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Old 01-10-2003, 10:26 AM
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Another article about Fred's sailing......

Prince proves it's all in the jeans
By ALISON RIBBON
10jan03

THE Crown Prince of Denmark will spend the next two weeks lapping up the warmth of a Hobart summer while his Tasmanian girlfriend endures sub-zero temperatures in his homeland.

That was what Prince Frederik said when he turned up unannounced at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in Sandy Bay yesterday.

In town for the world dragon class championships, the Prince said it was a shame to be in Hobart without Mary Donaldson but that she had commitments in Denmark.

However, Mary is expected to arrive in Hobart next week.

Prince Frederik arrived at the yacht club early yesterday afternoon, dressed casually and relatively unnoticed.

If not for his link with Mary, who he is tipped to marry, the 34-year-old may not have been noticed at all.

But this was his first trip to Mary's home city and, despite being here to sail, there was speculation surrounding his relationship with her.

Dressed in a casual yellow jumper and blue jeans, the Prince was accommodating to the small contingent of Tasmanian journalists and photographers who approached him.

The Danish paparazzi had been arriving in Hobart since Wednesday, but none was there when the Prince quietly emerged to set up his sail boat Nanoq for the dragon championships.

Prince Frederik was polite, enthusiastic about the championships and coy when questioned about 30-year-old Mary, who he has been seeing since the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Asked if he planned to propose to her in her home town, he laughed and gave away nothing.

"I don't think it's going to be right here actually," he said. "We are just enjoying ourselves, getting to know each other more."

He did say Mary wished she was in Hobart.

"It's hard for her to think I'm here in her own place," he said.

Asked if she was here too, he said: "Not right now, she's got a good job at home."

Prince Frederik said his "princess-in-waiting" was still acclimatising to the "crystal cold" Danish weather while he was enjoying the Hobart sun.

He said he hoped to see some of the beautiful Tasmanian spots she had recommended, such as Wineglass Bay and Seven Mile Beach.

But the Prince, whose father is president of the International Dragon Class Association, said most of his days would be spent preparing for the championships rather than sightseeing.

"I hope to see some of the sights but it depends if and when there's time," he said.

Prince Frederik said he might be able to finally meet Mary's older sisters, Patricia Woods and Jane Stephens.

"That's a good point and chances are [reasonable] but we will see how things progress," he said.

The Prince described Mary's father, John Donaldson, and stepmother, Susan Moody, who visited the pair in Copenhagen recently, as "good people, good Tasmanians".

But he wouldn't confirm whether his own mother, Queen Margrethe, had met his potential bride.

"Some say she hasn't, some say she has," he said. "I'm not going to clarify particularly but, being in Denmark for a long time, you would say it's about time they had."

Mary, who grew up at Taroona and went to Taroona High School and the University of Tasmania before moving to Sydney and becoming a real estate agent, is expected to arrive in Hobart next week after attending a christening for Danish actress Ellen Hillingso's child.

Link: http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/s...55E3462,00.html
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Old 01-10-2003, 02:18 PM
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Visit to future in-laws
By ALISON RIBBON
11 jan 03


A SMILING Prince Frederik returned from his first sailing event yesterday to find his potential in-laws waiting for him.

John Donaldson and Susan Moody, parents of the Danish Crown Prince's girlfriend Mary Donaldson, were at the Royal Hobart Yacht Club from about 3.30 yesterday afternoon to greet the Prince.

He looked very happy to see the pair as he and his crew came in on Nanoq about 5pm.

They had come seventh in the invitation race, a warm-up for the Prince Philip Cup today.

Professor Donaldson and Ms Moody, looking uncomfortable with the media attention, waited patiently, declining all attempts by journalists to interview them.

A television crew, two photographers and four reporters followed Ms Moody and Prince Frederik as they walked to the silver Honda Prelude where Professor Donaldson was waiting.

Professor Donaldson, former head of mathematics at the University of Tasmania, and Susan Moody, an author, spend six months abroad every year.

