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Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark,

Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, née Mary Elizabeth Donaldson (born 5 February 1972), is the wife of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark. The couple first met in a pub in Sydney, where the Crown Prince attended the 2000 Summer Olympics. Their official engagement in 2003 and marriage the following year were the subject of extensive attention by international news media which portrayed the events as a modern fairytale romance between the crown prince and an Australian-born commoner.[ Mary is the youngest of four children born to mathematician Professor John Donaldson (5 September 1941– ) and Henrietta "Etta" Clark Donaldson, née Horne, (12 May 1942 - 20 November 1997) who at one time was Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of The University of Tasmania. Mary's parents migrated from Scotland to Australia in 1963. Mary has three older siblings * Jane Alison Donaldson (a pharmacist), Mrs. Stephens (b. 26 December 1965); * Patricia Anne Donaldson (an intensive care nurse), Mrs. Bailey (b. 16 March 1968); * John Stuart Donaldson (a geologist, b. 9 July 1970). Mary's father remarried in 2001; His second wife is English author and novelist Susan Elizabeth Donaldson, née Horwood, known by pseudonym Susan Moody. Mary was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. She attended 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. graduation Mary moved to Melbourne to work in advertising. As a girl, Mary was heavily involved in sports and other extracurricular activities both at school and elsewhere. Her early love of horses led her to ride competitively as a teenager, on her horse, Diana. Mary began primary 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 completed a combined degree in Commerce and Law (BCom, LLB) at the University of Tasmania. Between 1994 and 1996, Mary qualified for professional certificates in advertising from The Advertising Federation of Australia (AFA) and direct marketing from the Australian Direct Marketing Association. The Crown Princess's mother tongue is English and Danish is her second language. She studied French during her secondary education. In 2002, she briefly taught English in Paris Mary Donaldson and Crown Prince Frederik married on 14 May 2004 in Copenhagen Cathedral, in Copenhagen. Mary wore a wedding gown designed by Danish designer Uffe Frank and had a small bridal party which included her two sisters and her friend Amber Petty, a radio announcer on commercial radio in Australia. Frederik was supported by his brother Prince Joachim. Three of Mary's nieces, Erin and Kate Stephens and Madisson Woods, were flower girls; Frederik's nephew Prince Nikolai of Denmark and first cousin once removed, Count Richard von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth were pageboys. The wedding was celebrated in Copenhagen and at Fredensborg Palace. The couple reportedly spent their honeymoon in Africa. n 15 October 2005, Mary gave birth to Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John at Copenhagen University Hospital. Frederik was present at the birth. The infant was healthy, weighing 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs) and measuring 51 cm (20 ins).[13] His name was announced at the christening on 21 January 2006 at Christiansborg Palace Chapel in Copenhagen. He is second in the line of succession to the throne, after his father. On 21 April 2007, Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe was born, at 3.350 kg and 50 cm long. She was christened at Fredensborg Palace chapel on 1 July 2007 and is third in line to the throne. On 6 August 2010, it was announced that the Crown Princess was pregnant with twins. They are due to to be born in January 2011. The Crown Princess reportedly said that the pregnancy was a surprise, but another report claimed Mary wanted more children; and that the pair have denied suggestions the pregnancy resulted from fertility treatmen On 11 September 2007 Crown Princess Mary announced the establishment of the Mary Foundation at the inaugural meeting at Amalienborg Palace. The initial funds of DKK 1.1 million were collected in Denmark and Greenland and donated to Frederik and Mary as a wedding gift in 2004. Crown Princess Mary is the chairwoman of eight trustees. 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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