Sunday, February 5, 2012

Royal Profile: HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Mary Elizabeth Donaldson (aka Crown Princess Mary of Denmark) was born 5 February in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia the youngest daughter of John Dalgleish Donaldson and Henrietta Clark Horne Donaldson. She has three older siblings-two sisters and a brother, Jane, Patricia and John. As a girl, Mary was heavily involved in sports and other extracurricular activities both at school and elsewhere. She studied various instruments and played numerous sports. Her early love of horses led her to ride competitively as a teenager, on her horse, Diana.

The Crown Princess began her education in the United States where her father was working at the time. She attended Sandy Bay Infants School, Waimea Heights Primary School, Taroona High School, Hobart College, and University of Tasmania. The Future Queen of Denmark earned a combined degree in Commerce and Law (BCom, LLB) at the University of Tasmania. Between 1994 and 1996, Mary attended a graduate program and qualified with certificates in advertising from The Advertising Federation of Australia (AFA) and direct marketing from the Australian Direct Marketing Association (ADMA).

The Crown Princess's mother tongue is English and Danish is her second language. She studied French during her secondary education. In 2002, she briefly taught English in Paris. Other things she has done throughout her career is that she worked for Australian and global advertising agencies.

She met her future husband during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. After the Olympics were over, the new couple began a long-distance relationship communicating via email, phone calls, and discrete visits. In 2001, the royal romance was uncovered by the tabloids, shortly after which Mary moved from Australia to Europe. She began teaching English in Paris in December 2001 where she would make occasional trips to Denmark, often attended public events with Crown Prince Fredrick. In September 2003, their engagement was announced. In October that same year, Queen Maragethe gave her official consent to the marriage at a State Council meeting where they became officially engaged. They were married on 14 May 2004. The Danish parliament passed a special law "Mary's Law", giving her Danish citizenship upon their marriage. She also signed a prenuptial agreement and converted to the Lutheran religion. The couple resided within the Amalienborg Palace Complex. Her official title is: Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat. At the time Crown Prince Frederik inherits the throne, Mary will automatically assume the feminine form of his title and rank, becoming Queen consort of Denmark

In October 2005, she gave birth to the couple's first child, Prince Christian. In April 2007, Prince Christian was followed by a sister, Princess Isabella. In January 2011, Princess Isabella was followed by faternal twins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

The future Queen supports a wide variety of organizatinons ranging from cultural organisations, the Danish fashion industry, humanitarian aid,research and science, social, health and humanitarian organisations and sporting organisations. In September 2007, she announced the establishment of the The Mary Foundation, which aims to improve lives compromised by environment, heredity, illness or other circumstances which can isolate or exclude people socially.

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