Tuesday, February 5, 2013

41 Facts about Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

  1. Mary Elizabeth Donaldson (aka Crown Princess Mary of Denmark) was born 5 February in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia {Source}.
  2. She is the youngest daughter of John Dalgleish Donaldson and Henrietta Clark Horne Donaldson {Source}.
  3. She has three older siblings-two sisters and a brother, Jane, Patricia and John {Source}.
  4. As a girl, Mary was heavily involved in sports and other extracurricular activities both at school and elsewhere {Source}.. 
  5. She studied various instruments and played numerous sports{Source}.. 
  6. The Crown Princess began her education in the United States where her father was working at the time. {Source}
  7. She attended: 
    1. Clear Lake City Elementary School (Houston, TX, USA) (1974-1975) {Source}
    2. Sandy Bay Infants School (Hobart, Tasmania) (1975-77){Source}
    3. Waimea Heights Primary School (1978-1982){Source}
    4. Taroona High School{1983-1986}{Source}
    5. Hobart College (1986-1988){Source}
    6. University of Tasmania (1989-1994) {Source}
  8. The Future Queen of Denmark earned a combined degree in Commerce and Law (BCom, LLB) at the University of Tasmania {Source}
  9. 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){Source}
  10. She speaks English, Danish and French{Source}
  11.  In 2002, she briefly taught English in Paris {Source}
  12. Other things she has done throughout her career is that she worked for Australian and global advertising agencies {Source}
  13. She met her future husband during the 2000 Sydney Olympics {Source}. 
  14. After the Olympics were over, the new couple began a long-distance relationship communicating via email, phone calls, and discrete visits{Source
  15. In 2001, the royal romance was uncovered by the tabloids, shortly after which Mary moved from Australia to Europe {Source}.
  16. 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
  17. On 8 October 2003, their engagement was announced by Queen Margarethe II {Source}. 
  18. At that day's press conference, Mary Donaldson addressed the Danish people for the first time {Source}. 
  19. She was able to do so in the nation's own language, Danish, which many have found difficult to access{Source}.
  20. In October that same year, Queen Maragethe gave her official consent to the marriage at a State Council meeting where they became officially engaged {Source}.
  21. They were married six months after the announcement on 14 May 2004{Source}.
  22. They share a wedding anniversary with King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia of Spain {Source}
  23. The Danish parliament passed a special law "Mary's Law", giving her Danish citizenship upon their marriage {Source}
  24. She also signed a prenuptial agreement and converted to the Lutheran religion  (Lutheran=Church of Denmark){Source
  25. The couple resided within the Amalienborg Palace Complex{Source}  
  26. Her official title is: Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat{Source
  27. 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{Source
  28. In October 2005, she gave birth to the couple's first child, Prince Christian{Source
  29. In April 2007, Prince Christian was followed by a sister, Princess Isabella{Source}  
  30. In January 2011, Princess Isabella was followed by faternal twins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine{Source
  31. The future Queen supports a wide variety of organizations ranging from cultural organisations, the Danish fashion industry, humanitarian aid,research and science, social, health and humanitarian organisations and sporting organisations{Source
  32. 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 {Source}
  33. She is also Honorary Life Governor of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute based at the Garvan Institute/St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney {Source
  34. She is a member of the International Committee of Women Leaders for Mental Health 
  35.  In June 2010, it was announced that Crown Princess Mary has become Patron of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, "to support the agency’s work to promote maternal health and safer motherhood in more than 150 developing nations" {Source}.
  36. Crown Princess Mary lends her support to a number of other 'one-off' Danish causes, industry events and international conferences{Source
  37. In 2011, the Westmead Cancer Centre at Westmead Hospital in Sydney was renamed the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Care Centre Westmead {Source
  38. She holds honors from Denmark, Brazil{Source}, Bulgaria, Greece, Norway & Sweden {Source}
  39. She also holds numerous decorations from Denmark {Source}
  40. She is patron of  Designers’ Nest and the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair {Source}
  41. She has several godchildren:
    1. Holger Reedtz-Thott,  son of  Baroness Helle Reedtz-Thott.
    2. Josephine Fleming, daughter of Caroline and Rory Fleming.
    3. Prince Henrik of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, her nephew
    4. Konstantin Johannsmann, son of her husband's cousin Princess Nathalie.
    5. Princess Estelle of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland 

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