Following on from the Queen’s visit last month and President Barack Obama’s visit this week, Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, also known as Our Mary, arrives on our shores today with her husband Prince Frederik, although he is expected to attract less attention from women’s magazines.
Mary and Fred will spend a week in Australia hopping between the capitals.
They start their tour in Sydney, where they are scheduled to join the crowds for the last day of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Bondi Beach, just down the road from Mary’s old flat in Bondi Junction.
In Sydney, she is expected to meet the Premier, Barry O’Farrell, the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, and the NSW Governor, Marie Bashir. The royal couple will have a BBQ at Garden Island and spend time promoting trade and business ties between Australia and Denmark. They will also visit a hospital cancer ward.
On Tuesday, the pair travel to Canberra for an official lunch reception with the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, who will be fresh back from the East Asia summit in Bali. Mary and Fred will also meet the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, before popping into the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery. Both galleries are preparing for major exhibitions of Italian Renaissance paintings and Australian impressionists respectively.
The Princess will lay a wreath at the Australian War Memorial before jetting to Melbourne for several days where her duties include hosting a charity dinner and visiting a wind farm. The official visit ends next Saturday.
The Danish embassy would not comment on whether the Prince and Princess are bringing any of their four children – Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, or baby twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.