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Monday, December 26, 2005

The Mercury: Skippy salad sparks Mary snub [27dec05]

The Mercury: Skippy salad sparks Mary snub [27dec05]

AN Australian wildlife welfare group has ditched a plan to install Danish Crown Princess Mary as its patron.

The Australian Wildlife Protection Council found out kangaroo meat was served at a Danish royal wedding function last year and no longer wants anything to do the the former Hobart girl.

The charity was planning to ask Princess Mary to be its third patron, alongside philosopher Peter Singer and former NSW MP Richard Jones.

The princess has often told the media she and the heir to the Danish throne bonded over their shared love of animals.

AWPC president Maryland Wilson discovered recently that kangaroo was on the menu at an exclusive pre-wedding dinner at the royal palace in Copenhagen in May last year.

The revelation effectively killed the patron plan.

"It certainly seemed like a good idea at the time, but not if she eats roo meat," Ms Wilson said.

"I think it would be the most appalling, disgraceful thing I can think of. I am so disappointed that she would be so insulting to the natural emblem of our country."

Sydney celebrity chef Luke Mangan said he had been personally asked by Crown Prince Frederik to include kangaroo salad in the pre-wedding feast.

Mangan marinated the kangaroo in red wine and served it with curried chick peas, Persian fetta, beetroot and curry dressing.

"That's what he wanted for that night and that's the only night we served it," Mangan said.

Earlier this month, Prince Frederik shot three deer to take a starring role at a hunt attended by royals and nobles from across Europe.

Princess Mary did not take part, preferring to spend the afternoon in a museum.


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