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Old 10-23-2013, 05:35 AM
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Well thats interesting. They have never passed up the opportunity to have the children here when they have come before, even on other 'business' trips here, the children have always joined them at some stage. They all have a family break together, visiting relatives after the official side of the trip is done. It's such a long way to come though, maybe they decided not to this time?
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Well thats interesting. They have never passed up the opportunity to have the children here when they have come before, even on other 'business' trips here, the children have always joined them at some stage. They all have a family break together, visiting relatives after the official side of the trip is done. It's such a long way to come though, maybe they decided not to this time?

Who knows missjane. Perhaps the reporter hasn't got the whole story.

If CP Mary isn't scheduled back in Denmark after Monday, she may join her family and the children might be there. Two years is a long time not to see your close rellies.

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Hi Sun Lion . You probably sleeping now, but great to have you back , I have with pleasure read all your information-rich posts here. A big thank you

I'm not surprised that Mary and Frederik haven't the children with them this time - it has been known for some time now in the Danish press . There is simply no time for a family visit this time - both Mary and Frederik have events in the coming weeks and it would be a shame to fly with such young children for 26 hours for only a few days and then 26 hours back again. And both Christian and Bella have started school now , it was easier before, where the family could just pack the suitcases without worrying about their children's schooling . I do wish them in the near future a trip to Tasmania where a family visit is the only programme.

I read somewhere that the bush-fires is now downgraded - let 's hope so!


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Reporter suggesting M and F may get the chance for a "few date nights" as this is the first time they've been here without their children, since they were born.

Have fun M and F.

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Media Getting into Swing of Things Now.

Channels 9 has now started promoting it's coverage of "Princess Mary's" visit to be in tomorrow's programs.

Sorry CP Frederick, they know you're here of course, but it's Mary who sells.

(Haven't been on the other channels, so don't know what their coverage has been like.)

I'm off to bed now - a lark, not a night-owl - still early for most, just past 9.00pm.

Very warm night in Sydney, clear and smoke-free. City looks wonderful all lit up. Perhaps F and M are out enjoying it.
Maybe Mary and Frederik spend their togetherness without children in Sydney 's night with a visit to the Slip Inn Or maybe they just have fall into a deep sleep at their hotel room after their long flight... ready for tomorrow and next days programme.
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Hi Sun Lion . You probably sleeping now, but great to have you back , I have with pleasure read all your information-rich posts here. A big thank you

I'm not surprised that Mary and Frederik haven't the children with them this time - it has been known for some time now in the Danish press . There is simply no time for a family visit this time - both Mary and Frederik have events in the coming weeks and it would be a shame to fly with such young children for 26 hours for only a few days and then 26 hours back again. And both Christian and Bella have started school now , it was easier before, where the family could just pack the suitcases without worrying about their children's schooling . I do wish them in the near future a trip to Tasmania where a family visit is the only programme.

I read somewhere that the bush-fires is now downgraded - let 's hope so!




Maybe Mary and Frederik spend their togetherness without children in Sydney 's night with a visit to the Slip Inn Or maybe they just have fall into a deep sleep at their hotel room after their long flight... ready for tomorrow and next days programme.

Hi Roskilde - very nice to be back here at TRFs, especially with something to share.

It's just gone 5.15am here, so the horizon is starting to light up, all orange and red because of all the ash and smoke particles in the air.

Looks like a clear day at the moment, which will be nice for anyone out and about for the event this morning.

The Opera House is a little way from the working/office/business part of town, and everyone will be at their desks at 10.00am anyway, so M and F won't get the "audience" that would come from being at, say, the Town Hall at lunch time - but that's better for people like me.


The photos should be very good if the sky stays blue, with the white sails soaring away to the sky and Harbour.

M and F are covering some "old" ground today. I think there are Opera House photos from one of the earlier trips, and we still have the same NSW Govenor that M and F have met before, Marie Bashir. Also expecting to see Lord Mayor Clover Moore who hosted the Customs House event in Nov 2011.

