In a modern-day fairytale, Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark and his Australian-born wife, Crown Princess Mary, are set to ascend the throne, becoming the new King and Queen of Denmark. This momentous occasion comes as Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Europe's longest-serving monarch, abdicates the throne, passing on the crown to her son and daughter-in-law.
The extraordinary love story between Crown Prince Frederick and Mary Donaldson began in an unexpected place - a pub in Sydney during the 2000 Olympic Games. It was at the Slip Inn, a popular watering hole for both locals and tourists, where the couple first crossed paths. Mary, an Australian native from Hobart, Tasmania, initially had no idea she was conversing with royalty when chatting with the handsome man at the bar. Little did she know that this encounter would change her life forever.
Following their chance meeting, Crown Princess Mary gracefully integrated herself into the Danish royal family and embraced her new role. She dedicated herself to learning the Danish language and familiarizing herself with the customs and traditions of one of the oldest monarchies in the world. The outgoing Queen, Queen Margrethe II, expressed her confidence in Mary and praised their excellent relationship.
In 2004, Mary and Frederick exchanged their vows in a lavish ceremony held at Copenhagen Cathedral, which was viewed by millions worldwide. Australians, captivated by this royal love story, remain infatuated and express their pride and excitement for Mary's upcoming role as Queen of Denmark.
Crown Princess Mary is not only a symbol of pride for both Denmark and Australia but also a compassionate advocate for important societal issues. In 2007, she established the Mary Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to combating bullying, domestic violence, and loneliness. Furthermore, she has been a strong supporter of LGBT rights and gender equality.
As the much-anticipated day approaches, Australians eagerly anticipate the day when Mary, a woman who started her journey from a chance encounter in a pub, will be crowned Queen of Denmark. The bond between these two countries, forged through a twist of fate, serves as a reminder of the enchanting power of love and the ability to positively impact society. Mary's reign as Queen will not only symbolize a new era for Denmark but also inspire individuals to believe in the transformative power of love and a shared vision for a better world.