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Princess Mary and Prince Frederik return to the city where they fell in love

Princess Mary and Prince Frederik of Denmark were given the warmest of welcomes on Thursday when they arrived in the city where they fell in love, Sydney.

Thousands gathered outside the iconic Opera House, bearing both Danish and Australian flags to welcome Princess Mary back to her home country.

Dressed in a chic blue and cream printed dress Mary looked princess-perfect as she helped celebrate the Danish-designed Opera House's 40th birthday.

Prince Frederik met Tasmanian marketing consultant Mary Donaldson back in 2000 when he attended the Sydney Olympic Games and the royal couple have since visited Australia several times.

Large crowds of royal supporters gathered to greet Australian-born Mary and her husband Prince Frederik as they kicked off their tour of Sydney. Photo: © Getty Images

In the city where Mary met her prince well-wishers were eager to meet, hug and photograph the 41-year-old. Photo: © Getty Images

Thirteen years after they first met, the couple showed that they are still very much in love and walked in the sunshine with their arms around each other. Photo: © Getty Images

Mary and Frederik were helping celebrate Syndey's Opera House's 40th birthday. The couple were a fitting choice given that Danish architect Jørn Utzon was the man behind the iconic building. Photo: © Getty Images

Before being taken on a tour of the famous building Mary was sure to speak to many members of the crowd. Photo: © Getty Images

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