Wednesday 22 November 2006

In Hobart...

Television evening news programs in Australia have shown the airport arrival footage from this morning and Frederik, Mary and Christian at sister Jane's house in West Hobart. It has just been reported on the Nine Network that Frederik, Mary and Christian are staying at Jane's house. Frederik spoke to a reporter pushing for an interview/info and he asked that they be left alone ('a fair go' in Ozspeak) and said that they would give a photo opportunity on Friday.

Also, from The Age (Melbourne) has similar info as earlier reports but adds that Frederik went shopping with Jane Stephens at a delicatessen before going to the airport this morning.

Mary, Frederik bring home their Kingaroo

November 22, 2006 - 11:18AM
Away from the formality of Denmark's royal palaces, Crown Princess Mary put her feet up in Hobart and showed her young son Australia for the first time.
Carrying 13-month old Prince Christian, a casually-dressed Mary got off a Qantas flight from Melbourne to be warmly embraced at Hobart airport by her waiting husband, Crown Prince Frederik.
The reunited royals looked like any other young family, and they are clearly hoping for a relaxed, private holiday, away from the media spotlight.
Later, speaking at the door of her sister Jane Stephens' home in West Hobart, Mary told AAP she "just wanted some time with family".
"I'm thrilled to be back and to see everyone, especially those who haven't seen Christian yet," she said, before retreating back inside the contemporary, glass-fronted home overlooking Hobart.
It is the Tasmanian-born Mary's first trip home to Australia since the birth of Christian, the half-Australian heir to the Danish throne who some have nicknamed Kingaroo.
And it's just a month since she announced she is expecting her second child, due in May.
Mary would not say how long she and Frederik plan to spend in Tasmania, although they are expected to stay with her sister Jane until at least Friday.
Mary looked relaxed and content as she caught up with nieces in the lounge area of the suburban home.
Although declaring she was "extremely tired" after her flight, she was excited to be reunited with Ms Stephens, her other sister, Patricia Bailey, and their families, she said.
A small media pack soon gathered outside the home but were asked by members of Tasmania's police dignitary protection squad to move on as the Danish royals "won't be going anywhere".
"Bearing in mind they have flown from the other side of the world ... the first thing they are looking for is bed," a spokesman said.
"They're in the family home and we'd ask you ... to respect that she is back at home on the first day of her holiday."
Mary and Frederik have agreed to one photo opportunity during their visit, in the hope the media will then respect their privacy.
It is not known when Frederik arrived in Hobart, but the future king of Denmark usually flies separately to his son, who is second in line to the Danish throne.
After his wife's arrival, the dashing prince surprised shoppers at a West Hobart delicatessen before returning to Ms Stephens' home with bags of groceries.
Earlier, passengers on the Melbourne flight were surprised to see Mary, who was dressed casually in jeans, a navy sweater and camel-coloured jacket.
Delighted Australian designer Liz Davenport sat three rows behind the princess.
"She was very casually dressed ... the perfect yummy mummy," she said.
Christian was well behaved during the flight and only one passenger approached Mary for a photograph, Ms Davenport said.
"Everybody was extremely respectful of her," she said.
"Just as an individual person catching a plane. She was treated with absolute respect."
In normally sedate West Hobart, Ms Stephens' neighbour, Romilda Amorosa, said she was so excited when Princess Mary arrived she forgot to put bicarb soda in her banana cake.
"She's beautiful," she said.
"She looks kind and gentle and beautiful."
Ms Amorosa watched bemused as the media waited for a glimpse of Mary.
"She deserves every bit of it (attention)," she said.
"We're proud of her because she's Tasmanian."
© 2006 AAP

and... from ABC News Online:

Tas police appeal for royal privacy
Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark have had a quiet and casual start to their Tasmanian holiday.
Crown Princess Mary and her son, Prince Christian, arrived in Hobart this morning. They were greeted by Crown Prince Frederick, who arrived on an earlier flight.
The Danish royals headed for the West Hobart home of Princess Mary's sister, Jane Stephens.
As the Princess and one-year-old Prince caught up with a large group of relatives, Prince Frederick popped down to a West Hobart delicatessen.
A customer was surprised to spot the Crown Prince helping Princess Mary's sister select ingredients for dinner.
Media waiting outside Mrs Stephens's house, meanwhile, have been asked to leave by Tasmania Police dignitary protection officers.
The royal visit has been anticipated for months and local media crews have been scrambling to get shots of the Crown Prince, Princess and their one-year-old son on their first day in Hobart.
While Princess Mary's young relatives have been happy to peek out at the waiting cameras, the royal couple have stayed behind closed doors most of the day.

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