DENMARK’S Crown Prince Frederik married his Australian fiancée, Mary Elizabeth Donaldson, in a fairytale wedding in Copenhagen yesterday.
The prince, popular for his common touch, cried as his princess walked up the aisle in a gown of white duchess satin with a veil of almost 100-year-old Irish lace, once used by Frederik’s grandmother.
The bride’s father wore the kilt of his Scottish clan and Frederik, 35, wore his naval uniform.
The lavish spectacle was broadcast live on television and radio to a nationwide audience. Outside the cathedral, tens of thousands of well-wishers lined the capital’s streets to watch the ceremony on dozens of outdoor video screens.
Security surrounding the wedding was unprecedented in Denmark, with nearly a third of the Scandinavian country’s 10,000-strong police force deployed in the city.
The couple exchanged their vows inside Our Lady’s Church before hundreds of family members, European and Asian royals and other invited guests, including the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
The whirlwind romance between Ms Donaldson, 32, and the prince has caught the imagination of Scandinavia.
Ms Donaldson is the first Australian to marry into a royal family.
Born in Tasmania to Scottish parents who emigrated from Edinburgh, Ms Donaldson met the future king of Denmark in a pub at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
In order to marry the crown prince, she first had to give up her Australian and British citizenship.
She also had to convert to the Lutheran Church.