It is believed they returned from England some time yesterday, but it is not known if Mary came back to Hobart with them.

She is expected to come to Tasmania from Denmark next week, after attending a christening at the weekend.

It is thought Prince Frederik spent time at Professor Donaldson and Ms Moody's home in Sandy Bay last night.

The couple would not comment on whether Mary would soon be in Hobart or if they planned to show their royal visitor the sights of Hobart.


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Old 01-11-2003, 01:06 PM
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Prince breathes regal heir into dragon titles
By JAMES BRESNEHAN
10jan03

HAD it not been for the two bodyguards nearby, Denmark's Crown Prince would have gone unnoticed as he unpacked his yacht in Hobart yesterday.

A Danish Olympic yachtsman, Prince Frederik arrived to compete in the Australian dragon class titles, which start tomorrow.

The national titles will be followed by the world championship next week, which has attracted 24 crews from around the world.

Instead of standing back and watching his crewmen do the work, the 34-year-old heir to the Danish throne pitched in like any sailor would to assemble the yacht.

"We are here for two weeks, it's going to be wonderful, we'll have a good time here," Prince Frederik said.

Nanoq _ which means "polar bear" in Inuit _ arrived on Tuesday in a large shipping container.

The Prince and his teammates put Nanoq _ an immaculate craft, complete with golden stripes and mahogany cabin _ into competition mode for today's invitation race on the Derwent.

"We've come all the way Down Under and so we may as well work our way up in terms of our performance," he said.

Europe is the powerbase for dragon class yachting and Prince Frederik hopes to unleash its might during the world championships.

"Germany has got 1000 boats in its dragon fleet, the Dutch have got a hell of a lot, and so have the Danes as well," he said.

"It's quite hard to become national champion in Denmark. When the professional sailors relax they sail dra-gons, so all the amateurs get a hard time. But we get good training against them."

Prince Frederik's crew is made up of Denmark's Olympic sailing coach, Theis Palm, and Kaspar Harsberg.

As part of one of Europe's leading crews, the Prince has high hopes.

"We have good expectations," he said.

"Very few European boats have come here, so it means our chances are good.

"Unfortunately, we don't know much about the Australians or the Kiwis."

Link: http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/s...55E3462,00.html
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10jan03

THE playboy Prince of Denmark slipped into the state yesterday _ but his Tasmanian girlfriend was nowhere to be seen.

Prince Frederik is in town for the world dragon class sailing championships on the Derwent.

His girlfriend, former Taroona High School girl Mary Donaldson, was staying back in chilly Denmark, he said.

But the 34-year-old prince _ on his first visit to Tasmania _ said Mary wished she was in Hobart.

"It's hard for her to think I'm here in her own place," he said.

Link: http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/s...255E921,00.html
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Danes up close to their prince
By ALISON RIBBON
11jan03

WHILE Tasmanians were oblivious to the fact there was a prince in town, to a visiting family it was a dream come true.

Ove and Inge Sorensen and their daughter Helle rushed down to the Royal Hobart Yacht Club yesterday morning after reading in The Mercury that the Crown Prince of Denmark was in town.

The Danish trio approached Prince Frederik for a photograph.

The Prince is in Hobart for the World Dragon Class Sailing Championships on the River Derwent.

Ove said an outing like this for the Prince would normally draw a huge crowd of people but he and his family had the Prince to themselves.

Helle, 21, said her four sisters would be extremely jealous.

"They are in the snow and I am sitting in the sun right next to Prince Frederik," she said.

Helle, who is studying at Monash University in Melbourne, is taking her parents on a trip around Australia.

The Tasmanian leg of the journey was very timely.

Ove said the Prince was highly respected in Denmark.

"He has a good reputation, is a good representative," he said.

"People like him but not like a big screaming thing, he's too down-to-earth for that."

Helle said people also had a great deal of respect for former Hobart schoolgirl Mary Donaldson, who is tipped to marry the Prince.

"People would like to be in Mary's position definitely but they like her and are very happy about her," she said.

