A portrait depicting Denmark's Australian-born Princess Mary breastfeeding in sheepskin boots while her Y-front clad husband sips a beer has won Australia's premier satirical arts prize.
James Brennan's The Official Portrait of the Danish Royal Family won the annual Bald Archy prize, a spoof of the long-established Archibald portrait prize, which was awarded last week.
Brennan, a 33-year-old railway worker, took delight in portraying the glamorous royal couple and their two children as a stereotypical Australian family.
In the painting, a seated Princess Mary is breastfeeding daughter Isabella while wearing a red flannel dressing gown and sheepskin boots.
Her husband Prince Frederik is leaning against her chair resplendent in white Y-fronts, socks and flip-flops, one hand clutching a Carlsberg beer.
At the couple's feet, their son Christian sits on a potty, picking his nose intently, while on the ground is a rug made from a Tasmanian tiger, the now extinct animal that symbolizes the Australian island state where Mary was born.
Brennan admitted the portrait, which contrasts strongly with the images regularly seen in Australian women's magazines of Princess Mary wearing designer gowns, was painted to shock.
But he said Princess Mary, who was working as a real estate agent when she met her husband-to-be in a pub during the 2000 Olympics, might have the right sense of humor to appreciate the joke.
The Danish embassy in Canberra refused to comment on the portrait when contacted by AFP.(AFP)
1. satirical adj.
諷刺的 (feng4 ci4 de5)
例: "I wasn't aware that this article was supposed to be satirical," Huey said .
2. stereotypical adj.
刻板印象的 (ke4 ban3 yin4 xiang4 de5)
例: This movie is full of stereotypical characters .
3. resplendent adj.
燦爛的 (can4 lan4 de5)
例: Iris was gazing at resplendent drifts of snowflakes .
4. embassy n.
大使館 (da4 shi2 guan3)
例: There was a bombing at the embassy .
royal couple 皇室夫婦
The relationship between Princess Mary and Prince Frederik is often described as a modern day fairy tale.
The two met when Frederik was attending the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics. Mary says she knew nothing of Frederik's royal status at the time.
They married in May 2004. To marry Frederik, Mary had to give up her Australian and British citizenship.
She's the first Australian-born princess in a reigning European monarchy.
Mary: I'm tired of learning Dutch. When does the postie come?
Christine: In an hour or so. Why?
Mary: I ordered a new pair of sunnies yesterday and want to wear them out to lunch. God I'm hungry. I only had a dingo's breakfast this morning.
Christine: How about we practice Dutch a bit longer. You need to learn this.
Mary: I suppose. I wouldn't want people to think I'm a drongo or something.
postie 郵差 dingo's breakfast 閒晃（沒吃早餐）
sunnies 太陽眼鏡 drongo 笨蛋
The words above are all examples of Australian slang. A postie is a postman, sunnies are sunglasses, a drongo is an idiot and a dingo's breakfast is a yawn, a pee and a look around (in other words, no breakfast).
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