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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Rattles to celebrate royal christening - Breaking News - National - Breaking News

Rattles to celebrate royal christening - Breaking News - National - Breaking News

Patrons at the Sydney bar where Mary met Danish Crown Prince Frederik will be handed baby rattles and champagne on Friday as the world prepares for the christening of the couple's first child.
More than 500 people are expected to crush into Copenhagen's Christiansborg Palace Chapel on Saturday for the christening of the future heir to the Danish throne.
On the other side of the globe, the Slip Inn, where the now Princess Mary met her husband during the 2000 Olympics, is also preparing for a royal celebration.
The Sydney CBD bar will host a champagne brunch from 10am (AEDT) Friday with members of the Danish community, including the Danish consulate, expats, the Danish business community and the public expected to attend.
The bar will be Danish-themed with staff dressed in red and white, Danish flags hanging from the bar and special baby rattles presented to each guest.
A traditional Danish cake will be served with complimentary champagne.
Dubbed "kingaroo" since his birth on October 15, the princeling is expected to be named Christian, in line which Danish tradition, which alternates between Christian and Frederik for male heirs.
Official details of the guest list for the palace christening won't be released until 10am (2000 AEDT) on Saturday, but Princess Mary already has family and friends preparing for the ceremony in Copenhagen.
Her father, John Donaldson, and stepmother, author Susan Moody, live in Denmark and are expected to attend.
Sisters Jane Stephens and Patricia Bailey are believed to be travelling from Tasmania for the ceremony.
Princess Mary's best friend and bridesmaid Amber Petty is also in Denmark.
The baby's godparents have not been named, but Ms Petty and Mrs Stephens are both believed to be in contention for the role.
© 2006 AAP


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