"She has a very good smile, seems very modest, but then we haven't heard that much, except gossip."

Helle said Australian people didn't know nearly as much about Mary as the Danes did.

Link: http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/s...55E3462,00.html
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Old 01-19-2003, 07:36 PM
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Mary's peck from her prince
By ALISON RIBBON
20jan03

IT was just a small awkward peck, hardly passionate, barely there.

But it was significant all the same, being the first time Prince Frederik has kissed his Tasmanian girlfriend, Mary Donaldson, in public.

The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania was buzzing early yesterday as word spread among the mostly Danish press that Mary was coming to visit.

Tired of waiting, one cameraman had approached the prince, who told the media his 30-year-old girlfriend would be fronting at noon.

A dozen photographers and cameramen and another 10 or so reporters stood anxiously on the grass in front of the prince's boat from about 11.15am, many of them saying their hearts were beating fast with excitement.

Journalists got on their mobile phones to Denmark -- where it was about 1am -- to relay the news. Photographers checked and rechecked their cameras and found positions.

Prince Frederik's body guards approached the press to request the famous couple be given space when Mary arrived.

The prince himself stood grinning on the dock in front of his boat, hands clasped in front, like a groom waiting for his bride to begin her walk down the aisle.

His amused crew waited in the boat behind him, one having just shown his blonde wife a passionate display of affection that the press hoped Frederik and Mary would emulate.

Word spread of the future princess's arrival before she even appeared and cameramen ran up to tape her from the first moment.

Confident but charmingly coy, neither loving nor hating the limelight, Mary made her way through the gathering to Prince Frederik.

He gave her an apologetic smile as his newly famous girlfriend, who has sacrificed her privacy to be with him, approached.

Dressed casually in blue jeans and beige summer top, she looked lovelier in person than in the many photos taken of her.

Photographers went about capturing the moment as journalists watched, smiling, satisfied they could finally give their editors back home some good news -- the front-page picture they had been waiting for.

The couple stood for several minutes, trying to look natural but not knowing what to do with themselves.

Eventually, Frederik gave her a small kiss and she began walking away.

The prince, who has been swamped with press for the past 11 days in Hobart, was left standing alone as the media throng ran the length of the dock alongside Mary.

They fired questions at her, despite having been instructed not to, to which she gave one-word replies, some in Danish.

Accompanied by her sister Jane Stephens and a blonde woman yesterday, Mary was ushered on to a waiting boat to go out to sea and watch Frederik compete in the world dragon class sailing championships.

Mary has been seeing 34-year-old Frederik, the Crown Prince of Denmark, for 2-1/2 years.

She grew up in Taroona, attending the local high school as well as Hobart College and the University of Tasmania.

She moved to Sydney to become a real estate agent but has since followed her prince to live in Copenhagen.

Frederik has been in Tasmania for more than a week and the pair will probably be here until the championships end on January 28.

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It is about time they kiss in public. I think they palnned this so as to quit any rumors that they wern't serious. And get her into the public's good eye. The way the reporter said she looked more lovely then photographs of her. I am glad everything is working out for them. I hope they stay happy.

Oh and who is the insert picture of? The balck and whit picture of the couple kissing?

Anybody else notice Mary's freaky long arm in the top picture. Looks like one of the apes that drag their arms behind them. I know it is probally someone standing behind her or a camera trick, but I think it looks funny anyways.
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The couple kissing in the inserted brown and white photo are Crown Prince Frederik's grandparents, HM King Frederik IX of Denmark and HM Queen Ingrid of Denmark, nee of Sweden. That certainly looks like some kiss! :)
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i love those kind of kisses. I plan on getting one in a few hours. Those, I don't want to let you go kisses. Now you can be sure that if Fred and Mary had kissed like that, Ohhhh the talk that would be going on. oh boy.
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Originally posted by Mary Anne@Jan 21st, 2003 - 12:55 am
It is about time they kiss in public. I think they palnned this so as to quit any rumors that they wern't serious. And get her into the public's good eye. The way the reporter said she looked more lovely then photographs of her. I am glad everything is working out for them. I hope they stay happy.
Hi Mary Anne and Sylvia!


