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Crown Princess Mary is preparing for her role as Queen, after her mother-in-law shocked the nation when she announced her abdication from the throne in a speech on New Year’s Eve.

But how the life of the royal – who is originally from Australia – will change is still yet unknown.

While the 51-year-old is beloved in the country, and in October 2019 was named regent – which gave her the power perform duties as head of state when Margrethe II was overseas or otherwise engaged – fans will now be excited to see what Mary does with her new role.

Yesterday, Queen Margrethe revealed that she would be stepping down as monarch after 52 years.

She will be succeeded by her son, Crown Prince Frederik, on January 14. 

Inside the court of Queen Mary: After Danish monarch’s shock abdication, how the life of the Australian-born Crown Princess will be transformed as she steps into her mother-in-law’s shoes

Crown Princess Mary is preparing for her role as Queen, after her mother-in-law shocked the nation when she announced her abdication from the throne in a speech on New Year’s Eve. Mary and her husband pictured in November

It means his wife Mary, whom he first met at a pub in Sydney, will soon become the world’s first Australian-born queen.

She was working as an advertising executive when she first met Frederik in a packed city pub 23 years ago and had no idea the handsome European tourist she had been chatting to for hours was actually the future king of Denmark.

Now, married for 19 years and proud parents to four children, Mary has won her adopted country over by her dedication to royal duty and her fluency in the language. 

And despite speculation about the state of the royal couple’s marriage over the years, there is nothing concrete to suggest they are anything but happily married. 

The pair was most recently rocked by rumours after photographs emerged of Frederik, 55, enjoying a night out with Mexican socialite Genoveva Casanova in Madrid in October.

But despite allegations of an ‘affair’, Frederik and Mary made a show of unity as they headed into Aarhus cathedral on Christmas Eve.

Here, FEMAIL looks at what may change – and what may stay the same – in Mary’s life as she moves forward into her new role… 

GUIDANCE FROM HER MOTHER-IN-LAW 

According to one source from 2021, stepping down has been on Margrethe’s mind for quite some time now.

Speaking to Woman’s Day, the insider explained that the royal had been slowly but surely guiding her daughter-in-law for the duties over the years.

Yesterday, Queen Margrethe revealed that she would be stepping down as monarch after 52 years. Pictured with Mary in February 2022

Yesterday, Queen Margrethe revealed that she would be stepping down as monarch after 52 years. Pictured with Mary in February 2022

The Danish Queen (right) will be succeeded by her eldest son Crown Prince Frederik (centre) pictured with his Australian-born wife Crown Princess Mary in 2018

The Danish Queen (right) will be succeeded by her eldest son Crown Prince Frederik (centre) pictured with his Australian-born wife Crown Princess Mary in 2018

‘If Margrethe’s plan goes ahead, I can imagine it would be an unofficial stepping down, where Mary will still answer to her mother-in-law – it’s not altogether different to how things already are,’ they said.

‘Mary has been taking the reins from Margrethe for a couple of years, she wants to help where she can.’

The source added that Mary had ‘blossomed’ under her mother-in-law’s guidance.

‘She can finally fulfil her fairytale destiny,’ they continued. ‘With Margrethe just a short flight away should Mary need her.’

Yesterday, Queen Margrethe revealed that she would be stepping down as monarch after 52 years

Yesterday, Queen Margrethe revealed that she would be stepping down as monarch after 52 years 

CONTINUING TO CHAMPION CHARITY 

It is possible that Mary will be encouraged to do more with her foundation following her new role.

According to its website, the organisation works to ‘fight social isolation based on the belief that everyone has the right to belong’.

Initiatives tackle issues including bullying, loneliness and domestic violence.

Earlier this month, Mary hinted at her future ‘success’ and big things to come in a post on the foundation’s site and Instagram.

The letter was about loneliness and the need for positive human connection during the festive season but offered hints towards something bigger.

It is possible that Mary will be encouraged to do more with her foundation following her new role. Pictured during a visit to a school in Denmark in 2022

It is possible that Mary will be encouraged to do more with her foundation following her new role. Pictured during a visit to a school in Denmark in 2022

She added: ‘And at the same time, so much has happened that it is impossible to put it all into words.’

‘We close 2023 soon and go on Christmas holidays with a gratitude for all that we humans can do when we do it together. We need each other if we are to succeed.’

A photo of the royal in the snow was posted alongside the powerful message.

She wore a purple jacket beneath a warm woollen wrap and gave a soft smile toward the camera.

The royal has also in past shown interest in a number of causes, including  humanitarian aid, support for research and science as well as social and health initiatives.

Between raising her children and appearing at diplomatic events, Mary has worked tirelessly to prove her commitment to charity, becoming a patron of more than 25 international organisations since her marriage to Frederik in 2004. 

This includes the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe and the United Nations Population Fund, where she supports their work to promote maternal health in more than 150 developing nations.

