September, 2010

Sep 10

The creation of a princess: hair styles


During the last ten years Crown Princess Mary has had a lot of different hair styles. How you wear your hair and your choice of hair color signal a lot about your personality and your particular mood on any given occasion.

The princess has changed her hair color on different occasions from her natural dark brown to chocolate brown and copper red. She also changes its style, frequently.

At official functions European royals dress glamorously, complete with sashes and tiaras. The Australia-born princess is seen wearing a short-sleeved silver-hued satin gown and one of her favourite evening hairstyles, in which most of her hair is beautifully gathered up at the nape of her neck.

This particular hairstyle conveys elegance and high-class. It also creates a sharp contrast to the Danish royal’s everyday look, with her hair falling straight over her shoulders.

Though Mary is rarely seen with curls, it does occasionally happen.


Curls convey warmth, sweetness and openness.

They can also signal a classic look, as is seen in the picture above right, in which Mary’s face is surrounded by Forties-style cascading soft waves, with a side parting.

The Crown Princess’s sculpted hair is reminiscent of the favourite hairstyles of Ava Gardner, Lauren Bacall, Deanna Durbin and Marlene Dietrich in the Forties and early Fifties.

Mary’s hair, which is naturally straight, is in a perfect starting condition for the sculpted waves of that time period. In the picture above, Mary’s mocha-shaded makeup and golden-hued outfit nicely match her chocolate brown hair and fair skin tone.

To avoid frizz, Forties women with natural curls often needed to straighten their hair to achieve this sculpted look. Straightening and sculpting hair was a time consuming job. “I can’t go out tonight. I have to wash my hair” used to be a legitimate excuse for not going on a date. Washing and styling one’s hair every day would quite simply be too time consuming.

Starting from straight hair, modern women can achieve the crown princess’ Forties look with hot rollers and hair spray.


The ponytail is one of the Danish royal’s favorite hairstyles for official visits, work and outdoor activities. Mary’s ponytails are usually set slightly higher than the traditional Fifties girly ponytail. This is also known as the “half-up, half-down” ponytail.

Ponytails send off a signal of self-composure, grace and serenity. The slightly higher setting conveys energy, youthfulness and fortitude. The higher the setting, the younger the look. A super-high ponytail can literally make you look 10 years younger.

The ponytail is a newer phenomenon. Before the 20th century, it would be rare to see a grown woman outside the house with a straight ponytail. Now, this ponytail is more popular than ever. You can wear it on the treadmill and then later that same day go to a posh restaurant without changing hairstyle.

Sep 10

The creation of a princess: the Danish language

One of the hardest tasks that awaited Australia-born Mary Donaldson was learning the Danish language. While French has been the language spoken in Frederik‘s childhood home, tradition dictates that new royalty from foreign countries must learn to speak Danish.

Mary has excelled at this difficult task. She no doubt deserves an A+ for her language skills. Her Danish pronunciation is impeccable, and her Australian accent is almost unnoticeable.

All of the members of the Danish Royal House who grew up speaking a different language have done extremely well in this respect. Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg, the former wife of Frederik’s younger brother Prince Joachim, and Princess Marie, who is now married to Joachim, both speak the Danish language fluently.

Queen Margrethe II‘s husband Prince Henrik has a strong French accent but his vocabulary is impressive, showing that he is nonetheless a fluent speaker. “It’s not pronunciation or accent that shows how well one knows a language but vocabulary”, said Princess Marie to the Danish television station DR1, “his vocabulary is impressive, very impressive”.


France-born Princess Marie (left) and Crown Princess Mary (right), who are strikingly similar in appearance, defended their father-in-law’s Prince Henrik’s knowledge of the Danish language in the Danish television program DR1’s documentary The Royal House.

Sep 10

The creation of a princess: the sun campaign


The always lovely Princess Mary’s healthy lifestyle has also given rise to changes in the princess’s skin. When the crown prince and the Australian beauty first met, Mary’s skin was quite normal and tanned.

Now a healthy lifestyle and good skincare have made her skin stand out as perfectly clear and snow white. Mary’s  complexion is not simply a fairytale fashion statement, but also one of the ways in which she speaks up in support of the Danish Cancer Foundation & Society, an organization which aims to support the prevention and treatment of cancer. She is furthermore a patron of The Danish sun safety campaign ‘Reduce Your Sun between 12 & 3 pm’.

The Australian-born princess created the foreword to the movie I Want to Live. The film tells the story of the struggle eight cancer patients went through to survive. In the future every cancer suffer will receive a free copy of the movie from Danish Cancer Foundation & Society.

In May 2010, the princess helped kick-off the foundation’s Anti-Sun campaign, right in time for bikini season. Being Australian born, Mary knows the importance of protecting one’s skin from the sun. Cancer of the skin is the most frequent form of the disease in Denmark, affecting 80,000 Danes every day and killing one person every two days.


Over the years a tanned image has become a trend in Denmark, and many Danes have enjoyed years of unprotected exposure to the damaging rays of the sun, which has caused a radical increase in incidences of skin cancer over the last 30 years. Over 8,000 Danes are diagnosed with malignant types of skin cancer every year. The trend is now changing. Sunburned skin is out and natural skin color is in.

The UV rays are most dangerous in Australia because Australia is located right under the hole in the ozone. Mary says she uses a factor 20 sun lotion. “Of course it’s nice to get a glow, but if it results in serious illness and ultimately death, it’s not so beautiful”, said the Danish royal to the Danish newspaper BT. “I haven’t gotten sunburn since I was 16 or 17 years old,” she added.

The Australian SunSmart campaign inspired the Danish campaign and the the Danish Cancer Foundation & Society and the Australian Cancer Societies maintain an ongoing, close connection.

Sep 10

The creation of a princess: body changes


Besides having gone from an Australian business woman with little interest in fashion to a style icon reminiscent of Jackie Kennedy, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has undergone many other changes. Since her first visits to Denmark from 2001 to 2003 she has shed several pounds.

The Australia-born princess is here seen above taking a stroll in 2002. Her style is classic and accentuates her beautiful female curves.

Mary’s body now shows signs of regular exercise. It is well-balanced and toned.

The Australian beauty is seen below enjoying a summer day at the sea with children and friends. Her body is admirably lean and athletic.


Soon her slim look will temporarily change, as the royal couple are expecting twins. On March 17 last year the Danish magazine Billedbladed reported that Crown Prince Frederik and his wife had been seen making several secret trips to the Danish national hospital Rigshospitalet, where the couple’s two younger children Prince Christian and Princess Isabella were born. They were seen leaving the part of the hospital that hosts the Juliane Marie Center – the hospital’s birth clinic – smiling and hand in hand.

Scandinavia’s largest bookmaker Unibet was so convinced that the crown princess would give birth before January 1, 2010 that they offered 1.5 odds. Now it has finally been confirmed that the 37-year old is pregnant. She is due in January 2011.

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