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05 Febuary - Mary Donaldson, Future Queen from Australia.

Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:27 pm
by Max ADU
Australian Birthday Today - Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat,RE (Mary Elizabeth Donaldson), born 5 February 1972, Hobart, Tasmania, is the wife of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark.


Frederik is the heir apparent to the throne of Denmark, which means that at the time Frederik inherits the throne, Mary will automatically assume the feminine form of his title and rank, becoming Queen consort of Denmark.

Mary Elizabeth Donaldson was born the youngest of the four children of mathematician and Professor John Dalgleish Donaldson and his first wife, Henrietta "Etta" Clark Donaldson, née Horne, who had emigrated from Scotland to Australia in 1963.

In her early years, Mary was heavily involved in sports and other extracurricular activities both at school and elsewhere. She studied piano, flute, clarinet and played basketball and hockey. Her early love of horses led her to ride competitively as a teenager, on her horse, Diana.

She studied at the University of Tasmania for five years and completed a combined degree in Commerce and Law.

Mary Donaldson met Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark at the Slip Inn during the 2000 Summer Olympics on 16 September in Sydney.

Frederik did not want her to know that he was a prince instantly, so he introduced himself as "Fred". He surprised her when he identified himself as the Crown Prince of Denmark at the height of their courtship.

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After a long-distance relationship by phone, email and letter and Frederik made a number of discreet visits to Australia and presented Mary with an engagement ring featuring an emerald-cut diamond and two emerald-cut ruby baguettes.

Their official engagement in 2003 and their marriage the following year were the subject of extensive attention from Australian and European news media, which portrayed the marriage as a modern "fairytale" romance between a prince and a commoner.

Mary Donaldson and Crown Prince Frederik married on 14 May 2004 in Copenhagen Cathedral, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Crown Princess of Denmark has 4 children –
... 15 October 2005, Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John
... 21 April 2007, Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe
... 8 January, 2011, twin, Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander
... 8 January, 2011, twin, Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathildaat

The Crown Prince Frederik once joked that his new son Prince Vincent had the same birthday as the "King of Rock and Roll" and so should be called Elvis.