Crown Princess Mary covers Vogue Australia, August 2016

I’ve written about Royals that have covered Vogue in the past, including Crown Princess Mary. And I think she does it brilliantly. She is not afraid of donning ball gowns and channeling her inner fierce to get some seriously fabulous shots. If I were a Princess, I would follow in Mary’s footsteps opposed to Kate’s when it came to my Vogue shoots. ūüėČ

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Edwina McCann introduces the August issue of Vogue Australia.

The job ‚Äď and it is a job ‚Äď Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary do is commendable, and I have the utmost admiration for them both. The Crown Princess kindly welcomed Vogue Australia back into her home this month, 12 years after she was first photographed for our cover, soon after her wedding. We discovered a woman at ease with her public life and position, who is driven to use her influence and the privilege it awards her to further causes close to her heart: gender equality and sustainability. She is knowledgeable, fiercely intelligent and well-informed about the issues. The Crown Princess does her homework. She is making her mark as a world leader and passionate advocate in these areas. With her energy and drive I suspect this is still only the beginning of the enormous contribution she will make.

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Mary on being a ‘role model’:

‚ÄúI find it difficult to speak of myself as a role model, as role models are defined by the individual. It is what they see in a person that gives meaning or inspiration to them that makes another person a role model for them,” the Crown Princess said. “It‚Äôs not something I consciously think about. But at the same time, I am very aware of my role and my responsibility. If I can inspire others and if others see something in me that can motivate them, then that‚Äôs a big compliment.‚ÄĚ (Vogue)

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So what do you think? Do you find Mary’s approach better or Kate’s?

 

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The Danish Royal Family Gets A Raise

Danish Royals Get a RaiseA new report has come out announcing the Danish Royal Family will receive an additional 8.7 million kroner ($1,538,420.74) for the next fiscal year — raising their annual pay to a total of 105.8 million Kroner ($18,567,146.85).

From what I gathered from the somewhat confusing Google translation of the article, the royals’ pay is increased along with the state’s average wage by law.

Here’s a breakdown of how the money is divided among the family:

Queen Margrethe 79 million kroner ($13,969,567.63)

Crown Prince Frederik 17.6 million kroner ($3,112,207.48)

Crown Princess Mary of 1.9 million kroner ($335,976.94)

Prince Joachim is 1,100,000.02 million kronor ($194,512.90)

Countess Alexandra (Prince Joachim’s ex wife): 2.3 million krone ($406,708.93)

Count Ingolf: 1.3 million kroner ($229,878.96)

 

h/t: Royal Dish

Vanity Fair’s Best-Dressed Poll: Crown Princess Mary and Queen Maxima on the ballot

Vanity's Fair's Best-Dressed Poll: Crown Princess Mary and Queen Maxima on the ballotEarly last week, Vanity Fair released The International Best-Dressed List 2014. I was surprised by some of the honorees listed, especially Crown Princess Mary, and was happy to see Queen Maxima.

Vanity Fair's Best-Dressed Poll: Crown Princess Mary and Queen Maxima on the ballotI do love the outfit that landed Crown Princess Mary on the list — pictured above — however, have found most of her outfits a bit, lackluster. Most of the time it looks like she bought her dresses right off the latest runway, and while I love runway fashion, it’s more often than not not suitable for a royal. Perhaps picking certain looks and emulating the pieces and looks that you most like, but looking like a walking mannequin does no one any favors.

What’s worse, copying the exact look of another royal…

6While I hardly think Kate Middleton has the monopoly on skinny jeans and striped shirts — I can attest to wearing them far before I ever knew of Kate, as can many. But the green jacket featured above, identical to the slanted pocket, leaves one with doubts that this was a mere coincidence.

royal-682_1273245aEver since Kate hit the seen the media has been trying to push this comparison of the two “commoner” princesses narrative.

I don’t see it.

But, since Mary sometimes uses Kate as a fashion muse… and Kate sometimes looks to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana for inspiration… it seems as though the real royal most deserving of this Vanity Fair honor should be Diana herself. I suppose that’s not the popular opinion, just my own.

Vanity Fair's Best-Dressed Poll: Crown Princess Mary and Queen Maxima on the ballotQueen Maxima, however, I am so glad to have seen listed. She seems to add her own flair to every outfit, and has the confidence to make a potato sack look glamorous.

