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

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

Wedding of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, and Mary Donaldson
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Frederik and Mary on their wedding day
Date14 May 2004
VenueCopenhagen Cathedral
LocationCopenhagen, Denmark
ParticipantsFrederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
Mary Donaldson

Courtship and engagementEdit

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark met Mary Donaldson on 16 September 2000, during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.[1] Frederik identified himself as the Crown Prince of Denmark at the height of their courtship.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Wedding ceremonyEdit

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,[5] followed by the wedding festivities at the Fredensborg Palace.[6] 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 Queen Ingrid of Denmark. The veil, made from Irish lace, was later worn by Ingrid's daughters Margrethe, Benedikte and Anne-Marie as well as her granddaughters, Alexia and Alexandra. (Nathalie would since wear it at her wedding in 2010). This makes Mary the first and only person not born into the family to wear the veil. Mary's wedding tiara was a gift from Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik.[7]

The bride's bouquet contained white roses, creme lathyrus, rododendron, azalea, green gloriosa, Australian eucalyptus, and, in keeping with a Swedish royal tradition brought into the Danish royal family by the Swedish-born Queen Ingrid, a sprig of myrtle.

MusicEdit

Two choirs, the Copenhagen Boys Choir and the Church of Our Lady's choir; one orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen; and the fanfare ensemble from the Royal Life Guards Music Band played the music for the service.[8]

The bride processed down the isle accompanied by her father to the anthem "Zadok the Priest" which is traditionally used for British coronations. It was composed by George Frideric Handel for the coronation of Crown Prince Frederik's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, King George II of Great Britain, in 1727.

The congregational hymns sung at the wedding included "Den signede dag med fryd vi ser" and "Eternal Father, Strong to Save".[8] The latter is traditionally associated with the maritime armed services. Crown Prince Frederik notably served with the Danish naval elite special operations forces, the Frogman Corps. The motet "Sicut cervus" by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina was performed by the Copenhagen Boys Choir during the ceremony. The motet holds a special significance to the Danish royal family and was played at the Queen and Prince Consort's wedding in 1967, at King Frederik IX's funeral in 1972 and at Prince Joachim's wedding to Alexandra Manley in 1994.[8]

Charles-Marie Widor's Symphony for Organ No. 5 was played as the recessional music as it was for the wedding between Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark's wedding almost 37 years before.

Titles upon marriageEdit

Upon her marriage, Mary embraced the title of her husband and became the Her Royal Highness The 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.[9]

On 29 April 2008, Frederik and Mary were also created the Count and the Countess of Monpezat.[10]

Guest listEdit

Danish royaltyEdit

Other Danish descendants of King Christian IXEdit

Monpezat familyEdit

  • Françoise and Claude Bardin,[11] the groom's paternal aunt and uncle
    • Xavier Bardin,[11] the groom's paternal cousin
    • Antoine Bardin,[11] the groom's paternal cousin
    • Guillaume Bardin,[11] the groom's paternal cousin
  • Count Étienne and Countess Isabelle Laborde de Monpezat,[11] the groom's paternal uncle and aunt
    • Count Raphaël Laborde de Monpezat,[11] the groom's paternal cousin
    • Count Bertrand Laborde de Monpezat,[11] the groom's paternal cousin
    • Count Arthur Laborde de Monpezat,[11] the groom's paternal cousin
  • Count Jean-Baptiste and Countess Jill Laborde de Monpezat,[11] the groom's paternal uncle and aunt
    • Clémence de Laborde de Monpezat,[11] the groom's paternal cousin
    • Count Grégoire de Laborde de Monpezat,[11] the groom's paternal cousin
  • Maurille and Jacques Beauvillain,[11] the groom's paternal aunt and uncle
    • Pierre Beauvillain,[11] the groom's paternal cousin
    • Thomas and Mie Beauvillain,[11] the groom's paternal cousin and his Danish wife
    • Anne-Marie and Vincent Diego,[11] the groom's paternal cousin and her husband
    • Vincent Beauvillain,[11] the groom's paternal cousin
    • Cécile and Jérôme Beuste,[11] the groom's paternal cousin and her husband
    • Bénoit Beauvillain,[11] the groom's paternal cousin
    • Louis Beauvillain,[11] the groom's paternal cousin

Donaldson familyEdit

  • John and Susan Donaldson,[11] the bride's father and stepmother
    • Jane and Craig Stephens,[11] the bride's sister and brother-in-law
      • Alexander Stephens,[11] the bride's nephew
      • Erin Stephens,[11] the bride's niece
      • Kate Stephens, the bride's niece
    • Patricia and Scott Bailey,[11] the bride's sister and brother-in-law
      • Michael Woods,[11] the bride's nephew
      • Maddison Woods,[11] the bride's niece
    • John and Leanne Donaldson,[11] the bride's brother and sister-in-law
  • Ben Moody,[11] the bride's stepbrother
  • Peter and Alison Donaldson,[11] the bride's paternal uncle and aunt
    • Margaret Howard,[11] the bride's paternal cousin
    • Jacqueline and Brendon Johncock,[11] the bride's paternal cousin and her husband
    • Alison Donaldson,[11] the bride's paternal cousin
  • Roy and John Pugh,[11] the bride's paternal aunt and uncle
  • Margaret Cunningham,[11] the bride's paternal grandaunt
  • Catherine Murray,[11] the bride's maternal aunt
    • Jack and Barbara Maton,[11] the bride's maternal cousin

Foreign royaltyEdit

Members of reigning royal familiesEdit

Members of non-reigning royal familiesEdit

Politicians and diplomatsEdit

NobilityEdit

Other notable guestsEdit

Wedding attendantsEdit

Bridesmaids and best manEdit

Flower girls and page boysEdit

Carriage processionEdit

A carriage procession followed the wedding ceremony, during which the couple was transported from Copenhagen Cathedral through the streets of Copenhagen to Amalienborg Palace on a route that was two kilometers long. The couple was transported in the Danish royal family's Barouche from 1906. The newlyweds subsequently appeared with their immediate family on the balcony of Amalienborg Palace in front of more than 20.000 people at Amalienborg's courtyard.[13]

Wedding banquetEdit

The wedding banquet was held on the evening of the wedding day at Fredensborg Palace. The newlyweds arrived in Fredensborg from Amalienborg Palace by carriage, The Prince's Landau, from 1889. Approximately 400 guests were invited for the banquet which took place in a tent in the Palace gardens. Prince Henrik, Queen Margrethe II, John Donaldson and the groom all made speeches during the dinner. After the dinner, Frederik and Mary danced the traditional wedding waltz to "The Wedding Waltz" from Niels W. Gade's A Folk Tale in Fredensborg Palace's Dome Hall. According to tradition, the waltz must take place before midnight which the couple succeeded in despite being slightly behind schedule.[13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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