My husband is off to the gym, so should bring back a newspaper. I'll see if there is a photo of M and F's arrival yesterday.

The morning TV shows will be on soon too - they will be going "all out Royal", with Prince George's christening and the Danish CP Couple in town, I think.

Cheers for Now, Sun Lion.

P.S. Wouldn't be suprised if M and F get up early for a jog across the Harbour Bridge or around the Botanical Gardens - heard that's happended in New York, Rio etc.

PP.S. "Daily Telegraph", Sydney's popular daily, has full front page photo of a fire-fighter with photo and message from Prince Charles on page 3. He is making a "considerable" and "substantial" donation and is recieving regular updates on the situation here.
M and F are on page 19 with photo of them in formal attire.
Prince George on page 26 with garden photo from a few months back, no actual Christening photo/s.

PPP.S Morning telly showing previous Opera House visit by M and F - what crowds - and Prince G's Christening every half hour.

CP Mary will need her 30+ on today -bright, bright sun with some haze and smoke smells. I'm off now to see what I can see - just coming up to 9.00am, Royal Couple now due at 10.10am, but I going to walk there, so have to get going.
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PP.S. "Daily Telegraph", Sydney's popular daily, has full front page photo of a fire-fighter with photo and message from Prince Charles on page 3. He is making a "considerable" and "substantial" donation and is recieving regular updates on the situation here.
M and F are on page 19 with photo of them in formal attire.
Prince George on page 26 with garden photo from a few months back, no actual Christening photo/s.

PPP.S Morning telly showing previous Opera House visit by M and F - what crowds - and Prince G's Christening every half hour.

CP Mary will need her 30+ on today -bright, bright sun with some haze and smoke smells. I'm off now to see what I can see - just coming up to 9.00am, Royal Couple now due at 10.10am, but I going to walk there, so have to get going.
thank you Sun Lion for all your up todate reporting
Hopefully you get to see them.

M&F usually get a nice reception
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thank you Sun Lion for all your up todate reporting
Hopefully you get to see them.

M&F usually get a nice reception

Hi polyesco - yes, just got back home.

It's just gone 3.00pm here - and I not ony saw the CP Couple at the Opera House, but also sailing around the Harbour and arriving and leaving lunch at Admiralty House here in Kiribilli.

(In fact, if I hadn't told a passerby what was happening at Admiralty House, I would have been the only one there, because the security officer would not let her know who was in the area - that's how tight the protection was. I just happended to see the Royal party arriving at the Admiralty House jetty as I was walking home across the Harbour Bridge and realised what was going on.)

This morning I just got to the bottom of the Opera House as the cars and motocycle out-riders arrived, and as they parked under the lower open part of the building I went up the stairs they were under, to the podium level.

Lots of Danish people were there, and the school group in their blue uniforms with their Danish flags. Lots of excitment and laughing and calling out etc.

There was a media area cordoned off with fencing for the TV and photographers and another area cordoned off with a red velvet rope where the school group were, and where CP Mary was presented with flowers.

There must have been a friend there, as CP Mary hugged a woman and they spoke together.

The Royal party then went up higher on the Opera House steps and everyone got a good chance to get some nice photos of the Royal couple together with the Opera House sails and sky behind them.

Saw CP Mary's LIW Tanya there, and later her LIW Caroline as well - after they had all changed into jeans and sneekers for the boat trip.

After the official public part - and people applauded them as the couple waved goodbye - a lot of the media spread out.

Jorn Utzon's son was surrounded by a lot of Danish media and did an interview.

I stayed there, as did a lot of others - the whole podium area was a mass of people by then - and got another half hour or more to photograph CP Mary - the official party had just gone to the top of that set of stairs, and the media were busy filing their official photos by then I guess.

CP Mary looked wonderful - immaculate make-up and the Aussie sunshine bringing out the red highlights in her hair.

Lots of smiles from CP Frederick. Everyone was having a great time.

