Mary makes a furry friend during one of the royal couple's appearances. The princess was also a big hit with the country's 57,000 human residents
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One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to a remote police station that uses dog sleds to patrol distant parts of the territory. Prince Frederik once did a stint with the canine cops
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FREDERIK AND MARY WIND UP GREENLAND TOUR

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Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary will soon be bidding farewell to Greenland, as their tour of the country draws to a close.

Before heading home the royal couple stopped off in the tiny town of Itilleq, where they were greeted by a group of toddlers. Mary's new husband looked on with a broad smile as his Australian princess chatted and played with the local children.

The pair's visit came at the end of a ten-day tour of the north-Atlantic nation, during which they took in no less than 12 towns. But it wasn't all seeing to official duties, because the couple found time to hit the slopes of Apussuit too. The royals also took advantage of their icy break by taking a spin on a snowmobile.

Although it is midsummer in Greenland, June is the peak time for skiing. Heading for the piste is all but impossible in winter, because the sun doesn't rise for three entire months, leaving the windswept nation in darkness.

The frosty island, which is located where the North Atlantic meets the Arctic Ocean, is a world away from Mary's native Tasmania. But she will no doubt have enjoyed the opportunity to watch the Aurora Borealis, which can bee seen in Greenland all year round.

During their visit she and Frederik also had the opportunity to share a "kaffemik" the local version of coffee and cake. And they will be taking home some colourful Inuit outfits they were given as a wedding present.

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