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A royal wedding

From the Wolf Blitzer Reports staff in Washington:

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Crowds cheered as the newlyweds left the cathedral.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- She was an Australian real estate agent and a marketing executive. He was a member of the Danish sailing team in Australia for the 2000 Olympics.

When they met at a Sydney bar, she knew he was charming, but she didn't know he was a prince.

Four years later, 21st century romance met the thousand-year traditions of Europe's oldest monarchy, as Denmark's crown prince Frederik married commoner Mary Donaldson at a lavish ceremony in Copenhagen cathedral Friday.

The 35-year-old prince placed a ring on the finger of his 32-year-old princess in front of kings, queens and honored guests.

When the couple emerged from the cathedral to share a public kiss, thousands of excited well-wishers cheered.

A two-mile wedding procession followed, allowing thousands of additional spectators to catch of glimpse of the heir to the Danish throne, and the first Australian woman ever to marry into royalty.

It's been called a fairytale romance, but will Prince Frederik and Princess Mary live happily ever after?

The bishop of Copenhagen, who performed the ceremony, warned that nothing in the real world is as simple as a fairy tale.

But as rays of sunlight broke through dark clouds over the wedding procession, those were concerns for another day.


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