Australia’s gift to the new Queen Mary of Denmark and her husband, King Frederik X, has been revealed. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, on behalf of the Australian people, revealed over the weekend that a very Aussie token is on its way to Mary and Frederik to celebrate their succession to the Danish throne.
“On behalf of the people of Australia, the Commonwealth Government will provide a gift of a national contribution to Wildcare Tasmania to support its work towards the conservation of the Tasmanian devil,” a statement on the prime minister’s official website reads.
According to news.com.au Wildlife Tasmania will receive $10,000 from the government, which will go towards their breeding and release program and the research into disease prevention and cure for the endangered animals.
It is a fitting gift for the Australian Queen, who grew up in Tasmania and frequently returns to her beloved hometown.
Speaking on ABC’s RN, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese called Princess Mary’s ascension to the throne a ‘great day’.
"She has carried herself in a way that I think just brings enormous support and pride to all Australians," he said.
Indeed, Australia got behind the 51-year-old Aussie after Denmark’s Queen Margrethe made the shock decision to step down from the throne after 52 years, becoming the first Danish royal in 900 years to abdicate.
Yesterday, thousands of people gathered at Copenhagen’s Christiansborg Palace to ring in the new era, breaking out into the Danish national anthem as the proceedings played out.
It was a far more low-key affair than Britain’s King Charles’ lavish coronation last year, with Frederk, his family and his mother meeting inside the palace before Queen Margrethe signed the abdication papers.
She then stood up and said ‘God Save The King’ before walking out of the room with tears in her eyes.
The Danish prime minister officially proclaimed King Frederik X and the 55-year-old made his way to the balcony.
Appearing on the balcony alone at first, he said: “My hope is to be a unifying King of tomorrow. It's an assignment I've been preparing for my entire life. It's a responsibility I'm taking on with respect, pride and immense joy.”
He then referenced his wife, Mary, saying: “I need all the support I can get from my beloved wife, my family and from God.”
Mary and their children - Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, 16, and twins Prince Vincent, 13, and Princess Josephine, 13 - then joined Frederik on the balcony before the couple shared what many fans have described as an ‘awkward’ kiss.
Afterward, the royal couple rode home to Amalienborg Palace in a horse-drawn carriage. They will kick off their new roles on Monday with a reception at the Danish parliament.
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