City to host Princess
Saturday, 12th November, 2011
By John Casey
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will visit Broken Hill in less than two weeks.
In a major coup for the city, Princess Mary is expected to visit here on Friday November 25.
A spokesman for the Danish Embassy in Canberra confirmed Princess Mary would travel to Broken Hill.
“We are not able to make any further comment than to confirm that Broken Hill is on the royal itinerary,” the spokesman said.
“All other details relating to the Broken Hill visit by Princess Mary are embargoed until next week because of security matters.”
While BH previously hosted Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1954 and has entertained Prime Ministers including Kevin Rudd (2010), Bob Hawke (1981) and Britain’s Margaret Thatcher (1970s) this is believed to be the first visit by a princess.
Australian-born Crown Princess Mary (39) and her husband Crown Prince Frederik (42) begin their Australian visit in Sydney next Saturday and will be hosted by Governor-General Quentin Bryce.
There has been speculation that the G-G will join Princess Mary as part of the delegation to BH but it is not known if Prince Frederik will attend.
The royal tour will take in Canberra on Tuesday November 22 and conclude the official duties in Melbourne on Saturday November 26.
The royal couple is bringing their 10-month-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine with them to Australia and the family is expected to be in the country for up to four weeks.
Older children - Prince Christian, 6, and Princess Isabella, 4 - will remain in Copenhagen because of schooling arrangements but will join the family at a later stage when they stay on in a private capacity - including spending time in Princess Mary’s home town of Hobart.
The Danish Royals have made official visits to Australia in 2008 and 2006 and toured as newlyweds in 2005 following their 2004 marriage. The couple met in a Sydney pub in September 2000 during the Olympic Games.
Most recently Princess Mary was in Adelaide in August last year for a private visit to celebrate the 40th birthday of her bridesmaid Amber Petty.
On this tour the royals are heading a business delegation promoting Danish green energy and technology, sustainable living and food technologies.
“This is a special time for the crown princess. It is their first time there as a whole family,” a spokeswoman for the Danish Royal Court said.