Dressed in a Sixties-style coat and matching hat, the future princess waves to wellwishers
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Frederik and Mary viewed the Naval parade from the deck of the royal yacht Dannebrog
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6 MAY 2004

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With just over one week to go until their highly-anticipated nuptials, Crown Prince Frederik and his Australian fiancée, Mary Donaldson, have been enjoying festivities in honour of the big day.

On Wednesday, the royal couple enjoyed a particularly spectacular pre-wedding event, a Naval parade in Copenhagen harbour. Prince Frederik, in military uniform, stood close to his future bride on the deck of the royal yacht Dannebrog to take in the scene. And Mary, wearing a lilac Sixties-style coat and matching hat, was clearly impressed with the show, sporting a broad smile throughout.

It has been quite a week for the princess-to-be, whose family has jetted in from Down Under in the run-up to the special occasion. "Mary has been quite busy getting herself organised," said her sister, Patricia Bailey. "I'm sure she's a bit stressed and excited."

And on Tuesday the Danish parliament announced that the crown prince's state-paid salary would be more than tripled after he ties the knot on May 14. His previous annual income of €565,000 will be raised to €1.9 million.

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