Wednesday 20 September 2006

Mary on visit to Prague tomorrow

Face of the Astronomical Clock on Prague's Old Town Hall.

Crown Princess Mary will visit Prague September 21 to 22. The Crown Princess will be received at Prague Castle by the President of the Czech Republic, Václav Klaus and his wife, Livia Klausová, and at Prague City Hall by the Mayor of the City of Prague, Pavel Bém. Prague Castle is the seat of government for the President of the Czech Republic and is said to be one of the largest castles in the world. As always, where Mary goes, we go! (or with other Danish royals). So this week we are off to beautiful Prague. And, just quietly, we are 'going' to another beautiful city with Frederik and Mary next week on a special mission. But more of that in a couple of days (you might like to practice your Russian though!). First Prague.

Crown Princess Mary and wife of the President, Livia Klausová (an economist), will attend a concert by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra playing at the Prague Autumn International Music Festival. Other visits reflect the interests of Crown Princess Mary including the health sector and other commercial sectors with a Danish connection. Crown Princess Mary will also visit some of Prague’s many cultural sights.

The September 21 concert by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra will be in the evening at Rudolfinum Concert Hall in the Old Town and home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
See also Rudolfinum, Prague and Rudolfinum
Dvořák Hall is where the perfomance will be.

Billed Bladet no. 37 reported that Crown Princess Mary's visit to Prague will be her first solo official visit abroad since her marriage. Since Mary married she has got to know her new homeland well, but she also has a job to do outside Denmark. The Crown Prince Couple's Chief of Court Per Thornit said the trip was the beginning of Crown Princess Mary 'getting to know Europe'. Crown Princess Mary did go to Riga, Latvia, on her own last year in August as patron of The Danish Culture Institute and was hosted then by the Latvian Culture Minister, Helena Demakova. Mary has been to Prague briefly before: as Mary Donaldson on a round-the-world trip after the death of her mother and between working in Melbourne and Sydney.

International Herald Tribune:

Australian-born Danish princess to visit Prague on first official solo visit

The Associated Press September 14, 2006

COPENHAGEN, Denmark Denmark's Australian-born Crown Princess Mary will travel to Prague next week on her first official visit on her own, the palace said Thursday.

Mary will visit the Czech capital Sept. 21-22, where she will be met by President Vaclav Klaus' wife, Livia Klausova, and Prague Mayor Pavel Bem, according to the royal family's weekly calendar.

The 34-year-old crown princess will tour cultural sights, including the old town, and attend a concert by Danish National Symphony Orchestra at the Prague Autumn International Music Festival. Her program also includes a visit to Danish companies in Prague.

Since she married Crown Prince Frederik two years ago, Mary has been accompanying the heir of the Danish throne on official trips abroad.

Mary, from the island of Tasmania, met Frederik, 38, in a bar during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. The couple's wedding took place in May 2004 at Copenhagen's Lutheran Cathedral. (AP)

16th Prague Autumn International Music Festival
Prague Autumn International Music Festival (in English)
My Czech Republic
photos Old Town, Prague

Where Mary is visiting:
3rd Department, Faculty of Medicine, Charles University (Pharmacology) where Danish pharmaceutical companies NYCOMED and Novo Nordisk are involved in projects with the university for treatment of diabetes and osteoporosis.
The Danish Bakery, on Bilkova will get a visit and Mary will tour a number of spots in Prague with the 'first lady' Livia Klausová including Old Town Hall Square. See the interactive Prague City Map and the Prague Information Service for lots of links about the city including webcam, weather, history, etc.
Mary will go to the Strahov Monastery and also Prague Castle where she will have a meeting with the President and then lunch with Mrs Livia Klausová and other invited guests. See also, it has lots of info and links to the sights and history of this beautiful city. Also see Prague Castle - a visitor's account and a link to the Prague Castle webcam

The River Vltava and Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, the Old Town Hall and views from the River Vltava boat trip:



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