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Princess Mary: How did Princess Mary meet Prince Frederik of Denmark, Mary to turn into queen of Denmark

The pub supervisor who served Crown Prince Frederik on the evening he met his spouse and Denmark’s future queen has revisited that fateful night.

Australians and Danes alike had been overjoyed on the shock announcement that after virtually twenty years of marriage, Australian-born Princess Mary will take her seat on the throne as queen of Denmark in lower than a fortnight.

The information was a welcome sigh of aid for followers of the royal couple after rumours of worldwide affairs and a possible marriage breakdown emerged, bursting the bubble on their fairytale relationship.

Justin Tynan mentioned he would always remember the second a bartender ushered him over to debate the black Amex bank card that had been slid throughout the counter when a bunch sidled into Slip Inn on a spring night in 2000.

“I mentioned ‘Wow, who’s it?’, and he pointed him out and I mentioned, ‘Who’s he?’, we had no thought who he was,” Mr Tynan mentioned.

“I do keep in mind Mary was with him, however in fact, we didn’t know then who she was both.

“It wasn’t till later that we realised we had simply had a prince in our pub.”

Tasmanian-born Mary Donaldson was 28 years previous on the time and dealing as a gross sales director at luxurious actual property agency Belle Property.

Her boss, property developer Chris Meehan, invited her to the pub to fulfill up with some buddies to rejoice the Danish girls’s handball crew profitable gold earlier that day.

Little did she know, Mr Meehan counted Prince Frederik amongst his circle of buddies, because of a shared love of crusing and the Sydney to Hobart race.

Now the chief working officer at Laundy Lodges, which embrace Wolly Bay Lodge and Northies Cronulla, Mr Tynan mentioned the Sussex St pub was “the place to be” in Sydney’s thriving nightlife scene of the time.

“It was shiny, new and had an all designer outfit,” Mr Tynan mentioned.

John Hemmes – late patriarch of the Merrivale empire – had given his venues a face raise, together with the newly opened Institution Bar, in time for the flood of worldwide punters streaming in to spectate the Olympic Video games.

“Justin [Hemmes] and his father [John] acquired that constructing after which all of the buildings subsequent door to it,” Mr Tynan mentioned.
“So the large renovation was carried out, the courtyard bar was opened and it was the place to be in Sydney, particularly through the Olympics.”

It wasn’t till years later throughout an interview the place the royal couple revealed the Sydney pub had been the situation of their first assembly that Mr Tynan grew to become the centre of a media and tourism frenzy.

“I believe I did about 50 stay crosses all over the world when the information broke,” he mentioned of the time.

“The Danish flag nonetheless hangs out the entrance of the constructing however again within the day we put Carlsberg beer on, we put Danish meals on the menu, we had buses turning up with Danish vacationers simply desirous to see precisely the place they had been.”

“It was completely loopy.”

Queen Margrethe of Denmark shocked the world when she introduced she could be abdicating the throne on January 14 in favour of her oldest son Crown Prince Frederik and his Australian-born spouse Princess Mary.

It’s not but identified when the official Coronation ceremony will happen later this 12 months, however Mr Tynan mentioned he wouldn’t be stunned if the pub, which has rebranded as Mexican Cantina and Bar, El Loco Slip Inn, streamed the published on their TVs.

NCA NewsWire has contacted Merrivale for remark.

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