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Australian-born Crown Princess Mary will be cheering at Wembley tomorrow


Danish football fans have been left in uproar over news that Crown Princess Mary and her son are flying in for the semi final match against England at Wembley tomorrow thanks to a UEFA deal that allows VIPs to skip quarantine while fans are banned from travelling.   

Only around 6,000 ex-pat Danes who are based in the UK have been allocated tickets among the 60,000-strong Wembley crowd – while fans living in Denmark were told not to travel as they would fall foul of 10-day quarantine regulations.

But an exception to those rules – which has left thousands of Danes frustrated – has been made for Crown Prince Frederik, his wife Princess Mary, 49, and their 15-year-old son Prince Christian to allow them to travel to London for the match.

All three have been invited by the Danish Football Union (DBU) to join officials at Wembley – sparking fury among Danes.

Among those was Denmark’s biggest newspaper who lashed out at the country’s Royal Family for being allowed to flout Covid laws and watch tomorrow’s Euro 2020 Semi-Final against England at Wembley.      

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, pictured with their four children, Prince Christian,Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine and Princess Isabella, when they celebrated their ten-year wedding anniversary on May 14th 2014

Obligatory balcony shot: Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik, with Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Prince Henrik, appear on the balcony of Christian VII’s Palace after their wedding

Crown Princess Mary participates in the inauguration of the new children's hospice, Strandbakkehuset on June 16, 2021

Crown Princess Mary participates in the inauguration of the new children’s hospice, Strandbakkehuset on June 16, 2021

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attend the UEFA EURO 2020 Group B football match between Denmark and Belgium at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on June 17, 2021

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attend the UEFA EURO 2020 Group B football match between Denmark and Belgium at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on June 17, 2021

How football VIPs will be allowed to visit UK without quarantine as long as they stay in ‘bubble’ thanks to UEFA deal 

Football VIPs will be allowed to visit the UK without having to quarantine as part of a deal to keep the Euro 2020 finals in England, according to reports.

Ministers are reportedly set to agree a deal with UEFA which will exempt officials, politicians and sponsors from the UK’s travel restrictions in order to attend the semi-finals and final at Wembley.

But the VIPs, who are thought to number in the ‘low thousands’, will have to remain in a ‘bubble’ during their visit, reports suggest.

The reported deal comes after UEFA threatened to move the semi-finals and final of the tournament to Hungary unless the UK Government eased travel restrictions for its officials and sponsors.

As part of the deal, around 2,500 VIPs would be allowed into the country and be given special permission to bypass usual travel restrictions, according to the Times.

Currently, most of Europe is on the UK’s ‘amber list’, which would usually force arrivals into a self-imposed quarantine for 10 days.

But, under the plans, which according to the Telegraph were negotiated by Boris Johnson’s football-loving chief of staff, Dan Rosenfield, a window for quarantine free entry will be opened for Uefa VIP’s a day before the first semi-final at Wembley on July 6.

According to the paper, the window will remain in place until after the final, which is being played on July 11.

The VIPs will need to provide a negative test before leaving for the UK, and will have to undergo testing during their stay, according to the reports.

The VIPs will also be restricted to staying in selected hotels and to official meetings and matches.

However, according to the Times, most of the VIPs will fly in and out on the same day as the match they are attending.

The editor of Ekstra Bladet saw red at the apparent hypocrisy of allowing VIPs to enter the UK for the match.

Henrik Qvortrup railed in an editorial: ‘The Posh are welcome. Others are not. We cannot interpret it any differently when Danish fans are not allowed to travel to England and watch the national team, while those who sit in the most expensive seats are allowed to.

‘The British authorities have strict restrictions on the football fans who pay and create the atmosphere and the joy of football, but at the same time roll out the red carpet to people with VIP status and money.

‘Ekstra Bladet has been told that there will be representatives from the royal family present at Wembley. The royal crown couple and Prince Christian. (…) As we all know, blue blood gives immunity in all respects.’

‘It is completely natural that the royal family represents Denmark,’ said spokeswoman for the Danish Royal family, Lene Balleby.

The Danish royals’ Instagram page has shown Frederik, 53, and Christian attending group matches, and young Christian wearing a Danish shirt with the name of his idol and namesake Christian Eriksen on the back. 

Outspoken editor Qvortrup, 57, is no stranger to controversy. He was former editor-in-chief of the controversial tabloid Se & Hør (See & Listen), and was jailed for three months in 2016 for illegally obtaining and misusing credit card information to track the whereabouts of the rich and famous. 

Mary Elizabeth Donaldson (L) and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark smile during a press conference at Fredensborg Castle October 8, 2003 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The pair announced their engagement, with the wedding set for May 14, 2004

Mary Elizabeth Donaldson (L) and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark smile during a press conference at Fredensborg Castle October 8, 2003 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The pair announced their engagement, with the wedding set for May 14, 2004

Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik The wedding of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Countess Stephanie de Lannoy, Notre Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg on 20 October 2012

Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik The wedding of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Countess Stephanie de Lannoy, Notre Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg on 20 October 2012

Meanwhile, Kate Middleton is holed up in Kensington Palace after coming close to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus – despite having no symptoms herself, both her vaccinations and testing negative four times in the past week. 

Her absurd quarantine has prevented the duchess from attending the NHS’ 73rd birthday celebrations with William at St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace today. 

It means she must quarantine for ten days even if she tests negative, which she has, up to four times, in the past seven days including before and after her Wembley trip with William and George.   

