Danish Royals to visit Sydney for Opera House anniversary events

2013-09-12 02:29:35 GMT2013-09-12 10:29:35(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

SYDNEY, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and his Australian wife Princess Mary will visit Sydney in October to help celebrate the Opera House's 40th birthday as a tribute to its Danish architect Jorn Utzon, the New South Wales (NSW) Government said on Thursday.

The government will also revive the Opera House Lottery which raised more than 105 million AU dollars (98 million U.S. dollars) between 1957 and 1986 to help pay for the construction of the iconic building.

"To celebrate its 40th Anniversary the Sydney Opera House is rekindling this connection with the lottery," NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said in a statement.

"During the month of November the Saturday Lotto draw, along with other marketing initiatives, will promote the Sydney Opera House's Anniversary milestone."

In total, the partnership represents a multi-million dollar investment with the NSW Government contributing 1.5 million AU dollars (1.4 million U.S. dollars).

There will also be special-edition Opera House branded Instant Scratch-It tickets.

Money raised will go towards anniversary celebrations and a new visitor center.

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