"Of course, I am deeply concerned about the, uh, the, uh, cue cards, Sparky!"
Maz's last text to Sparky, her Sydney PR guru, was sent right as she was boarding the plane in Copenhagen. It said to "empty schools, give the little buggers flowers and cameras, tell them to snap snap snap away, cheer LOUD, find someone from Hobart I went to school with, preferably a sheila so people will stop saying I don't have female friends and ask her to hug me when I give the signal - actually, check all my school rosters against the obituaries, see if you can find someone with a dead rello - put up serious barricades so no one else hugs me, make sure all paparazzi are credentialed and have full access, and crank the sun a few degrees so it doesn't melt my makeup or cast bad shadows. I'll be slipping Fred a Xanax a few hours before so he doesn't overtake me. Make sure some big shots are seen in my vicinity, or if you can't find any, hire some actors and make them look impressed with me. Try to put out those fires, too, whydoncha? I cannot afford for a damn baby and some wildfires to steal my thunder. You got it, Sparky?"
Daisy's last text (via secretary) to Franz said to "try and relax and take what you can that is positive. Enjoy the warm sun, the friendly people, all of the greetings by the actors and schoolkids your wife's PR team has hired for the "crowd" events. Don't touch her too much, do step back a few paces, make sure she takes the lead. I know that will not be hard for her, but don't get in her way at all. Try not to do that dreaded hand holding. Those paws have always terrified your papa and me. Be as galant and princely as I had Nanny Else raise you. Remember: 'enough rope'! Good luck, chéri. Oh, and never mind what I said months ago about the beard. Go ahead and keep it. Helps the affect that you've been made sick by this girl and need relief. That will play better into our hands when the time comes. Cheers, darling."
It's a MAZZAgasm! ARE YOU READY? Of course you are! The Danes and Danish press, however, might not be. It is quite clear that Madam prefers Australia to Denmark by leaps! The steadfast Danish press seem to be a little more willing than ever to let the side down. As do the fairy tale-exhausted Australian press. Enjoy!
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It's Mary, the Girl Next Door
It took a few seconds to register this familiar face -- then the guard came down.
Princess Mary's carefully crafted royal demeanour suddenly gave way to spontaneity as she reached over the metal gates and warmly embraced a now-recognisable friend like an animated schoolgirl.
Princess Mary isn't just a professional bouquet receiver -- she likes to return the favour from time to time.
And yesterday, as the princess and her raggedy-bearded Crown Prince Frederik began their Australia tour on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, one of her floral-gift recipients had a chance to say a heartfelt and tearful thanks.
It was her neighbour.
Melanie Cleary grew up next door to Mary's family home in Hobart, where they forged a close relationship over childhood make-believe tea and the clash of hockey sticks.
Ms Cleary's mother died four months ago and she was touched to receive a bouquet of flowers from Mary and Fred.
"I thanked her for the bunch of flowers she and Frederik sent when my mother died. She said, 'You are welcome, and we are thinking of you'," Ms Cleary said.
"She's a normal Australian woman with normal family values and she has always been like that. I played hockey against her, I've grown up with her entire family. What has happen to her is remarkable, but she has retained a wonderful normality about her."
The first order of business for Mary was an off-the-cuff speech to the heroes of the NSW bushfires, and those who lost homes, expressing the royal couple's deepest sympathies.
Enthusiastic Australians: Welcome Home, Mary
Mary and Frederik will visit Australia in the coming days to celebrate the Opera House's 40th birthday.
It arouses enthusiasm in Crown Princess Mary's homeland.
On the occasion of the 40th celebration of the Danish-designed Opera House, Mary and Frederik have undertaken a packed five-day trip to the other side of the globe. And the royal couple were given a warm welcome Thursday morning (Thursday night Danish time , ed.), when they arrived in the port city of Sydney in Australia to celebrate the Danish designer Jørn Utzon's world-renowned architecture.
A large gathering of people stood ready with flowers, greetings and mobile cameras as the couple paid the Opera House the first official visit on their trip. The attendants waved both Danish flag and the Australian flag as they took pictures of Mary and Frederik, who posed patiently. Since the royal couple met at an Australian pub during the Olympic Games in 2000, Australia was captivated by the fairy-tale romance between the two.
During the five days in Australia the royal couple will visit, in addition to participating in the celebration of the Opera House 40th birthday, a children's hospital and a primary school. They are also present when the Danish jewelery designer Ole Lynggaard opens its flagship store in Sydney.This visit is the first time that the royal couple has visited Australia without their children. The last time the royal couple paid a visit to Princess Mary's home was in 2011.
Undo editsPhotos: David Gray, Dean Lewins, Keld Navntoft, Rick Rycroft, William West/Scanpix; Pure People