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  Australian Marries Danish Crown Prince
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Last EditedGerald Farinas  May 14, 2004 11:03am
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News DateFriday, May 14, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionAustralian Marries Danish Crown Prince
The Honolulu Advertiser

Australian Mary Donaldson married Danish Crown Prince Frederik on Friday, becoming Crown Princess Mary in a lavish ceremony before a crowd of royals and other dignitaries from around the world. Visibly moved, the couple exchanged their vows inside Our Lady's Church in downtown Copenhagen. As the couple left the church, Frederik kissed his wife on the lips, the first time they have done so in public. Outside, a roar of approval erupted from the tens of thousands who lined the streets to watch the ceremony on dozens of outdoor video screens. Across all of Denmark, Europe's oldest monarchy, thousands more watched the spectacle on live television and heard it on national radio. When the couple left the church, the crowds erupted in applause and waved Australian and Danish flags. The couple, beaming, waved back before passing through a navy honor guard.

Tens of thousands of people jammed the streets of city to get a glimpse of the newlyweds' carriage. In recent days, at least 50,000 Danish and Australian flags were handed out by tourist officials. Others had lined up to catch a glimpse of some of the royal dignitaries, including Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito, and Spanish Crown Prince Felipe, as they boarded royal yacht Dannebrog for the pre-wedding brunch. Other guests included Britain's Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie; Australian Governor General Michael Jeffrey and Tasmanian Governor Richard Butler; and France's first lady, Bernadette Chirac.
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