Monday, 29 July 2013

Visit to Greenland: Day 5

26 June 2004

When visiting Qegertarsuaq (or Godhavn), Mary wore the (green) jacket of a new Prada suit.

The couple made a dogsled ride on the Lyngmarksbreen glacier.


First visit to Greenland: Day 4

25 June 2004

Mary & Frederik visited the communities of Aasiaat, Kitsissuarsuit, Akunnaq and Ikerasassuaq.

Mary wore a new Prada purse.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Sunday, 14 July 2013

First visit to Greenland: day 1

22 June 2004

Together with queen Margrethe and prince Henrik, Mary and Frederik went on an official 2 week tour of Greenland, Denmark's protectorate and former colony.

The couple visited 12 towns. It was Mary's first visit to the island.

On the first day they landed by plane and boarded their own ship Dannebrog.

Mary wore a new hat by Susanne Juul.

In the afternoon they made an official visit to the capital Nuuk. Mary wore the traditional Greenlandic costume for the first time. The costume was the official wedding present from Nuuk.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Wedding of Chris Meehan & Michaela Ward

19 June 2004

Fred & Mary attended the wedding of their Australian-Danish friends in Copenhagen.

Chris Meehan was Mary's boss at Belle Property. Before she worked for him they were already friends.
Danish Michaela Ward is a former champion sailor. Meehan is an avid sailor himself and he was already  in a relationship with Michaela Ward when Frederik and Mary's relationship was still unknown to the press.

The two couples often went sailing together when Fred visited Mary in Sydney.

Chris Meehan & Michaela Ward Meehan live in Australia and have 3 sons: Percy, ?? and Lukas.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Mary. Kronprinsesse af Danmark

15 June 2004

The second book on Mary was published a month after the wedding.

Danish journalists Karin Palshøy and Gitte Redder wrote Mary Donaldson's biography up to the wedding - mainly based on the "Mary Donaldson" documentary made by JJ Film.

In November 2005 the book was published in English, mainly aiming at the Australian market. It was called "Mary, crown princess of Denmark".

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Countess Victoria Bernstorff-Gyldensteen

Countess Victoria Bernstorff-Gyldensteen was Mary's first lady-in-waiting, during the first two years after Mary Donaldson became crown princess of Denmark.

At Danish court a 'hofdame' is a very close collaborator of a royal: as a PA she prepares activities. She's also present in the background at an activity to take care of small practical things and to make sure everything runs smoothly. The hofdame accompanies Mary to all her public duties in Denmark and abroad and has regular meetings with her at the office, to inform, prepare and councel. For this job an excellent knowledge of Danish society is necessary.

Victoria Bernstorff-Gyldensteen was born in New Jersey (USA) as Cynthia Victoria Ames. She grew up in California and Mexico and studied political science and art history. In 1979 she married Danish count Frants Bernstorff-Gyldensteen. They have two sons, Erik and Peter.

Victoria lives at Gyldensteen manor in Bogense on the isle of Fyn where her husband exploits an agricultural enterprise.

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