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Crown Princess Mary's worldwide homes: Abstract palace, Sydney 'haven' and more

From Mary's private childhood home in Tasmania to the Danish royals' summer castle

Crown Prince Mary and Crown Prince Frederik's homes
Nichola Murphy
Deputy Lifestyle Editor
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Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik are preparing to take the Danish throne after Frederik's mother Queen Margrethe announced her plans to abdicate in her New Year's speech.

While they have been residing in several stunning royal residences in Copenhagen since their royal wedding in 2004, many have wondered whether Mary would want to return to her native Australia. So will the couple's homes, which they share with their four children Prince Christian, Princess Isabella and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, change following their ascension to the throne?

Prince Christian of Denmark, Princess Isabella of Denmark, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Princess Josephine of Denmark, Princess Mary of Denmark and Prince Vincent of Denmark, pose in Verbier, Switzerland© Getty
The couple live with their four children Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent

We take a look inside their property portfolio, from Mary's Tasmania childhood home to the Sydney home where their love story blossomed and their Danish castle summer house…

Amalienborg Palace

Danish royal residence Amalienborg Palace © Ole Jensen
Danish royal residence Amalienborg Palace

Let's start with their primary residence at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, which consists of four seemingly identical palaces.

Mary and Frederik moved into Frederik VIII's Palace in the northeastern part of Amalienborg in 2010 following five years of internal and external renovations. As well as making functional changes such as replacing the radiators and the entire heating system, the couple also put their stamp on the interior decorations, including selecting ten Danish artists such as John Kørner and Kathrine Artebjerg to paint modern artworks on the palace's walls and ceilings.

From abstract walls to glittering chandeliers and classic wooden floors, the family home has been revealed in a few social media photos shared by the Danish Royal household on Instagram. Take a look…

Crown Princess Mary's grand hallway© Instagram

Hallway

Fans got a peek at the impressive rococo-style interiors in a photo of Crown Princess Mary and two of her guests standing in a hallway in front of an imperial staircase. 

The split stairs, or bifurcated stairs, have marble flooring and a lavish gold balustrade, while the deep red walls add a regal yet warm touch.

Crown Princess Mary in a meeting room© Instagram

Meeting room

Mary's meeting took place at a glossy walnut oval-shaped table in a room with opulent gold accents and a painting of flowers in a vase hanging on one wall.

Crown Princess Mary has pictures of her children on display in her study© Instagram

Study

While participating in a Zoom meeting, Mary showed off her lavish home office, which she personalised with four black-and-white portraits of her children as babies.

The royal sat at a wooden desk topped with stacks of books and paperwork, a phone charger and a candelabra. In the background, Mary has a glass-fronted wooden cabinet to store more paperwork, while on the other side of the desk, a large sash window floods the room with natural light.

Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik on a Zoom call© Instagram

Study

Another virtual chat with Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway saw the royal couple sitting at a round white table with a large fireplace next to them and a wall covered with abstract grey and blue wallpaper.

Aerial drone view of Amalienborg Palace and the Marble Church© Oliver Foerstner/imageBROKER/Shutterstock

Garden

Amalienborg's 1,660 square-metre gardens were remodelled by landscape gardener Jacob Fischery. It features a 1,300 square-metre lawn and a 40-metre swimming pool for their children to enjoy.

Fredensborg Castle

Danish royal residence Fredensborg Castle© Martin Sylvest/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
The couple's summer home is Fredensborg Castle

During the summer, Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik traditionally travel to The Chancellery House, a Baroque-style building attached to Fredensborg Castle via the stable buildings and the church. It was the royal couple's marital home following their May 2004 nuptials, until Frederik VIII's Palace was renovated.

Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark wave from the balcony of Christian VII's Palace after their wedding on May 14, 2004 © Ian Waldie
Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik moved into xxx following their royal wedding in 2004

Built in 1731 by architect J.C. Krieger, who was also responsible for the main palace, it boasts many of the original features, including stucco ceilings, panelled doors, decorative wrought iron fittings and high wall panels.

Crown Princess Mary in a yellow room inside Fredensborg Castle© Eric TRAVERS

Yellow lounge

According to the Kongehuset website, "The Chancellery House’s architecture and interiors are in Baroque style with references to the French régence style."

Very few photos have been revealed inside their private home, but the palace boasts a yellow room with a mustard sofa and matching floral wallpaper.

Mary and Frederik inside the French Library at Fredensborg© Eric TRAVERS

Library

The couple have also been pictured in their French library, which is decorated with a striped sofa, blue walls and plenty of books.

The walled garden at Amalienborg Palace© Instagram

Garden

Outside, a walled garden features wild purple flowers that bloom in spring and summer.

Mary's Tasmania childhood home 

Mary was born in Hobart, Tasmania, and she described herself as a down-to-earth child. “I was a T-shirt-and-shorts girl, known to go barefoot,” she told the Financial Times. 

She reportedly lived at 3 Morris Avenue in Taroona, which was built in 1969 and features four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Large windows and wooden floorboards offer a classic interior, while views of the sea are an added perk for tenants. 

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The 2005 biography, Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, described the home as a red brick house "well protected from curious eyes" with greenery shielding the patio on top of the garage. "Enormous pink rose bushes line the drive" of the home on Morros Avenue, which is a "lively road in the middle of an attractive new settlement."

A house listing suggests her childhood home was sold in 2000 for $166,000 (around £87,000) and is now being rented. Mary later moved to Melbourne and Sydney, where she met Crown Prince Frederik.

Mary's temporary Sydney home

Very little is known about Princess Mary's former homes, but she was thought to stay at 27 Ebsworth Rd when visiting Sydney as a child with her father.

Set on one storey, the three-bedroom home sold for $1.8 million (£950,000) in 2011, before being renovated into a two-storey property with a pool that was snapped up for $3.9 million (£2 million) six years later.

Sydney 'haven' where Mary met Frederik

Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik on a boat© Pool
Mary and Frederik met during the Sydney 2000 Olympics

However, the story goes that Mary was living in Bondi Junction when she met her future husband at the Slip Inn.

Her house in Porter Street became a private space – or a "haven" according to Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark journalists, Karin Palshoj and Gitte Redder – where the couple's relationship blossomed away from the public eye.

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