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Australia Princess Mary says she's 'proud' of her 'Australian heritage' in heartfelt letter to bushfire victims

23:15  05 january  2020
23:15  05 january  2020 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

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Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark et al. standing next to a fence: Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik with NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons in Winmalee, in 2013.© Getty Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik with NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons in Winmalee, in 2013. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark said she was "proud" of her Australian heritage in a letter of support to the victims of the bushfire crisis gripping much of the country.

Mary, who was born in Tasmania, expressed her "heartfelt condolences" and "deepest sympathy" to families who had lost their homes.

The 47-year-old wrote a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the wake of the tragedy.

"In this time of great hardship caused by the ruthless bush fires, my husband [Crown Prince Frederik] and I would like to convey our warmest wishes to the Australian people as we enter a new year," Crown Princess Mary wrote in the letter, released by the Danish royal family.

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Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark posing for a picture: Prince Frederik and Princess Mary tour the fire-ravaged town of Winmalee, in the NSW Blue Mountains, in 2013.© Getty Prince Frederik and Princess Mary tour the fire-ravaged town of Winmalee, in the NSW Blue Mountains, in 2013. "Our heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost loved ones and our deepest sympathy to the many families who have lost their homes - their livelihoods.

"When the immediate crisis subsides and people can begin to return from where they have fled, our thoughts and concerns will remain with the affected local communities, as it will undoubtedly take great efforts and time for them to rebuild what has been lost.

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"The courage and unyielding efforts of the volunteer firefighters have our deepest respect and admiration.

"Following from afar, it makes me proud of my Australian heritage to witness the strong sense of community and the Australian spirit of 'never giving up' in the face of such devastation and adversity."

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She signed the letter "Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark".

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: During their 2013 tour of Australia Princess Mary and Prince Frederik visited Winmalee, in the NSW Blue Mountains, devastated by fire.© Getty During their 2013 tour of Australia Princess Mary and Prince Frederik visited Winmalee, in the NSW Blue Mountains, devastated by fire.

It's not the first time Mary and her husband, Crown Prince Frederik, 51, have shown solidarity with Australia's bushfire victims.

In 2013, during their most recent official tour of Australia, Mary and Frederik made a last-minute change to their busy itinerary to visit the victims of the devastating bushfires which destroyed nearly 200 homes in the NSW Blue Mountains town of Winmalee.

Dressed down in jeans and joggers, Mary looked visibly affected by the harrowing stories of loss and survival.

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, Moulay Hassan, Crown Prince of Morocco standing in front of a crowd: Prince Frederik and Princess Mary tour the fire-ravaged town of Winmalee, in the NSW Blue Mountains, in 2013.© Getty Prince Frederik and Princess Mary tour the fire-ravaged town of Winmalee, in the NSW Blue Mountains, in 2013.

The royal couple spent several hours walking through the blackened streets, meeting with residents who had lost their homes and the brave emergency crews who fought to protect them.

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She added: 'Like all Australians , the team at JAGGAD are thinking of those suffering from the horrible fires burning throughout our country.' Meanwhile, Celeste Barber, who has also called on Australians to donate to bushfire victims , has raised over million in 24 hours.

Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik last visited Australia, together, in 2017 for a private family holiday with their children Prince Christian, 14, Princess Isabella, 12, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, eight.

The letter from the Danish royals follows messages of condolences from Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

At Microsoft News Australia we've partnered with the giving platform Benevity to raise funds for Australian Red Cross, St Vincent De Paul Society and The Salvation Army; these organisations are helping communities across the country devastated by bushfires. You can help these organisations by donating here and for the latest news and RFS links visit Bushfire emergency.

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