Australia and Denmark celebrate the birth of their little Prince

10/16/2005 at 02:13 AM ET

When Australian-born Princess Mary gave birth to her first son with Danish Crown Prince Frederik, the two nations were united forever and they celebrated the news. While crowds gathered outside the hospital and palace in Copenhagen to welcome the new heir, the Australian Prime Minister John Howard was sending his congratulations to the royal couple, along with a present from the nation: a rare first edition of May Gibbs’s 1918 children’s book The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie , an Australian iconic children’s storybook. Mr Howard announced, "Can I say on behalf of the Australian public how delighted we are at the birth of the Danish prince … It is an entirely appropriate Australian gift for this wonderful event."

Mary and Frederick met during the Sydney 2000 Olympics at a bar called the Slip Inn (just a block from where I work!). In honor of the birth the manager of the Slip Inn, James Taylor, was offering free beer to patrons for an hour "We’re all happy to have a little Aussie prince." In Denmark the country celebrated the birth with a 21-gun salute from the couple’s home, along with the lighting of more than 300 bonfires across the country. The couple is not your traditional royal parents, Mary has said on more than one occasion that she wants to be a hands-on mother and Frederik was beaming yesterday when he spoke about his son, "It’s an indescribable feeling for me and my wife … Of course, it is tremendous joy – it’s a sort of warmth coming up from deep within you. You discover new sides of warmth and love." The Prince used his hands to indicate the size of his newborn, "He looks like any small, new-born child – he’s asleep now. He doesn’t know what is awaiting him." Frederik was with his wife for the entire labor and helped by cutting the umbilical cord, "I am completely overwhelmed and slowly trying to realise what’s just happened eight hours ago." Princess Mary is the first Australian to join a European royal family and her new prince is the first European royal with Australian blood.

Source: The Age, Herald Sun, The Australian and


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