Monday, February 6, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Marie of Denmark

Princess Marie of Denmark was born as Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier on 6 February 1976 in Paris, France as  only child of Alain Cavallier and Françoise Grassiot {Source}. Her parents divorced when she was young{Source}. Both remarried and gave Marie four half brothers{Source}:
  • Benjamin Grandet (maternal) 
  • Gregory Grandet (maternal) 
  • Charles Cavallier (paternal)
  • Edouard Cavallier (paternal)
Upon her parents divorce, she moved to Geneva, Switzerland with her mother, where she attended Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil{Source}. After obtaining her Baccalaureate from Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil, she attended Babson College, studying international relations and economics, however she never graduated from Babson. Instead, after a brief time at Babson, she transferred to a school in Geneva to study Economics. She then transferred to Marymount Manhattan College, where she obtained a Bachelors of Arts. 

After her university years, Marie worked in the field of public relations for Estée Lauder,and ING Numismatic Group SA, and other varying positions for companies. She also worked for DoubleClick Inc, Media Marketing, Reuters financial news agency Radianz, REInvest in Geneva, ING Numismatic Group SA.
Her native tongue is French. She also speaks Spanish, Italian, Danish and English.
She first came to media attention around 2005, when she was spotted vacationing with Prince Joachim. In 2007, she joined her prince and his family for the holiday season and for a skiing trip to Switzerland. It was announced in October of that year that she and Prince Joachim would marry.  In May 2008, they were married.  Just like her sister-in-law, Crown Princess Mary before her, she became a naturalized citizen of Denmark and member of the Church of Denmark.

Princess Marie took her role as Princess of Denmark in stride, becoming a patron of many important organizations in Denmark after becoming a princess.

Together, with Joachim, she is the parent of:
In addition to her own biological children, she has two stepsons:
  1. Prince Nikolai (1999)
  2. Prince Felix (2002)