Crown Prince Frederik and his wife were greeted with applause and flowers when they arrived for the opening. Their new arrival is expected to make his or her debut towards the end of October
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Mary acknowledges the congratulations of her subjects. The people of Denmark have been hoping for news of a new prince of princess ever since she and Frederik tied the knot last May
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6 MAY 2005

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Denmark's Crown Princess Mary could scarcely have received a warmer welcome when she stepped out with her husband on Thursday afternoon. The pretty royal was greeted by a huge crowd of well-wishers as she made her first public appearance since the news of her pregnancy was announced.

Just two weeks ago the couple delighted the people of Denmark by confirming they will have a new prince or princess come October. And the mum-to-be, who was sporting a blue suit with cropped jacket and an elegant purple hat, was congratulated by scores of her subjects when she attended the opening of a new entertainment park in Copenhagen. Indeed the 33-year-old had her work cut out just to hold onto all the bunches of flowers that came her way.

When the baby arrives, he or she will be born into a newly refurbished palace, as Amalienborg has undergone a major renovation. The extent of the makeover was detailed in an annual financial report published by the royal household. Europe's oldest monarchy overran its budget by nearly 2 million last year, mostly due to Frederik and Mary's lavish wedding last May and the cost of preparing their new home. The expense shouldn't prove to be too much of a problem, though, because the family's overall worth is well over 1 billion.

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