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Denmark's Princess Mary gives birth to son

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Copenhagen (dpa) - Denmark's Crown Princess Mary gave birth Saturday to a son, the second in line to the Danish throne after his father Crown Prince Frederik, the court said.

The 33-year-old princess, former Australian estate agent Mary Donaldson, gave birth to the boy at a Copenhagen hospital early Saturday.

"It was an indescribable feeling for me and my wife," Frederik, 37, told journalists.

Frederik met his bride at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000 and they married four years later.

In line with tradition it is believed the child, the couple's first, will be named Christian.

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen greeted the birth as a "happy occasion" for the whole country.

Meanwhile in Sydney's Slip Inn, where the couple first met, there was free beer in celebration of the birth.

Slip Inn manager James Taylor said free beer would be on offer at the popular central Sydney singles bar. "We're all happy to have a little Aussie prince," he told Australia's AAP news agency. "It'll be a lot of fun down here tonight. We're expecting a big one. We've been fielding calls all day."

Australian Prime Minister John Howard extended the nation's felicitations on the birth.

"I am sure all Australians will wish her and her husband well and congratulations on a safe delivery," Howard said. "It's every parent's wish and I'm very happy for them."

Copyright 2005 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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