From an australian news agency/newspaper... http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0...5E13780,00.html
Mary 'excited' over engagement
By Paul Mulvey
October 9, 2003
AUSTRALIAN Mary Donaldson today described her excitement at finally being able to show her love for the Crown Prince of Denmark, after the engaged couple was officially introduced to the Danish public.
Donaldson and Prince Frederik announced their engagement two weeks ago, and were given formal consent by Queen Margreth II, with the wedding set for May 14 next year.
After being introduced to a cheering crowd of 10,000 at Amalienborg Square in Copenhagen earlier in the day, Donaldson gave her first press conference after having lived a private life in the capital for the past two years.
"It's fantastic to be able to be open about it," she said.
"It's exciting, it's many things," she said, adding her future husband made her "happy and glad".
Donaldson said she was overwhelmed by the reception she received on the balcony of Christian IX's palace at Amalienborg Square, especially the sea of Australian flags waved by the crowd.
"It was, wow!" she said.
"The sight looking out from the balcony was exciting. It was beautiful to see so many Australian flags. "It was a nice feeling. It was a beautiful experience."
Donaldson said she understood she was embarking on a lifetime job in the public eye in a foreign country, and was bracing herself for the experience.
"It's a new role. It is something that will evolve over time, and I have much to learn," she said.
Prince Frederik described the day as day zero.
"From today starts something new and fantastic," he said.
"I'm so glad and happy, and today I feel like telling everybody how happy I am."
Donaldson passed her first test in front of 200 Danish and international journalists, impressing them with her poise and ability to speak the language.