Their tour of the Opera House then started outside in this area - that's why we got such a long time to watch them - and as the party moved on inside I realised they would probably exit down the bottom.

The school children also went inside, and they came out on the lower level some time later -maybe photos inside with the Royals?

I sat down outside for a while - media and security everywhere, reporting in. I thought I would get a bit of a view of them getting back into their cars, but fortunately someone spoke to an officer there, and then passed onto me that the Royal party were actually leaving from the other side - from the Man O' War steps.

Realised then that they were going on the Harbour.

This part of the day hadn't been announced as far I as know, so those few of us who found out, got a real ringside seat to see M and F again - and up close.

It was now 11.15am, and everyone had changed out of their formal clothes and CP Mary had tied her hair back in a pony-tail. She had her sunnies on her head so we could see her properly- and boy was the sun bright today, I got burnt a bit even with 30+ on!. She didn't lower her glasses until she was about to climb aboard.

It was a little sailing yacht called "Xpress", and was flying what I took to be the Danish Naval flag. (Had blue in with the white cross.)

I asked a security guy there if they were coming back to this wharf and he said no, so I went along that side of the Opera House - the Botanical Gardens side - and took photos as they sailed off.

The Harbour side of the Opera House has seating and the breeze was great there, so I sat down again and thought, I'll just see where they go.

Wasn't hard to watch them as that part of the Harbour is very narrow, and they just sailed back and forth in front of me - between Lavender Bay and Garden Island, going out of view only when they went around the Admiralty House headland into either Careening Cove, or more likely- not as narrow or full of boats - into Neutral Bay.

At first they sailed about by engine, but after coming back out of Careening Cove/Neutral Bay the sails went up.

(The yacht was in this area for quite some time, so it's possible CP Mary and the other ladies disembarked at the yacht club there and changed again for lunch - and CP Frederick put the sails up to enjoy the wind which was quite strong by then.)

They were on the Harbour for about an hour or a bit more, before disappearing back around behind the headland for the final time.

Saw the sails being put down as they went from view and realised they were making for the yacht club to berth the boat as it was about 12.20pm and time for lunch.

(This is the yacht club M and F sailed against each other from, a few years ago.)

I thought they may be having lunch at the yacht club, so thought I might be able to catch them leaving that, on my way home.

Luckily though, as I was crossing the Harbour Bridge, I saw the two large black military "rubber duckies" and the very large white police launch making for the Admiralty House wharf.

These vessels, plus a smaller grey "rubber duckie", followed the Royal yacht around the Harbour when they were sailing. Also, there were masses of security people on the wharf.

I think the Royal party left their yacht at the yacht club in Careening Cove and then were taken in these vessels around to Admiralty House for lunch.

Everybody left the wharf and went up the stairs and through the gardens.

(This is were M and F ,and the twins, spent a night during the Nov 2011 tour.)

Very obvious they were there - even though an officer in the street wouldn't disclose it to the lady as mentioned above.

Waited there with the well-dressed security guys and motorcycle police, and a, (maybe), lady PET officer I'd seen at the Man O' War steps earlier, until 2.35pm.

(They must have been enjoying it, as I was told they were due to leave at 2.00pm.)

Got some snaps as they drove off, and plenty at the Opera House and of the sailing.

( I may go into see the store opening tomorrow. If so, I'll post a message about that.)

Well it's 4.40pm here, and M and F's engagement with the NSW Govenor must be happening.

I'm off to get tea going so I can sit down and watch the news reports later this evening.

Sydney couldn't have turned on a better day for everyone. There was even another beautiful big cruise ship berthed opposite the Opera House - "Radiance of the Seas".

The breeze blew away the smokey smell we woke up to this morning, and the sun shone all day.


Cheers Everyone, Sun Lion.


P.S. Just seen the evening news reports here - close up footage on CP Mary dangling her legs over the yacht side as the sails are going down, so she didn't leave the boat early, as I speculated above.

