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From Down Under to the Crown: Denmark’s Future Queen, a Progressive Commoner from Australia

From Down Under to the Crown: Denmark's Future Queen, a Progressive Commoner from Australia
Image courtesy of the New York Times

In the annals of classic Australian love stories, the tale of Mary Donaldson stands out as a captivating narrative that transcends borders and royal norms. 

Future Queen of Denmark

Originating from Tasmania, Mary’s life took an unexpected turn when she crossed paths with Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, in a Sydney pub back in September 2000.

What began as a chance encounter between a Tasmanian real estate professional and a future king blossomed into an extraordinary journey, shattering the conventions of traditional royal fairy tales.

In a 2003 interview, Mary recounted her initial ignorance of Frederik’s royal status, a revelation that transformed her life into an entirely different storybook.

Fast forward more than two decades, and Mary, now Crown Princess Mary at 51, is on the brink of ascending to Denmark’s throne.

Queen Margrethe II’s recent abdication announcement paved the way for Mary’s husband to become King Frederik X, marking a remarkable chapter in the royal chronicles.

Beyond the regal confines, Mary has garnered international acclaim for her distinctive personal style and outspoken commitment to progressive causes.

Advocating for climate change, sustainability, and the rights of women and children, she has become a symbol of modern royalty both in Denmark and beyond.

In Australia

The story of the Tasmanian princess has sparked a fascination for decades in her native land.

Despite relinquishing her Australian and British citizenship, Mary remains a celebrated figure, hailed as a local treasure and a beacon of pride.

Her forthcoming reign has only intensified this interest, with headlines like “All hail Mary, our flannie queen living a fairytale dream” adorning the front pages of newspapers.

Reflecting on her journey from a T-shirt-and-shorts girl in Hobart to a future queen, Mary’s story is one of unlikely twists and turns.

Raised by a mathematics professor and an executive assistant, she pursued a career in advertising, never envisioning her destiny as a princess.

In a recent interview, Mary reminisced about her unremarkable upbringing, emphasising her love for a casual, barefoot lifestyle.

Mary’s Popularity

While Australians revel in Mary’s good works and unique royal trajectory, Danes applaud her professionalism, diligence, and fluency in their language.

With an 85% approval rating, Mary’s popularity surpasses many other members of the Danish royal family, as revealed by a recent poll commissioned for Denmark’s public radio station, DR.

As she stands on the cusp of queenship, Mary’s story remains a testament to the enchanting unpredictability of life.

From a Sydney pub to the grandeur of Danish royalty, Mary’s journey embodies the magic of fate, proving that sometimes, a warm Sydney night and the Slip Inn can rewrite the destiny of a princess.



Writer, biker and most of all a loving father and husband.