Wednesday 22 November 2006

Touchdown: Frederik, Mary & Christian in Hobart

Frederik arrived first, Mary and Christian have arrived a couple of hours ago. They are now at Mary's sister Jane Stephens' house in West Hobart having lunch and there is a media contingent there, so we can expect more of this kind of reporting as the day goes on.
National Nine News
Danish princess relaxing with family
Wednesday Nov 22 13:36 AEDT
Crown Princess Mary is relaxing with her family in Hobart after flying in for a private visit to Tasmania.
Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik was waiting at Hobart airport to greet his casually-dressed wife, who arrived on a flight from Melbourne with her one-year-old son Prince Christian just before 10am (AEDT -OzEasternDaylightTime)) on Wednesday.
The couple embraced before Mary, dressed in jeans, a navy sweater and camel jacket, drove into Hobart in a four-wheel drive with Frederik and their son.
Photos from Nine News screencaps:

Our screencaps:

Ninemsn video clip of Mary's arrival (00:30 - sorry, plus a Qantas ad, it is from commercial TV)

From The Sydney Morning Herald
Princess in jeans touches down

November 22, 2006 - 12:00PM

Crown Princess Mary ... "She's not really your average woman, is she?"
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark flew into her home town of Hobart today for a long-anticipated private family visit.
The pregnant Mary and her son, Prince Christian, were among passengers aboard a Qantas flight from Melbourne which landed just before 10am (AEDT) today.
A casually dressed Mary was met on the tarmac by her husband, Crown Prince Frederik, and the couple embraced before driving away to an undisclosed destination.
It's not known when Frederik arrived, but he usually flies separately to his son, who is next in line to the Danish throne.
Mary, wearing jeans, a navy sweater and camel-coloured jacket, carried 13-month-old Christian to a four-wheel drive and buckled him into a rear seat.
The couple's visit comes around a month after Mary announced she was pregnant with their second child, which is due in early May.
The couple are expected to spend at least a week visiting family in Tasmania, where Mary grew up.
The royal couple last visited Australia in March last year, when Mary was two months' pregnant.
Passengers on the flight were surprised to find themselves in the presence of royalty.
"She's not really your average women, is she?" remarked Ken Greenwood, in Hobart on business.
Delighted Australian designer Liz Davenport, in town to launch her brand in Tasmania, sat three rows behind the princess.
"She was very casually dressed ... the perfect yummy mummy."
Ms Davenport said Christian was very well behaved during the flight and only one passenger approached Mary for a photograph.
"Everybody was extremely respectful of her," she said.
"Just as an individual person catching a plane. She was treated with absolute respect."
Kay Aspen, holidaying from New Zealand, said the princess looked "beautiful".
"When I saw her on the plane I thought how lucky are we." AAP

The Daily Telegraph (you gotta love the bit about the banana cake!):
Mary had a little lunch

November 22, 2006 12:00

CROWN Princess Mary is lunching with her family in Hobart today after flying in for a private visit to Tasmania.
The Australian-born Danish royal said she was "extremely tired'' after her flight, with one-year-old son Christian, and wanted to relax.
Waiting to welcome Mary and Christain - on his first trip to his family's home Down Under - at Hobart airport was their husband and father, Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik.
Casually-dressed Mary arrived on a flight from Melbourne with Christian just before 10am.
The couple embraced before Mary, dressed in jeans, a navy sweater and camel jacket, drove into Hobart in a four-wheel drive with Frederik and their son.
Mary travelled to her sister's home in West Hobart where she relaxed with her nieces before speaking briefly to journalists.
The princess would not disclose the couple's holiday plans, saying simply she "just wanted some time with family''.
Mary, who is pregnant with her second child, would not say how long she was staying in Australia but said she was excited to be reunited with her two sisters, Jane Stephens and Patricia Bailey, and their families.
"I'm thrilled to be back and to see everyone, especially those who haven't seen Christian yet,'' said Mary, who grew up in Hobart.
Frederik arrived at the house shortly afterwards, entering through the back door.
Neighbours were stunned.
One, 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 in bemusement as the media contingent grew in front of her home.
"She deserves every bit of it (attention),'' she said. "We're proud of her because she's Tasmanian.''
Mary's family later erected screens inside her sister's home to shield them from the media's gaze.
The royal couple last visited Australia in March last year, when Mary was two months pregnant with Christian.

The Hobart Mercury report is similar to the AAP/Herald story and The Daily Telegraph story.

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