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It was an emotional day for Denmark's Prince Frederik, when he tied the knot with his Australian sweetheart in the picturesque northern capital of Copenhagen
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Colourfully painted buildings line the city's wooden-ship-lined Nyhavn seafront

The Little Mermaid statue is probably Copenhagen's best known landmark

Perfect wedding destinations - Copenhaguen

28 MAY 2004
Take inspiration for your own wedding plans from the locations where royal brides and grooms have celebrated their nuptials...

Prince Frederik married his Tasmanian-born bride Mary Donaldson in Copenhagen on May 14. The emotional ceremony - the groom wiped a tear from his eye even before he caught sight of Mary walking down the aisle - took place at Vor Frue Kirke cathedral.

It was a day filled with spontaneous gestures. The pretty Australian held her partner's hand to help calm his nerves during the ceremony, and then the pair paused for a kiss even before emerging into the sunlight.

Outside, thousands of well-wishers lined the streets where the wedding was broadcast on big screens and the capital's buses were decked out with Australian flags in honour of the new princess.

The scenic northern European city which formed the backdrop to the Danish nuptials includes many other year-round sights including the official residence of Queen Margrethe, Amalienborg Palace. Here tourists flock to watch the changing of the guard daily at 12pm, before exploring the city's nearby botanical gardens, called Botanisk Have. These nestle in 25 acres of grounds alongside the 17th-century Rosenborg Palace, where the Danish Crown Jewels and other treasures are housed.

A relaxing stroll in the canal district, Nyhavn, famed onetime home of Hans Christian Andersen, is a must for any visit to the capital city. In addition to taking in the local colour and checking out the famous Little Mermaid statue one can enjoy traditional cuisine and sample local beers at any number of quaint waterside bars and cafes. And for souvenir shopping, head to Stroeget, where you'll find the world's longest pedestrian street, lined with both reasonably priced souvenir stands and upmarket shops.


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