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Old 08-22-2010, 06:13 AM
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Amber Petty is a celebrity in Australia thanks to her radio presenter job, although with "bad girl" image (tumultous love life etc).

Even though this is a "private" visit, it makes Mary look very "celebrity", to go to the other end of the world pregnant with twins, partying with her "bad best friend". She must be very sure that that this fun trip wont cause any complications for her pregnancy.
'Partying'?? She combined a visit home, her first in two years, with a possiblity to attend her best friend's 40th birthday celebrations.
Sorry, but I find the term partying out of proportion.

If Mary hadn't attended, I am pretty sure she would have have been accused of neglecting her friend at such a time.
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:30 AM
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'Partying'?? She combined a visit home, her first in two years, with a possiblity to attend her best friend's 40th birthday celebrations.
Sorry, but I find the term partying out of proportion.

If Mary hadn't attended, I am pretty sure she would have have been accused of neglecting her friend at such a time.
UserDane you are so right. And Amber is not a bad girl at all. I think the tone of the evening was just right - totally appropriate. It was in a modest low-cost venue, it wasn't commercially sponsored, and Amber and Mary clearly have mutual friends, or Isabella's godfather wouldn't have been invited. I'm sure Amber has the trust and confidence of Queen Margrethe. Remember, last year Amber told the SAFM audience that she is one of the Queen's confidantes and had shared a cigarette with her out the back of an occasion in Denmark. Queen Margrethe would not bother to confide in Amber if she did not like and trust her. Amber is from a very classy background - she went to Firbank - and it would not surprise me if Amber has been advising Mary for many years on how to behave socially, and assuming the role of a quasi lady in waiting. Since moving to Adelaide there has not been a single sign of Amber socialising with the infamous bikie gangs of South Australia, and no scandals like the ones that supposedly dogged her in Sydney. Amber is very much Mary's equal and could just as easily have assumed the Crown Princess role if it had been Amber at the Slipp Inn on that night and not Mary who had attracted the Crown Princes. Amber would have carried off the role with great aplomb and decorum, and been a fantastic mother to a future king of Denmark. To me the only mystery is the absence of Mary's wedding ring from her finger. (Sorry for the long post!)
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:32 AM
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I agree UserDane, the post would have been about Mary dropping her friend.

It was lovely to see Mary with her nieces again.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:16 AM
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That ring represents a sacred vow and an expression of trust by the Danish national church - any princess who played a game with her wedding ring would not be well regarded. I'm sure there must be another reason ... but I can't work out what it could be!
Me neither - Mary is not wearing her wedding ring what is bound to create - guess what, attention

Moreover she is wearing a ring on her index finger, therefore her fingers cant be that swollen (they dont look swollen at all).

http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/fp/A...9yjK00ASIl.jpg

Are the Danish tax payers paying for this well documented friends reunion?

How handy for Amber and her "celebrity status" that the Danish CP comes in from the other end of the world to attend her birthday bash, incl gala dress and limo, that will give some boost for her next career step
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:46 AM
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Are the Danish tax payers paying for this well documented friends reunion?
When you get your paycheck, does your employer then require that you make an itemized account of what you have used your own money for? Thought not; funnily, the royal family can administer their own money too....

You must be busy if you are about to question all royals who travel to visit family and friends. Or perhaps you limit yourself to focus on a chosen few?
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:49 AM
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That ring represents a sacred vow and an expression of trust by the Danish national church - any princess who played a game with her wedding ring would not be well regarded. I'm sure there must be another reason ... but I can't work out what it could be!
Frederik lost his ring sailing a few years ago.
How about she took it off to do the dishes and forgot to put it back on?
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Old 08-22-2010, 08:16 AM
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You must be busy if you are about to question all royals who travel to visit family and friends. Or perhaps you limit yourself to focus on a chosen few?
Not really, maybe its because there are not many other royals who do supposedly "private" issues so publicly like Mary does. Its about making announcements about "private issues" (what is a contradiction in itself anyway) and then doing the private business out in the open, incl welcome (and sometimes not so welcome but calculated) media attraction.

