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Wedding of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, and Mary Donaldson

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Date  14 May 2004
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Participants  Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark Mary Donaldson
Location  Copenhagen Cathedral, Copenhagen, Denmark

The wedding of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, and Mary Donaldson took place on 14 May 2004 in the Copenhagen Cathedral.

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Courtship and engagement

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, and Mary Donaldson met on 16 September 2000, during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.; Frederik identified himself as the Crown Prince of Denmark at the height of their courtship. Their relationship was kept low-profile, although some Danish media reported the two were dating. On 24 September 2003, it was announced that Frederik's mother, Queen Margrethe II, intended to give her consent to the marriage at the State Council meeting scheduled for 8 October 2003.

Frederik and Mary became officially engaged on 8 October 2003. Frederik presented Mary with an engagement ring featuring an emerald cut diamond and two emerald cut ruby baguettes. Prior to the wedding, Mary, who had previously been a dual citizen of Australia and the United Kingdom, was granted Danish citizenship. She also converted from Presbyterianism to the Lutheran Church of Denmark. The media portrayed Frederik's and Mary's relationship as a modern "fairytale" romance between a prince and a commoner.

Wedding ceremony

The wedding ceremony of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, and Mary Donaldson was held on 14 May 2004 in the Copenhagen Cathedral in Copenhagen, Denmark, followed by the wedding festivities at the Fredensborg Palace. Mary's sisters Jane Stephens and Patricia Bailey, and her friend Amber Petty served as bridesmaids, while Frederik's brother Prince Joachim of Denmark was the best man. Mary's nieces Erin and Kate Stephens and Madisson Woods were flower girls, and Frederik's nephew Prince Nikolai of Denmark and first cousin once removed Count Richard von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth were pageboys.

Mary wore a wedding dress created by Danish fashion designer Uffe Frank with a veil first used by Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden, and then by her daughter Ingrid, Queen of Denmark. The veil, made from Irish lace, was later worn by Ingrid's daughters Margrethe, Benedikte and Anne-Marie. Mary's wedding tiara was a gift from Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik.

Titles upon marriage

Upon her marriage, Mary embraced the title of her husband and became the Her Royal Highness Crown Princess of Denmark. Should Frederik eventually ascend to the Danish throne, as expected, Mary would automatically become the Queen consort of Denmark. She was also honoured with the Order of the Elephant, and her father John Donaldson with the grand cross of the Order of the Dannebrog. In accordance with the statutes of the Danish Royal Orders, both of them were granted a personal coat of arms.

On 29 April 2008, Frederik and Mary were also created the Count and the Countess of Monpezat, which is a title that Frederik inherited from his father Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark.

Danish Royal Family

  • The Queen and Prince Consort of Denmark, the groom's parents
  • Prince Joachim and Princess Alexandra of Denmark, the groom's brother and sister-in-law
  • Prince Nikolai of Denmark, the groom's nephew
  • Prince Felix of Denmark, the groom's nephew
  • Princess Benedikte and Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, the groom's aunt and uncle
  • Hereditary Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
  • Princess Alexandra, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth and Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
  • Count Richard von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
  • Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
  • Queen Anne-Marie and King Constantine II of the Hellenes, the groom's aunt and uncle
  • Princess Alexia, Mrs. Morales and Mr Carlos Morales
  • Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece
  • Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark
  • Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark
  • Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark
  • Princess Elisabeth of Denmark, the groom's mother's cousin
  • Monpezat family

  • Françoise Bardin, the groom's paternal aunt
  • Comte Étienne Laborde de Monpezat, the groom's paternal uncle
  • Comte Jean-Baptiste Laborde de Monpezat, the groom's paternal uncle
  • Maureville Beauvillain, the groom's paternal aunt
  • Donaldson family

  • John Donaldson and Susan Moody, the bride's father and stepmother
  • Jane Stephens and Craig Stephens, the bride's sister and brother-in-law
  • Patricia Bailey and Scott Bailey, the bride's sister and brother-in-law
  • John Donaldson and Leanne Donaldson, the bride's brother and sister-in-law
  • Peter Donaldson, the bride's paternal uncle
  • John Pugh, the bride's maternal uncle
  • Margaret Cunningham, the bride's paternal grandaunt
  • Royalty from reigning dynasties

  • The King and Queen of Sweden
  • The Crown Princess of Sweden
  • Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland
  • Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
  • The Queen of Spain
  • The Duchess and Duke of Lugo
  • The Duchess and Duke of Palma de Mallorca
  • The Prince of Asturias and fiancée Letizia Ortiz
  • The Queen of the Netherlands
  • The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands
  • Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
  • The King and Queen of Norway
  • The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway
  • Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn
  • The King and Queen of the Belgians
  • The Duke and Duchess of Brabant
  • The Archduchess and Archduke of Austria-Este
  • Prince Laurent and Princess Claire of Belgium
  • The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
  • The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
  • Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg
  • The Crown Prince of Japan
  • The Hereditary Prince of Monaco
  • The Princess and Prince of Hanover
  • The Earl and Countess of Wessex (representing Queen Elizabeth II)
  • Royalty from non-reigning dynasties

  • Empress Farah of Iran
  • The Prince and Princess of Naples
  • The Duke and Duchess of Castro
  • Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia
  • Archduchess Francesca of Austria
  • The Duke and Duchess of Braganza
  • The Aga Khan
  • Other distinguished guests

  • Tarja Halonen, President of Finland and her spouse Dr. Pentti Arajärvi
  • Dorrit Moussaieff, wife of the President of Iceland
  • Bernadette Chirac, wife of the President of France
  • Bridesmaids and best man

  • Jane Stephens, the bridesmaid
  • Patricia Bailey, the bridesmaid
  • Amber Petty, the bridesmaid
  • Prince Joachim of Denmark, the best man
  • Flower girls and page boys

  • Erin Stephens
  • Kate Stephens
  • Madisson Woods
  • Prince Nikolai of Denmark
  • Count Richard von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
  • References

    Wedding of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, and Mary Donaldson Wikipedia


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