Thursday, 28 February 2013

Christening of Emilie Heering

29 June 2002

Mary & Frederik at the christening of Emilie, the first child of Peeter & Caroline Heering, at Øster Egede Kirke in Sydsjælland.

Mary's friend Amber Petty is also present.
Mary and Amber have known each other since 1996 when they were colleagues at MOJO advertising/marketing in Melbourne. Their friendship developed after 1998, after Henrietta's death, when Mary decided to go backpacking through Scotland/Europe. Amber's words in a workplace farewell card really stuck with Mary. After returning to Australia, Mary moved to Sydney. They  had a long distance friendship (Mary in Sydney and Amber still in Melbourne) when Mary met Fred in 2000.

Peter Heering is Frederik's lifelong friend. His mother, Susanne Heering, is one of Margrethe's best friends. Frederik and Peter both joined the military - with Peter becoming a major. Afterwards he made a career for himself in the IT insurance company Scalepoint, that Mærsk bought into. His wife Caroline is one of Mary's closest friends. She was her lady in waiting and private secretary for a few years and is a board member of the Mary Foundation. Peter and Caroline have two kids, Emilie and Rosemarie. They are godparents to princess Isabella and prince Vincent.

Riding at Christiansborg

20 June 2002

Mary goes riding at Christiansborg stables.

Skiing in Verbier

In April 2002 Mary & Frederik went Skiing in Verbier, Switzerland.

They were guests of Frederik's friend Peter Warnøe and his (then) girlfriend Julia Tholstrup.

Peter Warnøe and Frederik have known each other for years. They were introduced to each other by Peter's mother, Anne Fabricius-Bjerre. Warnøe is an IT billionair who gave Mary a job at the HR department of his company Navision, when she first moved to Copenhagen in 2002. From his marriage to jewellery designer Marlene Juhl-Jørgensen Peter Warnøe has two daughters: Barbara and Bjørk. Peter's chalet in Verbier has often been used by Frederik, Mary and their friends.
Peter and his girlfriend Julia Tholstrup broke up in 2008. Julia and her two daughters moved back to Switzerland. Julia is a former model, ex girlfriend of Dodi Al Fayed and heiress of the Tholstrup Cheese family.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Weekend in Denmark

In May 2002 Mary spends a weekend at Marselisborg castle, near Aarhus, where Frederik participates in a regatta.

10 May 2002

Mary is seen jogging outside the Marselisborg castle grounds

Mary & Frederik leave Marselisborg castle in a Landrover.

12 May 2002

At Amalienborg square in Copenhagen.

Shortly before the Danish mag Se og Hør had printed a 'Wanted' poster for photos of Mary Donaldson. The tabloid promised a big amount of money in return.
(The rest of the media pretended to be outraged by the idea.)

The bounty made the couple decide to give the media a photo opportunity: they left Marselisborg palace and arrived at Amalienborg palace by car. Frederik drove slowly past the photographers while Mary sat beside him.

Spotted in Copenhagen

12 February 2002

Mary's seen in Copenhagen.

Mary's home in Sydney

The house at Porter Street on Bondi Junction (Sydney) where Mary lived with Kylie Matthews.



Visit to Denmark

In the course of 2001 Mary made her first visit to Denmark.

Christmas in England

At the end of 2001 Mary moved to Europe to be closer to her boyfriend. She was living in Paris, where she taught English at a business school. She often spent the weekend with Frederik, either in Paris or Denmark. She later revealed this wasn't the happiest time for her. Living in a big city like Paris, without understanding the language and knowing a lot of people made her feel lonely.

Mary celebrated Christmas 2001 with her father, John Donaldson (°1941) - a university professor in mathematics - in Oxford, England where he was living and teaching at the time.

Arriving at Heathrow Airport, 23 December 2001.

Discovered by the Danish press

In 2001 Danish magazine Billed Bladet found out about Frederik's girlfriend in Australia. They began taking pictures of her.

out and about in Sydney

with her friend Hamish Campbell

At the end of 2001 Mary worked as a  sales director and a member of the management team for "Belle Property", a real estate agency that belonged to Chris Meehan. On the pic below she's seen walking with him.


Paparazzi pics of Mary while she's working out

At Cinema Fox (in Sydney) with friends.

At Sydney airport

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