|Danish Royal Family|
Marie Cavallier was born in Paris, France, on 6 February 1976. She is the only child of Alain Cavallier and Françoise Grassiot. After her parent's divorce, Marie moved to Geneva, Switzerland, with her mother.
Marie has two older, maternal half-brothers: Benjamin and Gregory Grandet, and two younger, paternal half-brothers: Charles and Edouard Cavallier.
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.
In addition to her mother tongue, French, Marie speaks English, Spanish, Italian, and Danish.
After graduating, Marie 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. Marie then worked for Reuters' financial news agency Radianz in Switzerland, took a position with REInvest in Geneva, and worked as executive secretary in ING Numismatic Group SA until her engagement.
Marie first came to public attention when she was photographed on a private holiday in Avignon, France, with Prince Joachim in August 2005.
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 Joachim's mother, Queen Margrethe II, for the first time. Marie increasingly made weekend visits from Geneva to Denmark in 2007.
On 3 October 2007, it was officially announced that Marie Cavallier was engaged to Prince Joachim.
The wedding took place on 24 May 2008 in Møgeltønder Church. Upon her marriage to Joachim, Marie's title becameHer 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 and Joachim have two children:
- Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain (born 4 May 2009)
- Princess Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie (born 24 January 2012)
Marie is also the stepmother to Prince Joachim's sons from his first marriage, Prince Nikolai (1999) and Prince Felix (2002).
Marie is a godmother to:
- Tanguy Peretti (son of Marie's cousin, Sonia Dollfus Peretti and business man, Gabriel Peretti; born 2000)
- Sofie Agnete Davidsen Siesbye (daughter of Oscar and Britt Davidsen Siesbye; born 2009)
- Agathe Anna Steenstrup (daughter of Peter and Henriette Steenstrup; born 2009)
- Princess Josephine of Denmark (born 2011)
- Nicholas Christian Iuel Bendtner (son of Caroline Fleming and Nicklas Bendtner; born 2011)
Marie is an avid sportswoman has a passion for skiing, racing, and boxing.
Marie started her role as Princess of Denmark shortly after her wedding, while attending with her husband events and activities from his patronages. In September 2008, 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.
Her first engagement and trip abroad was to Morocco on 28 October 2008, where she handed out Lego toys to orphanage children in Rabat.
Marie's patronages include:
- Danish National Commission for UNESCO (17 November 2009)
- Tønder Festival, an international folk music festival near her official residence Shackenborg Manor in Møgeltønder (2009)
- Danish Ski Federation (January 2010)
- The AIDS Foundation
- Annual Literature Prize, an annual prize awarded for French-language literature in Copenhagen
- Autism Denmark
- Danish Epilepsy Association and Kattegatcentret
Titles, Styles, and Honours
Titles and Styles
- 6 February 1976 - 24 May 2008: Marie Cavallier
- 24 May 2008 - present: Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat
- National Honours
- Foreign Honours
- Template:Flag: Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
- Template:Flag: Grand Cross of the Order of Beneficence
- Template:Flag: Grand Cross of the Order of the Aztec Eagle
- Template:Flag: Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav (2014)
- Template:Flag: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown
- 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