8 OCTOBER 2003
As he gently kissed her hand in front of a crowd of 50,000 of his future subjects on Wednesday morning, there was no doubt that Crown Prince Frederik is very much a man in love.

The tender gesture came as the 35-year-old prince and his bride-to-be, Australian lawyer Mary Donaldson, 31, greeted the Danish people from the balcony of the royal palace in Copenhagen. They were joined by Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik after the Danish monarch had officially given her consent to their union in parliament.

The wedding is to be celebrated at Copenhagen Cathedral on May 14 the palace announced. Marriage to Frederik will mean that Mary will one day become queen of Denmark.

It was Hobart-born Mary's first official engagement since she first moved to Copenhagen two years ago. She and Prince Frederik met during the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and a year later she quit her job with a real estate company to be closer to the prince. Since then she has worked for a Danish computer company.

While his 31-year-old Australian bride-to-be was obviously concentrating on making a good impression on her intended's future subjects, Prince Frederik was very much a man in love during their appearance in front of a 50,000-strong crowd
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The prince and his 31-year-old Australian fiancée, were joined on the balcony by Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik
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