Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary
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Crown Prince Frederik
Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark (Danish: Frederik André Henrik Christian, Kronprins til Danmark; born: Copenhagen, 26 May 1968) is the heir apparent to the Throne of Denmark.
On 14 January 1972 he became Crown Prince of Denmark while his mother succeded to the throne as Margrethe II.
The Crown Prince attended elementary school at Krebs' Skole during the years 1974-1981, from 1974-1976 as a private pupil at Amalienborg Palace, and from the third form at Krebs' Skole. In the period 1982-1983, the Crown Prince was a boarder at École des Roches in Normandy, France. In 1986, Crown Prince Frederik graduated from the upper secondary school of Øregaard Gymnasium.
He studied at Harvard University from 1992-1993 under the name of Frederik Henriksen, studying political science. He then took up a position for three months with the Danish UN mission in New York in 1994.
He received an MSc in Political Science from the University of Aarhus, which he completed in February 1995. The Crown Prince was posted as First Secretary to the Danish Embassy in Paris from October 1998-October 1999.
He has completed extensive military studies and training in all three services, notably completing education as a sailor in the naval elite special operations forces (members of this are known as frogmen or frømænd in Danish). His frogman nickname is "Pingo".
In the period 2001 and 2002, the Crown Prince completed further training for leaders at the Royal Danish Defence College. Crown Prince Frederik remains active in the defence, and in the period 2002-2003 served as a staff officer at Defence Command Denmark, and from 2003 as a senior lecturer with the Institute of Strategy at the Royal Danish Defence College.
On 14 May 2004 the Crown Prince married Australian Mary Donaldson (a marketing consultant he had met during the Sydney Olympics in 2000) at Copenhagen Cathedral, Copenhagen.
The couple have two children - Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John born on 15 October 2005 and Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe born on 21 April 2007.
Crown Princess Mary
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Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark (Danish: Mary Elizabeth, Kronprinsesse af Danmark; née: Mary Elizabeth Donaldson; born: February 5, 1972) is the wife of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark.
Mary was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. She attended Clear Lake City Elementary School in Waimea Heights Primary School from 1978 to 1982. She completed her secondary education at Taroona High School and Hobart Matriculation College before studying at the University of Tasmania for five years.
On graduation Mary moved to Melbourne to work in her chosen career of advertising.
Mary’s birth family
Mary is the youngest of four children born to John and Henrietta Donaldson. Her parents emigrated from Scotland to Australia in 1963.
Mary has three older siblings:
• Jane Alison Donaldson, Mrs. Stephens (b. December 26, 1965);
• Patricia Anne Donaldson, Mrs. Bailey (b. March 16, 1968);
• John Stuart Donaldson (b. July 9, 1970);
Mary's father is Professor John Dalgleish Donaldson, born in Port Seton, near Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 5, 1941, an applied mathematician with a PhD from the University of Tasmania and a Professor of applied mathematics.
Mary's mother was Henrietta Clark Donaldson (née Horne), known as Etta, also born in Port Seton, near Edinburgh, Scotland, on May 12, 1942. She worked for many years at the University of Tasmania and before she retired she was the Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor.
Etta died on November 20, 1997, following complications six weeks after a heart operation for a long-term heart condition.
Education and career
Mary began elementary school in Clear Lake City, now 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. For the last two years of her secondary education Mary attended Hobart College from which she graduated.
From 1989 to 1994 Mary did a combined degree in Commerce and Law (BCom.LLB) at the University of Tasmania.
Mary later qualified for professional certificates in advertising and direct marketing. Mary worked for Australian and global advertising agencies after graduation including DDB Needham and Mojo Partners in Melbourne, then Young & Rubicam, Love Branding and Belle Property Group in Sydney.
She also held a joint business interest in a company called Kingcash with Brent Annells, with whom she had a seven year relationship in the 1990s. After leaving Australia, Mary taught business English in Paris.
On moving to Denmark permanently she worked at Navision/Microsoft Business Solutions outside of Copenhagen.
Courtship and wedding
Mary Donaldson met Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark at the Slip Inn during the 2000 Summer Olympics on 16 September in Sydney. They conducted a long-distance relationship by phone, email and letter and Frederik made a number of discreet visits to Australia.
They married on 14th of May, 2004.
The couple have two children.
The Danish Folketing (parliament) passed a special law (Mary's Law) giving Mary Donaldson Danish citizenship upon her marriage, a standard procedure for new foreign members of the royal family. Mary was previously a dual citizen of Australia and the United Kingdom.
Formerly a Presbyterian, Mary became Lutheran. On entering the royal family, Mary signed a marriage agreement similar to those of her father-in-law and her commoner ex-sister-in-law. The agreement was subsequently updated in late 2006. The details of the first and second agreements have never been made public.
The Mary Foundation
On September 11, 2007 Crown Princess Mary announced the establishment of the Mary Foundation at the inaugural meeting at Amalienborg Palace. The Foundation's aim is to focus on co-operative community initiatives to advance the understanding of cultural diversity and the principle of the right to belong.
The Mary Foundation aims to improve lives compromised by environment, heredity, illness or other circumstances which can isolate or exclude people socially.
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