Glamorous Australian-born royal Crown Princess Mary has already showed her support for the Danish team, donning the colours of the Danish flag when she was a guest of the Group B Denmark versus Belgium match at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, where Denmark lost 2-1 to Belgium.

It was the team’s first match since Danish footballer Christian Eriksen collapsed with a cardiac arrest in their opening game of Euro 2020. 

Princess Mary watched the game from the stand with her patriotic husband, Prince Frederik, 53, son Prince Christian, 15, and cousins Prince Felix, 18, and Prince Nikolai, 21.   

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Mary Of Denmark attend the royal wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Mary Of Denmark attend the royal wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden

Royal family: The pair share four children; Prince Christian born in October 2005, Princess Isabella, born in April 2007, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine born in January 2011.  Pictured together in Switzerland in January 2020

Royal family: The pair share four children; Prince Christian born in October 2005, Princess Isabella, born in April 2007, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine born in January 2011.  Pictured together in Switzerland in January 2020

Princess Mary and Prince Frederik were in the crowd when Eriksen collapsed four days prior. 

Crown Princess Mary was recently made a regent by her mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe, meaning she can perform duties as head of state when the Queen is otherwise engaged.

She is the fourth member of the Danish royal family to be named regent after Prince Frederik, his brother Prince Joachim, and the Queen’s sister Princess Benedikte, who are all official stand-ins for the monarch. 

The Crown Princess will become Queen of Denmark when Frederik ascends to the throne, following the death or abdication of his mother. 

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary, Countess of Monpezat, was ‘just’ Mary, a marketing manager at an advertisement company, when she met Crown Prince Frederik at a bar in Sydney during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. 

Tasmanian-born Mary, the youngest daughter of two Scottish immigrants – maths professor John and university secretary Henrietta, has previously said she ‘never dreamed of becoming a princess, I wanted to be a veterinarian,’ and did not know who the man who introduced himself as ‘Fred’ was at first. 

‘The first time we met we shook hands. I didn’t know he was the prince of Denmark. Half an hour later someone came up to me and said, ‘Do you know who these people are?,’ revealed Mary as reported by Hello magazine.  

Together: Since marrying Crown Prince Frederick in 2004, Princess Mary has been a major advocate for gender equality - once saying it is 'the single most important thing we can strive for to improve our world.' Pictured with her husband, Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark

Together: Since marrying Crown Prince Frederick in 2004, Princess Mary has been a major advocate for gender equality – once saying it is ‘the single most important thing we can strive for to improve our world.’ Pictured with her husband, Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark

Born in 1972 the Princess studied at the University of Tasmania and graduated in 1994 with a Bachelors degree in Commerce and Law. 

‘We went for long walks along beach, prepared good food – or rather I did because Mary isn’t that good at it – so we were able to really get to know each other,’ Prince Frederik previously told Australia’s Women’s Weekly.

‘It was all laughing and talking and gradually opening up for one another,’ he said of his time wooing his now wife.

Separated by geography the couple continued their relationship long distance.

Despite being spotted together several times in both Denmark and Australia, and Mary moving to Europe in 2001, it was not until April 2003 that Queen Margrethe publicly acknowledged their relationship. 

In his 2008 autobiography entitled Frederik – kronprins af Danmark, the royal male revealed that he proposed to Mary during a trip to Rome in September 2003, but as tradition dictates he had already written to Mary’s father John Donaldson asking for his daughter’s hand in marriage, as reported by the Courier Mail. 

Crown Princess Mary attends 'Mind of Music' concert in Odense on 4 June 2021. The concert is a collaboration between the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Psychiatric Foundation, and SIND

Crown Princess Mary attends ‘Mind of Music’ concert in Odense on 4 June 2021. The concert is a collaboration between the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Psychiatric Foundation, and SIND

Speaking of his actual proposal he revealed: ‘I said to her, ‘You cannot say no, you mustn’t say no, you just have to say yes’. And then she said ‘yes’, and it was wonderful. I was so happy.’

In the pages of his book the Prince who calls Mary his ‘soul mate’ and said he was attracted to her because ‘she was a bit secretive but also very beautiful’. 

Despite initially having no idea who the European royal was, their relationship soon became the stuff of fairytales and they tied the knot on May 14, 2004 in Copenhagen Cathedral in the Danish capital.

The guestlist included the Kings and Queens of Sweden, Norway, Spain, Belgium and The Netherlands as well as Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Mary donned a dress created by Danish fashion designer Uffe Frank and a veil first used by Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter.

Mary was given the title of Crown Princess of Denmark, set to become the first ever Australian-born Queen consort if and when Crown Prince Frederik takes the throne. 

Crown Princess Mary participated in creative Denmark's launch event Creative Summit at DI Industriens Hus in Copenhagen on 23 June 2021

Crown Princess Mary participated in creative Denmark’s launch event Creative Summit at DI Industriens Hus in Copenhagen on 23 June 2021

The pair share four children; Prince Christian born in October 2005, Princess Isabella, born in April 2007, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine born in January 2011. 

While they reside at Frederik VIII’s Palace in Denmark, they are frequent visitors to Australia, with Mary often bringing her brood home to see her family.  

Back in 2016, Crown Princess Mary made it clear where her loyalties lie. 

In a tongue-in-cheek interview with Daily Mail Online, the Australian born royal confessed she was supporting Australian athletes in Rio, so long as they were not competing against the Danes.

‘I’ll absolutely support Australians so long as they’re not competing against a Dane,’ Princess Mary said with a laugh. 



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