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Old 12-19-2003, 12:02 PM
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billie-jo, i have seen a photo of mary curtsying to the Queen in corbis. tried posting it here but failed. u can have a look on their website if u're still interested.
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Old 12-20-2003, 06:41 AM
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I keep looking at the pictures and I think Mary looks really sweet in some of them. But I'm still NOT A FAN OF THE BLACK TOP :P .

I really really love the skirt and shoes!!!!! IMO it's the cutest!! and then the top... sorry... I'd dump it. She looks happy in this pic though: pic - and I don't think she'd care about my not liking the top!!! (though if I was able to watch LOTR III now I would be happy too!! o well, 6 more sleeps!)

PS. you know, I really like the way Mary dresses. I think she's pretty stylish. So many others get it wrong, or they're way too conservative. Denmark's luck to have Alex and Mary. :flower: :flower:

Regarding the LOTR premier... I really like the SKIRT and the SHOES!!!!

Right, I've said it a million times. Cheerio!!
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Old 12-20-2003, 04:21 PM
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Mary's hair and make-up looks wonderful in these photos. I think I like her hair best swept up. :)
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Old 12-22-2003, 11:39 AM
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Mary Donaldson heading home
From Sydney Confidential


AUSTRALIA'S princess-in-waiting Mary Donaldson will return to Australia before she marries Crown Prince Frederik - possibly as soon as next month.

Donaldson will attend her sister Patricia's wedding. And, while secrecy surrounds the date and location of the nuptials, Confidential hears the wedding will take place in the sisters' home town of Hobart.

Donaldson will bring a Danish TV crew with her as they film a documentary about the former Taroona High School student's life.

The doco will give Danes a peek at the life of Donaldson, who met Prince Frederik at Sydney's Slip Inn bar during the 2000 Olympics.

The royal will marry Donaldson, 31, on May 14 at Copenhagen's Lutheran cathedral.
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Old 12-22-2003, 12:08 PM
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Congratulations to Patricia. But poor Patricia. I'm sure she wanted a quiet wedding. O, well. Just more people with cameras I guess since she's probably having her wedding filmed anyway. A keepsake.
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Old 12-27-2003, 10:28 AM
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If one compare Queen Silvia and Mary the language aspect

I just saw the re rum of the interview with Queen Silvia on SVT 1
She said that she started to learn Swedish a bit, very little the month before the wedding and then after the wedding she studied the Swedish language. She did not want to learn the language before, they dated 4 years, because that would look like she pushed it (a marriage).
And she said that January 1, 1977 she begun to speak Swedish, and told other to speak Swedish with her. the wedding took place in june 1976, untill 1977 people spoke german and english with her
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Old 12-27-2003, 02:03 PM
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I really loved her whole attire! She looks good when her hair is well-kept.
Mary is indeed improving a lot when it comes to dresses and her personality.
She is more cheerful compared to during her past years.
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Old 12-27-2003, 02:06 PM
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Mary does look really good now, doesn't she Paulette? I agree that she looks happier now that the engagement has been announced and I am really looking forward to the wedding!
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Old 12-27-2003, 02:07 PM
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from Hellomagazine.com

Mary Donaldson

Upon the announcement of her engagement to Danish Crown Prince Frederik, Australian-born marketing executive Mary Donaldson shared one of her early royal experiences – watching Lady Diana wed the Prince of Wales on TV in 1981. She admits she didn't necessarily see herself taking a similar trip down the aisle, however. "My biggest memory is of Diana walking up the red carpet with a very, very long train," she says "but I don't recall wishing that one day I would be a princess. I wanted to be a veterinarian."

Mary Elizabeth Donaldson was born on February 5, 1972, in Hobart, Tasmania, the youngest of Scottish-born maths professor John Donaldson and university secretary Henrietta Clark Donaldson's four children. The princess-to-be's parents had emigrated from Edinburgh to Australia in the early Sixties, becoming citizens of the country in 1975. (Mum Henrietta passed away in 1997, and John married author Susan Elizabeth Moody four years later.)

An avid athlete at Taroona High School, Mary was captain of the girls' hockey and swimming teams and very involved in equestrian pursuits. She continued her education at Hobart Matriculation College – where she scored a spot on the basketball team – before wrapping up her studies at the University of Tasmania, from which she graduated in 1994 with a Bachelors degree in Commerce and Law.

The fresh-faced young graduate dived into professional life, moving to Melbourne, where she accepted a position at an international advertising agency. Her career would eventually lead her into the world of public relations, and culminate in her last pre-royal post as a project consultant for Microsoft Business Solutions in Denmark.

Her life was to change forever when she met a sporty young man who introduced himself as "Fred" at a Sydney hotel pub in October 2000. They'd each arrived with a separate group of friends – the King of Spain's nephew, Bruno Gomez-Acebo, was the link between the two cliques – but by the end of the evening Mary and Frederik were deep in conversation, seeming to have eyes only for each other. "The first time we met, we shook hands," she recalled. "I didn't know he was the Prince of Denmark. Half an hour later someone came up to me and said, 'Do you know who these people are?'"

