Here's one for you DK-Prof:
Danes cheer as prince weds Aussie
Danes cheer as prince weds Aussie
Friday, May 14, 2004 Posted: 9:52 AM EDT (1352 GMT)
Couple originally kept their relationship secret after first meeting in 2000.
? Diluting Europe's royal blood
? Official Crown Prince Web site
(CNN) -- Hundreds of thousands of people have jammed the streets of Copenhagen to watch the marriage of Denmark's crown prince to his Australian bride.
Crown Prince Frederik and 32-year-old businesswoman Mary Donaldson are exchanging vows at the city's Lutheran Cathedral in front of 800 people including film star Sir Roger Moore and the crown princes and princesses of Spain, Norway and Sweden.
Amid unprecedented security in the Danish capital, the guests filed into the 175-year-old church on Friday, stopping to wave to onlookers and TV cameras.
The royal wedding marks the conclusion of something of a modern fairy tale after almost four years of courtship since the couple first met at a bar during the Sydney Olympics.
Donaldson will be the first Australian to join a European royal family and when Frederik's 64-year old mother, Queen Margrethe, dies she will become Queen Mary and her husband Frederik X, King of Denmark.
Donaldson will lose her Australian citizenship and become a Dane when she marries Frederik -- who was once considered Europe's most eligible bachelor.
From Copenhagen to Sydney, the wedding will be broadcast live around the world and police in the Danish capital expected 250,000 people to line the route of the royal motorcade to catch their glimpse of the newly-weds' horse-drawn carriage.
A massive security operation -- the biggest in Denmark's modern history -- is in place for the wedding with a third of the nation's 10,000-strong police force set to be on duty and the guest list kept secret until the last minute.
Royal wedding fever has gripped the country with celebrations beginning over a week ago and including military parades, receptions and banquets, rock concerts and other parties.
But celebrations have not been confined to Denmark, with Australians apparently delighted one of their own is marrying into Europe's oldest royal family.
Girls dressed as princesses wait for a procession await to see a procession of the couple earlier this week.
Danish media report that sales of flat-screen televisions have soared in the run-up to the wedding, while there has been an increased demand for Australian products including wine, cheese, Tim Tam biscuits and Vegemite.
The nation has been obsessed with the couple since rumors of their relationship begun despite the couple doing their best to keep it secret.
For 12 months the relationship was kept out of the spotlight, with Frederick taking secret visits to Australia. Towards the end of 2001, the couple agreed that Donaldson should move to Paris. She then moved to Copenhagen in early 2003.
Then, after months of speculation, the royal palace confirmed the romance and the couple announced their engagement in October.
CNN's Kim Norgaard contributed to this report.
Copyright 2004 CNN. All rights reserved.
I don't think I will ever understand why folks give 2 shits about "royalty".
Yeah... I'm guessin' that will be a passing fad. Ever tried that crap?
YAY a whole bunch of us went out and got wasted on her behalf.
Well we used it as an excuse anyway.
Vegemite rocks. You yanks got real bad tastebuds.
Well... your beer's damn good.
BTW- you got SPAM in Oz?
Unfortunately yes. What country doesnt have SPAM or cheap knockoffs? (yes, cheap knockoffs do exist, i have seen them in chinese grocery stores)