RECENT MAJOR EUROPEAN ROYAL WEDDINGS
In the last ten years, royal aficionados and bridal fashionistas have been treated to the spectacle of royal weddings as Europe’s royal families have welcomed new members to their senior ranks. There has been much comment on Catherine Middleton’s commoner roots, but a cursory look at the family trees of today’s royals on the European continent shows that the last decade has seen a proliferation of commoners marrying royalty. Here are the major royal weddings of the last decade where the heir of a reigning European monarch married a commoner.
ROYAL WEDDING NUMBER THREE: DENMARK
(2004) CROWN PRINCE FREDERICK AND MARY DONALDSON
Another commoner who married a European crown prince was the Australian Mary Donaldson. On May 14 2004, the Tasmanian born Mary married Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark in the Church of Our Lady, Copenhagen’s cathedral. The couple had met at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Unlike her counterparts, Mette-Marit of Norway, Maxima of the Netherlands and Letizia of Spain, Mary Donaldson did not have a racy or controversial past or association that haunted her. Mary’s ivory colored duchess satin wedding gown had panels on which were stitched one-hundred-year old Irish lace from Connaught (Frederick’s great-grandmother was Princess Margaret of Connaught, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria). The cut of the three-quarter length sleeves had the effect of making them mimic to a degree, the calla lily flower. Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederick are the parents of four children, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella and twins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josefine.