Thanks for the article Lorissa. Interesting indeed. Well, if this did happen, it's only natural. Eventually, she's going to have enough. I know that I would get aggravated after a while, especially if I had to put on a brave face/smirk all of the time, and there was still no engagement announcement. No matter how she's playing the game, it's enough to make anyone crack or snap. :?
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by By Brier Dudley
Seattle Times technology reporter
By Annette Sharp, 24th November, 2002
MARY Donaldson, the girlfriend of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, has at last met the family of her royal boyfriend.
But our Donaldson sources are playing down the pleasantries, explaining that a passing "Hello" does not a royal introduction make.
Media speculation about whether Donaldson will one day be Queen of Denmark is constantly thwarted by the fact that she has not been formally introduced to Queen Margrethe.
Now The Diary has learned that the royal family has met Donaldson, just not within the constraints demanded by royal protocol.
Sources claim Donaldson is pushing on eagerly with her Danish language lessons in an effort to hasten such an introduction as she believes she will receive a more favourable reception from Queen Margrethe if she can speak fluently in the Queen's native tongue.
A royal dress rehearsal - A future queen turns out for a society wedding.
By PENELOPE CROSS.
2 November 2002
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SYDNEY was treated to a royal dress rehearsal yesterday when princess-in-waiting Mary Donaldson joined boyfriend Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark at an eastern suburbs wedding.
The 30-year-old former real estate agent returned to Australia to be a bridesmaid at the afternoon nuptials of friends Kylie Matthews and Anthony Jones at St Marks, Darling Point.
Tasmanian-born Ms Donaldson was elegantly dressed as one of the wedding party in a gold satin shell top and long skirt with matching gold jewellery and her hair swept into a bun.
The young woman who is the talk of Denmark beamed after the ceremony as she and the 34-year-old prince greeted old friends and posed for wedding photos, amid a backdrop of falling rose petals and balloons.
At one stage, traffic on Darling Point Rd stopped so the wedding photographer could get a shot of the bridal party and guests lined up outside the church.
While Ms Donaldson was happy to smile and wave as passers-by strained to catch a glimpse of the object of the media's attention, a friend requested she be left alone to enjoy the day.
Appearing to find the public glare unnerving, Ms Donaldson was said not to want to steal the limelight from the bride and groom.
Following the service, the wedding party was whisked away in Rolls Royces to Catalina restaurant at Rose Bay for the reception.
Yesterday's wedding was the fifth Ms Donaldson has attended with Crown Prince Frederik this year.
There has been mounting speculation that an announcement regarding their engagement is imminent.
Ms Donaldson has also been spotted sporting a ring on her ring finger, but there was no sign of one yesterday.
The Danish media has been in a frenzy for months over the law graduate's relationship with the prince.
She met the future Danish king at the Slip Inn in the city during the Olympics.
The prince had flown out to support the Danish sailing team, and Mary was working as an account manager for ad agency Young & Rubicam.
She later joined Darlinghurst property group Belle and soon after her affair with the prince became public.
But while the couple have been dating for two years, the Danish court only confirmed they were an item in February and have since denied engagement rumours.
Ms Donaldson is now based in Copenhagen and has recently started a job as a project consultant with software company Navision, a division of Microsoft.
Her every move, including designer shopping trips, is now monitored as the Danes make no secret of the fact that they want the Australian as their future queen.
Prince Frederik's past girlfriends, including an underwear model and Danish pop star Maria Montell, have not been considered proper princess material.
Ms Donaldson is also said to be taking language courses and lessons in etiquette and Danish history.
But the palace continues to dispel rumours of their engagement and the prince has pleaded for the media to stop speculating about his love life and the couple's future.
Similarly, Ms Donaldson is not playing the media game and her refusal to give any interviews only adds to her public mystique.
Mary's Easter sparkle, Royal watchers expect official engagement - Mary's Easter sparkle.
By ANNE BARBELIUK.
30 March 2002
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TASMANIA'S princess-in-waiting, Mary Donaldson, may be formally recognised as Denmark's future queen this Easter.
And a visiting Danish journalist is amazed Tasmania is remaining so low key about the royal match.
Danish royal watchers and an excited Danish public are eagerly awaiting the announcement that their Crown Prince has proposed marriage to the former Hobart girl.
Easter is one of the few occasions on which the Danish royal family comes together, and observers say the time is right for the much-anticipated news.
As excitement brews in Europe, Danish news crews have been swarming Tasmania in an attempt to profile Ms Donaldson's family and early years.
Visiting Danish journalist Karen Glahn said the announcement was expected any day now.
