BABY BUMP RE­VEAL!

The royal cou­ple are over the moon about their happy, lit­tle sur­prise

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Front Page -

Look­ing re­splen­dent at a royal gala re­cently, Princess Mary made no at­tempt to hide what ap­pears to be a baby bump – in fact, her glit­ter­ing gown seemed de­signed to ac­cen­tu­ate it!

Now, in what’s be­ing de­scribed as mir­a­cle news, royal watch­ers in Copen­hagen are abuzz with chat­ter that the Aussie-born fu­ture Queen of Den­mark has fallen preg­nant with a sur­prise fifth child.

Pic­tured by her hus­band Prince Fred­erik’s side at a diplo­matic re­cep­tion at Chris­tians­borg Palace on Jan­uary 4, it didn’t take long for on­look­ers to spec­u­late the royal, who looked daz­zling in her favourite Julie Fager­holt Heart­made gown, could be preg­nant.

BUMP ON SHOW

“She’s worn that dress four times now, and you couldn’t see a bump the other times. It was an odd choice given that she’s look­ing a bit rounder around the mid­dle – you’d ex­pect she’d usu­ally try to hide that,” re­veals an ex­cited on­looker. “Fred­erik was very at­ten­tive to his wife and they kept whis­per­ing. It was ob­vi­ous some­thing was go­ing on be­tween them.”

Now, royal fans in Den­mark and Aus­tralia are wait­ing for an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment – which sources say won’t be far off, if she’s ex­pect­ing.

“She would have told im­me­di­ate fam­ily over the hol­i­days, which would have no doubt both shocked and de­lighted ev­ery­one,” says a Dan­ish royal source with knowl­edge of the in­ner work­ings of the palace.

“It’s not cus­tom­ary for the Dan­ish roy­als to keep such big news from the pub­lic for too long, so if she’s preg­nant, they’ll tell ev­ery­one as soon as she gets the med­i­cal all-clear.

“She re­ally does seem to be show­ing very quickly though – wouldn’t it be fab­u­lous if she has twins again? They do run in the fam­ily, after all.”

At 46 and al­ready mum to Chris­tian, 13, Is­abella, 11, and twins Vin­cent and Josephine, eight, Mary will be be­ing closely mon­i­tored by her ded­i­cated med­i­cal team.

CHAL­LENGES AHEAD

“The peo­ple will be so happy for her,” a Dan­ish palace aide tells Woman’s Day. “Mary has been very busy the last few years, and if she is preg­nant it’ll be a chal­lenge, es­pe­cially with all the new tasks she is go­ing to take on in the com­ing years. But de­spite be­ing bi older, ld she h i is fit and d healthy, and would re­ceive the best med­i­cal at­ten­tion.”

Al­though it is ex­cit­ing news for the cou­ple, it will also come as a big sur­prise.

“Mary adores kids but never ex­pected to have a fifth child,” re­veals a friend. “She loves her lit­tle fam­ily just the way it is and fig­ured her preg­nancy days were prob­a­bly be­hind her. Fred al­ways wanted five kids so it wasn’t like they’re ac­tively avoid­ing get­ting preg­nant –they’re happy to leave it up to chance.”

Mak­ing the baby mys­tery all the more in­trigu­ing is the fact that 50-year-old Fred’s mum, Queen Mar­grethe, 78, is fac­ing on­go­ing health is­sues and is tipped to hand the crown to her son and Mary within months – which would make the Aussie the h fi first preg­nant queen in i Den­mark’s re­cent his­tory.

“If the ru­mours of a preg­nancy are true, you can bet there’ll be a huge party in Den­mark,” says our source.

“We love a royal baby, es­pe­cially when it in­volves Mary and Fred. The coun­try fell in love with Mary when she mar­ried him, and they’ve given us some gor­geous chil­dren. To have one more to cel­e­brate, es­pe­cially when no one was ex­pect­ing it – let alone Mary! – would be huge.”

‘It was ob­vi­ous some­thing was go­ing on be­tween them’

A happy Fred was very at­ten­tive to his wife at a re­cep­tion in Copen­hagen.

7 months ago! De­spite lov­ing a large fam­ily, the news will come as a sur­prise to the cou­ple.

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