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Crown Princess of Denmark
Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat, R.E. (Mary Elizabeth; née Donaldson; born 5 February 1972) is the wife of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark. Frederik is the heir apparent to the throne, which means that should Frederik succeed, she will automatically become Queen of Denmark.
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Full Name at Birth
Mary Elizabeth Donaldson
Taroona High School in Hobart, Tasmania
University of Tasmania for a Law Degree
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
John Dalgleish Donaldson
Henrietta 'Etta' Clark Donaldson (née Horne) (deceased)
John Stuart Donaldson
Jane Alison Stephens, Patricia Anne Bailey
Susan Elizabeth Donaldson (née Horwood) (step mother)
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Mary Elizabeth Donaldson was born the youngest of the four children of mathematician and professor John Dalgleish Donaldson (born 5 September 1941) and his first wife, Henrietta "Etta" Clark Donaldson, née Horne, (12 May 1942 – 20 November 1997), both of whom were Scottish. She was named after her paternal and maternal grandmothers, Mary Dalgleish and Elizabeth Gibson Melrose.
Henrietta Donaldson, Mary's mother, was executive assistant to the vice-chancellor of the University of Tasmania. In 2001, four years after her death, Mary's father, Professor John Donaldson remarried. His second wife is fellow Briton, author and novelist Susan Elizabeth Donaldson, née Horwood, known by the pseudonym Susan Moody.
Mary Donaldson was born and raised in Hobart. In childhood, she was heavily involved in sports and other extracurricular activities both at school and elsewhere. She studied piano, flute and clarinet, and played basketball and hockey. Her early love of horses led her to competition riding as a teenager, on her horse, Diana.
Mary began primary school in Clear Lake City, near Houston, Harris County, Texas, while her father was working there. On returning to Hobart, she attended Sandy Bay Infants School, Waimea Heights Primary School and then Taroona High School in Tasmania. She attended Waimea Heights Primary School from 1978 to 1982. Mary completed her secondary education at Taroona High School and Hobart Matriculation College.
She studied at the University of Tasmania for five years. From 1989 to 1994 Mary completed a combined degree in Commerce and Law (BCom, LLB) at the University of Tasmania, and graduated on 27 May 1995. 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 tutored in English in Paris. On meeting Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark she studied Danish as a foreign language at Studieskolen in 2003.
While studying in Tasmania, Donaldson reportedly had a joint business interest in a company called Kingcash, with Brent Annells, with whom she had a seven-year relationship in the 1990s.
She worked for Australian and global advertising agencies after graduating in 1995. Upon graduation Mary moved to Melbourne to work in advertising. She became a trainee in marketing and communications with the Melbourne office of DDB Needham, taking a position of account executive. In 1996, Mary was employed by Mojo Partners as an account manager. In 1998, six months after her mother's death, she resigned and travelled to America and Europe. In Edinburgh, she worked for three months as an account manager with Rapp Collins Worldwide; then, in early 1999, she was appointed as an account director with the international advertising agency Young & Rubicam in Sydney.
In June 2000, she moved to a smaller Australian agency, Love Branding, working for a short time as the company's first account director. However, in the (Australian) spring of 2000 until December 2001, she became sales director and a member of the management team of Belle Property, a real estate firm specialising in luxury property. In the first half of 2002 Mary taught English at a business school in Paris but, on moving to Denmark permanently, she was employed by Microsoft Business Solutions (5 September 2002 – 24 September 2003) near Copenhagen as a project consultant for business development, communications and marketing.
Courtship and engagement
Mary Donaldson met Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark at the Slip Inn during the 2000 Summer Olympics on 16 September in Sydney. He was previously identified by her friends as the Crown Prince of Denmark. They conducted a long-distance relationship by phone, email and letter and Frederik made a number of discreet visits to Australia. On 15 November 2001 the Danish weekly magazine Billed Bladet named Mary as Frederik's girlfriend. Mary moved to Europe in December 2001, while she was working as an English tutor in Paris. On 24 September 2003 the Danish court announced that Queen Margrethe II intended to give her consent to the marriage at the State Council meeting scheduled for 8 October 2003.
Frederik presented Mary with an engagement ring featuring an emerald-cut diamond and two emerald-cut ruby baguettes. The couple became officially engaged on 8 October 2003.
Marriage and children
TRH The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark.
Further information: Wedding of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, and Mary Donaldson
Mary Donaldson and Crown Prince Frederik ma
Hobart Matriculation College
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