Ambassador reveals the secrets to Princess Mary’s popularity ahead of her coronation to become Denmark’s new queen


The Danish Ambassador to Australia says Crown Princess Mary’s style and substance are the reasons she is so beloved in Denmark.

Princess Mary will become the country’s new Queen this weekend, following the abdication of Queen Margarethe II, after 52 years on the throne.

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Danish Ambassador to Australia Prenille Dahler Kardel speaks about Princess Mary’s coronation in Copenhagen this weekend.

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Appearing on Sunrise on Friday, Denmark’s Ambassador to Australia Pernille Dahler Kardel praised the Hobart-born princess.

Pernille called Mary an “amazing woman” who had been wholeheartedly embraced by the Danes since her marriage to Prince Frederik back in 2004.

Denmark’s Ambassador to Australia Prenille Dahler Kardel appeared on Sunrise on Friday, revealing why Crown Princess Mary has become so popular with the Danish people. Credit: Seven

“What her Royal Highness is bringing (to her role as Queen) is her combination of skills and personality — that is something that is really valued by the Danes overall,” Pernille said.

“All the (social justice) issues that she’s involved in, in Denmark — It’s just absolutely beautiful to see how she has taken to the hearts of the Danes — and how well she has been performing in her role as crown princess.”

Prenille went on to say she was “thankful” the country had a crown princess of such “calibre” — finishing that she will become an “amazing queen” for the country.

Crown Princess Mary will officially take the throne on Sunday afternoon, exactly 52 years since Queen Margrethe II took over the throne from her father.

Queen Margrethe will be taken in a horse-drawn carriage from Christian IX’s Palace at Amalienborg to Christiansborg Palace, where the proclamation will take place.

Prenille said soon afterwards, the new king and queen would be paraded through the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital.

“Our new king and queen will be taken back through the streets of Copenhagen in the carriage — back to the royal castle,” she said.

“There will be lots of people, lots of celebrations, lots of flags, lots of beautiful moments celebrating that beautiful couple that is now going to be the King and Queen of Denmark,” she said.

Princess Mary and Prince Frederik’s ascension to the throne comes after Queen Margrethe II announced her abdication in her annual New Year’s Eve speech — saying that the time had come to “leave the responsibility to the next generation”.

“I have decided that now is the right time,” she said.

“On 14 January 2024 — 52 years after I succeeded my beloved father — I will step down as Queen of Denmark.

“I leave the throne to my son, Crown Prince Frederik.”

Frederik will become known as King Frederik X, while Mary will be Queen Consort.

Margrethe’s abdication comes at an interesting time in Danish royal history, with 2023 proving to be a tumultuous year for the normally scandal-free family.

The children of Frederik’s brother, Prince Joachim, were stripped of their royal titles early in 2023 as Margrethe endeavoured to create a “trimmed-down” version of the monarchy to suit modern times.

That prompted rumours of a split between Frederik’s family and Joachim’s family.

But things were to become even more complicated late in 2023, when a Spanish publication aired unverified rumours that Frederik was having an affair with Mexican socialite Genoveva Casanova.

Casanova furiously denied the claims, and Frederik and Mary have since presented a united front in public, with the royal family declining to address the unsubstantiated rumours.


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