With her radiant smile and charming manner, Princess Marie is one of Denmark’s classiest imports.
French-born Marie officially joined the royal family in 2008 when she married Prince Joachim, the younger son of Queen Margrethe II. Since then, Marie has become extremely popular in her adopted country, and it’s not hard to see why: she’s a great representative of Denmark, a loving wife, and a doting mother to her two children and two stepchildren.
Marie is frequently praised for her warm relationship with her stepsons, Princes Nikolai and Felix, from Joachim’s previous marriage to Countess Alexandra (Manley). In fact, all three parents are hailed for their good relationships with one another and their sensible approach to parenting a blended family. Marie and Joachim’s two children together, Henrik and Athena, are adored by their elder siblings.
Marie’s work is also a subject of praise, earning her accolades near and far. Each one is a source of great interest for the princess:
- Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival
- Danmarks Skiforbund
- Den danske UNESCO (Danish National Commission for UNESCO)
- Det Danske Studenterhus i Paris
- Epilepsiforeningen (Danish Epilepsy Association)
- Folkekirkens Nødhjælp (English: DanChurchAid)
- Kattegatcentret Aquarium
- Landsforeningen Autisme (National Association for Autism)
- New Nordic Jewellery and Watch Show
- Prix littéraire des Ambassadeurs (Annual Literary Prize for French Literature)
- Schackenborg Fonden
- Tønder Festival
Marie has worked extensively both within Denmark and internationally. She has been closely involved with patronages in southern Denmark in the Jutland region when she resided at Shackenborg castle with Prince Joachim. He had taken over the castle and surrounding farmland, working with the farmers and other organizations in the area for many years. Both the Prince and Princess remain supporters of the area since it was a place close to Joachim’s heart and Marie’s first home with her husband.
She has visited Ethiopia and Cambodia, both with DanChurchAid. The organization assists millions people annually through humanitarian and development activities. More recently, Marie has become involved with DanChurchAid’s program to reduce food waste.
Admiration of her work is not limited just to Denmark. The princess was recently awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor. As a former French citizen, she was recognized for her humanitarian efforts with her patronages.