Princess Mary and Prince Frederik put on a show
Danish Royalty say hello to crowds ahead of a tour of the Sydney Opera House designed by Dane Jorn Utzon.PT0M54S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2w34g 620 349 October 24, 2013
Whisper it: even among the Danes Princess Mary seemed to eclipse Crown Prince Frederik on day one of the Danish royals' tour of Sydney. The Hobart-born future queen consort and her husband began their five-day visit, to mark the Opera House's 40th anniversary, at Bennelong Point, before a House tour.
The informal ambassador of Danish fashion played her role well, in a blue and grey dress and Louboutin heels - and hair one onlooker said was the shiniest she'd ever seen.
As the couple walked below the vaulted sails of Dane Jorn Utzon's design, shaking hands, year five pupils from SCECGS Redlands cheered in the sunshine.
A royal tour of Sydney: Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary. Photo: Getty Images
A clutch of Danish nationals proudly called out greetings in their native tongue. Mads Hartvig Jensen, visiting Sydney from Copenhagen with his wife and four children, planned the trip to coincide with the royal visit.
''It makes you shake,'' he said of seeing the couple. ''They've really managed to speak well to ordinary people."
''[Princess Mary] does a fantastic job; she's doing very well.''
The Danish royals meeting wellwishers, all smiles. Photo: Peter Rae
But the star of the moment, modern Australia's cultural crown jewel, was not to be outdone.
''Everybody in Denmark knows about the Opera House, people are very proud it's actually a Danish architect behind it,'' Mr Jensen said.
Jorn Utzon's son, Jan, told reporters the links between Denmark and Australia were ''wonderful'' and that his father would be proud.
Danish Royals visit Opera House
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary greet the waiting crowds. Photo: Peter Rae
''I feel his spirit is here with us in the Opera House, the most important achievement for him in his life.''
Princess Mary said the NSW bushfires had been ''heartbreaking''.
Alongside celebrations at Bennelong Point, the Danish royals will also visit Government House, attend the opening of the Ole Lynggaard store, attend the Premier's Reading Challenge at Five Dock Primary School, open the Danish Design at the House exhibition and visit the Australian Twin Registry at the Sydney Children's Hospital.
Not just any sightseers: The Danish royals dwarfed by the Opera House sails. Photo: Peter Rae
Clarification: The original version of this story referred to the "unlikely" attraction of Five Dock Public School. The Herald wishes to make it clear this was not intended to be condescending towards the school.