Tuesday 21 November 2006

The Crown Princess Mary rose

We are entering an unpredictable stage with news of Frederik, Mary and Christian because they are now in the zone of "private holiday" -- but we did promise to post what we can. At the moment we are uncertain how much news we will get, we will just have to go with what we can. First, there is just a little news. Mary and Christian left Denmark right after Mary awarded the Save the Children prize yesterday and Frederik had left separately before them (the heirs do not fly together). It appears the first part of the visit will be in Tasmania. Second, there is a little news from the Australian end today with the launch of the Crown Princess Mary rose by Mary's older sister Jane Stephens (and one of Christian's godmothers). So, in the spirit of posting 'what we can', here is the story.

From The Hobart Mercury:

Princess Mary rose launched

Patricia Bailey and Jane Stephens, Crown Princess Mary's sisters, at the launch of the Crown Princess Mary Rose at the Wrest Point.

November 21, 2006 12:00am
CROWN Princess Mary is softly fragrant in ivory white, with an elegance resembling that of a silk rose.
The princess [rose] also enjoys sunny areas, a good, deep soak every week and a slurp of fertiliser every September and December.
A newly developed rose named in honour of Crown Princess Mary was launched in Hobart today, just days before the real Danish royals arrive in Tasmania.
And its developers are confident the "delicate but hardy" rose's beauty will rival its Hobart-born namesake.
"I think they'll stand equal," said Maureen Ross, marketing manager of South Australia's Ross Roses, which developed the flower.
It was developed in consultation with the princess and $1 from every sale will be donated to the
Heart Foundation, at her request.
Princess Mary's mother died of a heart condition nine years ago.
Mary's sister, Jane Stephens, launched the rose today, telling a small audience she had planted three in her Hobart garden as a special memory of their mother.
"I do encourage people to have a look at the rose and hopefully buy one and pop it into their garden and think of not so much Crown Princess Mary, but what they can do to help their health and to look after themselves a wee bit better," she said.
Ms Stephens laughed when asked if it was strange for a rose to be named after her sister, who married Crown Prince Frederik after a fairytale romance in 2004.
"No, no," she said. "Not any more. A year ago yes, but not now."
The Hobart-based pharmacist refused to say more about her sister, who is due to arrive in Australia with Crown Prince Frederik and baby Christian some time this week.
However, she said the family was excited about the impending visit and "thrilled" about Mary's second pregnancy, announced last month.
Ms Ross said after the launch the rose epitomised the royals' fairytale romance.
"The rose always seems to embody romance and love and emotions and I think this is why it had to be a rose," she said.
"You couldn't say it had to be a dahlia or something."

From The Sydney Morning Herald:
Royal rose by any other name

Andrew Darby
November 22, 2006

CROWN Princess Mary is delicately scented and particularly hardy, all useful attributes for a Tasmanian destined to be Queen of Denmark.
For the former Mary Donaldson's family, the new rose named after her also symbolises a loss of a scale few appreciated before it was disclosed by her elder sister, Jane Stephens, yesterday.
"Our mother passed away nine years ago from a heart condition, and that passing left a tragic impact on our family and we still live with it every day," Ms Stephens said.
Henrietta Donaldson was a rose gardener in Hobart before her sudden death at the age of 56. Ms Stephens said her sister Mary was keen to support the Heart Foundation's initiative to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease. Money will go to its work from each rose sold.

And from ABC News Online:
Princess Mary rose to raise heart health awareness

The benefits of healthy eating and exercise have been extolled by the sister of Danish Crown Princess Mary at the launch of a rose named in the Princess's honour.
Princess Mary's sister, Jane Stephens, helped launch the white rose in Hobart this morning.
For the next 20 years, $1 from the sale of each Crown Princess Mary rose will be donated to the Tasmanian branch of the Heart Foundation to raise education and awareness of heart disease in women.
Mrs Stephens says their mother was only 56 when she died.
"Nine years ago my mother passed away from a heart-related condition so it has become close to my heart," she said.
"I do encourage people to have a look at the rose and hopefully buy one and pop it into their garden and think of, not so much Crown Princess Mary, but what they can do to look after their health and help themselves a wee bit better."

