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Monday, January 09, 2006

Donaldson clan heeds 'Kingaroo' call - The Nation - Breaking News 24/7 - NEWS.com.au

Donaldson clan heeds 'Kingaroo' call - The Nation - Breaking News 24/7 - NEWS.com.au


PRINCESS Mary's family is expected to travel to Denmark for the christening of Mary's baby in just under two weeks.The three-month-old son of Mary, formerly of Tasmania, and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark will be christened in a ceremony at Christiansborg Palace Church in Copenhagen on January 21.
In line with Danish Royal tradition the child, dubbed "Kingaroo", is tipped to be named Christian, because male heirs alternate between Frederik and Christian.
Princess Mary's sisters Jane Stephens and Patricia Bailey are believed to be preparing to travel to Denmark with their husbands for the christening ceremony.
Mary's father, John Donaldson, and step-mother Susan Moody now live in Denmark and will also be at the ceremony.
Mary's friend, Amber Petty, is in Europe and it is believed she will also attend the event.


There is no official word yet on who will be the prince's godparents, but possible candidates include Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Norway's Crown Prince Haakon, Frederik's brother Prince Joachim and one of Mary's sisters.
When the baby was born on October 15, his arrival was welcomed with bonfires in the streets of Copenhagen, echoing an ancient Viking tradition.
And in Hobart similar celebrations followed, with bonfires on Hobart's waterfront and on Blackmans Bay Beach.
There was initially some concern for the baby's health when the first photos revealed he was jaundiced.
But jaundice is a common condition among newborns that rarely causes any lasting problems and the royal baby was soon in perfect health.
Many Tasmanians sent special baby gifts to Denmark to celebrate the birth, but controversy erupted over the State Government's decision to send a pair of Tasmanian devils to the Copenhagen Zoo as a gift.
Fears were raised that moving the devils could inadvertently spread the facial tumour disease, but the Copenhagen Zoo was recently given permission to import the devils.
The Government also sent a pair of Tasmanian suede baby booties and a silver christening spoon featuring Tasmania's mineral emblem crocoite.

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