The second royal lady I’ll be talking about is Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. In her 12 years as a member of the Danish royal family, Mary has achieved a lot. But before we dive into her work as a royal, let’s take a look into her life.
(Also, fyi, here is a great post that explains the difference between a crown princess and a princess in scandinavian royal families).
Mary Elizabeth Donaldson was born on February 5, 1972, Tasmania, Australia. She’s the youngest of four siblings. She graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1994, with a Bachelors degree in Commerce and Law.
She then moved to Melbourne, where she worked for an international advertising agency. Her last pre-royal post was as a project consultant for Microsoft Business Solutions in Denmark.
Mary met Crown Prince Frederik at a Sydney hotel pub in 16 September, during the summer Olympics. Their wedding took place in May 14, 2004.
The Crown Princess had to give up a lot- apart from moving from Australia to Denmark, she had to relinquish her Australian citizenship, convert from her Presbyterian faith to the Danish Lutheran Church, learn Danish and agree to give up her rights to the couple’s children in case of divorce.
In her most recent Vogue shoot in August, Crown Princess Mary said:
“I find it difficult to speak of myself as a role model, as role models are defined by the individual. It is what they see in a person that gives meaning or inspiration to them that makes another person a role model for them,” the Crown Princess said. “It’s not something I consciously think about. But at the same time, I am very aware of my role and my responsibility. If I can inspire others and if others see something in me that can motivate them, then that’s a big compliment.”
Crown Princess Mary is patron of the Danish Refugee Council and the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, Honorary Life Governor of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, a member of the International Committee of Women Leaders for Mental Health. 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“.
I believe that Crown Princess Mary is one of the most natural out of the ladies who have married into a royal family. She had to learn a completely new language, she moved to a different continent and she had to leave everyone and everything behind-while she was facing immense criticism.
If you want to learn more about Crown Princess Mary, check out this documentary that was released in 2004.