The Melbourne-based freelance journalist said Denmark had an insatiable fascination with their touted future queen.
"People can't get enough. This is like Princess Diana," Ms Glahn said.
"There are three big weekly gossip magazines in Denmark and there is not a week that goes by without a story about Mary."
And now they were brimming with excitement about an Easter proposal.
The royal Danish court has officially confirmed the romance between the former real estate agent and Frederik, the Crown Prince of Denmark.
Ms Donaldson occasionally stays at the palace, is seen driving palace cars and has been introduced to the "inner circle".
Considering the fervour in Denmark, Ms Glahn said she was surprised more was not being made of the relationship in Tasmania.
She said Tasmania should stop being coy about the match and seize the marketing opportunity with both hands.
Ms Glahn said European news crews were desperate for information about Tasmania and pictures of the environment in which Ms Donaldson grew up.
Despite the eagerness, she said it seemed Tourism Tasmania was shunning the limelight.
"I really don't think Tourism Tasmania realises what a big story this is," Ms Glahn said.
"This is a huge international story but ... they keep playing it down, but they should be playing it up.
"They really should start thinking Mary will be the Queen of Denmark."
Ms Donaldson, 30, is a former Taroona High student and the daughter of former University of Tasmania professor John Donaldson. She studied law at the University of Tasmania before moving to Sydney.
Ms Glahn said Denmark wanted to know as much as possible about Mary's formative years - where the family lived, where they holidayed.
She said a dozen or more European news crews had already visited the state to try to fit the jigsaw together and more were on their way. But they had "hit a wall".
"Tourism Tasmania could really boost the state's profile by helping these journalists - imagine the pictures of beautiful Tasmanian beaches where the family camped and so on."
With a lack of information, some Danish news outlets were getting the picture wrong.
"One article referred to Tasmania as a backwater," Ms Glahn said.
And another mentioned Ms Donaldson grew up in Tasmania but later moved to Australia.
Ms Glahn said Tourism Tasmania should take the lead and contact the Donaldsons in preparation for an announcement.
"People have been so kind, considering how many journalists have been contacting them. People have been very kind in their refusal," she said.
Ms Glahn, who visited the state for five days last week said Ms Donaldson had an extremely positive profile in Denmark - but it was based on limited information.
"They like her and are very positive about her, but they don't really know her," she said.
Court in the act of an engaging preparation.
By RASMUS HEIDE.
8 April 2002
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MARY Donaldson is living every girl's dream - being swept off her feet by a prince. RASMUS HEIDE in Copenhagen reports that an engagement is imminent.
SHE lives in the Danish Royal Court's holiday palace, takes lessons in the local language and has a personal bodyguard.
Sydney real estate agent Mary Donaldson has come a long way.
The 30-year-old brunette is officially a princess-in-waiting, having moved permanently into Prince Frederik of Denmark's private apartment in the regal holiday residence, the 100-year-old Marselisborg Palace in Aarhus.
It is yet another delightful chapter in Mary's fairytale romance with the heir to the Danish throne, whom she met when he was visiting Sydney during the Olympic Games.
Denmark is on tenterhooks as it awaits a palace announcement of the couple's engagement and the royal court is taking extreme care that nothing goes wrong in the meantime.
It is believed this is why Mary now lives alone at Marselisborg where she can enjoy all the privacy, peace and quiet a Danish queen-in-the-making could wish for.
It is only in the past few weeks that Mary has moved into the holiday palace to avoid the prying eyes of local media.
Holed up in quiet luxury she is spending as much time as possible with the Crown Prince and becoming a firm favourite on the royal circuit.
Although the couple has been skiing in Switzerland, eating out in Copenhagen and strolling on Danish beaches, the Sydney girl spends most of her time hidden away from the glaring eyes of the Danish press.
She is yet to make any kind of voluntary public appearance or statement - but Mary seems to have found her feet in the cooler Danish climate and on the polished floors of the royal palaces.
In February she took up residency in the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, where Prince Frederik hosted a party to mark her 30th birthday.
But the prospect of a future Danish crown princess being photographed jogging in the parks, receiving intensive Danish lessons or shopping in the capital's most exclusive boutiques was deemed inappropriate.
Hardly any official events take place at her new residence, Marselisborg Palace, which is the newest palace in Denmark.
It sits in an English-style 13ha park surrounded with vast lawns, trees and small lakes.
The palace is Queen Margrethe's favourite holiday spot, and the park is rarely opened to the public.
Sources close to the royal court believe Mary's residency at the palace indicates that Frederik's mother, Queen Margrethe, has given her all-important blessing to her son's love for the Sydneysider.
