Princess Marie Attends Copenhagen Jewelry and Watch Show

Can we say trés magnifique?

One of my favorite royals, Princess Marie of Denmark, opened the Copenhagen Jewelry and Watch show over the weekend. She became the patron of the trade fair when it launched in August 2013. On the final day of the fair, the princess presents an award to the winner of the “Nordic Gold” competition for most inspiring and innovative jewelry design in Northern Europe.

It must be fun to be patron of a jewelry trade show! Baubles aren’t Marie’s only interest, however: this Princess is all about helping others, counting Danish UNESCO, AIDS-Fondet, Prix littéraire des Ambassadeurs, and the National Autism Association among her many patronages.


Princess Marie of Denmark: 4 Things You Need To Know

Princess Marie of Denmark

Princess Marie of Denmark

Going from commoner to royal isn’t easy, but Princess Marie of Denmark makes it look effortless. How, you ask? Here are four things that make Marie a star in the world of royalty:

Marie comes from an outgoing family

During an interview, Marie’s brother Gregory revealed that they grew up in a talkative family who like to meet new people. Definitely a plus for a princess who needs to meet and greet different people every day!

Marie gets along famously with her royal in-laws.

From the outset, the pretty brunette charmed her in-laws Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik. The prince especially took a shine to her because like Marie, Henrik is also a French native. Queen Margrethe and Marie both enjoy museums and the ballet, recently attending a performance in Tivoli Gardens.

Marie’s friendly and outgoing nature is a crucial attribute for a public person. The princess’s sunny disposition has also made her own family a warm, loving unit. Marie adores her stepsons Nikolai and Felix, and they love her. The boys get along well with their half-siblings, too. Nikolai and Felix are big brothers to little Henrik, 5, and Athena, 2, from Joachim and Marie’s marriage. They are frequently seen doting on the little ones during family outings.

Marie is multilingual.

Born in Paris, Marie grew up speaking both French and English. Upon her engagement to Prince Joachim, she added Danish to her language repertoire, which by then included Italian and Spanish. She can now give smooth speeches in Danish and chats easily with her adopted countrymen. Marie fits in well with the royal family: both Joachim and his elder brother, Crown Prince Frederik, speak fluent French. Queen Margrethe herself is multilingual in French, Swedish, English and German.

Marie looks good anywhere!

The princess has proved time and again that she can easily transition from girl-next-door to elegant royal. Whether it’s a family holiday in sporty shorts or a gala banquet with a tiara, Marie seems born to the role of a royal.

Her story:

Marie (née Cavallier) was born February 6, 1976 in Paris. She lived with her parents and two elder half-brothers, Gregory and Benjamin Grandet.

Despite initial happy beginnings, Marie faced her parents’ divorce when she was still very young. It was a situation familiar to many children, but it devastated young Marie. Little did she know that her experiences would give her an understanding that would help her in her own role as a stepparent one day.

Marie’s parents both remarried: her mother, Françoise, married Christian Grassiot in 1987. Marie got along well with her new stepfather, but never warmed to her father’s new wife. Alain Cavallier’s new marriage produced two more sons, but that would also end in divorce.

As a child, the princess attended primary school in Paris. She then moved to the exclusive Beau-Soleil International Boarding School in Villars, Switzerland. There she made lasting friendships and had her first taste of independence. After completing her studies there, she went on to study economics in Geneva.

Fluent in English, Marie made the decision to continue further studies in the United States. The princess studied international business and economics at Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts. After she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marymount Manhattan College in New York, Marie returned to Switzerland.

During the autumn of 2004 Marie attended a hunting party held by friends of her stepfather. There she met the dashing Prince Joachim, younger son of Queen Margrethe. Marie and Joachim became friends and she took an immediate liking to his two small boys, Nikolai and Felix.

The relationship did not turn serious until after Joachim’s divorce in 2005. He and Princess Alexandra, now Countess of Frederiksborg, agreed to part on good terms and remain friends for the sake of their sons.

Not long afterwards, Joachim and Marie landed in the media. Danish tourists secretly photographed the pair during their holiday in Avignon in 2005. Despite the intrusion, they carried on as normal as possible. After a two-year courtship, the Palace announced their engagement in October 2007.

In preparation for her new role as a Danish princess, Marie began Danish language lessons. For her history lessons, Marie toured museums, castles and churches. She got to know the people in the village of Møgeltønder, where she and Joachim would live in Schackenborg Castle. The pair married May 24, 2008.

In subsequent interviews, Marie stated that she tread carefully with the children when she and Joachim began dating. As a child of divorce, Marie did not want to intrude on their relationship with their father nor step on their mother’s toes. Marie needn’t have worried – the boys warmed to her instantly. She and Alexandra also get along very well, and they are often seen together with their husbands for many events.

The verdict

Princess Marie of Denmark is definitely a royal role model. Her poise and elegance, combined with her friendly nature, makes the princess life look effortless.  The happy family life that she and Joachim have created is a testament to true love and deep friendship. The Danish royal family is very fortunate indeed.

