Denmark's future king was turned away from Brisbane bar because he didn't have ID

Princess Mary shows a package of Tim Tams to her husband Prince Frederik of Denmark. Photo: Lukas Coch/Getty Images

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark met his future wife in a Sydney bar 17 years ago, marrying Australian Mary Donaldson four years later.

Now the 49-year-old future king and father of four is struggling to get into Brisbane bars thanks to the state’s tough new licensing laws.

News.com.au reports that the Crown Prince needed Queensland police from the “dignitary protection unit” to intervene after he tried to get into the Jade Buddha bar at Brisbane’s Eagle St Pier just around midnight last Friday.

New ID laws in Queensland, introduced last month, mean that anyone entering a licensed venue in the city’s “Safe Night Precincts” after 10pm needs ID.

Prince Frederik, 49, and his entourage, who are in Queensland for a sailing regatta this week, were blocked from entering the bar by security and News says police had to get approval from the Office of Liquor and Gaming to waive the ID laws for the Danish royal.

Jade Buddha co-owner Phil Hogan told News that the new law “has been a nightmare from a tourist point of view” and a “real over-reaction”.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg with the Prince. It’s happening all the time with normal people.”

The new laws forced venues in the precinct to buy $8,000 ID scanners as Queensland followed NSW in introducing strict lockout laws, but 31 licensees have instead chosen to cut their trading hours back to a midnight close rather than installing the scanners.

During last year’s review into Sydney’s lockout laws, Merivale CEO Justin Hemmes revealed that the city’s 1.30am pub curfew meant his security staff had to turn away international music stars such as Madonna, Prince, Drake, Marilyn Manson, Ed Sheeran and the Smashing Pumpkins, as well as sports stars such as the Arsenal and Chelsea Football Clubs and British Lions Rugby team.

News.com.au has more on the embarrassing Prince Frederik saga here.

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