Over the next three years, the two were often seen together in both Australia and Denmark. "Frederik is one of those people who being around you makes you happy. His intelligence and kindness – and he's quite funny as well. We have a connection of the mind," says Mary. However, it wasn't until April 2003 that Queen Margrethe publicly acknowledged the relationship, fuelling rumours of a pending engagement. Six months later the palace announced a royal wedding would take place the following spring.

Despite having to fulfil a demanding series of requirements – she agreed to relinquish her Australian citizenship, convert from her Presbyterian faith to the Danish Lutheran Church, learn fluent Danish and agree to give up her rights to the couple's children in case of divorce – Mary is obviously tackling the challenge of her new role with aplomb. "Today is the first day of my new role," she said after appearing on the palace balcony as Frederik's fiancée for the first time. "It is something that will evolve over time and I have much to learn and experience."

Mary's grace, beauty and professionalism have apparently won over her new homeland, with one poll finding that 75 per cent of Danes believed she would make a good queen. "Wow! Isn't she wonderful?" exclaimed one Copenhagen newspaper. "She's fantastic. It will be no wonder if in the future Danish schoolgirls choose to mimic Mary in the mirror instead of Britney Spears."
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Old 12-27-2003, 02:18 PM
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it is really true!

I would be expecting her schedule to be more hectic especially that her wedding is 5 months from now. What I really love about Mary is that she is willing to accept changes. I know it's not only her but also other people. In the first place, she was not really my royal type because she did look snobbish and I didn't like the way she dresses but months later, she really improved. She is already cheerful and she dresses very nice.

I would really congratulate her!! :flower:
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Old 12-30-2003, 02:57 AM
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I think that every year in the beginning of the year - there are 2 galas in Denmark do you think we will see Mary there
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Old 12-30-2003, 03:14 AM
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she was not really my royal type because she did look snobbish and I didn't like the way she dresses
I don't really have anything negative to say about Mary because I don't think she's done anything that would justify any criticism from me. But I agree that sometimes she looks snobbish/haughty. I think its just the way she looks, not that she means to be haughty or snobbish. Of course this is only my opinion.

But Princess Anne of GB also looks snobbish/cold to me, but from what I've read about her and how she supports many charities etc, I think it's more likely that Anne is a caring person. Looks doesn't always match the person's true personality. Like Charles looks meek/geekish.... who would have thought he would be the kind of person to cheat on his wife???
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Old 12-30-2003, 07:19 AM
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I think that every year in the beginning of the year - there are 2 galas in Denmark do you think we will see Mary there
I think that every year in the beginning of the year - there are 2 galas in Denmark do you think we will see Mary there

Hello.
Yes ther are 2 galas her in denmark in the beginning of the new year but it´s only the royal family who are atending,so the answer to your question is : no Mary will not be atending the 2 galas beacus she are onley enggage to CP Frederik and she are not her in denmark becaus she is home in/on tasmania.
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Old 12-30-2003, 07:22 AM
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so frederik will be there?
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Old 12-30-2003, 07:35 AM
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so frederik will be there?
so frederik will be there?

Yes CP Frederik will be ther becaus he´s the heir to the danish crown.
We will also se HM Queen Margrethe and HRH Prince Henrik.
I don´t know if Prince Joachim and Princesse Alexandra will be atending the 2 galas.
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Old 12-30-2003, 08:09 AM
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what weekend was marys sisters wedding?
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Old 12-30-2003, 09:53 AM
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That's too bad that Mary won't be able to attend at least one of these galas. It would've been a nice way to start the new year -- off on a royal foot! But I guess she will have a lifetime of attending these royal galas, so she should savour some private (as private as her life can possibly be now) time and time with her family.
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Old 12-31-2003, 10:13 AM
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That's too bad that Mary won't be able to attend at least one of these galas. It would've been a nice way to start the new year -- off on a royal foot! But I guess she will have a lifetime of attending these royal galas, so she should savour some private (as private as her life can possibly be now) time and time with her family.
Do you think her father and step-mother may relocate to the UK to be closer to Mary and possible grandchildren? You're right, she has a lifetime of New Year's galas to attend, but hopefully only one wedding of a sister.
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That would be nice if her father and step-mother could relocate to be closer to Mary. In her position I would certainly appreciate such support. But I guess the argument could be made that as much as her father and step-mother may want to support her and help her in her new life they have their own life in Australia, with careers and friends.
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Do you think her father and step-mother may relocate to the UK to be closer to Mary and possible grandchildren?
From what I've read, Mary's dad and step-mum spend half of the year in the UK (because I think that's where Susan was based before) and half in Tassie.
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