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Mary Donaldson steals show at sister's wedding

January 19, 2004
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While the average bride might be peeved not to be the centre of attention at her wedding, there is one woman in white who will surely forgive one of her special guests for overshadowing her trip down the aisle.

The scene-stealing invitee in question is Australian beauty Mary Donaldson, who was accompanied by her fiancé Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, when her sister Patricia Woods tied the knot in Tasmania this past weekend.

As the princess-to-be, dressed in a mint-hued knee-length dress, watched her elder sibling wed Scott Bailey, the eyes of the world were watching her. Throngs of press and wellwishers had braved cold, showery weather hoping to catch a glimpse of the future royal bride outside the private residence where the garden ceremony was held.

Despite the worldwide attention, inside the venue the romantic ceremony went without a hitch. Mary took centre stage just once, reading a love poem she is thought to have written herself in honour of the happy couple, called This Day.

Early during her trip home, Mary was asked how arrangements were going for her own nuptials. "They are coming along," replied the 31-year-old future royal. "There is a lot to do!"

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Mary and her royal fiancé were certainly the most high-profile guests at her sister's Australian garden ceremony, held despite uncooperative weather Photo: © AFPy
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The bride, Patricia Woods, will certainly forgive the future crown princess for drawing more than her share of the attentionPhoto: © AFP

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