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.