When Mary Elizabeth Donaldson married Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, she had a few massive tasks she had to undertake before becoming Crown Princess Mary. The first thing she had to do was convert from Presbyterian to the Danish Lutheran Church. Her conversion of faith also meant, according to New Idea magazine, that she had to give up her right to any children she and the heir to the Danish throne had together if they ever divorced.
Crown Princess Mary also had to relinquish her Australian citizenship. Upon her marriage to Crown Prince Frederik, the Danish government passed “Mary’s Law,” which gave her Danish citizenship. Her citizenship status was fast-tracked due to her special circumstances as the future Queen of Denmark. Usually, the process takes nine years.
Also, Mary had to learn to speak Danish, which she could pick up on quickly. It took her only 18 months to learn the language and be fluent. The Crown Princess’ four children have joked in an interview that their mother speaks Danish with an Australian accent. According to her daughters, Princesses Isabella and Josephine, she pronounces some things wrong. Her sons, Princes Christian and Vincent, backed this up with Vincent saying they must tell her how to correctly pronounce whatever she got wrong.
A Fun Fact About Crown Princess Mary
A fun fact about Crown Princess Mary is that at birth, she had dual citizenship in Australia and Britain as her parents are Scottish.