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
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.