Sunday, 28 October 2012

Princess Mary | A Fairytale Wedding

Mary Elizabeth Donaldson married Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark on 14 May 2004 in Copenhagen Cathedral, in Copenhagen. Her official title then became Crown Princess of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat. The House of Laborde de Monpezat is a French family, known since the seventeenth century, associated with the Danish Royal Family by marriage.

Mary, born in Hobart, Australia, became the 'fairytale' princess when she met her prince at the Slip Inn during the 2000 Summer Olympics on 16 September in Sydney. Frederik introduced himself as 'Fred' to Mary, not wanting to reveal his true title just yet. They continued their long distance relationship for a few years and on 24 September 2003 the Danish court 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. Their engagement then became official on this day.

If Frederik ascends the throne, Mary will be the first Australian to be a queen consort in Europe.

Mary's engagement ring is an emerald cut diamond with two ruby baguettes, one on either side of the diamond. It is said that Prince Frederik chose these stones to symbolize the red and white colours of the Danish flag. 

Her wedding band was made of white gold and sprinkled with twenty-four diamonds and Frederik opted for a simple 18-carat gold band. It is said that the Jeweller who made the rings is the only one entrusted with the secret sentiments inscribed on both rings.

Mary's gown was designed by Danish designer Uffe Frank. It was made of ivory duchess satin, and had a scoop neckline with three-quarter sleeves and large pleats all the way around the skirt. The train was bordered in the finest Chantilly lace from France.

Her veil, made with 100-year-old Irish lace was used by Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden on her marriage in 1905. Her tiara was a gift to Mary by her royal in-laws as a wedding present.

Mary and her then to be mother in law, chose simple two piece outfits for her bridesmainds - her two sisters and best friend Amber Petty. The colour choice was bold, in varying shades of red and pink.

Mary had a trail bouquet of white roses, stephanotis, and sprigs of Snow Gum eucalyptus in honour of her Australian roots.

The Church of Our Lady, Copenhagen Cathedral was decorated with 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 wedding reception was held in a tent on the grounds of Fredensborg Castle with 450 guests. The ceilings of the tent were 8 meters high and carpeted in red to match the hanging flowers and lighting, as well as table and other floral arrangements in the same red, orange, pink and yellow shades as the Cathedral.

 Mary and Frederik's guests enjoyed a banquet feast with a French influence.

Timbale of Shellfish from the Nordic Seas
Sea Urchin Sauce

 Roast Venison from the Royal Forests
Rissole Potatoes from Samsø
Peas à la Parisienne
Sauté Mushroom and Morel Sauce

Vol-Au-Vent Perfect Union
White Danish Asparagus and Bornholm Chicken
with a Sprinkling of Apple Cider

White Chocolate Délice
Crown Prince and Crown Princess

La Cigaralle du Prince Consort 2000
Cahors Château de Caïx 1996 Magnum

Champagne Mercier
Cuvée Frederik & Mary
The wedding cake was 2 meters high and weighed 90 kg. It took seven bakeries over one month to prepare the cake. Some layers were made with almond, and others with chocolate. All the layers were covered with a white marzipan and decorated with marzipan roses and the couple’s official monogram in chocolate. The cake was then topped with cartoon figurines of the couple; a modern and fun addition to an otherwise very traditional cake.

The Danish parliament passed a special law (Mary's Law) giving Mary Danish citizenship upon her marriage (and so giving up her Australian citizenship), a standard procedure for new foreign members of the royal family.  

Since the wedding, Mary has been involved in many organisations. In 2007 Princess Mary officially established the Mary Foundation. According to Mary, the objective of the Foundation is to improve the lives of children, adults and families who, as a result of their environment, heredity, illness or other circumstances, find themselves socially isolated or excluded from society.

Mary and Frederik have four children:
  • Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John, born 15 October 2005. Christian is second in the line of succession to the throne, after his father.
  • Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe, born 21 April 2007
  • Twins  Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander and Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda, born 8 January 2011.,_Crown_Princess_of_Denmark

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