Two of Aus­tralia’s favourite stars are hit with crises


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With prepa­ra­tions for Prince Fred­erik’s 50th birth­day well and truly un­der­way, spir­its in Den­mark are run­ning at an all-time high.

How­ever, the eu­pho­ria came to a screech­ing halt last Mon­day when the royal fam­ily wit­nessed a shock­ing fall dur­ing the an­nual Hu­ber­tus Hunt horse event held in Copen­hagen.

Cam­eras caught the re­ac­tions of the Aussie princess and her chil­dren, Chris­tian, 12, Is­abella, 10, and six-year-old twins Vin­cent and Josephine, as they gasped in hor­ror when a rider was thrown from his horse.

Palace sources tell New Idea that the fall left Princess Mary, 45, ‘in­cred­i­bly rat­tled’, up­set that her young chil­dren had wit­nessed such a ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dent.

‘Ev­ery mother wants to pro­tect their chil­dren from see­ing such hor­rors, and Mary is no dif­fer­ent,’ says a palace source. ‘And the fact that there’s still no news on the man’s prog­no­sis has made Mary very sad – she doesn’t know what to tell the chil­dren.

‘And it had been such a lovely day, such a lovely week. The chil­dren had been fly­ing high with all the news of cel­e­bra­tions for their fa­ther’s birth­day and the re­lease of his book, and they were re­ally look­ing for­ward to the Hu­ber­tus Hunt. But what was meant to be a day to re­mem­ber turned into one of the worst days ever for Mary. She couldn’t be­lieve what she was see­ing.’

The in­jured rider lay limp on the ground as paramedics worked tire­lessly on him, be­fore he was taken away in an am­bu­lance. ‘Princess Mary has reached out to the man’s fam­ily and vowed to help them in any way,’ says a source. ‘She just feels aw­ful.’

ROY­ALS IN SHOCK AF­TER FALL The shocked faces of Princess Mary, Prince Chris­tian and twins Prince Vin­cent and Princess Josephine.

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