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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark meets pretend princess as she opens playground

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Real life Crown Princess Mary of Denmark met a mini-me on Monday as she opened a new children's playground in the heart of Denmark.The 42-year-old Australian was surrounded by children in Odense who wanted a glimpse of the Princess, and before cutting the ribbon she was handed the scissors by a young girl wearing a purple tiered dress straight out of Cinderella.

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark meets another princess in Odense on Monday 

Young ballet dancers were also on hand to celebrate the opening of the new park. Mary, who last year was crowned the queen on style ahead of the Duchess of Cambridge, wore slim black pants and a white embroidered top, and kept warm with a simple black blazer. She paired her outfit with snakeskin heels and drop pearl earrings.The mother-of-four stopped to take pictures with the waiting fans, and accepted several bunches of flowers, although her husband Prince Frederick, who is the next in line for the Danish throne, and her four children were notably absent.

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark opens the playground

 The close family holidayed in August in Greenland, where they boarded the Royal Yacht Dannebrog for a seven-day summer cruise around the country.Denmark's future king and queen had a blast at the amusement park with their children and nephews having headed out on a bright, sunny day from Grasten Palace in south Jutland, where they usually spend the summer.