I sincerely wish we had seen Queen Letizia mentioned, though. She seems to take a lot of fashion risks, and stays true to her own style.

The Danish Crown Princely Family Does Legoland

 

The Danish Crown Princely Family Does LegolandThere’s just something I kind of love about seeing royals out of their natural element. It’s especially fun to watch them participate in “commoner” activities, like taking your kids to amusement parks.

Earlier this week, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary took their kids to Legoland in Billund, Denmark. I went to Legoland Deutschland back in July of 2011 with the family I was au pairing for and it was a blast. Getting to the original Legoland, which is the one the Crown Princely family just went to, is still on my bucket list.

I kind of love that it appears it was a seemingly average outting for the family. Complete with crying kids and tacky souvenirs! In the words of US Magazine, Royals “they’re just like us!”

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Royal Flings that didn’t End with a Ring: Crown Prince Frederik and Katja Storkholm

Frederik's Ex 1Before there was Mary, there were a few others that caught Crown Prince Frederik’s eye… Most often noted–of quite a few–is Katja Storkholm.

In fact, it was the mention of her being “the love of Frederik’s life” in Trine Villeman’s book, 1015 Copenhagen K, that left Crown Princess Mary in tears, and many wondering…

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Forbidden Love

Crown Prince Frederik and Katja Storkholm began dating in his early twenties. He hit it off with the gorgeous lingerie model, and even popped the question; to which she said yes. The only problem was the fact that his mother, Queen Margrethe forbade the pairing, denying Frederik’s wishes to marry the woman who helped him through much of his military training, as well as his royal duties. It wasn’t the fact she was a lingerie model that halted the pair’s plans for marriage, rather the fact there is an unwritten rule in the Danish royal family that they marry non-Danish partners.

Apparently they’re not allowed to marry their own countrymen for fear that, because Denmark is so small, a Danish in-law or spouse might jeopardize the sovereign’s strictly enforced constitutional neutrality. РRoyal Foibles

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The book and its bombshells

Billed Bladet–Denmark’s People magazine for royals, if you will–had this to say about the matter after the book’s release…

The Ex and Mary Are Similar

The strong gaze. The high cheekbones. The little narrow and slightly reserved smile. Just three little details that Crown Princess Mary has in common with her predecessor, model Katja Storkholm, who is now 41 years old.

And just now, when both women have reached a certain maturity and rounded the big 40, the images very clearly show that the similarity between them is striking. And perhaps with good reason.

Although it is many many years ago that Frederik was dating the beautiful former lingerie model, sources close to the crown prince made no secret of that of all his now ex-girlfriends, Katja Storkholm is the one who has meant the most to him. And not only because it was her who broke off the relationship.

Thus, it is reported that Frederick was actually down on his knees and proposed to Katja. Which is hardly an ill-considered gesture for a Crown Prince.

According to Trine Villemann’s book ‘1015 Copenhagen K’ it was Katja Storkholm who helped Frederik find his own footing as Crown Prince and was a huge support for him. Among other things, it was her who backed him when he wanted to implement his tough training in the Frogman Corps.

“It happened only because Katja was there and because she supported him,” it says in the book where Villemann also called the pair “a real team.”

“It should have been those two,” she writes.

But the queen seemed to be opposed to the match. And finally, the pair then went their separate ways.

Katja Stockholm was subsequently married to three years younger lawyer and yachtsman Chresten Plinius at Frederiksborg Castle Chapel. Shortly after, the pretty model got pregnant and the couple had a son, Vitus.

In 2009, however, the marriage ended. And Katja Storkholm has since been a single mother and lives in √ėsterbro along with her son. She has trained as conservator and among other things, specialises in COBRA art.

“I am very diligent, but I also really prioritise my son. I’m his anchor, so that means more than work,” says Katja Storkholm in an interview with B√łrsen.

Speaking about the Crown Prince doesn’t phase her. It is water under the bridge for the 41-year-old beauty.Danish Royal Media Watch

Katja wasn’t Crown Prince Frederik’s only love, but she certainly was one of the big ones. No one enjoys hearing about their partner’s exes, so I can understand Mary’s surprise, and discontentment, when she learned of this all in the pages of a book… but such is the life of a being a royal, public figure.