All channels also showing footage of M and F with Marie Bashir - this afternoon's event - and lots of footage of CP Mary speaking about the bushfires and the fire-fighters.
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Wonderful reportage, Sun Lion Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Glad you got to see Mary and Frederik so many times and that you had enjoyed the good weather. Mary and Frederik looks lovely.

Looking at all the pictures your city absolutely turned out from it's very best.

Three nice HQ pictures
http://www.bt.dk/sites/default/files...sydney-ope.jpg

http://b.bimg.dk/node-images/917/6/1...-australia.jpg

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A great gallery with lovely pictures

GALLERY: Princess Mary visits Sydney | The Advocate

Australian media

Article
Princess Mary and Prince Frederik wow Sydney Opera House crowds

Gallery
Danish Royals visit Opera House

Article "Princess Mary and Prince Frederick express heartbreak for NSW bushfire victims"
Princess Mary and Prince Frederick express heartbreak for NSW bushfire victims | The Mercury

Article "Danish royals reach out to firefighters, victims"
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Gallery
Gallery: Princess Mary in Sydney | The Examiner

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Princess Mary and Prince Frederick express heartbreak for NSW bushfire victims | The Mercury

Danish media

Article "The Australians: Welcome home, Mary"
Australierne vilde: Velkommen hjem, Mary - Royale | www.bt.dk

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Billedserie: Frederik og Mary i Australien | www.bt.dk
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P.S. Just posting about possible fire-works show for Opera House celebrations reminded me UserDane, did you see the good effect the "sails" of the Opera House were put to a few week ago for the Int. Naval Review? Similar thing done each winter during the "Vivid" festival - turns the whole building into a giant art-work - astonishing thing. Thanks again to Mr Utzon- choosing tiles - even to the extent of where the clay was quarried from - over copper. Worth a visit to Sydney at that time just to experience.
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Unfortunately, I haven't seen the pictures but will look them up online. I'm fascinated by the opera as a building and of the building process with all the political struggles connected with it.

Thanks a million for your on-site reports from F&M's visit I
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I like in some pictures how Frederik gives Mary space in greeting the people while he steps back. Im sure they are very happy to see her & Frederik visit. Mary looks lovely today.
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Wonderful reportage, Sun Lion Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Glad you got to see Mary and Frederik so many times and that you had enjoyed the good weather. Mary and Frederik looks lovely.

Looking at all the pictures your city absolutely turned out from it's very best.

You're very welcome Roskilde. It was a really great day.

Cheers, Sun Lion.

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Unfortunately, I haven't seen the pictures but will look them up online. I'm fascinated by the opera as a building and of the building process with all the political struggles connected with it.

Thanks a million for your on-site reports from F&M's visit I

You're very welcome UserDane. It would be wonderful if you can find some footage of the ways the Opera House has been "dressed up" - such colours and creations.

The Opera House is such a part of Oz's psyche now, that even a squiggly line - depicting the roof-line - was instantly recognisable - used in our Olympics in 2000.

It's referenced everywhere, and in so many forms. It's always being used to depict Sydney, more than the Harbour Bridge.

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it must means a lot for them both that they always receive such a warm welcome when they visit australia. beautiful to see the danish and australian flags side by side :)
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P.S. Just seen the evening news reports here - close up footage on CP Mary dangling her legs over the yacht side as the sails are going down, so she didn't leave the boat early, as I speculated above.

All channels also showing footage of M and F with Marie Bashir - this afternoon's event - and lots of footage of CP Mary speaking about the bushfires and the fire-fighters.

Pictures from the afternoon's event

http://b.bimg.dk/node-images/917/6/x...ark-royals.jpg
http://a.bimg.dk/node-images/917/6/1...-australia.jpg
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http://a.bimg.dk/node-images/917/6/x...ark-royals.jpg
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I forgot to say earlier, that the stage on the Opera House forecourt - for Sunday evening's big public gala concert - was well under way when I was there this morning, (Thursday).

