When he returned to his oil-rich country (three times the size of Texas, about the same population as Michigan—6,500,000) he immediately hired a Moslem athletic director from Jerusalem to teach his sons basketball. King Saud has no trouble fielding enough players; he has 37 sons (nobody bothers to count the daughters) from his 20-odd wives.
Today, on a standard size court just off the Al Maseira Palace grounds, the princes between the ages of 8 and 13 play a game for His Majesty every week. The winning team receives a solid-gold cup, specially imported from the U.S. Already enough cups have been awarded to make almost every prince the proud owner of a royal basketball trophy.
Young Prince practices passing basketball before regular game begins.
Solid-Gold cup trophy stands before King Saud watching game while holding Prince Turki.
PRINCES WEARING DIFFERENTLY STRIPED SHIRTS TO DENOTE TEAMS SCRAMBLE FOR BALL. FINAL SCORE FOR THIS GAME WAS 8-5
IN PREGAME CEREMONY PLAYERS LINE UP BEFORE FATHER, CLICK HEELS, SALUTE, SHOUT ARABIAN FORM OF "GOD SAVE THE KING"
ROYALTY ON RUNNERS AND A RAFT
Sampling the available sports in widely separate parts of the world last week were a number of young people born to the purple. True to their Scandinavian heritages, the heirs to the thrones of Sweden and Denmark were in the mountains where they gracefully took to their skis. In a sun-warmed latitude, the world's most publicized princess, nearing the end of a state tour, took a cruise on one of the oldest types of craft known. The rough hewn bamboo raft was a far cry from the plush barge "like a burnish'd throne" which a royal lady of the Nile used long ago.
Crown Prince Karl Gustav of Sweden, 8, engages in snowball duel while skiing near Stockholm during school holidays.
Princess Margrethe, 14, heiress apparent to Danish throne, starts a run down mountain slope in central Norway.