Crown Prince Frederik & Mary Donaldson

The marriage of Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson – May 14, 2004


Frederik André Henrik Christian, Prince of Denmark, Crown Prince, Count of Monpezat, was born on May 26, 1968. The Crown Prince is the son of HM Queen Margrethe II and HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark, and is heir to the Danish throne.

Mary Elizabeth Donaldson was born on February 5, 1972 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

She was granted the title Her Royal Highness Crown Princess, Crown Princess of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat on her marriage to Crown Prince Frederik.

Family life

The Crown Prince and the Crown Princess live at the Chancellery House at Fredensborg Castle and at Amalienborg Palace.

The royal couple have four children:

HRH Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John, born on October 15, 2005, HRH Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe, born on April 21, 2007, and twins (a boy and a girl), born on January 8, 2011, who were christened HRH Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander and HRH Princess Josefine Sofia Ivalo Mathilda on April 14, 2011.


The engagement

engagementroyal_engagementThe couple’s romance began in 2000 when Frederik and Mary met over drinks at a pub called the “Slip Inn” whilst he was with the Danish sailing team at the Sydney Olympics.

Their engagement was announced on October 8, 2003.




The wedding ceremony

The marriage of Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson took place on Friday May 14, 2004 at 4 pm at Copenhagen Cathedral, the Church of Our Lady. The ceremony was conducted by the Bishop of Copenhagen, Erik Norman Svendsen, assisted by the Chaplain to the Royal Family, Professor Christian Thodberg.

The floral decorations

church_flowerscathedralThe Church of Our Lady, Copenhagen Cathedral, is built in classicist style and the floral decorations were based on the architecture of the church. The decoration of the church was carried out in close co-operation with Queen Margrethe II and floral designer, Erik Buch.

Floral decorations included laurel trees with four-leafed clover outside the cathedral and in the foyer. Inside the cathedral were flowers in mainly red, orange, pink and yellow shades: roses, carnations, gloriosa lilies, peonies, sweet peas, ivy, rhododendron, Scottish bluebells, and eucalyptus, the last two of which were specially dedicated to the bride.

The guests

Politicians and representatives of Denmark, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Australia, European royalty and family and friends of the couple attended the wedding.


The balcony scene

After walking out of the cathedral together through the honour guard and taking a horse-drawn coach for an open carriage ride through the streets of Copenhagen, cheered on by thousands of well-wishers waving Danish and Australian flags, the couple came out onto the balcony at Amalienborg Palace, accompanied by their parents, where they kissed several times to the delight of the crowds.

honor_guard carriage


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