MP's crowning moment

FEDERAL Minister for Ageing and Richmond MP Justine Elliot had a brush with royalty at the World Masters Games in Sydney on Sunday night.

As part of Mrs Elliot's role representing Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the event, she joined Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in the official opening party.

Despite their age, the athletes partied like it was the year 2000 at an opening ceremony that was almost as spectacular as Sydney's Olympic effort.

Mrs Elliot gave a speech to the thousands of people in the stand and more than 20,000 athletes who had marched into the stadium.

It was the largest crowd Mrs Elliot had addressed and she admitted there were a couple of butterflies in the stomach in the lead-up to the speech.

Mrs Elliot and Australia's favourite prince came across each other for a brief moment at the opening ceremony.

A picture of Mrs Elliot meeting Prince Frederik remained classified yesterday, as The Palace refused to release them.

Mrs Elliot said the Prince came across as a nice guy in their short meeting.

“He was very friendly and down to earth and very keen to be involved and compete in the games himself,” she said. “It was an absolute pleasure to meet him and welcome him to Australia.”

Prince Frederik, who competed as a sailor at the Sydney Olympics, will hoist the sails of his Tasar for a shot at gold in the Master's Games.

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