11 AUGUST 2006

Crown Prince Frederik obviously isn't the kind of man who's afraid to let his wife Mary take the driving seat for a while. The future king was happy to sit back and let his Australian-born princess take control when the pair went for a spin on an old scooter in the grounds of Grasten Palace.

In a scene reminiscent of Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn's classic movie Roman Holiday, the couple took a ride on an old Vespa scooter. The romantic royals may be more accustomed to travelling in limousines or horse-drawn carriages, but they both seemed to be enjoying the chance to indulge in a little two-wheeled fun.

Frederik and Mary aren't the only big names to have discovered the delights of travelling by scooter. British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is well-known for his Vespa, which helped him beat the traffic in London in the early days of his career.

The photographs were taken as the first in line and his wife continued their summer break at Queen Margrethe's traditional summer residence.

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Frederik gestures to photographers as Mary keeps things moving. The couple have been enjoying a summer break at Queen Margrethe's traditional summer residence Grasten PalacePhoto: © Rex
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The future king and queen were photographed as they took a leaf out of Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn's romantic bookPhoto: © Rex