Australian magazine Women’s Day is touting Crown Princess Mary of Denmark as the soon-to-be “Queen” Mary.
Rubbish, says the press office for the Danish royal house.
If they’ve said it once, they’ve said it a million times and so has Queen Margrethe II: NO ABDICATING. The Queen will be queen until she’s hauled out in a box, devoted to crown and country much like Elizabeth II.
Look, it’s too bad that Mary isn’t a queen. So what if three other crown princesses of Mary’s age became queens? It can’t be all that terrible as a crown princess. Mary is patron of many great charities and organizations, and her family life seems bustling. She also has pull and access to all kinds of luxury.
The circumstances of the new monarchs are not to be envied. Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia must try to restore balance to their kingdom and keep Catalonia happy while returning a shine to the monarchy’s image, tarnished by the scandals of the former king and Infanta Cristina.
How about Belgium’s embarrassment over King Albert’s stubbornly unacknowledged love child and his complaints over his new post-abdication salary (if 1 million Euros a year is downright poverty, where do I sign up?). He abdicated in favor of his son, Phillippe, who, along with his elegant wife Mathilde, must restore the kingship to a respectable family image.
So Mary and her supporters should buck up. If the title’s the only thing, then they – and Mary – are in the wrong line of work.