Although Frederik is studying in Copenhagen, he often makes the three-hour-drive to Aarhus to spend time with his love.
Marselisborg is not far from Schackenborg Palace near the German border, where Mary is getting to know Frederik's brother, Prince Joachim and wife Princess Alexandra.
The Australian expat has a great deal in common with Hong Kong-born Alexandra - both are foreigners far away from home, and Danish lessons are a very important part of becoming a Danish princess.
The speed and extreme ease with which Alexandra took to the Danish language soon after her arrival endeared her to the Danish people and Mary hopes to do the same.
Just before Easter, the Crown Prince and Mary were spotted lunching at a Copenhagen cafe, and later attracted curious looks as they strolled along a beach outside the Danish capital.
Walking hand-in-hand, the couple enjoyed the beautiful early Danish spring with only a couple of bodyguards keeping them company.
Mary and Frederik spent the week before Easter skiing at Verbier in the Swiss Alps, where the couple stayed with some of the Crown Prince's close personal friends.
Danes believe Mary has brought out a quieter side in the Crown Prince, who enjoyed a reputation as an international playboy before his Australian romance.
When he is skiing in the Alps, Frederik usually stays at hotels, but last month it was reported he had enjoyed a more discreet time holidaying with Mary at the private holiday cottage of IT millionaire Peter Warnoe, one of Frederik's friends.
Even if the week in Switzerland was a romantic getaway for the couple, they did not spend all their time together.
Mary is not as experienced a skier as Frederik, so she mostly stuck to the lighter tracks, and also spent less time on the slopes than him.
The Crown Prince is an early riser and often hit the slopes in the early mornings, while Mary stayed at the cottage. She joined Frederik and Warnoe on the slopes later for a few hours of skiing before returning to the holiday home by late afternoon.
The Crown Prince is renowned for his late night parties, and Verbier is known for its jet-setter nightlife and exclusive guests - sometimes including duchess Sarah Ferguson.
But the lures of the nightlife do not appear to offer the same attraction for Prince Frederik as they did before he met Mary.
The Easter holiday in the Swiss Alps was filled with evenings at home with Frederik's friends rather than nightly escapades at clubs and bars - a far cry from Frederik's usual late-night holiday fun.
The royal once known as "turbo prince" for his fast living has been tamed by an middle-class Australian girl who is expected to be his bride.
Princess in waiting * Mary Donaldson, 30 * Born: Tasmania, 1972 * Raised: Taroona, a middle-class suburb of Hobart * Parents: John Donaldson, an Oxford University mathematics professor; stepmother is novelist Susan Moody * Siblings: Two sisters, Patricia and Jane, who still live in Tasmania * Career: Real estate agent at up-market firm Belle Property in Kings Cross * During the Sydney Olympics she was an advertising account manager at the Love agency. She also worked at Young & Rubicam.
Ex tells of Prince's girlfriend.
By Vanda Carson.
24 May 2002
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A MAN who described himself as the "first real love" of the Australian woman who is dating the Crown Prince of Denmark used to tease her about marrying a prince.
Glenn Marriott described his ex-girlfriend Mary Donaldson as "a fantastic sweet girl" in an interview published in a Danish magazine yesterday.
Mr Marriott, 31, said he had dated the 30-year-old Tasmanian, now living in Sydney, for almost three years when they were at school in Hobart.
"I used to tease her that one day she would find a rich prince," he said.
The pair broke off the relationship when Ms Donaldson began a law degree at the University of Tasmania.
The former Sydney real estate agent has been dating Prince Frederik since the pair met at the Slip Inn bar during the Sydney Olympics.
By PETER HOLDER, JO CASAMENTO and NAOMI TOY, Additional reporting Penelope Cross.
18 May 2002
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Mary makes Danes' day DENMARK has been celebrating the photo they were waiting to see - Sydney real estate agent Mary Donaldson with Prince Frederik.
And to cement her place in the nation's history books, Denmark's largest tabloid, Ekstra Bladet, featured Mary, 30, as their Page 9 girl - the Danish equivalent of England's Page 3 girls.
Showing nothing but the Danes' fascination with the attractive Australian, the photo was of a fully dressed Mary walking along a street with her mobile phone.
Like all the other girls who feature in the Danish tabloid, Donaldson will also be paid for the pic.
Ekstra Bladet's news editor Soren Juhler personally delivered the $200 fee to Mary Donaldson c/o Amalienborg Palace.
Juhler told Confidential the palace staff readily accepted the letter addressed to Mary Donaldson, verifying connections with the Court.
