Princess Mary ‘dubbed Australia’s Kate Middleton’ can now act on behalf of Denmark Queen

The Tasmanian-born princess, 47, who is married to Crown Prince Frederik, 51, has now been granted permission to step in for Queen Margrethe II, 79, to conduct official royal duties. The 47-year-old can now act as head of state in the 79-year-olds absence, the Royal Family has confirmed. Princess Mary has now joined an illustrious group of just four, including Prince Frederik’s brother, Prince Joachim, and aunt, Princess Benedikte who can act on behalf on the monarch.

The historic announcement means once Queen Margrethe II dies or abdicates, Princess Mary will become Queen and her husband King.

Queen Margrethe II has reigned on the thrown for 49 years.

She succeeded her father Frederick IX of Denmark following his death on Janaury 14, 1972.

In a statement the Royal Family said: “As regent, the Crown Princess will, from now on, be able to attend to the Queen’s duties as head of state when the Queen and the Crown Prince are prevented from doing so, for example during a stay abroad.

“The Crown Princess signed the necessary declaration about acting in conformity with the constitution in the presence of the Queen, his royal highness the Crown Prince and the government.”

The Royal Household confirmed the news on social media with a picture of Princess Mary alongside Prince Frederick, Queen Margrethe and the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen.

The image posted on Instagram showed the Crown Princess dressed in Denmark’s native red after signing the official document.

Princess Mary – then known as Mary Donaldson, met Prince Frederik at the Slipp Inn pub in Sydney during the 2000 Olympics.

Three years later the couple announced their engagement on October 8, 2003.

The pair married on May 14, 2004 at Copenhagen Cathedral.

The royals now have four children together Prince Christian, 13, Princess Isabella, 12, and eight-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

Last year Prince Frederik celebrated his landmark 50th birthday and his wife of 15 years took the opportunity to make fun of his ways in particular his sense of fashion.

She said: “Mamil stands for a middle-aged man in Lycra who rides expensive racing bicycles wearing professional style body-hugging jerseys and shorts.


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“Opinions vary over whether Lycra and men in their 40s go together.

“But darling, you still look rather sharp in Lycra.”

She added: “I am so happy you swept me off my feet and that we dared to fall for each other not just for a moment but for life.”

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