Its possible to visit friends or family or go on holiday almost unnoticed IF you really want to, even for royals. Needless to say that all royal houses are attention seekers, a matter of survival, some pretend to work all the time, some even up to the degree that it is listed on the agenda when they drive a new electric car around the streets of Palma, but the celebrity strategy (going somewhere to be seen and when its "private" even tell in advance to make sure the pictures are splashed all across the globe) of the DRF is quite absurd and may not work forever, even in Denmark.
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Old 08-22-2010, 08:44 AM
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The difference with most others royals when they are visting their families they only have to travel down the road or to the next country so nobody notices. Mary has to travel half way around the world this in itself makes it a completely different situation, if Mary could visit her family every other day like most of the other royals nobody would take any notice.
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Old 08-22-2010, 08:58 AM
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Not really, maybe its because there are not many other royals who do supposedly "private" issues so publicly like Mary.
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'I can confirm that the crown princess will pay a short private visit to Australia" says Lene Balleby, head of communications at the royal court.

So, someone got wind of Mary leaving. It could have been anybody at Copenhagen Airport who spotted her and contacted one of the magazines which in turn makes an inquiry to Lene Balleby. If she had denied that Mary was on her way to her sister's house, wouldn't the communications officer have looked a fool afterwards when Mary was spotted in Hobart? Of course she would -and some royal watchers would probably have commented on the heavy handling of such a simple question by the communications officer.

If Mary's family lived in say Odense, she could take her car and go for at visit. When she's leaving by way of the airport, she will be spotted - that is just the way things are and it is not indicative of a wish to do private issues publicly.
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:00 AM
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Are the Danish tax payers paying for this well documented friends reunion?
Oh don't worry about us Danish taxpayers, I think we can manage and in contrast to some opinions in Australian papers the taxpayer argument is hardly an issue here in DK.

The state pay for her security, I.e. PET officers, naturally.
I guess she paid for the ticket herself.

Depending on the source, the Danish taxpayers each pay between 25-50 DKK for the entire DRF a year.

25 DKK is a little less than the price for a weekly magazine.

50 DKK is what a beer costs at a restaurant or a little less than the price of a pizza.
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:00 AM
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The difference with most others royals when they are visting their families they only have to travel down the road or to the next country so nobody notices. Mary has to travel half way around the world this in itself makes it a completely different situation, if Mary could visit her family every other day like most of the other royals nobody would take any notice.
That is very true, like UserDane says she is bound to be spotted flying across the world.
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:20 AM
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I've seen that argument before and I think it's a bit inconsiderate.

Firstly, it's somewhat hard to smuggle Mary into Australia unnoticed.
Surely she should be allowed to visit the home of her family?
Unless you propose they should all gather and live in tents somewhere out in the bush?
Is it not a perfectly normal human thing for Mary to go to what used to be her hometown and walk the streets there, like she did before?
Immerse herself in the feeling, sound and smell of Australia? Listening to the sound of Australians around her? Something she is hardly used to now.
She may sometimes even feel a little homesick for Hobart.

As for her visit being announced beforehand. So what if it was?
As a matter of fact, as far as I understand it, her visit was confirmed by the court when she was already on her way.
I don't understand why it should be kept secret at all.
It's a perfectly natural thing to do, to visit your family. Even for Crown Princesses. In fact I would consider it very odd if she didn't visit her family or insisted that they should go to DK.

And allow me to point out that the media were told in no uncertain terms that this was a private visit.
It was the Australian and (naturally) the Danish media that showed an interest in her visit. They could have opted to say: okay, Mary is here on holiday, we'll leave her alone and just mention her visit en passant.
And Australians could feel proud of the fact that Mary has a free space in Tasmania, where she can be herself.
That wasn't to be and fair enough.

It's not like Mary had to play a trumpet at the market in Hobart to get attention.

Give Mary the benefit of doubt and be glad with her that she saw her family again. Think positive.



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Not really, maybe its because there are not many other royals who do supposedly "private" issues so publicly like Mary does. Its about making announcements about "private issues" (what is a contradiction in itself anyway) and then doing the private business out in the open, incl welcome (and sometimes not so welcome but calculated) media attraction.

Its possible to visit friends or family or go on holiday almost unnoticed IF you really want to, even for royals. Needless to say that all royal houses are attention seekers, a matter of survival, some pretend to work all the time, some even up to the degree that it is listed on the agenda when they drive a new electric car around the streets of Palma, but the celebrity strategy (going somewhere to be seen and when its "private" even tell in advance to make sure the pictures are splashed all across the globe) of the DRF is quite absurd and may not work forever, even in Denmark.
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:33 AM
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Think positive.
It's really hard for some people, but what a marvelous idea!

