Royalty in Rosemary: Ironman princes from Bahrain cause a stir

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:34 AM.

The arrival of two princes from Bahrain at the quiet resort hamlet of Rosemary Beach last week caused quite the stir.

Reports are that the princes and their entourage filled all the rooms at the newly opened luxury boutique hotel The Pearl, and the B&B across the street, The Pensione.

The princes flew into Pensacola in a private 747 — one of the largest planes ever to land at the airport — to participate in the Ironman Florida, which took place last weekend in Panama City Beach. Their stay, however, lasted nine days.

While their presence in the town was supposed to be kept quiet for security purposes, not long after their arrival social media sites lit up with talk of the arrival. The reports said the group would be difficult to miss since the princes were always accompanied by bodyguards and surrounded by members of their group. And if, per chance, you didn't notice the group it might have been difficult to overlook the plethora of long black Escalades driven by men in suits and ties. Not the everyday sight at the beach.

The princes reportedly spent much of their time training for the Ironman event by running, swimming, and working out at the gym. They also spent some time shopping at our local outlet malls and Bass Pro Shop.

From the sampling of posts on social media sites, while everyone was abuzz about the princes, thoughts on their presence were divided. Some seemed to enjoy the presence of royalty and the amount of money they spent while here.

Realtor Bruce King saw the princes. "Not up close and personal, but I was in their general area. My limited interaction with their security detail was very pleasant. They asked me if I would mind pausing for just a moment for his safety and allow the Sheikh and his party to pass," said King.

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