Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Princess Mary ready to defend her country

The Danish Territorial Army has a new royal lieutenant: Crown Princess Mary. She completed her officers training course and was promoted to her new rank: løjtnant. Danish newspaper B.T. put it this way: ‘The Crown Princes is ready to defend God, King and Country’.

Mary can do more than wave and cut ribbons, or wear gala dresses and tiara’s’ the tabloid oozed. "Our future queen can shoot, extinguish fires, provide first aid."
The Crown Princess’s training included first aid, weapons handling and shooting, fire fighting and rescue, and she was also trained in security and surveillance. She went on marches and slept in the open field.
Major General Jan S. Norgaard, head of the Home Guard, said it was both a "honour and a pleasure" to have Crown Prince Mary as member of the Territorial Army, hjemmeværnets.
"Her membership is of great importance for the Home Guard and can help create more interest among prospective members", Norgaard said. Crown Princess Mary follows in the tradition of other members of the royal family, who like her, took military training courses.

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