Juhler added that "we may have to contact the palace again, when we elect the page nine girl of the month who gets an additional $850. Of course that'll now have to be Mary," he said.
In Aarhus, where Mary has previously been residing at the regal summer residence, Marselisborg Palace, the couple met Frederik's brother Joachim. And while Prince Frederik raced his sailboat Nanoq in The Dragon Battle of Jutland race off the coast of Aarhus, Mary spent the afternoon shopping for lingerie. The couple spent the evening out at one of Aarhus's many cafes.
Giving Mary the loving nickname of Kanga - matching Frederik's own of Pingo - there is no doubt that the Danes are more than ready to welcome the attractive Mary into the Danish Royal Court with open arms.
A royal rendezvous - Mary flies out to spend New Year with her prince.
By CHRISTINE MIDDAP, PHILLIP KOCH.
23 December 2001
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PRINCESS-in-waiting Mary Donaldson flew out of Sydney yesterday to be closer to Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik.
The 28-year-old former real estate agent arrived at Sydney International Airport at 3.30pm to board Qantas Flight 319 to London, where she will spend Christmas with her family before meeting up with the handsome bachelor again before New Year's Eve.
She was seen in Bondi Junction yesterday morning dressed in a light blue sleeveless top and grey pants, and was wearing the same outfit when she said goodbye to Australia at the airport.
Ms Donaldson, who met the former Navy SEAL commando during the Olympics, finished up her job with Belle Property last Tuesday and called in the removalists to her house on Thursday.
"Mary said she was going to London indefinitely," one friend said. "We had some farewell drinks for her on Friday and she was planning to fly out over the weekend."
Her trip to London will allow her to spend more time with her parents, Oxford mathematics lecturer John and his wife Susan Moody.
Journalist Peter Juul, of Denmark's royal magazine Billed-Bladet, said Ms Donaldson would not spend Christmas with Prince Frederik in Denmark because their relationship was still not official.
"Officially there is no relationship - so unless they choose to announce their engagement at Christmas, which we dream about - we don't think she will be here for Christmas," Juul said.
Prince Frederik will spend Christmas, celebrated in Denmark on the 24th, with his family. But he will have almost a week off before his next official engagement on January 1, fuelling rumours of a romantic European interlude with Ms Donaldson.
"There are five or six days when they could be together - but we don't know where that will be," Juul said.
Since the couple met, Prince Frederik has wooed Ms Donaldson from afar, speaking to her each day by phone and travelling to Australia at least six times to see her. They spent some of the northern summer together at a French chateau.
A move to London would take the relationship to a new level, putting them within three hours flying time of each other.
Frederik's father King Henrik has said that he has yet to meet Mary, but it is still unclear whether she has been presented to Queen Margrethe, who must approve of any engagement.
Ms Donaldson's father, John Donaldson, is said to be happy for his daughter, telling Billed-Bladet: "It doesn't matter if it is the prince or a plumber" as long as she was happy.
Danes in a royal frenzy for Prince's mystery girl.
By RACHEL RODDA.
22 November 2001
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NEVER mind who won the elections, what the Danish public really wants to know is, has Mary Donaldson won his heart? The heart in question belongs to Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik, who faces intense speculation in the next weeks as his homeland awaits an announcement from the royal household on an engagement to the Tasmanian-born law graduate.
With the general election decided yesterday in favour of Anders Fogh Rasmussen's conservative Liberals, it removes any barrier for making the news official.
Ms Donaldson, 28, who works for Kings Cross boutique real estate firm Belle Property, has enjoyed a secret romance with the Prince, who is consistently voted one of Denmark's most popular citizens.
Several journalists have travelled from Denmark to get the latest scoop on the romance, including Niels Pinborg, from Ekstra Bladet.
Mr Pinborg is sure Ms Donaldson is "the one". He says the best proof for this is that the couple sustained a successful long-distance relationship following their chance meeting at a party during the Olympics.
Prince Frederik returned home last week from a two-week holiday in north Queensland, rumoured to be his sixth trip Down Under to visit his girlfriend.
"The royal family is such a popular institution in Denmark. Since Prince Frederik has grown up, the public has been very interested in his relationships," Mr Pinborg said.
"People want to see him settle down. He is 33 years old, after all."
Mr Pinborg said the Prince would probably never again have the opportunity to get to know a girlfriend in his own good time. It was not until last month that her identity was known.
"With his earlier relationships, they were Danish girls. Two days wouldn't pass before rumours started and the public knew everything about the girl," he said.
"This is the other reason why we think this is going to be the one."
