Friday, 26 November 2021

Visit to Australia 2013: Day Two

The Crown Prince Couple and their entourage made a visit to Mary's home country Australia. Reason was the 40th jubilee of the Sydney Opera House which was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. Mary must have been asked for the occasion, but her Department also took the opportunity to stretch the event to all of Mary's charities that have a link with Australia such as anti bullying and twins. They were able to use the Opera House has a fantastic venue for meetings and to hand out the Crown Prince Couple's Awards.

The official part lasted 4 days but the whole journey took about 10 days.

25 October 2013

10:00
Launch of the international exchange programme “MADE by the Opera House” for Danish and Australian architecture, engineering and design students.






Afterwards Crown Prince Frederik & Crow Princess Mary opened “Architecture makes the City” where Danish and Australian architects discussed architecture and design’s current role for cities.

11:30
Official opening of the Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Flagship Store in Sydney.




Mary's sisters Jane and Patricia were there as well.

14:00
Premier´s Reading Challenge: a reading competition for primary school children in Tasmania. 









18:30
Opening of the exhibition “Danish Design at the House” in the Opera House foyer.



Mary had changed into a new Collette Dinnigan dress.





Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Visit to Australia 2013: Day One

The Crown Prince Couple and their entourage made a visit to Mary's home country Australia. Reason was the 40th jubilee of the Sydney Opera House which was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. Mary must have been asked for the occasion, but her Department also took the opportunity to stretch the event to all of Mary's charities that have a link with Australia such as anti bullying and twins. They were able to use the Opera House has a fantastic venue for meetings and to hand out the Crown Prince Couple's Awards.
The official part lasted 4 days but the whole journey took about 10 days.

24 October 2013

10:00
Photo opp at the Sydney Opera House with an official welcome and a tour of the building.







Mary was carrying a new clutch by Quidam.

Australian press asked Mary to comment on the Blue Mountains bush fires, to which she professionally replied they had the utmost respect for all fire fighters and volunteers.


videohttps://www.dr.dk/nyheder/udland/video-mary-og-frederik-stiller-op-til-foto-foran-operahuset-i-sydney




 




Among the crowd was Melanie Cleary, a childhood friend and neighbour of Mary's from Tasmania.


Melanie Cleary grew up next door to Mary's family home in Hobart, where they forged a close relationship over childhood make-believe tea and the clash of hockey sticks. Ms Cleary's mother died four months earlier and she was touched to receive a bouquet of flowers from Mary and Fred. "I thanked her for the bunch of flowers she and Frederik sent when my mother died. She said, 'You are welcome, and we are thinking of you'," Ms Cleary said. "She's a normal Australian woman with normal family values and she has always been like that. I played hockey against her, I've grown up with her entire family.What has happen to her is remarkable, but she has retained a wonderful normality about her."





After this first official activity the Royal Couple went on a private sailing tour in Sydney harbour.

 




Mary changed from her dress to jeans ... and back to her dress later on. No problem as her own hairdresser, Søren Hedegaard had made the journey to Australia with her. 

16:00
Courtesy visit to Governor of New South Wales, Marie Bashir at the Government House.






 







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