Monday, 3 March 2014

Australia tour: day 8

4 March 2005

Crown princess Mary and her lady-in-waiting visited the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Center in Sydney. They toured the institute and met with some of the scientists who are leading research into heart disease.

Previously princess Diana had done the same in 1996.

Mary wore a new silver Georg Jensen "Alliance" bracelet. (Shopvalue = 470 euro)

In the evening Mary (without Frederik who was at a gala event of the Farr 40 sailing championship) was the guest of honor at the fundraising Gala Ball of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Center, at the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel.

It was the third gala evening in a row for the fresh crown princess. She was 
again accompanied by her lady-in-waiting, countess Victoria Bernstorff-Gyldensteen.

Among the guests was Mary's sister, Jane Stephens.

Mary wore a new Malene Birger gown.

She danced the first waltz to 'Moon River' with former NSW premier Neville Wran, just like Diana had done.

Addressing the crowd, Princess Mary said it was an honour and a pleasure to support the work of Victor Chang. She mentioned her mother's death - after heart surgery - in her speech.
"My family knows all too well the impact of losing someone to heart disease and I feel very privileged to be in a position today where I can lend my support and help to bring attention to a cause that is so very close to my heart," she said. 

Mary was in the first stage of her pregnancy with Christian. The new hadn't been made public yet.

Video of their day:

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