I think the kiss could have been staged as well, but they do look good together in the photo and they seem to be very happy, almost in a sickening sort of way. ....Just kidding!

Of course, they're happy-neither one of them has to go to work for a while! :P
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They do look very happy. I hope he asks her soon. Theya ren't getting any younger. And I think she has done a lot to make herself over. She is learning his langueage, moved closer, and the only thing she needs to work on is hiding those pesky bras when she goes out. She seems like a nice person though.
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Royal wedding? Nope, "it was just a kiss on the cheek'

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Posted January 24 2003, 10:17 AM EST


COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Denmark is abuzz with speculation of a royal wedding after the heir to the throne of Europe's oldest ruling monarchy was photographed giving his girlfriend a first public peck on the cheek.

But a palace spokesman, Soeren Haslund-Christensen, told The Associated Press on Wednesday: ``There is nothing in that kiss. It was just a kiss on the cheek.''

Crown Prince Frederik, 34, was snapped this weekend kissing his Australian girlfriend, Mary Donaldson, as they met in her hometown of Hobart, Tasmania.

Photos published in Monday's edition of the tabloid B.T. showed the couple giving each other a peck on the corner of the mouth, followed by a shot of Frederik turning around and laughing at the photographers.

Newspapers and celebrity magazines put the kiss on their front pages, and Denmark's biggest daily, Jyllands-Posten, concluded in an editorial: ``It can't almost get any closer: Denmark's next queen is called Mary.''

Frederik and Donaldson, 30, met during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

She moved to Denmark in early 2002 to work with a Danish subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. and enrolled in intensive Danish language classes.

The couple have appeared together often at private events. They cannot appear at public events together unless they're engaged or married.

Last year, the palace confirmed for the first time that Frederik had a girlfriend. Earlier, the royal household refused to comment on what it called private matters.
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Old 01-24-2003, 03:30 PM
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A royal question: Is a kiss just a kiss?

AP - Denmark is abuzz again with rumours of a royal wedding after its Crown Prince Frederik was pictured giving his Australian girlfriend her first public peck on the cheek.

When Crown Prince Frederik was snapped kissing girlfriend Mary Donaldson, it set off a media frenzy and had royal watchers wondering if the 34-year-old future king was readying the country for impending matrimony.

Newspapers and celebrity magazines put the kiss on their front pages and penned columns opining about the nature of Frederik's supposed bride-to-be.

Denmark's biggest daily, Jyllands-Posten, concluded in an editorial this week: "It can't almost get any closer: Denmark's next queen is called Mary."

Some claim that Frederik's public peck for Donaldson was intentional - a way to tell the Scandinavian country of 5.3 million that she might be the next queen.




But a palace spokesman, Soeren Haslund-Christensen, denied such reports and rumours on Thursday.

"There is nothing in that kiss. It was just a kiss on the cheek," Haslund-Christensen told The Associated Press. "There is nothing new about this except for what the media (make up)."

Photos published in Monday's edition of the tabloid BT showed the couple giving each other a peck on the corner of the mouth, followed by a shot of Frederik turning around and laughing at the photographers.

"I will consider it an unofficial engagement announcement," said Henning Dehn-Nielsen, an historian and author of several books on the royal family, whose history can be traced back to 958.

Last year, the palace confirmed for the first time that Frederik had a girlfriend.

Earlier, the royal household refused to comment on what it called private matters.

Frederik and Donaldson, of Sydney, met during the 2000 Olympics, but the romance was kept quiet until a Danish magazine had the scoop in 2001.

The 30-year-old brunette moved to Denmark early last year to work with a Danish subsidiary of Microsoft Corp, and enrolled in intensive Danish language classes.

The couple have appeared together often at private events.

They cannot appear at public events together unless they're engaged or married.

