Australia's liquor law embarrassment: Brisbane bar forced to turn away Princess Mary's husband Crown Prince Frederik, 49, because he didn't have ID proving he was old enough to buy a drink

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QUEENSLAND’S liquor laws have become an international farce after Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, the husband of Princess Mary, was initially turned away from a Brisbane bar. Now the owner of the pub fears he’ll be fined over the saga.

Jade Buddha co-owner Phil Hogan said his staff initially denied the prince entry on Friday night under the state’s tough liquor laws, which require venues to scan the IDs of all patrons entering after 10pm.

Later, he was persuaded to allow the prince inside after officers from Queensland Police’s Dignitary Protection Unit assured him they had obtained approval from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation to make an exemption. But an OLGR spokeswoman appeared to contradict that on Tuesday, saying the regulatory body was “unaware of this incident until the evening of Monday, 21 August”.

That came as a surprise to Mr Hogan.

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