Royalty and statesmen




Mary and her mother-in-law seemed to have plenty to chat about when they joined forces at a Danish costume exhibition in Copenhagen
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A high-profile role on the international stage didn't prevent Rania joining locals in southern Jordanian village on the floor for a chat
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10 OCTOBER 2006

Relations between in-laws aren't always cosy but that's clearly not the case between Princess Mary and her husband's mother Queen Margrethe of Denmark. The pair showed off their close bond when both were invited to attend an exhibition of Danish costume history on Monday.

Mary, who was chic in a warm wool suit, seemed delighted to have the chance to spend time with her mother-in-law. After greeting each other with a kiss, the royal pair proved their genuine rapport as they chatted and smiled during the event in Copenhagen's Grudvig Institute.

Later this week the spotlight will be firmly on Mary's son Prince Christian, who will be celebrating his first birthday on Sunday. And the second-in-line to the throne is in for an extra special treat next month when he'll join his parents on his first trip to Australia to visit his mum's homeland.

A palace spokesman has confirmed the family vacation, emphasising it will be "a private visit" and that there will be no official engagements.

Another royal mum, Queen Rania of Jordan, was also on official duty on Monday. And as always the beautiful 36-year-old managed to spread a little happiness during a visit to the residents of a small village in the south of Jordan.

Dressed in colourfully embroidered traditional clothing, King Abdullah's cosmopolitan queen didn't hesitate to join Al Manshieh locals in sitting on the floor for a friendly chat. And one little girl could hardly believe it when Rania, during a tour of a local school, paused at her desk to inspect her work.

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