Bronte Beach Sydney Australia
Australia's had quite an interesting mix of big names come to its shores over the past few weeks, some strong on substance, some not, however we've got great news - some more class has made it down under - Royal class in fact.
We had the Queen last month, then a strong follow up by President Barack Obama down to Canberra, and now welcome Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark along with her man Prince Frederik.
It's understood that they will visit most Australian states, but they have a bit of a soft spot for Sydney, and in particular Sydney Harbour and Bondi Beach, and you can't blame them for that.
Tomorrow (Sunday) we understand they have quite a busy day ahead of them. The rumour mill tells up they are to join the Sculpture by the Sea expo, just around the corner from Bondi Beach, on what will be the last day of the world famous arts expo. We've been tipped that Mary used to have a property at Bondi Junction, so don't expect the couple to get lost.
In and around Sydney's CBD and Harbour, Princess Mary is expected to meet the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, and the NSW Governor, Marie Bashir. The royal couple will enjoy a good old fashioned BBQ at Garden Island, and we hear they may also visit a hospital ward. It's wonderful to hear the couple are making some good of their 'currency of celebrity'.
On Tuesday, the they will journey to the nations capital Canberra for an official lunch reception with the PM, Julia Gillard, just back from Bali, and let us all hope and pray that our Prime Minister makes a great reception. Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition, is also strongly rumoured to get some face time. The National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery are also understood to be of interest to the couple. The galleries are preparing for major exhibitions of Italian Renaissance paintings and Australian impressionists respectively. Sounds like Canberra should be a major highlight of the couple's visit.
The Princess is tipped to be locked in to lay a wreath at the Australian War Memorial before heading south to Melbourne for a number of days where she will host a charity dinner and hopefully have more fun. The official visit is understood to conclude next Saturday.
The Danish embassy have not disclosed on if the Prince and Princess have brought any of their offspring.
Sydney weather is beautiful at the moment and here's hoping the rest of Australia doesn't let the couple down.
Warm, friendly and genuine celebs - more like this to Australia please.
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TRH the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess
Royal House of Denmark - official site
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