In Australia, Frederik fuelled speculation by describing her as "my girlfriend" to a group of Danish reporters who had travelled to Hobart.

And over Christmas, Donaldson reportedly spent the holidays with the royal family. Before that, early last month, her father and stepmother visited the royal palace.

If Donaldson, dubbed "the perfect princess", weds the handsome and popular prince, she would become the first Australian to stand in line to become queen.

Any engagement must by formally approved by the government.

Frederik, a member of an elite Danish naval unit and an Arctic adventurer, was voted Dane of the year for the fifth time by the Berlingske Tidende newspaper's readers last month.

If there is a royal wedding, Donaldson won't be the first foreigner in Denmark's royal family.

Frederik's father, Prince Henrik, was born a Frenchman and his younger brother, Prince Joachim, married a British commoner in 1995 who became Princess Alexandra. And his grandmother, Queen Ingrid, was Swedish.
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Photo of crown prince kissing girlfriend fuels Danish frenzy

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DENMARK is abuzz with new rumours of a Royal wedding after the heir to the throne of Europe’s oldest ruling monarchy was pictured giving his girlfriend a public peck on the cheek.

When Crown Prince Frederik was photographed this weekend kissing his Australian girlfriend, Mary Donaldson, it set off a Danish media frenzy. Royal watchers speculated that the coy kiss by Frederik, 34, as the couple met in her home town of Hobart, Tasmania, was a way of introducing his country to a future queen.

Denmark’s biggest daily, Jyllands-Posten, concluded in an editorial this week: "It almost can’t get any closer: Denmark’s next queen is called Mary."

But a palace spokesman, Soeren Haslund-Christensen, insisted: "It was just a kiss on the cheek. There is nothing new about this."

Photos published in the tabloid BT showed the couple giving each other a peck on the corner of the mouth, after which Frederik turned and laughed at the photographers.

"I will consider it an unofficial engagement announcement," said Henning Dehn-Nielsen, an historian and author of several books on the Danish Royal Family, whose history can be traced back to 958.

Prince Frederik and Ms Donaldson met during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, but the romance was kept quiet until a Danish magazine revealed it in 2001.

Ms Donaldson, 30, moved to Denmark in early 2002 to work with a Danish subsidiary of Microsoft and enrolled in intensive Danish language classes.
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Tassie a breath of fresh heir for prince
By ALISON RIBBON
28jan03

HE has spent almost three weeks in the place of his girlfriend's upbringing and Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik has enjoyed every second of it.

Not only has his Tasmanian girlfriend Mary Donaldson been with him for much of the trip, he has also participated in two of the things he loves most -- sailing and wine tours.

Prince Frederik, 34, spoke with The Mercury yesterday after his final event in the world Dragon class sailing championship at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.

Mary had just been to see him by his boat Nanoq after she spent the day on the Derwent on the motor launch River Lodge, owned by the club's commodore, Robert Badenach.

Dressed in a striped top, sequined pants and a cap, the "princess-in-waiting" looked poised but restless as the Danish press gathered around her yet again.

She spoke with the wives of crew members as she waited for the prince to finish hosing off Nanoq.

Prince Frederik and Mary did speak with each other, but those hoping to see a royal embrace were disappointed. Except for a brief rubbing of shoulders as Mary left, there was no contact between the couple.

After Mary left, the prince said he realised his girlfriend of 2-1/2 years had grown up in a great environment.

"Certainly a good upbringing here," he said.

"Every Tasmanian I have met is nice.

"The mentality, the population, is all what I expected, but what exceeded my expectations was the food, the wine, the whole atmosphere."

Prince Frederik said he had been to Seven Mile Beach, to the top of Mt Wellington and to several wineries.

"I think your pinot noirs are special -- your wines and I had a good time together," he said with a wink.

"I have had a tremendous stay. The fact I have had a purpose for being here and the duration of the stay has let me get into a rhythm and I have appreciated that. You normally wouldn't spend this much time in one place."

Prince Frederik and his crew finished sixth overall at the championship, after coming in ninth yesterday.

