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Albo’s message to Queen Mary

King Frederik X of Denmark kisses Queen Mary of Denmark on the balcony of Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark on January 14, 2024, after a declaration on the accession to the throne by the Danish prime minister. Denmark turned a page in its history on January 14 as Queen Margrethe II abdicated the throne and her son became King Frederik X, with more than 100,000 Danes turning out for the unprecedented event. (Photo by Bo Amstrup / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT

The Prime Minister is among those celebrating as a girl from Tasmania ascends to the throne, with Princess Mary becoming the Queen of Denmark overnight.

The nation watched on Sunday night as Australian-born Mary Donaldson officially became the Queen of Denmark, waving and beaming from a balcony at Copenhagen’s Christianborg Castle alongside her husband, King Frederik X.

A crowd in the tens of thousands roared back at the couple, who emerged after a ceremony which saw the former queen, Margrethe II, abdicate and Frederik take the throne.

King Frederik X of Denmark and Queen Mary of Denmark wave on the balcony of Christianborg Palace in Copenhagen. Picture: Photo by Bo Amstrup / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT
King Frederik X of Denmark and Queen Mary of Denmark wave on the balcony of Christianborg Palace in Copenhagen. Picture: Photo by Bo Amstrup / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT
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Sydney’s Slip Inn has been decked out for the occasion. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Monique Harmer
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The pub has a legendary reputation as the place where Mary and Frederik met 23 years ago. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Monique Harmer

Anthony Albanese noted the entire world was watching the coronation of Frederik and Mary.

“Every one of those reports will mention the fact that Mary was a very proud Hobart person before becoming very much proud of her role as the Queen of Denmark, where she has carried herself in a way that I think just brings enormous support and pride to all Australians,” he said on Monday.

Nowhere in Australia was more jubilant than at Sydney’s Slip Inn, where a 28-year-old Mary met then Crown Prince Frederik Christian during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

The future king of Denmark was 32 years old at the time and attended the Games to support his nation’s sailing team.

That same pub is now pulling out all the stops to honour the happy couple’s ascension to the throne, hosting fans and international television reporters who will be broadcasting live from the bar.

Decked out in plenty of Danish flags, fans of the real-life Australian royal raised a toast and watched on as the pair took to the throne.

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Slip Inn chef Tal Buchnik went to Denmark to develop a dish honouring the new king. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Monique Harmer
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Fans were also able to enjoy the Something about Mary cocktail. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Damian Shaw

Fan Joanne King said Princess Mary’s story was something out of a “true fairy tale”.

“She’s just amazing, you just look at her and you can see her as the Queen,” she said.

“Who would have thought, someone from little old ‘Tassie?”

Ms King said she was impressed by the Inn’s decorations, especially its signature There’s Something About Mary cocktail, a mix of the Danish spirit Aquavit with Absolut Vodka, lychee, lemon, vanilla and aquafaba.

“I can just see her pictures of her, all dressed up in jewels and everything. You can just see her as a Queen.”

The Slip Inn, which normally serves Mexican food, will also dish up DenMex grub for the occasion, with a special smoked hot dog called El Frederiko in honour of the king.