Monday 20 November 2006

On the way to Australia

We thought we would give a quick update. Mary has appeared at a Save the Children prize giving this morning which is the last official duty marked in the Crown Prince Couple's calendar for this month (our post on that coming up soon). Meanwhile, Frederik, Mary and Christian are expected to be travelling to Australia, although actual details and information is scarce. It is a private visit of course but we will bring any information we can when it is available. For The Hobart Mercury it seems to be about booties as a shout out to Mary's last visit to Hobart when she was pregnant with Christian. From The Hobart Mercury:

Hobart stocks up

November 21, 2006 12:00am
Right, Pitter-pattering again: "Princess Mary'' booties displayed by Country Leather's Ben Gardam.
PREPARATIONS for Princess Mary's arrival are in full flow -- but it could be later in the week before she arrives in Hobart.
Speculation is rising that the royal party will spend at least a day in Sydney before travelling on to Tasmania with new Audi cars being detailed in readiness for the royals' arrival at both Sydney and Hobart airports.
A Hobart store that sold Princess Mary a pair of booties when she was secretly two months pregnant with her first child in March last year has stocked up on the Australian sheepskin booties in case the princess drops in again.
And a new rose named after the Hobart-born Danish princess will be officially released in Hobart today.
Princess Mary, who is travelling with husband Crown Prince Frederik and their 13-month-old son Christian, is three months pregnant with her second child. This is her first trip back to Australia after Christian's birth and she is expected to visit friends in Sydney before heading to Hobart to see family.
It is thought she will be in Hobart by Thursday.
Mary's sisters, Jane Stephens and Patricia Bailey, who still live in Hobart with their families, are believed to have taken time off work from Thursday onwards.
Country Leather co-owner Ben Gardam said there was a run on the $24 Melbourne-made booties after word got out about Princess Mary's purchase during the last visit.
"We sold quite a few in the weeks after her last visit," he said.
"We still get the occasional person coming in asking for them."
The booties come in blue, pink and chestnut.
Princess Mary bought a chestnut-coloured pair last time, but being just over three months pregnant on this visit she may already know the sex of her second baby.
A South Australian-bred, cream-and-honey rose named for Princess Mary will be unveiled in Hobart today and will raise money for the National Heart Foundation.
The Danish royals have consented to the name because $1 from the sale of each plant for the next 20 years will be donated to the Heart Foundation. Princess Mary's mother died from complications after heart surgery in 1997.
Although the couple stayed at Hobart's Government House during their official visit in 2005, it is thought they may stay at a hotel on this private visit.
A spokeswoman for the five-star Islington Hotel on Davey St would not comment when asked if Danish royalty were to be guests. The luxury hotel, which charges $400 to $550 a night, has just 11 guest rooms, an acre of gardens and a seven-metre conservatory where gourmet breakfasts are served.

Added: We know now (ie: later) that quite a bit of the speculation in this last story was inaccurate.

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