The internet is abuzz with posts about Australia’s women’s football team ahead of their World Cup clash with Denmark.
But it’s clearly a conflict for Danes living in Australia, and vice versa, as is the case with Tasmanian-born Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
She took to Instagram on Monday afternoon, just hours ahead of Denmark and the Matildas squaring off in their round of 16 match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“We cheer from ‘Top Over’ and all the way ‘Down Under’, when the match against Australia starts at the World Cup,” the crown prince couple wrote on the Danish Royal Family’s official account, translated to English.
It’s accompanied with a picture of one of Mary and Crown Prince Frederick’s two brown and white border collies, next to a photo of Mary with one of the dogs.
But that image is flipped vertically, a nod to the Australia’s nickname of Down Under.
“Come on Denmark,” the post concludes.
The post has been met with good-natured social media comments that the Tasmanian-born Princess is betraying her home nation.
The United States embassy in Australia has also posted ahead of the Matildas clash, with an edited .gif image of Homer Simpson wearing a USA cap, before disappearing into a hedge and re-emerging wearing Matildas gear after the US team was knocked out in a shock result against Sweden.
NSW Premier Chris Minns has also carried on his tradition of sending out a tweet before the Matildas take to the field in Sydney.
“Sydney is shining bright for the Matildas – and we’re all behind them. Let’s bring this home!,” he wrote.
The Matildas and Denmark play at 8.30pm at Stadium Australia.
The loser will be knocked out of the tournament.
Originally published as Crown Princess Mary of Denmark changes allegiance ahead of Matildas clash