If being thrown into the media spotlight was part of the test, Ms Donaldson is also making the grade - she has consistently impressed the media with her gracious and good humoured attitude and was spotted last night on her way to the gym.
One of the things the pair have in common is a love of sport, something that will go down well in Denmark, where three out of four young people play sport regularly and almost half the adult population belong to sports clubs.
The couple met at the party to celebrate Denmark's gold medal in women's handball.
Ms Donaldson's two sisters, Patricia and Jane, are aerobics instructors in Hobart, where support for the relationship is strong.
Ms Donaldson's former neighbours in Morris Ave, Taroona, a middle-class suburb of Hobart, were impressed by the unlikely love match.
Lorraine Hudson said Ms Donaldson was more of a career girl than a social butterfly.
"I think it's good, it's something we can all be pleased with. Compared with most social circles, she would be considered a normal girl," she said.
Common touch Prince Frederik can be guided by two examples close to home if he's wondering if a marriage with a commoner will work: * HIS brother, Prince Joachim, has made a strong match with Hong Kong-born Alexandra Christina Manley, now Princess Alexandra of Denmark, who worked in an investment company * PRINCE Frederik was best man at the wedding of Norway's Crown Prince Haakon to single mother Mette-Marit Hoiby, the one-time Wangaratta schoolgirl, in August.
How this schoolgirl won the Prince of Denmark.
By ALISON RIBBON.
8 July 2002
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MARY Donaldson was just an ordinary girl.
She spent her teenage years living a quiet life with her family in Tasmania.
The youngest of four - three girls and a boy - Mary lived in a modest house in the pretty suburb of Taroona and was a prefect at Taroona High School.
She went on to Hobart College, where she displayed talent in basketball and hockey.
Described by former teachers as a good girl with a bright future, Mary made good these predictions by going on to study law at the University of Tasmania for the following five years.
Like other young students, she had a boyfriend and supported her social life by working at a local hotel.
Her father, John, held the position of head of mathematics at the University of Tasmania.
The family was hit by tragedy when mother, Etta, died at a young age.
Mary's brother, John, moved interstate. Older sisters Jane and Patricia took up careers, one as a nurse, the other a pharmacist. Father remarried - to author Susan Moody - and took a temporary position at Oxford University.
Mary graduated and, like so many young Tasmanians, moved interstate to seek work.
With that background, Mary could be anybody, right? Wrong.
The career in real estate that followed was a progression in keeping enough with the preamble.
But then she met the Prince of Denmark, and her outrageous good fortune since has given the world a love story of Shakespearean proportions.
At 30 and about to be betrothed to her prince, Mary is the Princess Di of Denmark and a figure of international fascination.
She can say goodbye forever to the low-key life she had in Tasmania.
It is believed Mary first met the Crown Prince Frederik, 34-year-old heir to the Danish throne, at a function at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Romance blossomed between the estate agent and the handsome young royal.
Over the next year or so he visited Sydney every two months to see her and she made trips to see him.
After their relationship was revealed, Mary moved to Paris to be closer to her royal mate.
When this failed to give them enough time together, Mary moved into the Danish Royal Court's holiday palace.
The news spread rapidly and the paparazzi went into action to capture the Aussie beauty they dubbed "Kanga".
One top-selling gossip magazine - Se og Hoer (See or Hear) - offered 10,000 kroner ($2300) for photos.
She has even been featured as a "Page 9 girl" - equivalent to an English Page 3 girl - in Denmark's largest tabloid, Ekstra Bladet.
Settling for a picture of a fully dressed Mary chatting on her mobile phone shows just how intense the interest is.
Hong Kong-born Princess Alexandra, wife of Frederik's brother Joachim, says Mary is being primed just as she was for princesshood - including completing a 200-lesson course in speaking Danish.
An engagement announcement is expected next month, with news Mary's father has taken leave from the University of Tasmania to fly to Denmark.
Mary has her own bodyguard and even had her 30th birthday party at the palace.
Her current residence - Marselisborg Palace - is in Aarhus, Demark's second largest city, and sits in an English-style 13ha park surrounded by lakes and trees.
Rarely open to the public, it is Queen Margrethe's favourite holiday spot, indicating Mary has gained her blessing.
Frederik was living three hours away in Copenhagen until recently, when he finished his studies and graduated from military training.
It was reported that Mary spends her mornings jogging, riding the royal horses, having brunch and shopping in Stroget.
She has been spending much of her time with Joachim and Alexandra, who live close to the holiday palace.
She has been described in magazine stories as intelligent, independent, active and diplomatic and is often compared to enigmatic Swedish silent movie siren Greta Garbo.
