have been me. As a girl my dream was to one day be the queen of my
country. I believed I had the necessary skills, I could wave, smile,
and I even loved wearing hats Ė something hardly anyone but the
queen does. But it wasnít to be me. Friday the 14th,
The crown prince
in Europeís oldest monarchy got married. Shattering
hopeful Danish girls dreams, his bride was found on the other side of
the world. Mary Donaldson
of Scottish parentage grew up in Tasmania, literally on the other side
of the globe from Denmark. The happy couple met at a pizza place
during the Olympic in Sidney Australia, 4 years ago.
as an adult I had almost a decade ago chosen to marry someone else,
whom I am still very happily married to. The crown prince is my age,
as children we had similar play houses, His grandmother was Swedish,
so was mine, but thatís where the similarity stopped.
as a child I was told that the queen had to belong to the Danish
Lutheran church. I knew then that I might as well forget becoming
queen. I was a seventh day Adventist and not Lutheran, how could I
give up my faith to be queen!! A test of faith Ė
A Childs reasoning.
Donaldson had to give up a lot. When she married His Royal Highness
Crown Prince Fredrick she gave up her anonymity, her career, her
country and her faith. Upon marriage she converted from Episcopalian
to Lutheran, she chose to for Love.
wonder if Mary ever as a child dreamed of one day being a queen.
Playing princess is quite popular with preschool girls, but as
children that play is limited to fancy dress, fake tiaras and momsí
high heel shoes. Career
advisers soon shatter the dream, no you cannot apply for the job as
queen, yes it is also a job but lets face itís something you are
anymore. Mary Donaldson
was not born into a royal family nor were there any hidden blue blood
flowing in her veins, still she is on track of one day becoming Queen
of Denmark. Things
change, some times out of necessity other times because tradition has
outlived itself and makes no sense.
become royalty. And in a changing world, you can change tradition. The
Danes love the present queen Margrete. She has had the skill of
changing and adapting the Monarchy to a more modern monarchy. Mary the
new crown princess will have to keep up with real life. There is no
hiding behind palace doors. If she is to be loved and respected she
will have to learn the language and mix with ordinary people.
exclusive interview with newspaper Politiken Mary recognizes that
royalty changes, she believes royalty needs to be wise in continuing
to develop a strategy that will ensure the survival of the monarchy.
To the TV
station DR she reveals that it was difficult for her to imagine moving
to the other side of the world. But things happen. She has changed
country, language, culture and lifestyle.
have done it? Iím not so sure, she gave up an awful lot, with no
guarantees for what her future will bring. Her life is changed. She
chose to accept change. And paid a price of giving up life as she knew
it for a new life. A royal life.
All because of Love.
Change, and even royals cannot rely on old traditions to ensure the
survival of their future. Perhaps this is applicable to other
circumstances as well. For
me to cling on to my childhood dream of becoming a queen is rather
silly, there are some things we outgrow in our own life, and some
things that we hold on to.
a seventh day Adventist. I still believe Iím part of a royal family,
With God as King and Iím his daughter, I realise that Iím a
princess. My royal life is not about tiaras and long ball gowns, but
about love. Its about Gods love for me. A love that is so out of this
world that he sent his son to die for me, that I may have eternal
life. Thatís love.
his son Jesus to earth to mingle with people, To give people a
lifeline, a way out. That is love and that gives me hope. Not for
being queen of Denmark, but for eternal life. For that I need faith.
Faith, to survive and accept change. We live in a changing world, a
world were a Scottish girl grown up in Tasmania becomes the queen of
Denmark. What doesnít change is the Love God has for you and I and
in a changing world that is something to hold on to.