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Old 03-10-2005, 05:31 PM
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The dress is indeed very pretty, but my favorite is still the red one - although I found it a little bit too "figure-hugging", I also think that Mary looked splendid in it.

Can't wait for the "Chocolate Ball" to see what she'll wear
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Fred received a beer bottle from a spectator during a tour of the National Museum in Canberra. He didn't know what to do with it. So, he gave it Mary's Lady-in-waiting Victoria Bernstorff-Gyldensteen, who put it in her bag.
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Old 03-10-2005, 08:28 PM
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Hehe..That's too cute. What an uncomfortable situation, but alas the lovely Countess saves the day. I love Frederik's big smile in that last picture.:)
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Nice little photo of Mary that Polfoto had on their homepage today.
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Fairytale comes true for Princess Mary

11mar05

"ONCE upon a time there was a prince who wanted to marry a princess; but she would have to be a real princess. He travelled all over the world to find one . . ." -- (The Princess and the Pea, Hans Christian Andersen, 1835).

Once upon a time there was a handsome prince who found his real princess in Australia -- and yesterday he brought her back to Melbourne.

For a few hours, the fairy story came true along the banks of the Yarra.

There were flags and flowers, cut-out hearts and single red roses, cheering and laughter, small children wearing crowns and coronets, and above all the magical sprinkle and sparkle of royalty mixed with pixie dust in the air.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark moved through an adoring crowd who gave them presents, from bouquets to Easter eggs -- and even a Sherrin football to kick around when they get back to one of their palaces.

Fred and Mary -- two young people very much in love.

Touching hands, his arm often protectively around her, guiding her sweetly through the thousands who gathered to make them welcome.

The contrast between the scene at Federation Square at 11am yesterday and the visit to the same location by Prince Charles a week earlier could not have been greater.

Prince Charles had been surrounded by a posse of grim-faced security men, with a doctor carrying emergency resuscitation equipment constantly by his side.

The middle-aged man had wandered abstractly through the stalls of a farmer's market to be greeted politely by a thin, curious and mostly elderly crowd.

Yesterday the security was low-key and relaxed. Even the police were grinning.

Here were a young couple in love, working a loving crowd with smiles and handshakes.

And it was kids, kids, kids all the way, looking up adoringly at a real princess. And starstruck teenage girls, many in school uniform, who looked swooningly at Mary in her jaunty hat with its curly feathers, her gorgeous patterned coat over the green silk dress, her dangling jewel earrings and her dazzling smile.

Other girls, other Marys, dreaming of a time when their prince would come looking for them.

And find a real princess.

There were several thousand people waiting for the couple when they arrived at Federation Square to be greeted by the Premier and Mrs Bracks.

Here was a block of red and white Danish colours, worn by the mums and their kids from the Danish School Down Under.

There are about 900 in the Danish community in Melbourne and, in Scandinavian fellowship, once a week the kids have Danish lessons in the Swedish Church in Toorak.

Krista Evans was in Federation Square with her son Samuel, aged 17 months. He wore a homemade red and white crown and a red prince's cape over his white jump suit.

"Velkommen Mary and Frederik," chanted the mums, and "Godt Gaet" which means, loosely, "Good on you!"

The couple paused on a small square of red carpet to gaze intently at a small television screen.

They talked through a live video link to people gathered in Copenhagen's Town Hall Square, the Radhuspladsen, where it was 1am and freezing.

The royals plunged on up Federation Square, walking along a pathway through the crowd as the flowers and presents from the kids kept on coming by the armful.

They sat on two gilt thrones under a red and white awning supported by columns covered in sheaves of gum leaves and Australian wildflowers.

Premier Steve Bracks said: "What a pleasure, what a thrill it is to have you here" -- but then something went wrong with the script when he asked Crown Prince Frederik to officially open the new link to Copenhagen.

Instead, the Crown Prince waved Princess Mary forward to make a charming speech.

"Thank you everyone for coming out here today and welcoming us with warm hearts," she said, before reminding the crowd that Melbourne had been her first "home away from home" after she left her native Tasmania.

Speaking of the new video link between Copenhagen and Melbourne she said, with a knowing smile: "Who knows what relationships can be established."

The crowd loved it.

Then the young couple walked down again through the crowd to board the old blue royal motor barge Elizabeth Anne, built in 1946, with its teak planks, frosted glass coat of arms and chromed railings that once carried our young Queen down the river with her young prince.

Now it was the turn of a girl from Hobart and a boy from Copenhagen.

Dreams sometimes do come true.

"So the prince took her for his wife, for now he knew he had a real princess," wrote Hans Christian Andersen 170 years ago in The Princess and the Pea. "There, that is a true story."
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Tassie tugs at Mary's heartstrings
March 11, 2005

Denmark's Crown Princess Mary has spoken of the strong emotion she felt returning to her home town of Hobart, saying it had made her think of her late mother.

Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik have held the only press conference of their Australian tour, facing about 80 journalists in the ornate ballroom of Tasmania's Government House and answering questions in English and Danish.

Looking composed, and dressed in white trousers and a navy and white top, Princess Mary said she was overwhelmed to be back in Tasmania for the first time since her wedding last May.

"It was a beautiful feeling to see Tasmania below me and coming into land, because it is my home, my first home you could say," she told reporters.

Returning to Hobart, where she grew up, had made her think a lot of her mother Henrietta, who died in 1997 after surgery for a heart defect.

"It's hard to put words on such strong emotions," she said.

