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Mary and Frederik's fairy tale visit to the Big Apple

January 31, 2005
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The heir to the Danish crown, Frederik and his wife Mary have taken New York by storm during a week-long stay in the City That Never Sleeps. The couple, who began their trip late last week quietly visiting the Big Apple, resumed their royal duties Sunday as they inaugurated the official Hans Christian Anderson Exhibition at Scandinavia House in the heart of the city.

Elegant Mary was presented with a bouquet of flowers by her hosts before visiting a series of rooms inspired by fairy tales by the beloved Danish author. After the tour she also took time to meet with young children who were visiting the exhibit, and took part in a discussion about the author's works.

With the towering silhouette of the Empire State building behind them, Mary and Frederik took a walking tour of the city, discovering the snowy winter streets of Brooklyn and strolling down the banks of the East River. As part of their official duties, the royal couple will visit such New York city landmarks as the Museum of Modern Art and the United Nations building.

The crown prince and princess are visiting New York to help kick off this year's bicentennial of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen – the prolific writer who penned several hundred classic children's stories including The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling.

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Bundled up against the chilly New York winter, Mary and Frederik take a stroll along the banks of the East River
Photo: Rex
Mary was greeted by local children taking a tour of the Hans Christian Andersen exhibition as part of bicentennial celebrations for the famed children's author

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