Princess Mary and Prince Frederik Return to Sydney to Celebrate an Australian Icon
Princess Mary and Prince Frederik kicked off a five-day tour of Sydney this morning at the Sydney Opera House — fitting, since it’s the reason for their trip back to Australia. The Danish royals have returned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Opera House, and today they were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers at the landmark, with many waving Australian and Danish flags. Princess Mary expressed sadness over the recent NSW bushfires, saying, “It’s heartbreaking. We’ve been monitoring the situation for the past eight days from Denmark. Our deepest sympathies go to those who have been affected. Our upmost respect goes to those who are working to control these fires that are really scary. It’s always heartbreaking to see people who are losing possessions and homes. Bushfires are part of the Australian life.”
The royals have a busy schedule ahead of them, which includes an appearance at Five Dock Primary tomorrow, and a visit to the Australian Twin Registry at Sydney Children’s Hospital on Saturday. On Sunday night they’ll return to the Opera House for an official reception and gala concert thrown in their honour.