"I think it was, you come to think of all those things from your childhood. Of course I thought a lot of my mother."

While she has relinquished her Australian citizenship, Mary said her children would be brought up with an appreciation of Australia.

"I think it's only natural that our children will have some Australian influence because a lot of me is influenced by my upbringing in Australia.

"I'm sure they will have desire to come and see where I have grown up as well."

Asked about the couple's romance, Princess Mary replied:"Everyone loves a fairytale, but our life is a reality and we're very happy - and if people want to refer to it as a fairytale then it's fine by us as well."

Both were diplomatic when asked about Australia becoming a republic.

"I think that's a very political question that is way beyond our responsibility," Prince Frederik said.

Princess Mary spoke of the warm reception she had received, that she had seen people she knew in the crowds, and that she had fed off the energy of supporters to maintain her through a busy schedule.

Laughing, Prince Frederik said he didn't mind she was getting all the attention.

"I think it would be a bit strange if she didn't get that much attention in Australia," he said.

"I'm very happy for her and I'm very proud of the way she has handled it all and the way she has reciprocated that joy and happiness."

Of their 12-day official tour, he said: "It's something we'll never forget."

The couple appeared even more relaxed as they took questions in Danish, with Mary appearing fluent in the language.

However, Prince Frederik deflected criticism from Danish journalists who have accused him of spending too much time sailing and holidaying and not enough time with ordinary people.

He gave no indication he would change his lifestyle, but said he and Princess Mary both worked hard.

He turned down a chance to sail in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, saying he needs to be home with his wife in Copenhagen on January 1 for a traditional family banquet.

Earlier, the couple visited the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, where they were greeted by children dressed as Hans Christian Andersen characters.

They later flew by helicopter to historic Port Arthur - the last public engagement of their 12-day Australian tour.

The couple's tour ends with a state reception and charity dinner in Hobart, but they are expected to stay in Tasmania for the next week, holidaying in private with friends and family.

Their plans are being kept under wraps but London Lakes in Tasmania's midlands and the famed Wineglass Bay on the east coast are both rumoured destinations.
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:11 AM
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Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and his Australian-born wife, Crown Princess Mary during their press conference held at Government House in Mary's hometown of Hobart, 11 March 2005.

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Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and his Australian-born wife, Crown Princess Mary, are escorted by Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon and a security agent after arriving at the historic penal colony of Port Arthur, 11 March 2005.

And touring the ruins:
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:19 AM
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More pics from the visit to the Ruins...
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Pics from Fred and Mary's Press Conference in Hobart. Also attached a short clip from the Press Conference.

http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200503/r42564_109011.asx
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i hope Mary will met her dad!

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Old 03-11-2005, 02:26 AM
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I just heard CP Mary give a little speech when opening the tv-screen thing between Copenhagen and Melbourne, I love her accent! It's so refreshing to hear a royal speak something other than posh BBC English (no offence Brittons :) ) And I also hope that some of her accent will rubb of to CP Frederik who in my opinion have a terrible English accent!

And to Norwegian tv, I'm disappointed that they didn't send more reports from the royal visits down under. Even if it's not the Norwegian royals, they could show it anyway!
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More from Getty of the visit to Port Arthur where they walked the ruins of the Broad Arrow Cafe.In the cafe and near it, a man in 1996 shot indiscriminately and killed 35 people. That is the pool of reflection memorial in two of the photos. More on this massacre can be found at

http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial/bryant/
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Here are more photos from Port Arthur which incidentally is also the name of a city in Texas, not too far from Houston where young Mary Donaldson spent some of her days.
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Thanks all for these lovely pics.So the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess have finished the long lovely official visit to her home.They have done good Royal duties and the Aussie have greet welcome and love for them.
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"Thanks all for these lovely pics."

You´re welcome.

Mary and Frederik meet and greet some locals at Port Arthur although one particularly young member of the crowd doesn´t look too interested in the royal couple.
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Mary stole again my heart in her Australian visit. What a beautiful and elegand women!! But in report 516 the first photo you really can see a little belly in her gown. It surprises me because she is really thin and hardly has female outlines, so I thought she might be pregnant? I would be wonderfull and I nearly can wait to see her expecting her first love child.
Oh and I read a weird story in a gossip Magazine in Holland: she supposed to had an affair with a football player??? It sounds ridiculous to me and the story tells that Frederik went to Australia to support her after this story. They really are not well informed about this love couple and I wonder where this story came from. Does anybody heard something like this?
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The Charity Gala tonight:

She looks so stunning and beautiful.
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I think the dress shows too much boobs. If you insist on wearing a plunging necklines, then you had better watch it when you sign a guest book. Or does Mary enjoy it? I notice her summery top (unofficial day, on the yacht, in Sydney) was also cut low and she was photographed bending over to reveal her top.
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Mary stole again my heart in her Australian visit. What a beautiful and elegand women!! But in report 516 the first photo you really can see a little belly in her gown. It surprises me because she is really thin and hardly has female outlines, so I thought she might be pregnant? I would be wonderfull and I nearly can wait to see her expecting her first love child.
Oh and I read a weird story in a gossip Magazine in Holland: she supposed to had an affair with a football player??? It sounds ridiculous to me and the story tells that Frederik went to Australia to support her after this story. They really are not well informed about this love couple and I wonder where this story came from. Does anybody heard something like this?
Many royals, Danish or not. are bound to have many skeletons in their closet. i highly doubt that this source is a reliable one, and yet would not be surprised if it were true.
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