Prince Frederik and Princess Mary's Visit to Australia; October 24-28, 2013
Crown Prince Couple Visit To Australia
October 25 - 28, 2013
On the eve of M&F coming to Sydney, New South Wales is having a very bad bushfire day- 90 fires in our state and a big, uncontrolled one about 15 minutes from our home.
My hubby will have trouble getting home tonight from Sydney because of the highway being blocked.
I am wondering if the schedule of engagements for the upcoming tour may be modified so M&F can offer comfort to those who have lost homes etc. No reports of lives lost thankfully.
ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
It's good no lives have been lost, may it remain so.
The number of volunteer firefighters in Australia is truly astonishing and admirable!
You and your husband stay safe, Lady Rosie, okay?
Maybe this question has been already answered elsewhere on this forum (sorry don't know where) but do Mary and Frederik plan to take the kids with them when they visit Australia? And will they do some private vacation there by visiting Marys family?
and stay safe lady rosie
Stay safe down there, Lady Rosie!
Thank you Archduchess Zelia, Muhler and Maggie Denmark for your kind thoughts :flowers:
I do believe the first engagement for M&F is on 24th and so would arrive on 23rd?
I haven't heard of them having vacation time like their last visit and it may be too quick a visit to bring the kids unfortunately.
My thoughts on them meeting with people effected by the fires is based on a history of the British Royals (e.g. Charles and Diana in 1983 and William more recently) doing just that in the weeks after the devastation. Maybe they won't have time.
Hi Lady Rosie and other Australian members,
how is it going down there with the bushfire? I saw some pictures in Danish B.T., where you could see the smoke over Sydney city. I hope all is well, after all.
The Royal House and the Danish Embassy, of course, follows the developments of the bushfire closely, but they say that it so far doesn't seem to affect the upcoming official visit. Manager of the Danish Embassy says: "We follow the developments of the bushfire closely, but as it looks now the visit will be implemented."
Værste brande i 40 år truer Sydney: Frederik og Mary fastholder rejseplan - Royale | www.bt.dk
The Royal House still haven't publicly made the official program, but Australian media are quick and has information of the coming days, including part of Friday's program :flowers:
No Cookies | thetelegraph.com.au
The chief in the Opera House, Louise Herron, tells about the visit, the connection between Denmark and Australia and the importance of inviting Frederik and Mary to the celebration.
Translated to English: http://translate.google.com/translat...475800&act=url
the program has now been published on the DRF website
Program for besøg i Sydney - Kongehuset
As the Crown Couple and their children arrived yet?
Thank you for your thoughts Roskilde:flowers: Some light rain today but bushfires still a problem. The sheer scale of the devastation is immense.
Tomorrow (Wednesday) meant to be a bad day on the fire front so fingers crossed. The fire near here still burning.
On to happier things..like the royal visit! News coverage of the visit is sketchy at this stage but I am sure that once the couple arrives (tomorrow?) interest will take off.
Sydney Opera House welcomes Danish Royalty | Your gateway to the NSW Government
This Australian media means to know that Mary and Frederik are landing in Sydney later today
Roll out the red carpet
More information on the Crown Prince Couple Awards being handed out in Australia
"For the first time in its history, the Crown Prince Couple’s Award Show will take place outside Denmark as the Royal couple will participate in a Danish-Australian celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House."
The Crown Prince Couple's Awards | Kronprinsparretspriser.dk
CP Couple Due to Arrive in Sydney Tonight.
I didn't expect to return to posting here, but am a bit wrapped up in the upcoming Opera House celebrations, and am hoping to pop along tomorrow and see the kick-off and take a few snaps of the Royal Couple.
After no mention whatsoever on any news shows about CP Mary and CP Fred's imminent presence here in Sydney, the first mention of them has just flashed on the 3.00pm afternoon, (Channel 9), news -announcing they are due to arrive tonight. (So I guess they are currently in the air.)
They are due for official photos at the Opera House at 10.00am tomorrow morning, so will not have too much time to get over any jet-lag - that is only 16.5 hours from now, and they have still to arrive.
Anyway, I will share any info of the next few days' activities, for CP Mary's supporters, from here that I can.
Best Wishes to All,
Cheers, Sun Lion.
Wednesday 23rd Oct 3.30pm in Sydney -
- despite the dire warnings that today was to be absolutely horrendous bushfire-wise, the Royal Couple, and all those travelling with them in the media and for Danish business interests, will arrive to a pretty clean Sydney smoke and smell-wise.
The small amount of rain that fell across various areas last night has, it is now being reported, been a help. (Earlier reports where that it was just a hinderance, interfering with the back-burning and making the bush tracks in the Blue Mts too slippery for the fire-trucks.)
At least we seem to have, so far, averted the fire-storm we were in risk of (- where bush-fires of this size affect the weather system bringing about storms and creating lightning strikes which start new fires ahead of what is already alight.)
Sydney last Thursday was as if Armageddon was upon us - the sun red, the sapphire blue water of the Harbour orange, and the most appalling cloud of smoke above us all - with hot, hot blustery winds and the stench of everything burnt.
