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"A nice biography of Denmark’s Crown Princess."  —Royal Book News

About the Author

Karin Palshøj is a journalist who covers royal events and state visits for Danish national television. Gitte Redder is a veteran journalist and has covered stories for many Danish newspapers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; 1st English Ed edition (April 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741147492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741147490
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,183,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Boullosa on January 3, 2008
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This book is a decent entry into that genre of entertainment called "READ GOGGLE-EYED HOW ONE GIRL IN A MILLION GOT LUCKY!" It's decently written, wholly positive, not to say nearly hagiographic, and has nice photos. The outlines of the story of how the erstwhile Australian real estate/marketing executive met the Crown Prince of Denmark in a Sydney bar during the 2000 Olympics, and actually made it to the altar with him and is on her way to becoming Queen Consort of Denmark, IS remarkable. Unfortunately, it's the ONLY remarkable aspect of the book, because the two people involved couldn't be more ordinary. The only thing extraordinary about Prince Frederik is the circumstance of his birth, and the only thing extraordinary about Mary Donaldson is the circumstance of her marriage, as mind-bogglingly successful a grab at the matrimonial brass ring as ever was.

Unlike the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Mary Donaldson (as well as the handful of other commoners who wed European Crown Princes in the last few years) had some maturity and world experience before catching HER prince, and thus seems to have been able to make the most of her tremendous opportunity without paying for it later with misery and disappointment.

Catty as that sounds, they look like a well-matched couple and Miss Mary, who seems to have quite a bit of backbone, has gone on to adapt to a new country, new religion, new language, new public role, while giving the Danes the next generation's male heir AND the first little princess born to the Danish royal family since 1946, all within the first two years of marriage.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SusieQ on July 16, 2007
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I have to agree with the one-star reviewer, in one aspect of her review: this is definitely a somewhat shallow, lets-generate-good-PR, type of biography. There's no real story here. The facts of Mary's life are presently blandly, but then, maybe there's nothing really exciting about her either. Mary seems like a nice enough person from a nice family. Frederik also seems like a nice person from a nice family. But there's no in-depth analysis of their characters, or their very different backgrounds. (You have to wonder, what did Queen Margarethe really think about her son's choice of an Australian commoner? But you won't get that kind of question in a "loyal" bio such as this one.)

The book is already a little out of date, since Mary and Frederik have had two children as the date of this review, and this biography only covers up to their marriage. I don't dislike this book -- it's informative about the basic facts of Mary's life, and has several nice photographs -- but yes, it is disappointing if you want an in-depth, thoughtful biography of this person.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Leftwich on March 31, 2006
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This is one of the best royal biographies of the year! The authors stick to the facts and do not reley on untrue rumors; at the same time they fully describe the personalty of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
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By LondonDreaming on December 27, 2012
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This is a must for anyone who is a fan or interested in the Danish Monarchy! Crown Princess Mary is married to Crown Prince Frederik and is the next Danish queen. This is a nice and interesting look at her. Plus, this is one of the few books (I only know of this book and one other) on Crown Princess Mary that is in English.
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