18 AUGUST 2004

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Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary could barely contain themselves as they watched Denmark's Olympic athletes compete in Athens. The pair clapped and cheered enthusiastically to support the women's handball team in their clash against arch-rivals France.

The Olympic Games are especially significant for the couple. After all, it was at the Sydney Games in 2000 that they first set eyes on each other. And Frederik has even hinted that he hopes to bring his children to the 2008 event.

When a reporter asked what his expectations were for the Beijing Games in four years' time, the 36-year-old was more than forthcoming. "We hope to have some joeys in the pouch," he said, in a jokey reference to his wife's Australian links.

A smiling Mary said, "It's wonderful to be back together at the Olympics. I mean, we met at the Olympics, as everybody knows, so to be back and sharing the experience together and to be married at the same time is quite unexpected."


The royal couple show their support for the women's handball team. And their encouragement seems to have worked, because Denmark beat defending world champions France 35-26
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