The Danish public believe Mary has brought out the quieter side of the Crown Prince, once reputed to be an international playboy.
The Mary-loving Danes were thrown into panic when the Crown Prince was recently spied having coffee with a former girlfriend, London-based designer Bettina Odum.
Three weddings and a christening ... But Mary is still waiting.
By ALISON RIBBON.
28 August 2002
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SHE has been to three weddings and a christening ... but there's still no firm date for Tasmania's Mary Donaldson to become a princess.
The 30-year-old real-life Cinderella is not only living in the royal palace, riding the royal horses and learning the language - she is now looking the part.
Ms Donaldson has attended several formal functions with the Crown Prince of Denmark, including three weddings and a baptism.
The former Hobart woman is turning heads with her refined elegance and Danish designer clothes.
The couple, who shunned public occasions early in their relationship, attended the wedding of a friend of Frederik's last Saturday.
The editor of Danish magazine Billed Bladet, Peter Juul, said it was the wedding of count Otto Rheetz-Thott, "... Frederik's good friend from the `blue-blooded' circles ... who inherited the family's beautiful fairytale castle Gavnoe, south of Copenhagen".
He said the pair had also attended the wedding of Jeppe Handwerk, a navy friend of the Crown Prince, on August 17.
"Mary was beautifully dressed and they looked very much in love," Juul said.
"She's got her own Danish designer now."
Danish journalist Anna Johannesen said: "She has now been to three weddings with the Crown Prince and she looks gorgeous."
Danish royal watchers remain convinced an engagement between the pair, who first met at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, is imminent and that they will marry in May next year.
Ms Donaldson has even been spotted with a large ring on her left ring finger. Sources also say Queen Margrethe of Denmark has taken a strong liking to the Tasmanian woman.
EUR - Fairytale days for Tasmanian in Denmark's royal palace.
27 September 2002
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Danish television today reported that Australian Mary Donaldson had become engaged to Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, although there is no official confirmation. BELINDA TASKER reports on how a Tasmanian has become a phenomenon in Denmark
By Belinda Tasker
COPENHAGEN, AAP - Mary Donaldson - whether she likes it or not - is fast becoming Denmark's equivalent of Lady Di.
Every detail of the 30-year-old Australian's life has been scrutinised since she began her fairytale romance with Denmark's popular Crown Prince Frederik at the Sydney Olympics two years ago.
Marriage speculation has escalated to frenzied proportions in recent months.
TvDanmark, citing political sources, reported today the pair would marry on May 24 next year.
The royal palace said it "had not heard word of any engagement".
In recent months Mary has become a cover girl on a string of European magazines devoted to royals and celebrities.
Paparazzi photographers follow her every move, Danish television chat shows discuss her designer outfits while gossip magazine headlines have been screaming for the young couple to tie the knot.
The Danes love their royal family and they love Mary.
And like Princess Diana, no detail of their possible future Queen's life is too small to discuss.
When she started work in Copenhagen earlier this month as a consultant at IT firm Navision, part of the Microsoft empire, it was front page news.
When she moved from the royal palace into her own plush apartment in an upmarket harbourside suburb of Copenhagen a few months ago, people read about her furniture choices.
When she pops into one of Copenhagen's many fashion boutiques, magazines quiz staff about what she buys and rush out articles about how ordinary women can dress like Mary.
The Danish press and the public have adopted Mary as one of their own and are not in the slightest bit worried about her lack of royal heritage and humble beginnings in Hobart.
In fact, some Danes regard Mary's Tasmanian background as rather exotic.
The couple were photographed at several well-heeled parties this European summer, sparking a wave of speculation that they would announce their engagement this month and have a spring wedding in May.
Locals say they are thrilled with the idea of Mary, 30, becoming their Queen one day.
"People can tell he looks happy with her and they have been encouraging their romance," one of the prince's many female admirers told AAP.
"For the media, Mary is the creme de la creme at the moment."
Rumours have been circulating for months that the prince's mother Queen Margrethe has been helping Mary ease into the royal spotlight and giving her advice on being a royal.
If the couple do marry, royalty from around the world are expected to be invited to witness the nuptials.
"She is the right age, she is well educated and good looking and sporty and he (the prince) likes sporty women," says renowned royal reporter Anna Johannesen, of top selling magazine Billed Bladet.
"And one important thing is that she can keep her mouth shut - she hasn't said anything.
"She is the Princess Diana of Denmark, but better I think."
If the wedding does go ahead and Mary becomes a crown princess, the speculation about her life is not likely to end there.
The wedding bells will scarcely have faded before the Danes will start thinking about a royal baby.
