Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik the picture of royalty at Randwick’s … – The Daily Telegraph
PRINCESS Mary understands she sometimes disappoints little girls.
Instead of living up to the Disney image, Princess Mary confused her tiny fans at the Australian Twin Registry at Randwick’s Royal Children’s Hospital yesterday by wearing a stylish shift dress, cardigan and designer heels. “Why aren’t you wearing your tiara?” curious four-year-old Ellie Baxter wanted to know.
“Well, it’s at home in a big vault. It only comes out on special occasions,” replied Princess Mary.
At least she’s got one. You can’t go around cruelling childhood imaginations in one fell swoop.
“Yes, we are a bit disappointing sometimes,” the Tasmanian-born princess told Ellie’s understanding parents.
“They think we will appear in a big flowing dress and a crown.”
Amid all the stuffy, official events Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik have to endure, this place at least feels homely, comfortable. They are surrounded by identical twins; a prominent feature of their own household.
Here there is empathy, shared joy, and comradeship between the Danish duo and the Sydney parents who were lucky enough to get two for the price of one.
Charlotte and Lillian Harding, in their matching floral dresses and blooming red hair, accompanied Mary and Frederik through the hospital reception, sharing stories of their “exciting” life as mirror images of each other.
It was enough prompting for the Crown Prince. He reached into his pocket, retrieved his wallet and did the very thing that every proud dad has been known to do on the odd occasion when moments melt their heart. “I knew they had twins, but I didn’t know how old they were and what their names were, but as we were walking through here, Prince Frederik showed us a picture of them,” eight-year-old Charlotte said. “It was pretty amazing.”
The royals were due to attend an Opera House function tonight.