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Queen Mary of Denmark

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Mary
Countess of Monpezat
Mary in 2018
Queen consort of Denmark
Tenure14 January 2024 – present
BornMary Elizabeth Donaldson
(1972-02-05) 5 February 1972 (age 52)
Queen Alexandra Hospital, Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Spouse
(m. 2004)
Issue
HouseGlucksburg (by marriage)
FatherJohn Dalgleish Donaldson
MotherHenrietta Clark Horne
ReligionChurch of Denmark (Lutheran)
prev. Presbyterian
Allegiance Kingdom of Denmark
Service/branch Home Guard
Years of service2008–present
RankCaptain[1]


Mary (born Mary Elizabeth Donaldson; 5 February 1972) is the wife of King Frederik X of Denmark.

Early life

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Mary Elizabeth Donaldson was born in Queen Alexandria Hospital in Hobart, Tasmania. She is the youngest daughter of John Dalgleish Donaldson, a professor of applied mathematics, and Henrietta Clark Donaldson. Her parents were Scots. She has two sisters and one brother. She graduated from University of Tasmania in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in Commerce and Law.[2]


On May 14, 2004, Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark were married in Copenhagen Cathedral. They have four children: Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, and Princess Josephine. The Crown Prince Couple live both in Frederik VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg and in the Chancellery House at Fredensborg Palace.[2]

Titles and styles

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  • 5 February 1972 - 14 May 2004: Miss Mary Elizabeth Donaldson
  • 14 May 2004 - 29 April 2008: Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Denmark
  • 29 April 2008 - 14 January 2024: Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat
  • 14 January 2024 - present Her Majesty The Queen of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat

Military Ranks

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  • Officer Cadet in the Home Guard (2008)
  • Sergeant in the Hone Guard (2009)
  • Lieutenant in the Home Guard (20 February 2009)
  • First Lieutenant in the Home Guard (18 September 2015)
  • Captain in the Home Guard (31 March 2019)
  • Major in the Home Guard (4 May 2023)

National Honors

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  • Denmark: Dame of the Order of the Elephant (9 May 2004) (R.E.)

Medals and Decorations

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  • Denmark: Dame of the Royal Family Decoration of Queen Margrethe II
  • Denmark: Recipient of the Home Guard Medal of Merit
  • Denmark: Recipient of the 75th Birthday Medal of Prince Henrik
  • Denmark: Recipient of the 350th Anniversary Medal of the Royal Danish Life Guards
  • Denmark: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Medal of Queen Margarethe II
  • Denmark: Recipient of the Ruby Jubilee Medal of Queen Margrethe II
  • Denmark: Recipient of the 75th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II
  • Denmark: Recipient of the Golden Anniversary Medal of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik
  • Denmark: Recipient of the Prince Henrik's Commemorative Medal
  • Denmark: Recipient of the 80th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II
  • Denmark: Recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Margrethe II

Foreign Honors

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  • Belgium: Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown
  • Brazil: Grand Cross of the Order of the Southern Cross of Brazil
  • Bulgaria: First Class of the Order of the Balkan Mountains
  • Finland: Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
  • France: Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit
  • Greece: Grand Cross of the Order of Beneficence
  • Iceland: Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon
  • Mexico: Grand Cross of the Order of the Aztec Eagle
  • Netherlands:
    • Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion
    • Recipient of the King Willem-Alexander Inauguration Medal
  • Norway: Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav
  • Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic
  • Sweden:
    • Knight of the Order of the Seraphim
    • Commander Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Polar Star
    • Recipient of the 70th Birthday Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
    • Recipient of the Golden Jubilee Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
  1. "H.K.H. Kronprinsessen udnævnt til kaptajn" [H.K.H. The Crown Princess appointed captain]. kongehuset.dk (in Danish). 31 March 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Crown Princess Mary". The Danish Monarchy. Archived from the original on 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2013-10-13.

Other websites

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