Princess Marie and Co. Visit The Danish Emergency Management Agency

princess marie visits dema

HRH Princess Marie of Denmark has paid a visit today to the Danish Emergency Management Agency. Her visit included a tour and demonstration of the agency’s equipment and procedures.

The princess has a keen interest in DEMA’s disaster preparedness, and decided to bring her boys along – Prince Joachim included – to tour the facilities. In October 2012, the princess was trained in first aid, fire fighting, rescue, and team work during an Emergency Services campaign at the Tønder Grundskole school. Photos of Marie showed a large bruise on her face, but thankfully it was only makeup as the princess took part in the practical training.

This time it was a family affair, and Marie’s little son Henrik joined his parents and brothers Nikolai and Felix as they watched demonstrations of equipment and vehicles. The royal group donned hard hats and goggles and even lent a hand during some techniques.

Princess Marie As Patron of the National Association for Autism

Marie Autism Camp

HRH Princess Marie

Princess Marie Acts As Patron of the National Association for Autism.

Backtracking now to another great royal outing by Princess Marie a couple of weeks ago. It highlights a difficult disorder and revealed something new about the princess personally.

On August 7th, Princess Marie visited the town of Helsingør, where she met with several children suffering with autism. The princess also toured the Holiday Village, sponsored by the National Association for Autism.

Why would Marie take on this patronage, you ask? Unbeknownst to me, Marie has autism in her immediate family. She declined to say which family member suffers from autism, but it has touched her life deeply. As a matter of fact, the princess herself approached the Association and asked if she could become their patron. Happily, they agreed.

In an article from BT, the princess says:

I have autism in my immediate family, so I know how hard and how difficult it is. It’s a disability that affects the entire family.

“I have many friends who have children with autism. And I do not think the disorder is known enough. I think it is very important to spread the word.”

Cheers to Marie for underlining the importance of help and understanding for those who suffer from autism.

Princess Marie Opens François Boucher Exhibit

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Princess Marie Opens Boucher exhibit

Princess Marie at the opening

HRH Princess Marie of Denmark opened the François Boucher Exhibit (8-16) at the Gallery Holtegaard, just outside Copenhagen.

The French artist’s work has always been favored by the Danish Royal Family, so the French-born Marie is the perfect fit for this opening!

The exhibition, entitled ‘François Boucher – Fragments of a world picture’ shows Boucher’s best works on paper from private and public collections in France.

From the site:

The exhibit opens in Holtegaard’s beautiful main building from 1757 as its backdrop, the exhibition will provide a rare total impression of 18th century art and architecture.

The exhibition is supported by the Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik Fund (Dronning Margrethe og Prins Henriks Fond). The Foundation supports cultural, scientific and social purposes.

I love the fact that Princess Marie is dressed in a lovely lemon yellow dress to compliment the deep blue walls in the building. As a former designer, I love color combinations like this. Trés jolie!

Princess Marie Opens NEATA

Princess Marie of Denmark officially opened the North European Amateur Theatre Alliance (NEATA) Festival in Denmark yesterday.

The NEATA Festival is a five-day-long delight of theatre performances and workshops attended by about 200 people from the Nordic and Baltic countries – and from Europe in general – who represent theatre.

Princess Marie, who is their patron, opened the festival and attended the opening of the performance Prodigal, held at the Sønderborg Theatre. She looked pretty in her favorite grey cardigan matched with a soft pink dress.

This is just one of her several patronages in which she has an intense interest. Her Royal Highness is also patron of:

  • AIDS-Fondet (The AIDS Foundation)
  • Copenhagen Jewellery Fair and the Bella Nordic Jewellery Award
  • Danish Ski Federation
  • The Danish National Commission for UNESCO
  • DanChurchAid
  • National Association for Autism
  • Prix littéraire des Ambassadeurs
  • Tønder Festival

NOTE: If the name Sønderborg sounds familiar, there’s a reason: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh hails from the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, as he was born a Prince of Greece and Denmark. It is the senior line of the House of Oldenburg. The junior lines of this house extend to the current Danish, Greek, and Norwegian monarchies.

Haute Royale Mash-up: Princess Marie

Want a closer look? Click the photos to enlarge.

I love the buttons on HRH Princess Marie’s jacket (seen here during her visit to Florence, Italy) so I was inspired to find a similar look.

Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images Europe

Then I saw Marie in a double-breasted grey jacket matched with a black turtleneck and black pants. I really loved this look, but I really liked the buttons on the jacket above, so I went with this gem, an Apt. 9® Peplum Wool Jacket with large dome-shaped buttons:

Grey jacket, awesome buttons, black turtleneck: check, check, and check! Now for the pants.

In the photo above, Marie is wearing black boots. I wear it with black boots, as well. I also have a grey pair if I feel so inclined (from Payless).

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