|Princess of Denmark|
Countess of Monpezat
|Marie Agathe Odile|
|Born||6 February 1976 (age 45) |
|Spouse||Prince Joachim of Denmark |
|House||Glücksburg (by marriage)|
|Religion||Church of Denmark|
prev. Roman Catholic
Early life[edit | edit source]
Marie Cavallier was born in Paris, France. She is the only child of Alain Cavallier and Françoise Grassiot (née Moreau). She moved to Geneva, Switzerland, after her parents divorced.
She has four half-brothers, Benjamin and Gregory Grandet, both born in Switzerland, and Charles and Edouard Cavallier, both born in Paris.
Education[edit | edit source]
After her parents divorced, Marie was sent to the Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil boarding school in Switzerland. She attended Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, for a brief time, to study international business and economics and then went on to study economics in Genève. Marie earned a Bachelor of Arts at Marymount Manhattan College. During her years in college, Marie worked for Estée Lauder, as assistant to the public relations manager in 1994, and as an assistant to the managing director of ING Numismatic Group SA in Genève.
Princess Marie's mother tongue is French. In addition she speaks English, Spanish and Italian. In connection to her wedding with Prince Joachim, she started taking lessons in Danish.
Career[edit | edit source]
After graduating, she started working for DoubleClick Inc, an international advertising agency, in New York as international marketing coordinator. Back in France, she worked for advertising agency Media Marketing. She then worked for Reuters financial news agency Radianz in Switzerland, took a position with her stepfather's company, REInvest in Geneva and worked as executive secretary in ING Numismatic Group SA until the engagement.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Marie is an avid sportswoman and has been seen with Prince Joachim and his children skiing. Marie and Joachim also share a passion for racing, cars, and boxing.
Marie's "trademark" companion is her Bichon Frisé named Apple.
Courtship[edit | edit source]
Marie first came to public attention when she was photographed on a private holiday in Avignon, France, with Prince Joachim in August 2005. She celebrated the New Year 2006/2007 with Prince Joachim, his former wife, the former Princess Alexandra of Denmark (now Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg), Joachim and Alexandra's two sons Princes Nikolai and Felix, as well as close friends.
In January 2007, Marie accompanied Prince Joachim and his children on a ski holiday in Switzerland. Later that year, Marie joined the royal family for Easter at Marselisborg Palace, where she met The Queen for the first time. There was speculation about her relationship with Joachim and regular media stories in Denmark. Marie increasingly made weekend visits from Geneva to Denmark in 2007.
Engagement and marriage[edit | edit source]
On 3 October 2007, it was officially announced that Marie Cavallier was engaged to Prince Joachim. On 21 November 2007, the Royal Court announced that the wedding would be held on 24 May 2008.
The wedding took place on Saturday 24 May 2008 at 1700. (Local Time), in Møgeltønder Church. The ceremony was performed by Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen. A wedding banquet was held at the couple's home, Schackenborg Castle. Upon her marriage to Joachim, Marie's title is Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat. Marie, who had been a French citizen and a member of the Roman Catholic Church, became, in connection with the marriage, a Danish citizen and a member of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Denmark.
Marie's wedding gown was designed by Spanish-Italian fashion house Arasa Morelli, and was sewn by a Danish woman working for the company.
Children[edit | edit source]
On 10 November 2008, the Danish Royal Court announced that Princess Marie expected the couple's first child, due in May 2009. Marie gave birth to a son at the Rigshospitalet on 4 May 2009 at 4.57am. The baby's names, Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain, were revealed at his christening, which took place on 26 July, 2009 at the Møgeltønder Church.
On 24 August 2011, the Royal Court announced that Princess Marie expected the couple's second child, due in January 2012. On 24 January 2012, Princess Marie gave birth to a daughter. The baby's name Princess Athena Marguerite Francoise Marie, were revealed at her christening, which took place on 20 May, 2012 at the Møgeltønder Church.
Godchildren[edit | edit source]
Princess Marie is also godmother to the daughter of Oscar and Britt Davidsen Siesbye, in turn Prince Henrik's godmother. In October 2009 she became godmother to Agathe Anna Steenstrup, daughter of Peter and Henriette Steenstrup, whose son was in turn page boy at Joachim and Marie's wedding.
She is also godmother of Crown Prince Frederik's and Crown Princess Mary's daughter Josephine.
Royal life[edit | edit source]
Marie started her role as princess of Denmark shortly after her wedding, while attending with her husband events and activities from his patronages. She gave an interview to Danish magazine Billed Bladet, in which she explained that she was in the process of making a decision on her areas of interest in September 2008 and mentioned her desire to have children.
The Princess' first engagement and trip abroad was to Morocco on 28 October 2008, when she handed out Lego toys to orphanage children in Rabat. After this trip abroad, the Princess accompanied Prince Joachim to Russia.
Marie's first patronage came shortly after her son Prince Henrik's birth, when her patronage of Tønder Festival was announced. Tønder Festival is an international folk music festival near her official residence Shackenborg Manor in Møgeltønder, where the Princess resides with her family. Shortly afterwards, Marie took over one of the Prince Consort's duties as Patron of the Annual Literature Prize that awards an annual prize for French-language literature in Copenhagen. Marie also took the patronage of ambassador to Syddansk Universitet in Odense in September 2009.
Princess Marie was presented on 17 November 2009 as patron of "The Danish National Commission for UNESCO.
Titles, styles, honours, and arms[edit | edit source]
Titles[edit | edit source]
- 6 February 1976 – 24 May 2008: Miss Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier
- 24 May 2008 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat
Her Danish title is Hendes Kongelige Højhed Prinsesse Marie af Danmark, grevinde af Monpezat.
Honours and decorations[edit | edit source]
National honours[edit | edit source]
- Knight of the Order of the Elephant (R.E.)
- Royal Family Order Of Queen Margrethe ll
- 11 June 2009: Commemorative 75th Birthday Medal Of His Royal Highness The Prince Consort
- 16 April 2010 Commemorative 70th Birthday Medal of Her Majesty The Queen
- 14 January 2012: Commemorative Ruby Jubilee Medal Of Her Majesty The Queen
- 16 April 2015 Commemorative 75th Birthday Medal Of Her Majesty The Queen
- 10 June 2017 Golden Anniversary Medal Of Queen Margrethe ll And Prince Henrik
- 11 June 2018 Prince Henrik’s Commemorative Medal
- 16 April 2020 Commemorative 80th Birthday Medal Of Her Majesty The Queen
Foreign honours[edit | edit source]
- Belgium: Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold II
- Finland: Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose
- France: Grand Officer of the Order of The Legion of Honour
- Greece: Grand Cross of The Order of Beneficence
- Iceland: Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon
- Mexico: Sash of the Order of the Aztec Eagle
- Netherlands: Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown
- Norway: Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Olav