I've had another gender identity crisis and read this in a womans magazine. I'll post the rest when I type the next 2 pages out
It's a long way from Morris Avenue in the middle-class Hobart suburb of Taroona, to the rococo spenduor of Copenhagen's Amalienborg Palace. Yet this is the leap that Mary Elizabeth Donaldson - Australia's very own Cinderella and future queen-in-waiting - may be making in the near future.
To be or not to be, that is the question vexing royal watchers in Europe's oldest kingdom, as the romance hots up between the Danish Crown Prince Fredrik Andre Henrik Christian, 34 an his beautiful sweetheart, Tasmanian lawyer-cum-real estate sales manager, Mary, 30, who moved to Denmark last December to be near him.
The handsome couple who met at Sydney's trendy Slip Inn during the 2000 Olympics and have since conducted a highly secretive 2 year romance, are widely tipped to be on the point on an engagement. In fact, the Danish press has jumped the gun several times in recent months, even going so far as to name the marriage date - May 24 next year- despite the fact that the Prince's mother. The imposing Queen Magarethe II, has yet to meet Mary.
The Queen's reticence to formally acknowledged her eldest son's relationship is hardly surprising given his reputation as a playboy with a string of previous girlfriends, who up until Mary had been deemed rank outsiders in the royal stakes.
In early 1997, the then 28 year old prince was involved in a scandal, when photographs were published in Sweden of him cavorting naked in a pool with a similarly naked Danish pop singer.
According to Danish royal watcher, Mads Jensen of the magazine Ekstra Bladet, Mary is by far the most serious amorata to date. "Some of the others you could not take too seriously" he says There was a pop singer and a model, and I am sure Fredrik had a very nice time with them, but you never felt for a moment that they were going to be the next queen.
"Mary is completely different. Most of the time, she keeps a low profile, but when you do see her, she is beautifully dressed and always dignified, If her aim is to marry the prince, she is playing the perfect game"
Historian Henning Dehn-Nielsen, the author of Fredrik, Prince of Denmark, echoes this view. "She has all the qualities for a queen and is radiantly lovely. Mary has a good education she is discreet and, for me, is the ideal princess."
And it seems that many Danes agree with him. Opinion polls published in the country's newspapers indicate wholehearted support for the dark-eyed brunette from Down Under. "Mary is perceived very positively in Denmark," says Australia's Royal Danish Consul-General, Ole Malmgren.
On paper the couple would seem ideally suited. Fredrik, 34 known as "Pingo" to his close friends and dubbed "the Turbo Prince" by the Danish press because of his penchant for fast cars, is a Harvard University political science graduate and a sports fanatic who runs marathons. Also a graduate of the Danish Defence Academy, the handsome Prince is not only a former Navy SEAL and SAS trainee, but also an accomplished pilot, dog-sledder and skier.
Mary, 30, a commerce/law graduate from the University of Tasmania, shares the Prince's passion for the piste and is very sporty. At her former alma mater, Taroona High School, she was a keen track and field athelete and a talented runner, as well as a student councillor and prefect.
At Hobart College, where Mary attended Years 11 & 12 in 1988 & 1989, she was a member of the shco's baskeball team and played hockey. As well as skiing she aslo waterskis.
"It couldn't be a better match, a Dane and an Australian
I have to agree with the remark about being dignified though. She has a certain air of confidence when she is walking about from the pictures I have seen and she has kept a low profile in terms of talking to the press and creating a scandal.
I'm sorry I am being so catty in all my posts today. I have a major paper due today and I haven't exactly started it yet. I am taking procrastination to the highest level and am feeling the stress!
Hey Rick, Julia, Jacqueline, Kelly B, Sylvia and Tisha. :)
How are you? Thanks Rick for typing out the article. It was an old one and I typed it out in previous topics. Here is what I typed out :
The name of this article is Australia's Cinderella: Mary Donaldson, The tassie girl who may become Queen of Denmark. Page 24 - 28. The Australian Women's weekly (Its suppose to be a monthly magazine, but they didn't want to change the name) November issue.
Article by Rennie Bruce
Mary, 30, a Commerce/Law graduate from the University of Tasmania, shares the Prince's passion for the piste and is very sporty. At her former Alma mater, Taroona High school, she was a keen track-and-field athlete and a talented runner, as well as astudent councillor and prefect.
At Hobart college, where Mary attended Years 11 and 12 in 1988 and 1989, she was a member of the School's basketball team and played hockey. As well as skiing and also waterski's.
