Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Australia tour: day 9

5 March 2005

Crown princess Mary and her lady-in-waiting visited the Westmead children's hospital in Sydney. They staid for 1 hour. Outside about 150 fans were waiting to see her.

In the hospital she toured the melanoma research laboratories and learned about the Australian Cancer Foundation's work. She also visited the children's ward.


She read Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale 'The Ugly Duckling' to a small group of children.

Mary wore a new Hugo Boss dress.

Mary was shown round by her former DDB Needham boss Tom Dery. He had invited the princess to see the work being done on skin cancer at the institute. She was keen to take the knowledge about sun damage back to Denmark.Tom Dery: "I think she was very concerned simply in observing the number of people even in Denmark who naturally worship the sun after a long winter and also the use of sunbeds and she's very concerned about the future impact of that."

Afterwards, at 15.00 o'clock, Mary and Frederik escaped their royal duties for a late lunch at Gusto Deli Cafe in Five Ways.

In the evening princess Mary and prince Frederik assisted at a charity fundraiser for the Australian Cancer Research Society, headed by Mary's former boss at Melbourne ad agency DDB Needham, Tom Dery.

Mr Dery employed the young Mary in 1994 when she was just out of university. He approached her to assist at the charity gala just after her wedding. "Mary was always very generous and keen to help and we're obviously grateful for her support now," Mr Dery said.

Frederik & Mary arrived at the Elizabeth Bay waterfront mansion "Boomerang" in a motorcycle cavalcade for the black-tie supper dance with 100 smartly dressed couples who had paid $3000 each.

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

Video of their day:

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