Princess Mary will return to Australia for first royal visit in 5 years

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and her family will be travelling to Australia for the first time in five years to celebrate Christmas.

The Tasmanian-born royal will return home next month alongside her husband Crown Prince Frederik and their four children Prince Christian, 17, Princess Isabella, 15, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, 11.

Princess Mary and her family.
Princess Mary will return to Australia with her family for Christmas. Photo: Getty

A statement from the Danish royal family said: “In December, the Crown Prince family will travel on a private Christmas holiday in Australia to celebrate the holiday with HRH the Crown Princess's family.

“It has been five years since the Crown Prince couple, together with their four children, last visited the Crown Princess's homeland.”


While there has been no official word of where the family will visit, it’s believed that they will travel to both Tasmania and Western Australia to visit Mary’s siblings Jane, Patricia and John. It’s likely that they will reside at Government House in Hobart, which is where they stayed during their last visit.

The palace also shared that Frederik’s younger brother Prince Joachim and his family will spend the holiday season enjoying “a long planned trip abroad”, however, it’s unclear whether he will be joining Mary and Frederik in Australia.

Prince Frederik and Princess Mary.
This trip marks the first time Princess Mary and Prince Frederik have visited Australia since 2017. Photo: Getty

Mary made a surprise trip to Australia without her family in March 2022 where she was spotted shopping in Melbourne with her close friend and former bridesmaid Amber Petty.

Before that, she visited Australia in 2017 and was photographed visiting various beaches in Sydney while Frederik tried his hand at surfing.

The couple famously met at a pub in Sydney while the Danish royal was visiting the country for the 2000 Olympics, and the then-Mary Donaldson was unaware she was talking to Denmark's future king.

They fell in love during his ‘secret’ visits to Australia before she made the move to Copenhagen in 2002 and married into the royal family in 2004.

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