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Old 11-21-2006, 09:49 PM
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Frederik and Mary's Private Visit to Australia; November 2006

Mary and Christian arrived this morning in Hobart on a commercial Qantas flight from Melbourne.

They are in Australia for a private visit to visit family and friends in Tasmania and Sydney.

I love that she was on a normal Qantas plane. Imagine seeing her on your flight!

Fred had arrived earlier (he and christian can't travel on the same plane) and met them on the tarmac. See the links below for articles and photos.

articles:
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...4-2702,00.html

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sto...005961,00.html

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=66134

photo gallery:

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/slideshow...sectionid=6297

video:

http://ninemsn.video.msn.com/v/en-au...ninenews&t=s29
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Old 11-21-2006, 10:48 PM
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Mary is home!

She touched down about an hour or 2 ago.

Ill try and keep up with all the photos over the next couple of days.
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Old 11-21-2006, 11:06 PM
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I for one hope there aren't too many photo's actually. This is a private holiday and that should be respected (although the media will have other ideas of course).
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Old 11-21-2006, 11:59 PM
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Isn't Denmark her home?
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Old 11-22-2006, 12:09 AM
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Isn't Denmark her home?
Absolutely , her life is in Denmark and that is where she lives, works & breaths though Australia will always remain her homeland, Tasmania her home state and Hobart, her home town.
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Old 11-22-2006, 12:42 AM
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Fred had arrived earlier (he and christian can't travel on the same plane) and met them on the tarmac.
Why is that? Security purposes?
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:06 AM
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Why is that? Security purposes?
Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Christian never travel together for safety reasons. They are both in line to the throne and if anything happened to one the other would be safe. I believe it is the same with most Royal families around the world?
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:16 AM
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it's probably like how one member of the president's cabinet is always absent from joint sessions of congress, like the State of the Union address. If, in the extremely rare chance that the plane goes down, only one of them would die, and the other would still be able to fulfill his duties (although for Christian, that might entail learning to talk....). It is just an extreme precaution, because the chances of a problem are so rare. What I would like to know is if this statute came into effect before or after Sept. 11, 2001, (yes, I know Christian wasn't born then, but still), and if it also applies to Frederik and Margrethe? And, if so, does it still apply to Joachim, even though he is no longer second in line?
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:33 AM
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it's probably like how one member of the president's cabinet is always absent from joint sessions of congress, like the State of the Union address. If, in the extremely rare chance that the plane goes down, only one of them would die, and the other would still be able to fulfill his duties (although for Christian, that might entail learning to talk....). It is just an extreme precaution, because the chances of a problem are so rare. What I would like to know is if this statute came into effect before or after Sept. 11, 2001, (yes, I know Christian wasn't born then, but still), and if it also applies to Frederik and Margrethe? And, if so, does it still apply to Joachim, even though he is no longer second in line?
I think it has been the case for many years that direct decendants didn't travel together, that being said I suppose that Kings and Queens wouldn't travel with their own children. Queen Margrethe and Frederik probably wouldn't travel together even though there is another little King in the making. I don't think that terrorism had anything to do with this rule, it is perhaps that air travel wasn't always considered the safest mode of transport. I seem to remember asking my dad why Queen Elizabeth and Charles always traveled on seperate planes when I was younger and that was years ago. So it's been around for a while.
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:34 AM
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Well, I think that this has been in effect for quite some time. The VP and President of America have NEVER travelled on the same transport, for the very reason that should something go wrong, there is someone in the know who can easily take over.

In fact, this is also in effect in some corporations. I know that in my company, 2 (high level) people from the same department can not travel together.
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Old 11-22-2006, 02:22 AM
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Mary took a commercial flight to Hobart. Im guessing either from Sydney or Melbourne. -- ok, Amelie has posted that info!

It was reported on my local news Mary said "Its good to be home" on the flight to Hobart.

I guess she'll visit her family, her parents live about 5mins from me but i hope she gets left alone down here.


Heres our local papers report: http://www.news.com.au/mercury/story...38-921,00.html
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Old 11-22-2006, 02:45 AM
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On the Channel Ten 5 o'clock news, they had a story on Mary and Christian arriving in Hobart, and they said that they have agreed to do a photo session on Friday! Hopefully in return for this, the media will leave them alone....
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Old 11-22-2006, 02:46 AM
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her parents live about 5mins from me but i hope she gets left alone down here.
Her father you mean (Mary's mother died in 1997).

Are Prof. John Donaldson and his wife back home in Hobart, or are they still in Europe? Does anyone know?
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Old 11-22-2006, 02:52 AM
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I hope the photoshoot will satisfy the press's cravings. I think it's smart for Frederik and Mary to offer some family photos in exchange for privacy. It reminds me of the Dutch royals who offer photoshoots in some hope that the press will leave them alone, especially the young ones.

Hopefully Christian was a well-behaved baby on the plane ride. Taking a young child barely a year old on a very long plane ride across the world must be stressful no matter how much help you have. Does anybody know if Christian's nanny made the trip Down Under with them? I would think not since Christian would be surrounded by so many relatives in Australia but perhaps she did.
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Old 11-22-2006, 03:43 AM
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Police appeal for royal privacy

POLICE in Hobart have appealed to the media to leave the Danish royals alone after Crown Princess Mary arrived with her husband and young son for a private visit today.

Mary, Crown Prince Frederik and their year-old son Prince Christian were today relaxing at her sister's West Hobart home today and are expected to remain there until Friday.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...-29277,00.html
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Old 11-22-2006, 04:44 AM
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Hopefully Christian was a well-behaved baby on the plane ride. Taking a young child barely a year old on a very long plane ride across the world must be stressful no matter how much help you have. Does anybody know if Christian's nanny made the trip Down Under with them? I would think not since Christian would be surrounded by so many relatives in Australia but perhaps she did.
Christian's nanny made the trip with Mary as well as some protection officers. They were in the news footage of the arrival in Hobart.
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Old 11-22-2006, 04:48 AM
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And that's just it. It won't be the public who heckle the family, but the media.

I am glade to hear the Tasmanian State Police have appealed to the media to respect the family's privacy. I assume this also applies to the Danish media who would have no doubt sent 'some' jurno's.
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:04 AM
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I doubt it!!
I don't think the word 'private' or 'privacy' make much sense for the media, and besides I don't think it's wise to reveal the place where they're staying
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:08 AM
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I don't think they "revealed" where they are staying.
If you probably have a group of journalists following you from the airport
you don't have to reveal anything.
Perhaps they shouldn't have confirmed their trip to Australia.
This way the media is prepared now.
But perhaps this way is still less stressing than playing hide and seek in your holidays.
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:25 AM
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Hum..It is mentioned in the article that they're staying at her sister's home
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