The royal has also in past shown interest in a number of causes, including humanitarian aid, support for research and science as well as social and health initiatives. Pictured in November

The royal has also in past shown interest in a number of causes, including humanitarian aid, support for research and science as well as social and health initiatives. Pictured in November

According to royal reporter Kenth G. Madsen, Mary will ‘play a very prominent role’ and ‘will not be an invisible queen’.

However, he also explained she may, to avoiding straying into political territory, need to be careful with initiatives around women’s and children’s rights abroad.

She and Frederik may also need to encompass causes Margrethe was passionate about, to expand their repertoire – ‘so that it is not just the more modern topics’.

ENTOURAGE OF FRIENDS?

It is not known if Mary will have a new team to advise and support on her new duties as Queen. 

However, it is likely she will rely on her plethora of tight-knit pals. 

CAROLINE HEERING 

Since the Princess married Prince Frederik, Caroline Heering is thought to have been one of her closest friends and confidantes.

She has even served as Mary’s lady-in-waiting and private secretary.

In 2010, Caroline started to dedicate herself to The Mary Foundation, where she occupied the position of official adviser. However, she reportedly stepped down from the board of directors in 2023.

It was in 2017 reported that Caroline is married to one of Frederik’s childhood friends, Peter, and that the pair have two daughter, Emilie and Rosemarie. 

TANJA DOKY

As Princess Mary’s former lady-in-waiting and private secretary, Tanja Doky and the Princess are also understood to have a firm friendship.

Tanja worked with the Princess for seven years, eventually leaving Princess Mary to take up a position as communications manager at Maersk Container Industry in 2015.

Tanja was married to the famous jazz musician, Chris Minh Doky, and the pair have two children, Frida and Milo.

They have since separated, however.

BIRGITTE HANDWERK

As the partner of one of Prince Frederik’s best friends, Jeppe, Birgitte Handwerk was one of Princess Mary’s first friends in Denmark.

Not only was their friendship formed early on, but they have also shared key experiences over the past decade, insofar as they’ve both raised young families at the same time.

While Birgitte is godmother to Princess Mary’s daughter, Josephine, Jeppe is a godfather to her son, Christian.

Mary also attended Jeppe and Birgitte’s wedding in 2002.

VISITING HOME IN AUSTRALIA

It is possible that Mary’s new duties will affect how often she is able to visit her home in Australia. 

And the royal appeared very emotional as she wrapped up her pre-Christmas break Down Under earlier this month.

Departing from Queenstown Airport in New Zealand after a four-day trip amid a visit to her native Australia, the future Queen appeared to wipe away a tear as she said goodbye to friends and prepared to make the journey back to Denmark. 

It’s not only her homeland, but is also where the royal’s love story with her husband began. 

Mary was 28 years old when she met Frederik in the Slip Inn in Sydney 23 years ago. 

After the pub encounter, then 32-year-old Fred – who was in Australia to support Denmark’s sailing team at the 2000 Olympics – asked Mary for her phone number and a romance blossomed.

It is possible that Mary's new duties will affect how often she is able to visit her home in Australia. Pictured in Australia in December 2022

It is possible that Mary’s new duties will affect how often she is able to visit her home in Australia. Pictured in Australia in December 2022

‘The first time we met we shook hands. I didn’t know he was the prince of Denmark. Half an hour later someone came up to me and said, “Do you know who these people are”?’ Mary revealed in an interview about meeting the heir to the Danish throne.

They maintained a long-distance relationship for a year, with Frederik making secret trips Down Under before Mary moved to Denmark to study Danish language at Copenhagen’s Studieskolen in 2001.

In early 2003, Frederik’s mother Queen Margrethe publicly acknowledged the relationship and the couple announced their engagement at Amalienborg Castle later that year on October 8.

Frederik and Mary made their first official appearance together at the Tasmania Yacht Club ahead of the Dragon Boat World Championship on January 19, 2003

Frederik and Mary made their first official appearance together at the Tasmania Yacht Club ahead of the Dragon Boat World Championship on January 19, 2003

In a nod to her heritage, during her wedding Mary carried a bouquet of Australian snow gum eucalyptus interspersed with blooms from the Palace garden

In a nod to her heritage, during her wedding Mary carried a bouquet of Australian snow gum eucalyptus interspersed with blooms from the Palace garden

Frederik and Mary married on May 14, 2004 at Copenhagen Cathedral, with the newly minted Crown Princess opting for a beautiful gown by Danish designer Uffer Frank and a veil first used by Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden in 1905.

In a nod to her heritage, Mary carried a bouquet of Australian snow gum eucalyptus interspersed with blooms from the Palace garden.

The family has returned to Mary’s native Australia on many occasions, visiting famous landmarks in Sydney, Canberra and the Northern Territory and even spending Christmas Down Under.

ROYAL RESIDENCE 

Currently, Mary and her family reside in Frederik VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg.

She and Frederik took over the property from the State in 2010 – when a full refurbishment and restoration was completed after six years. 

Today, it is their private residence with administrative and ceremonial functions. 

They also reside at the Chancellery House at Fredensborg Palace.

According to royal reporter Kenth G. Madsen, the couple will live in their current accommodation and have no plans to relocate.



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