Probably because Denmark didn't do so well in the Olympics (only two gold
medals in Women’s handball and sailing soling Class), quiclky Frederick got
bored and started looking at the pretty girls around rather than all those
sweaty muscular shot-put throwers. Fair enough.
He found a pearl in the person of Mary Donaldson in this dark pub of Sydney
and said "Hi I'm Fred" which is a pretty creative opening line when you
think about it. He borrowed his father's French accent for the evening in
order to make her laugh and that was it. She was hooked !
After that, and for the next 3 years they were seen both in Copenhagen and in
Sydney and around Europe.
After asking permission to Queen Margrethe Alexandrine Thorhildur Ingrid
Oldenburg , his mother, they got engaged and then married. A bit tough though
that she had to give up her Australian citizenship for that but she got a
palace and a fairly big chance one day to become the Queen of 5 and half
million subjects. Not quite as many as Freddie Mercury but not a bad
Last week (March 2005) the company Farr, great maker of sailing yachts
organised a world championship in beautiful Sydney.
Frederik put a Danish team together and flew down under.
Mary jumped on the opportunity to say hello to Dad and joined Frederik a few
days later in Sydney. She even managed to beat her hubby in a race onboard
one of these Farr boats. That should keep him humble for a while..
summarize this week in Sydney, everybody loved Mary and Frederik and crowds
were seen wherever they went. With a bit of preference for Princess Mary, our
little Tassie girl who became a Princess !
the pictures below, you will see Princess Mary at the official reception
given in her honour by the Kookaburra Game. She was officially presented with
her own copy of the Kookaburra Game and couldn't hide her joy to finally own
one (She's been trying hard to put her hand on one for ages, but the
Kookaburra Game is not yet available in Denmark where we are actively looking
for a distributor)