B.T. also has the story in Danish 'Australsk rose opkaldt efter Mary'

Added November 28: The current Billed Bladet (#47) has a feature on the launch of the rose and talked to Mary's sisters Jane Stephens and Patricia Bailey. The translated story follows (many thanks Muhler!) plus photos published with the story.

We think of our mother each day.
“Mother loved roses and had many in her garden. Yesterday it was nine years ago that she died, but roses will always remind us of her. Through the roses she is still with us, and not a day goes by without us thinking about her”. It was Crown Princess Mary’s older sister, Jane Stephens, who cut the ribbon on Tuesday afternoon to launch the beautiful heart-shaped rose bed in front of the Wrest Point Hotel in Hobart, where 120 roses will bloom every year from now on. The rose which has been developed in South Australia is ivory coloured with a faint reddish glow and has the loveliest scent of honey. Just as Crown Princess Mary had a rose named after her last year in Denmark, Australians will now also have a “Crown Princess Mary Rose” and each time one is sold the Australian Heart Foundation in Tasmania will get one dollar towards the work of research and prevention of heart diseases.

Mary’s mother, Henrietta Donaldson, died after heart surgery in 1997 at only 56 years old.

“She was such a wonderful woman and there will always be so many questions, which you can only ask your mother”, said Jane, who like both Mary and her other sister, know how important it is to try and fight heart diseases.

“On average 220 Australian women die each week from heart disease. That’s 31 a day”, said the chairman of the
Heart Foundation, Ian Gordon, who was the first speaker at the ceremony. It took place in bright sunshine, which Tasmanians had not been used to during the past days. During the weekend the temperature was not far above ten degrees C, but on Tuesday the summer showed itself again, which in particular delights Mary’s family, because they now for the next two weeks will be having a holiday with the Crown Prince Couple and their little Christian.

Mary’s other sister, Patricia, who also took part in the ceremony with her husband, Scott Bailey, told how both she and Jane have roses in the garden and that some will be shipped to Denmark.

“Roses are also Mary’s favorite flower”, she said.

That the family is looking forward to the visit from Denmark beamed from Mary’s sisters. Both along with their husbands have taken the next couple of weeks off from work, and Patricia said that their brother, John, will also come to Tasmania from Cairns in Queensland together with his wife and their two children.

“I haven’t seen Christian since the baptism and back then he was so very tiny”, said Patricia, who is never called anything but Trish in the family. “But I almost think that my children are even more excited . Michael is now 12, Madisson 11 and little Mollie is 4 years old. The two eldest will probably fight about holding him”, she said.

Jane, who is godmother to Christian also looked forward to the visit, just like her three children, Alexander, Erin and Kate. They were however not present at the rose-ceremony, as they had to attend their school.

On Tuesday evening Crown Prince Frederik arrived at Hobart and yesterday he and the whole of Mary’s family could bid her and little Christian welcome to Tasmania. For security reasons the Crown Prince does not fly with his son.

If Prince Christian, who is now 13 months old still hasn’t taken his first step it will probably happen here on his mother’s island of birth, which hisb aunt Patricia thought would be “terrific”.

“Now we’ll see how it goes”, she said.

The citizens of Hobart have for weeks been guessing about where the Crown Prince Couple will stay during their time in Tasmania, but even though Jane and Patricia were asked the question several times, they didn’t reveal anything with even a single word.

“It’s a secret, and we are good at holding our tounges”, they said with a big smile.

Photos of Jane, Patricia, Craig Stephens and Scott Bailey. The second last photo is of Mary's uncle and aunt John and Roy Pugh and the last is Jane with the head of the Heart Foundation in Tasmania, Ian Gordon.

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