The final few days of TRH Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik’s visit to Australia was just a busy as the first few days. The couple certainly made the most of their public engagements, supporting both Danish interests and personal interests of the both of them. The fifth day was particularly busy for the couple both separately and together. Princess Mary toured a primary school utilizing Danish environmentally-friendly building techniques and attended the SunSmart 2011 launch, a campaign to educate people about the dangers of sun exposure. While separated, Crown Prince Frederik was busy in part with a tour of the George Weston Foods production facility. The couple then met back up for a business event followed by a much more colorful engagement at a children’s activity center called ART Play where kids were engaged in a Lego competition called ‘Build the Change’. Photos from the event showed an adorable moment where two young girls spontaneously hugged the Princess to stop her from leaving. She laughed and indulged the girls by staying for a few extra minutes. Of the events finishing off the long day, the highlight was a naming ceremony of the tugboat ‘Svitzer Marysville’. Both attended and seemed to enjoy being outside in the sun, Mary did the naming duties by pouring champagne over the vessel.
The final two days of public engagements included a couple events close to one of the Princess’ interests, the prevention of bullying. Prince Frederik and Princess Mary were joined by Prime Minister Julia Gillard at a luncheon held by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, an organization for which the Princess serves as International Patron. The luncheon was an event to highlight the issues of cyberbullying and bullying while showing how the Foundation’s eSmart system is a world leader in cybersafety. Later in the evening the Crown Princely couple attended the Foundation’s annual fundraiser, the Starry Starry Night gala ball. The couple joined over 1,000 guests and 100 celebrities at the event aiming to raise money for the Foundation’s important work.
These events concluded the public portion of the Danish royal couple’s visit to Mary’s homeland. The next few days they will be spending time with Mary’s family and friends and their four children. This is the first visit down under for infant twins TRH Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.
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Sources: ABC, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, SMH