Mary looks great! I think the way she's carrying this pregnancy will be different from the others, and I've notice that she's wider in the middle rather than rounder in the front, if that makes any sense.

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Old 08-22-2010, 10:25 AM
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Ah! Thanks. It's always a little confusing for me to see wedding rings on the left hand. In most parts of Germany it's "engagement ring left, wedding ring right"

In Marys case I now think, too, that it has to do with her pregnancy. Or there is a completely other reason. Maybe she lost a diamond and the ring is at the jeweler for repair? Or maybe she just wants to play a little prank to all the paparazzi and give them something non-existing (marriage-trouble, for example) to speculate over.

Mary travelled alone to Australia without her wedding ring. The press could think, there must be a serious marriage problem between Mary and Frederik. By the way, in September it will be 10 years since Mary was introduced to Frederik at Slip Inn. Time does fly.
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There was an issue raised about this trip by Crown Princess Mary and that she had to be careful that this trip for 5 days didn't cause complications in her pregnancy! I never laughed so hard!

So being pregnant is a disability or a disease that a pregnant woman should sit in a rocking chair or lie in bed for the entire pregnancy?? Millions of pregnant women travel everyday! And unlike CP Mary, they don't have the benefit of being driven straight to the airport tarmac in a police car with bodyguards; having a diplomatic passport which allows you to be the last to get on an airplane and the first to get off; flying in the best seats on an aircraft; not having to stand in long lines to go through security, immigration and customs and wait at the luggage carousel to collect luggage.

CP Mary traveled to Australia and to the Expo in Japan in March & April 2005. This was even before the official announcement of her first pregnancy in late April 2005. And she had a perfectly healthy child in October 2005.

She traveled to Australia in November 2006 after the announcement of her second pregnancy. And she had a perfectly healthy child in April 2007.

Mary will travel to Greece from Denmark for Prince Nikolaos' wedding this week. Horrors of horrors!!...maybe she should skip the wedding and admit herself to hospital instead for fear of "complications"!!!

Give me a break!

And what is she supposed to do when she goes to visit family and friends in Australia? Hide in their homes or under a rock? She will NEVER be anonymous in Australia. For the media, especially the tabloid magazines, she is their cash cow in terms of sales - so they will always follow her. And if some are complaining about the media attention she gets now...just wait until she becomes Queen!!!!!!!!!

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Mary travelled alone to Australia without her wedding ring. Some poople and the press could think, there must be a serious marriage problem between Mary and Frederik. By the way, in September it will be 10 years since Mary was introduced to Frederik at Slip Inn. Time does fly.
The only people making an issue of Mary not wearing her engagement and wedding rings are some posters on the internet message boards. Its not in the media...but of course, some media people do read these message boards and I guess the tabloids will have another "invented" story they can write about. And why shouldn't Mary travel alone sometimes? CP Frederik has travelled alone without Mary and the children on many occasions...on one of those occasions, he LOST his wedding ring - I don't recall there being speculations about marital problems! There certainly was not as much of a hullabaloo about Frederik losing his wedding ring as Mary not wearing her rings now! Serious marriage problems??? Where??Both of them have been seen in public since the announcement that they are having twins, looking perfectly happy- only those who wished they were having marriage problems will see it!
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Wedding rings are "made to fit" so maybe between the pregancy and the long flight Mary thought it just easier to throw them in the safe instead of them ending up off her hand. Hands swell big time when you travel! Or maybe there with the rest of her jewels being inspected and cleaned in time for the wedding this week!!!
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Maybe she just decided she didn't want to wear them this trip. No more , no less.
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An article about Amber Petty birthday party on "Hola":
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thank you so much for the photos, I must say she has a perfect make up, I was wondering if she has permanent make up done?her eyeslook amazing ! it is impressive to see the difference of skin with her sister, Mary looks so much taking care of than her sister, how old is her sister?
her hair too always perfect!
i guess she is enjoying the visit!
I have wondered that as well about some permanent make up having been done. I know some do, this was stated in Princess Diana's case as well.

I just do not get all the talk about rings!!
Is it a crime not to wear your rings, wedding that is.
I didn't even notice her fingers.
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