24 AUGUST 2005

Click here to send this news item to a friend Denmark's Princess Mary has once again demonstrated just how good maternity wear can look. The mum-to-be, who is expecting her first child in just over two months, was glowing with health when she paid a visit to a museum in her adoptive homeland this week. With her hair tied back from her face and her bump clearly visible under an empire-waisted summer dress, the princess was looking radiant upon her arrival at Thorvalsden Museum in Copenhagen. The 33-year-old had gone along to view a new exhibition about the learning difficulties which beset Denmark's famous fairytale author Hans Christensen Andersen.

Her presence also helped boost the launch of a new foundation which is aiming to combat illiteracy all over the world. Teaching youngsters to read and write is a key element in fighting poverty in developing countries and Mary is keen to do all she can to support children's charities.

As her own baby's big debut draws closer, newspapers in the Scandinavian country are already speculating over who will be asked to become godparents. Mary's sisters Patricia and Jane both seem likely choices, as does her old friend Amber Petty, who was one of the bridesmaids at her wedding. Some royal-watchers have also suggested Birgitte Handwerk, the wife of Crown Prince Frederik's best friend Jeppe, as a strong contender. Jeppe himself is thought to be a frontrunner for godfather duties, as are the future king's brother Joachim and his cousin Prince Gustav.

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The future Queen of Denmark arrives at Thorvalsden Museum in Copenhagen. Her floral summer dress got a resounding thumbs up from fashionistas, with one local magazine saying she looked more like a Vogue model than an expectant motherPhoto: © Rex
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The 33-year-old is due to give birth in just over two months. Newspapers in Denmark are already speculating as to who will be the new arrival's godparentsPhoto: © Rex

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