Others days down here in Sydney have been less dramatic, but the smoke has been lower - all around us, blocking the view everywhere and stinking, stinking, stinking.
If the wind keeps blowing in the right direction, Sydney will be at her best for the next few days of celebrations and we won't be plunged back into that.
I'm wondering how everyone is going to find the difference here after getting off the plane. I don't know how cold Denmark is at the moment, but here it's currently 33 degrees, so I guess the air-conditioning in all the cars, vans etc. will be on full-bore, even if they arrive after dark.
Two Opera House Documentaries Shown on TV This Week - A Wonder it Got Built At All.
We've all been given a bit of a history lesson about the Opera House this week and what an eye-opener it's all been.
I highly recommend the two doco - one lost, (destroyed by the BBC, but found again after 45 years), and the other containing an interview with Mr Utzorn from 1998.
I've lived in Sydney now since the 80's, and am within walking distance of the Opera House, so although I don't take it for granted, it is a part of everyday life here in Sydney.
Thank you Denmark for your wonderful architect Jorn Utzon and, not always mentioned, your wonderful engineer/construction man Ove Arup, and their many Danish companions, who made this happen.
A new architecture, and new way of construction, for a new country - from the Old World for the New World.
If you haven't caught them they are -
"Autopsy On a Dream"
"The Edge of the Possible"
Cheers, Sun Lion.
P.S. I think after I signed off from "The Royal Forums" earlier in the year, some posters here sent me messages - I think they were deleted by the moderators so I didn't get to read them - but thank you for any good wishes you sent my way. I hope you are all well and life is fine.
Media Attention on Mary and Frederick Starting.
OK, the TV news, (Channel 9 at least), is now having proper stories about CP Mary and CP Frederick coming to Sydney tonight.
Showing footage from their 2011 trip and talking about some of the activities that will be happening over the next five days.
(I think a lot of our lady news-readers must really like CP Mary - saw it in 2011 and just saw it now. They seem to go all sparkly-eyed and their voices soften. Plus a nice change of pace from all the bush-fire news that has been the only real topic for more than a week.)
P.S. - weather conditions are worsening - the wind everyone fears is building and so is the temperature.
PP.S. Channel 9 News must be making up for lost time - they're running the story of the new trend of "Bling Christenings" too - but using footage of the twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine with it - !!!.
i think mary&frederik has just arrived :)
Our Princess Mary & Prince Frederik have arrived in Sydney ahead of their official tour. I'll tell you the best place to see them #9NEWSat6. : AirlieWalsh
Sun Lion, good to see you again :smile:
Thank you for your references to the documentaries about Utzon and his work on the Sidney Opera; over the years, I've seen a number of documentaries about the proces in Danish television and I would love to see these as well (just spent another hour googling your references and getting absorbed in the tales of the work and politics surrounding the construction of the opera).
I'm so sorry to read in your last post that weather conditions are worsening again; saw last night on television how horrific these fires are. Hope you are all safe.
Hi UserDane - good to be back.
Hope you're able to find the docos - really worth seeing. We really are blessed that it all went ahead when you learn about the ins and outs that were involved politically, structurally, culturally, financially etc.
Seeing MaggieDenmark's post the CP Couple have arrived just in time to make the 6.00pm news shows.
Latest reports are the big danger of today has passed - some schools will re-open tomorrow, people who evacuated are now allowed back to some of the houses and tomorrow the temperature will be lower and winds not as strong.
Cheers, Sun Lion. :flowers:
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.
Forgot to say in earlier posts - I was looking at tickets for the concert and the prize-giving events a few weeks ago, but thought the concert crowd would be enormous, and the prize-giving event would probably be in Danish.
Anyway - too late now - tickets sold out some time ago and people are online asking if they can get tickets from anyone who has one they could let go. Doubt it .
SBS broadcasting the prize-giving in November - not live. (Probably need time to get the sub-titles sorted for us Aussies.)
Cheers, Sun Lion.
P.S. Quite likely there will be fire-works over the Opera House on Saturday night - even with the bushfires. Sydney does fire-works at the drop of a hat and we love it. Only known them to be cancelled once due to weather conditions many years ago in fire season.
A big cruise ship just sailed off - hopefully another one will arrive and berth in Circular Quay across from the Opera House over the next days - adds to the carnival atmosphere with all the palm trees and blue Harbour.
Prince Frederik and Princess Mary to visit Five Dock Public School
Mary and Frederick in Oz without Children.
Just got a chance to see the 6.00pm news - now actually just past 8.00pm here - and CP Mary and CP Frederick have left the children at home and are here in Oz without them.
Quite a long report on good old Channel 9 - old footage used though. First story after all the day's dramas with the fires and a train problem due to the heat.
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.
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.
10.00am tomorrow public has been invited to the podium level of the Opera House and another chance at 4.00pm to see them just a short walk away, going to Government House.
I'll post if I have any news.
Also, another chance to see CP Mary on Friday at the shop opening in Market St.
Won't be going out to Five Dock or to Randwick for the school and Library events, nor to the Hospital. In fact the library is closed for "normal business" on Saturday for the event there according to their website.
Bye for now, Sun Lion.
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