MARY MAKES A SYTLE STATMENT IN MANHATTAN
7 FEBRUARY 2005
Denmark's Princess Mary
has been showing off her winning style in the Big Apple. The pretty royal, who is in New York to mark the bicentennial of the birth of Hans Christian Anderson, set the flashbulbs blazing at a gala event in the city's public library. Dressed in a striking purple gown with a silk sash wrapped twice around her body, she made quite an impression on Manhattan's fashionistas.
Mary and her husband Crown Prince Frederik
were guests of honour at the black tie event, which featured a reading of Andersen's classic The Princess And The Pea.
The couple were seen exchanging smiles as the audience was told of a desperately lonely prince who finds the woman of his dreams on a dark, rainy night.
Earlier in the day the royal couple paid a visit to the Hans Christian Anderson public school in Harlem. The princess read one of the author's most famous stories, The Ugly Duckling
, to a kindergarten class, before Frederik explained where they had come from. "Mary is from the land of kangaroo," he said, much to the delight of the children. "Yes, we're married and we live in a castle."
Over the past few days the pair have had a hectic schedule, making appearances at the Museum Of Modern Art, the United Nations and Scandinavia House. They took time out for rather some more personal celebrations at the weekend, though, when Mary turned 33 on Saturday.