NBL 2022: Tasmania JackJumpers fans go nuts over Aussie princess Mary, Prince Frederik

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and her family have made waves at the Tasmania JackJumpers Boxing Day clash against the New Zealand Breakers.

Born Mary Donaldson in Tasmania, she famously met and fell in love with Crown Prince Frederik at a pub in Sydney during the 2000 Olympic Games before the pair married in 2004.

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But in a visit home, Princess Mary couldn’t held but support the state’s newest national sporting team.

Joined by her husband Crown Prince Frederik and her children Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, the Princess wore a JackJumpers scarf and was met with signed jerseys for her and her family signed by the team.

A JackJumpers fan who met the princess told Newscorp she was “so lovely and nice”.

“She spoke to us about the last time she watched the Hobart Devils at Kingborough Sports Centre,” the fan said.

“She was so personable and seemed so down to earth.”

Another fan said: “She had a big smile on her face when everyone won Hungry Jack’s burgers.

“I secretly think she was impressed by the fan base here.”

JackJumpers radio presenter and radio personality Jimmy Smith met the royals after the game and couldn’t resist a photo with Prince Christian.

“They said they had a great time and couldn’t believe the atmosphere, or that three to four thousand people could make that much noise,” he said.

“They don’t really watch any basketball at all, the two big sports over there are soccer and tennis and he (Christian) hadn’t been to a basketball game before, he said he really enjoyed it and wanted to come down, and have a chat and ask us about it.”

The JackJumpers also put on a show for the royals, winning 93-82 on the back of a 16 point game from Josh Magette as five of the players scored 10 points or more.

It was a big win from the sixth placed JackJumpers over the second-placed Breakers.

A spokesperson from the JackJumpers said the side was delighted by the visit from royalty.

“The Royal family’s interest and attendance is a testament to the quality of the League and the impact of the JackJumpers on the Tasmanian community,” the spokesperson said.

“Members of the Royal family told club officials that they thoroughly enjoyed the game day spectacle and look forward to attending a JackJumpers game again in the future.”

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