Early life

Crown Princess Mary was born Mary Elizabeth Donaldson on February 5th 1972 in Tasmania, Australia. Her parents are Professor John Dalgleish Donaldson and Henrietta Clark Donaldson. After the death of her mother in 1997, John Donaldson later married Susan Elizabeth Horwood - a British writer in 2001. She is the youngest of four. Her two older sisters are Jane Alison Stephans and Patricia Anne Bailey, and John Stuart Donaldson is her two year older brother.


At the age of 2, she entered Clear Lake City Elementary School in Houston, Texas in 1974 followed by Sandy Bay Infants School in Hobart in 1975. Age 5, she went to Waimea Heights Primary School in 1978 and the Taroona High School in 1983. Then two years at Hobart Matriculation Collage. In 1989, she studied a bachelor in commercials and law at University of Tasmania.

She later qualified for a certificate in Advertising Federation of Australia and then Australian Direct Marketing Association. This was in mid 1990s.


After her studies at the Australian Direct Marketing Association, she moved back to Melbourne and worked for the commercials DDB Needham. She then become customer manager at MOJO Partners. After this, she traveled in America and Europe. On this trip she also visited Scotland. Here she worked for three months at Rapp Collins Worldwide. Back in Australia, she then worked at Young and Rubicam in Sydney from 1999 followed by a short time at Love.

When she moved to 2002, she made a short visit to Paris and taught English at the English business language school, TRANSFER Etoile. Moving to Denmark late 2002, she was employed at Microsoft Business Solutions as project consultant for business development, communication and marketing.


On October 8h 2003, she and Crown Prince Frederick got engaged. They met the worldpress at Amalienborg the same day and we got a glimpse of the engagement ring and heard her first words in Danish.


On May 14th 2004, she married Crown Prince Frederik - future King of Denmark. The marriage took place at Vor Frue Church in Copenhagen. The following dinner and celebration was held at Fredensborg. Her wedding gown was designed by Uffe Frank and tailored by Birgit Hallstein. Her engagement ring was created by John Rørvig and the wedding band is an Flemming Hertz design.


In 2005 on October 15th, she gave brith to their first child - a son, later named Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John. He was christened in Christiansborg Castle Church. His sister was born on April 21st 2007. She got the name Princesse Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe at a christening ceremony at Fredensborg Castle Church. The twins were then born on 8th January in 2011. Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander and Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda were christened in in Holmens Church.


After the Crown Prince Couple got married in 2004, they lived at Kancellihuset, which is a part of Fredensborg Castle. It was built in 1731 and designed by architect J. C. Kriger. It was their home for around six years till they moved to Frederik VIII's Palace at Amalienborg in 2010. Usually, the family stays at Kancellihuset during summer.

Frederik VIII's Palace is from 1760 and now part of Amalienborg. It was built for Baron Jochim Brockdroff, which is also why the palace is called "Brockdorffs Palace". Crown Prince Frederiks grandparent also lived their from 1934 to 2000, when Queen Ingrid died. Since 2004, it has been renovated inside and out. In 2010, the family moved in.

Military background

She became member of the Danish Home Guard service in 2008 and one year later she was promoted sergeant and then lieutenant. All in 2009. In 2015, she earned the title as first lieutenant and captain of the Danish Home Guard.

The Mary Foundation

On occasion of their wedding in 2005 money were gathered in Denmark and Greenland as a gift to the couple. Crown Princess Mary spend the money wisely and created the Mary Foundation in 2007. One year prior to the establishment, the whole idea of a foundation trying to combat social isolation started. 

She was inspired, among others, by foundations and organizations around the world working with the same issues. She also used her work with different patronages as inspiration to create her own foundation. They launched their first project in 2008.

Today they are accompanied by several important Danish companies like Carlsberg, Ole Kirk's Foundation and TrygFonden.

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