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Copenhagen set for prince of a wedding

Security tight for 250,000

COPENHAGEN -- The romance began in a bar, and tomorrow it will bring this city to a standstill.

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark is marrying Mary Donaldson, an Australian, in a union of blue-blood and commoner that is typical of royal marriages in Europe today, but is still guaranteed, weather permitting, to put on a sumptuous Old World spectacle.

Donaldson was a project consultant for a Microsoft subsidiary before quitting to marry Frederik, the heir to Europe's oldest throne. She will become Crown Princess Mary.

Police expect 250,000 people to jam the streets of Copenhagen, and except for official cars ferrying wedding guests, the only vehicle moving tomorrow will be the newlyweds' horse-drawn carriage.

About 800 guests, including European and Asian royals, have been invited to the ceremony at the Lutheran cathedral, Our Lady Church.

With memories of the deadly terrorist bombings in Madrid still fresh, the capital of 1.8 million people will have one-third of Denmark's 9,000-strong police force on security duty.

During the 2000 Olympics in Sydney Frederik and Crown Prince Felipe of Spain stopped at the Slip Inn bar, where he met Donaldson.

A prince-and-commoner wedding occurred before in this nation of 5.4 million. In 1995, Prince Joachim, Frederik's younger brother, married Alexandra Manley, a Hong Kong-born Briton.

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