Princess Mary wit­nesses hor­ror ac­ci­dent with the kids

A fun day out with the kids turned to heart­break for the Aussie royal as her young fam­ily wit­nessed a hor­ror ac­ci­dent first­hand

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

The an­nual Hu­ber­tus Hunt is usu­ally a time of cel­e­bra­tion for the Dan­ish royal fam­ily, who each year are among the 40,000 rev­ellers to at­tend the race that marks the end of hunt­ing sea­son.

But when Princess Mary and her chil­dren Chris­tian, 12, Is­abella, 10, and six-year old twins Vin­cent and Josephine headed to this year’s event, just out­side Copenhagen, their joy quickly turned to hor­ror.

Af­ter en­joy­ing what started as a fun-filled day, the young fam­ily gath­ered to con­grat­u­late the win­ners of the event from the bal­cony of the Her­mitage Hunt­ing Lodge.

And it was then their smiles quickly turned to looks of shock and fear as they wit­nessed a race of­fi­cial be­ing tram­pled by an out-of-con­trol horse.

Pro­tec­tive mum Mary, 45, was un­able to shield her chil­dren from the hor­rific sight as local Jan Bang, 77, was struck in the chest by a pan­icked horse when he at­tempted to guide the riders to­wards a crowd of well-wish­ers.

Af­ter be­ing stomped on sev­eral times, a bleed­ing Jan lay stricken on the ground. The fam­ily couldn’t mask their

panic as medics raced to at­tend to the wounded man’s in­juries be­fore whisk­ing him to a nearby hos­pi­tal.

Jan suf­fered bro­ken bones, ripped ten­dons and mus­cles, as well as con­cus­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to a fam­ily mem­ber he is “OK” but still strug­gling with bal­ance and nau­sea as he re­cov­ers from the ac­ci­dent.

“It could have ended very badly,” said one on­looker. “Mary and the kids were in a panic.”

Is­abella (far left), Vin­cent, Chris­tian, Josephine and mum Mary watch on in hor­ror.

The crowd watches on as he’s taken to hos­pi­tal.

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