"I am extremely happy with it," he said.

"I learned even more about sailing and boat handling because we had 14 or 15 races in only 20 days and you never really get that in Europe."

Prince Frederik said Tasmania had been a great place for the event.

"There are some very good conditions, some very tricky conditions," he said.

Link: http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/s...55E3462,00.html
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HI Jacqueline! Thanks for the article! Sequined pants??! Why on earth was she wearing sequined pants in the daytime( I am assuming that it was day)?

At least Fred enjoyed Tasmania and had positive things to say. :)
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Hi Julia! Thanks for the article.

I do believe that sometimes a kiss is just a kiss. I can't say that we should all start thinking about fabrics for Mary's gown etc., but I do think that Fred's finally showing affection publicly for Mary certainly can't hurt her chances of becoming CP and the chances that an engagement could eventually be announced.

But, sometimes I also wonder if the kiss may have been intentional?

Hi Julia! I would certainly like to see the sequined pants. It's a bit hard to believe. Mary had been doing so well where her attire has been concerned in Tasmania-nothing too flashy and tacky.

I wonder what would have brought on the sequined pants?
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03feb03

THE Danish media may have spent the past few weeks trailing Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson in Hobart but they were stalking another Tasmanian at the weekend -- Premier, Jim Bacon.

As the Crown Prince of Denmark and his Tasmanian girlfriend left Hobart on Saturday, Mr Bacon was being besieged by the Danish media in Copenhagen.

On a promotional mission to Europe and the United States, he said the Danish media were hungry for information about Tasmania.

They had shown particular interest in a remark by the Crown Prince, who had been in Hobart to compete in the world Dragon class sailing championships and was shown the sights by Ms Donaldson.

"Prince Frederik commented that every Tasmanian he had met was nice and I told them that was no surprise at all," Mr Bacon said.

"I was certainly expecting the Tasmanian connection to be of some interest, but the level of curiosity, and the level of knowledge they already have about us, was well beyond my expectations."

Mr Bacon said the media in London and Copenhagen had a very positive view of Tasmania.

"I used the opportunity to paint the picture of Tasmania in the midst of very exciting times, talking of our natural and historic heritage and the economic development which is now taking place," he said.

"The royal news phenomenon appears to be every bit as big and important here [in Denmark] as we are used to and will do our tourism promotion efforts no harm at all.

"I was also able to remind them that a Danish character called Jorgen Jorgensen was transported to Van Diemens Land as a convict in 1826 and strides across the pages of our early history in large letters."

Mr Bacon leaves for Germany today.

Prince Frederik has gone to India on official business, while Ms Donaldson is believed to be headed for Denmark.

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Monday, 3 February 2003

Premier Jim Bacon says he is at the centre of a media frenzy in Denmark after the visit to Tasmania by Crown Prince Frederik.

In Copenhagen as part of a three-week visit to Europe and the US, Mr Bacon said he had been besieged by the media.

"(The media) are hungry for information, wanting to know all we can tell them about the place where Crown Prince Frederik's Australian girlfriend comes from," he said.

The media had showed particular interest in a remark made by the Crown Prince in Hobart that every Tasmanian he had met was nice.

"I was certainly expecting the Tasmanian connection to be of some interest, but the level of curiosity - and the level of knowledge they already have about us - was well beyond my expectations," Mr Bacon said.

The London and Danish media seemed to have a positive picture of Tasmania. "The royal news phenomenon ... will do our tourism promotion efforts no harm at all," he said.

Mr Bacon spoke to the media about the Danish convict Jorgen Jorgensen, who was transported to Van Diemen's Land in 1826.

The Premier and his entourage, which includes his wife, Honey Bacon, and senior advisers, will travel to Germany today before heading to Geneva, where he will address the global summit on peace through tourism.

Prince Frederik and girlfriend Mary Donaldson flew from Hobart on Saturday after spending two weeks in the State. They are believed to have stayed at Freycinet Lodge last week.

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