Frederik and Mary, both sporty types themselves, thoroughly enjoying the fun and games in Athens. The crown prince hinted that he hopes to be a father by the time the next Olympics get underway
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Sailing enthusiast Felipe with Letizia at the Olympic velodrome
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26 AUGUST 2004

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Athens played host to some romantic royal newlyweds this week, when the crown princes of Spain and Denmark jetted into town. Prince Frederik and Prince Felipe were both accompanied by their new wives as they took in the sights and sounds of Olympic competition.

On Wednesday Frederik and his Australian love Mary Donaldson hosted a reception for the Danish athletes who are competing at the Games. The event holds extra significance for the enamoured pair, because it was four years ago at the Sydney Olympics that they first set eyes on each other.

Princess Mary, who looked her usual elegant self in brown silk top and cream skirt, was keen to congratulate the sportsmen and women from her adoptive home. The pretty brunette had to give up her Australian citizenship when she became a princess, but she was also eager to see her former compatriots do well. "Australia will always be very close to me," she said.

There was no question as to which country the Spanish royals would be rooting for. Crown Prince Felipe - whose sister met her husband at the Atlanta Games in 1996 - and his bride of three months Princess Letizia, paid a visit to the Olympic velodrome to cheer on cycling champ Josť Escuredo. But in the end it was one of Mary's countrymen who took the glory, when Australian Ryan Bayley won the gold medal in the final track event.

felipe, letizia, frederik, mary donaldson



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