Andorra as a sovereign parliamentary democracy that retains the president of France and Bishop of Urgell as co-princes and heads of state.
  • Ex-Player for FC Rouen, a French association football club
  • Wants to spend more of the budget on making sport more accessible to the French people
  • Hopes to see more French competitors at the Olympics
  • Has found that there is not enough sports in schools and has added 60,000 jobs in the sports education sector
  • Has said, “Sport is not a luxury, it is a necessity, and it is fundamental for the economics of our social security. We need to exercise at all ages and there needs to be more organized sports available”.
  • He wants the expansion of sports in France to be part of his presidential term and legacy
  • Has participated in soccer matches for charity
  • His predecessor, Nicholas Sarkozy almost made our first list of Fittest Heads of State 




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