Crown Princess Mary has shared a touching glimpse into her relationship with her youngest daughter in honour of International Women’s Day.
In a lengthy post uploaded to the Danish royal house’s social media accounts on Monday, the 49-year-old recounted a conversation with Princess Josephine, 10, who asked her what the event was all about.
After a moment of thought, Denmark’s future queen said ‘it is a day to believe and trust that she can become and do anything she is dreaming about without anyone or anything stopping her, because of her being a girl’.
‘She didn’t ask any further questions, so maybe my answer wasn’t a surprise to her. Maybe this is something she takes for granted, but it’s not like that for many other girls around the world,’ Mary wrote.
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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (pictured with her youngest daughter, Princess Josephine, 10) has shared a touching tribute to her little girl in honour of International Women’s Day
The Australian-born Princess continued that while International Women’s Day has ‘different significance’ around the world, it should be celebrated by everyone.
‘No matter where you live it’s an important day where we’re not only talking about how far we’ve come, but also where we’ve come from and where we want to go,’ she wrote.
‘For me, equality is not about everyone being the same, but – as I told Josephine – about gender not being allowed to play a role when opportunities present themselves and decisions are being made, or when you follow your dreams.’
Mary revealed she was attending two virtual meetings to mark the event, a roundtable discussion on diversity and inclusion in leadership with UN Women and a meeting of UNFPA’s Commission on women’s right to decide on their own body.
She said she was also planning to join a Zoom call with Kvinfo, the Danish Centre for Research on Women and Gender which provides the public with information about the results of studies and gender research undertaken in Denmark and overseas.
Mary’s post, which has amassed over 46,000 ‘likes’ since it was uploaded online seven hour ago, has won widespread praise from followers.
‘Couldn’t have said it better. Mary is a great role model,’ one woman wrote.
Demark’s future queen (pictured at a ceremony marking the Flag Day for Denmark’s emissaries in Copenhagen on September 5, 2020) called for men and women to be afforded equal opportunities in all aspects of life
Other responses reveal hundreds of adoring fans who view the Princess as an brilliant role model and a shining representative for the Danish people.
‘You will be a fantastic queen for Denmark. We are lucky in this country,’ one person said, while another added: ‘The world’s coolest Crown Princess.’
In February, Mary celebrated her 49th birthday with a low-key affair at Frederik VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg, the family’s official residence in Copenhagen.
The mother-of-four also celebrated the 10th birthdays of her twins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, who she shares with husband Crown Prince Frederik, 52.
The couple, who are also parents to Prince Christian, 15, and Princess Isabella, 13, met at the Slip Inn during the 2000 Sydney Olympics when Mary was working as an advertising executive.
With the royal introducing himself simply as ‘Fred’, Mary – who was born in Hobart, Tasmania – had no idea she’d just met a Danish royal.
Mary (left) shares four children – Prince Christian, 15, Princess Isabella, 13, and 10-year-old wins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine – with her husband, Crown Prince Frederik (right)
Mary and Frederik (pictured on their wedding day at Copenhagen Cathedral on May 14, 2004) have enjoyed a love story that many have likened to a real life fairytale
The pair quickly hit it off and maintained a long-distance relationship for one year, with Frederik making secret trips Down Under before Mary moved to Denmark to study Danish language at Copenhagen’s Studieskolen.
In April 2003, Frederik’s mother Queen Margrethe publicly acknowledged the relationship, and the couple announced their engagement later that year on October 8.
Frederik and Mary married on May 14, 2004 at Copenhagen Cathedral, with the newly minted Crown Princess opting for a beautiful gown by Danish designer Uffer Frank and a veil first used by Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden in 1905.
In a nod to her heritage, Mary carried a bouquet of Australian snow gum eucalyptus and blooms from the Palace garden.