As mentioned before, all tickets to this have been sold out for some time.

CP Mary is apparently giving a speech at this event.

There will be seats on the forecourt in front of the stage, with bring your own cushion for those securing a spot on the Monumental Steps, (where we climbed today to see M and F).

And all the inside seats - inside the Opera House, watching the action outside via screen- are also no longer available.

This way of using the Opera House is quite common - I've sat on those steps to watch a movie during a film festival. Oprah Winfrey's extravaganza shows are another example from recent times.

Anyway, things are well in order for the actual event, if they're already at this stage in the preparations.

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It must have been lovely for the Royal couple to hear so many in the crowed at the opera house today speaking Danish to them, must have made them feel somewhat at home.
Can anyone tell me what time Mary is opening the Danish shop tomorrow I did read it earlier today but have forgotten. Just come home from work and a little tired to serf the net at the moment.
I have been working in Sydney/Brisbane for the last couple of weeks and luckily will be in Sydney tomorrow.
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If you think there was a special glow and warmth between Mary and the woman who hugged her earlier today, there is a simple explanation:

It was her old neighbour.
And it was a complete surprise for Mary that she was there to greet her.

Melanie Cleary is her name and she grew up in the house next door to Mary's family home in Hobart where they forged a close relationship. Ms Cleary's mother died four months ago and she was touched to receive a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from Mary and Frederik. "I thanked her for the bunch of flowers she and Frederick sent when my mother died. She said 'you are welcome, and we are thinking of you.''

Much more in the full story here:
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And here:
It's Mary, the girl next door | The Mercury



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Video from DR, where I noticed a quite cute detail...

VIDEO Mary og Frederik stiller op til foto foran operahuset i Sydney | Nyheder | DR

Not surprisingly and only naturally, it's Mary who receives most greets, flowers, hugs and so on when they are back in Australia, but I noticed in the video a thing I think is so fine a little detail between Mary and Frederik. 0.45 minutes into the video you can see how Mary reaches her arm out for Frederik and caressing his back a little. Frederik when gives Mary a couple of pats on her hip like saying "it's completely all right." They seem to be good to remember each other with a little smile or a little squeeze along the way between all the people greeting them.



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Hello Magazine: Princess Mary and Prince Frederik of Denmark arrive in Sydney - hellomagazine.com

TV2 gallery "Mary received a big hug": GALLERI: Mary fik en ordentlig krammer i Sydney | GO'

Gallery from Sydney Opera House's Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...2220722&type=3

More articles and galleries
Crowds flock to Opera House to greet Princess Mary and Prince Frederick
Crown Princess Mary arrives in Sydney
Princess Mary in Sydney
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It must have been lovely for the Royal couple to hear so many in the crowed at the opera house today speaking Danish to them, must have made them feel somewhat at home.
Can anyone tell me what time Mary is opening the Danish shop tomorrow I did read it earlier today but have forgotten. Just come home from work and a little tired to serf the net at the moment.
I have been working in Sydney/Brisbane for the last couple of weeks and luckily will be in Sydney tomorrow.
i have checked the program and it says 11.30 am your time zone :-)
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Video from DR, where I noticed a quite cute detail...

VIDEO Mary og Frederik stiller op til foto foran operahuset i Sydney | Nyheder | DR

Not surprisingly and only naturally, it's Mary who receives most greets, flowers, hugs and so on when they are back in Australia, but I noticed in the video a thing I think is so fine a little detail between Mary and Frederik. 0.45 minutes into the video you can see how Mary reaches her arm out for Frederik and caressing his back a little. Frederik when gives Mary a couple of pats on her hip like saying "it's completely all right." They seem to be good to remember each other with a little smile or a little squeeze along the way between all the people greeting them.
That was a nice gesture on Mary's part. I suppose my question would be, why is Frederik standing there with his hands in his pockets not shaking hands?? I know that most people probably came to see Mary, but he could have made an effort.
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