"It couldn't be a better match, a Dane and an Australian," says Torben Ebbesen, pastor of Sydney's Danish Church. "Prince Frederik is a very nice person, very down to earth and that is why I think he has fallen for an Australian. He is very much into being a pilot, doing all the adventures and sports is one of his passions. Mary is very sporty, too,which is good".
The young Mary Elizabeth Donaldson's childhood gave no indication of her future destiny as a would be Royal. The youngest of four children of Heinrietta 9Etta) and John Donaldson, she was born in Hobart in 1972 and lived briefly in Texas, USA before her family returned to Tasmania and Taroona, where Mary attended high school. A gifted student, Mary enrolled in law at the University of Tasmani, where both her parents worked, Etta (mother) as a secretary and father John as head of the mathematics department.
Mary's stepmother, Susan says 'All that matters to the family is that mary is happy. We have no idea if she is getting married or not. and frankly, we wouldn't presume to ask her. I am sure she will tell us anything we need to know. I understand completely the interest and, as a matter of fact, I share it. But you would imagine she is under enough pressure without us demanding to know what is going on".
Kim Brett, who worked with mary at Belle Property in Sydney's Kings Cross, says the romace between the Danish Prince and the property manager was a closely guarded secret. "I used to try to persuade her to come out with us more, but she would say she had a boyfriend overseas and he would phone everynight", She says. "I would say, forget about him, come out and have some fun' Then I found out who it was, I thought,"He's a bloody Prince. No wonder she didn't want to come out with us".
"She was so discreet about it. She's one of those girls who'll never tell anyone anything. She never gossiped. You knew you could tell her your deepest, darkest secrets and she would never tell anyone.
Janice Nazario, who worked with Mary at Advertising agents 'Young and Rubicam" around the time of the Olympic games, agrees. 'She was very discreet and never let on that she'd met this fellow. She was very attractive and vivacious. Not the quiet, shy type at all."
Judging by the comments of friends and colleagues, Mary Elizabeth Donaldson was the exactly the sort of girl that Frederik was looking for.
John Donaldson : He recently told a Danish Journalist "It doesn't matter to me if she marries a Prince or a plumber. As far as I am concerned, she and Frederik are simply two people who have fallen in love and, as long as they are happy, so am I. She is a great girl from a good family and I know that whatever she decides to do will be the right thing".
Have fun and take care all!!! :D
It sounds from all available stories, that Mary appears to be eager to wait about for Fred. Her friends used to invite her out and she would wait by the phone for Fred to call.
I hope Fred hasn't been leading Mary or Mary hasn't read too far into Fred's comments to her.
If her step-mom said to a journalist that a spring engagement was promised this year, that would be bordering on pathetic. She certainly has made her choices, hasn't she?
I didn't think for awhile that her step-mom had actually made such a comment, but after reading the conversation in BB and that ridiculous picture in front of the palace, I wouldn't put it past her.
I wonder what QM thought upon returning from England to see a picture of Mary's parents on her doorstep in the tabs?
Hey Kelly B,
I think that the reactions and answers to the press by Mary's parents was pretty silly, considering he is suppose to be a Professor and she a respectable crime writer. I am saying this not to be catty or mean, but I can't imagine both of them being the future Grandparents of a future King of Denmark. Princess Alexandra's parents had class, even though they were divorced and were very presentable. Here you have a picture of them waving at the press with a big smile and dollar signs in their eyes, reminds me so much of the Goldfield days in California when a nugget of gold was found and just that look. They had to pose of all places right outside Amaliensborg castle?. :rolleyes:
I don't think that Queen Margrethe would be very pleased with that photo and shocked too. :o :x :blink: All this reminds me so much of Sven Hoiby. Its like they are taking this opportunity to create some publicity for themselves. I bet poor Mary must be angry, afterall, she has waited so long and so close to hitting the jackpot and now thanks to her parents this had to happen. I think that she would be heading off to Paris, Brazil or England the next time her parents were in town, who wouldn't. :x
Princess Alexandra's parents aren't divorced.
I think the interviews are kind of odd. Why her father simply doesn't say 'I would prefer not to talk about Mary, thanks' is beyond me. He says in one sentence 'I would prefer that any news came from Mary' yet speaks to the reporter. And when asked about May 24th he starts 'messing around' in stead of just saying 'No'. I mean his wife then says 'But John you're teaching that day!'. Why this secrecy? I find it quite odd also that he doesn't seem to be especially interested in what's going on. 'I don't what to pry' (spelling) he says. They surely cannot be very close if he doesn't speak to her about this. I mean she only has one parent left - you would think she were very close with him.
Well, I still think they just should have said 'no coments, please'. Wouldn't that be the proper thing to do?
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