Princess Marie of Denmark is the second wife of Prince Joachim, hence making her the sister-in-law of King Frederik X and Queen Mary. She is the mother of Count Henrik and Countess Athena and stepmother of Count Nikolai and Count Felix.
Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier was born in Paris, France, on February 6, 1976, as the only child of Alain Cavallier and Françoise Grassiot. She has several half-brothers through both her parents. Marie shares a nationality with her late father-in-law, Prince Henrik who was also French.
First Outing As The Partner Of Prince Joachim
The future Princess Marie came to the Danish public’s notice in August 2005 when photos were taken of her and Prince Joachim on holiday in her native France.
In 2007, she joined Joachim, Nikolai and Felix on a holiday in Switzerland. In the same year, she joined the royal family for Easter, where she met Queen Margrethe II for the first time. Later, it was announced that Marie and Joachim had become engaged. The wedding occurred in May 2008, when Marie Cavallier became Princess Marie of Denmark.
In early May 2009, the couple welcomed their first child, Prince Henrik (now Count Henrik), named after Joachim’s father. Three years later, in 2012, they welcomed Princess Athena (now Countess Athena).
When Frederik and Mary welcomed twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine in 2011, Marie was asked to be Josephine’s godmother. Mary is godmother to Henrik.
Princess Marie enjoys bike riding, skiing and running. She is also patronage of Autism Denmark.