Crown prince Frederik & crown princess Mary visited Copenhagen Zoo to see the 4 Tasmanian devils that were offered by Tasmania as a christening gift for prince Christian. The animals died in 2012 and were replaced by others.
They were accompanied by Mary's striking lady-in-waiting Caroline Heering.
Crown princess Mary was accompanied by her husband to unveil her first official portrait in Denmark, at Frederiksborg Slot in Hillerød which houses the Museum of National History.
The Museum commissioned the work and selected the artist. They asked for an informal portrait of the new crown princess.
Australia had already honoured Mary with an official portrait by Jiawei Shen.
The portrait was painted by Australian Ralph Heimans, who lives in Paris and also officially portrayed queen Elizabeth II in 2012. Heimans started working on the commission in May 2005. He described Mary as a regal, distinguished presence, a confident young professional with a strong chatacter. The painter flew to Denmark 5 times to have sittings with Mary. During her pregnancy the work had to be postponed a while.
It was also the debut of Caroline Heering as the crown princess's new lady-in-waiting.
Crown princess Mary opened the two day conference "Brug Hinanden" of the Brain Injury Association, one of her patronages. The theme was the help not only brain damaged persons, but also their relatives need.
The conference took place at The Nyborg Strand Hotel in Nyborg. Mary staid for 2 hours.
It was the last time countess Victoria Bernstorff-Gyldensteen accompanied Mary as lady-in-waiting.
Crown princess Mary was present for the return dinner offered by president & Mrs Parvanova to the Danish royal family. It was preceded by a concert and an exhibition.
Also present was countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg and princess Benedikte.
Mary took part in just a few segments of the state visit: arrival at the airport, gala dinner and this return dinner. At this point her public engagements were still sparse. She was investing a lot of time in breastfeeding her baby son Christian, it seems.
Communications chef Lis M. Fredriksen anounced that crown princess Mary would be working with a new lady-in-waiting starting from May 2006.
Countess Victoria Bernstorff-Gyldensteen, who had been accompanying Mary for 2 years, would be replaced by Mary's close friend Caroline Heering.
Caroline & Peeter Heering at Mary & Frederik's wedding, 2004
Caroline would stay in this function for nearly 2 years. From 2007 to 2010 she would combine it with a new function as Mary's private secretary.
From 2010 untill 2014 she would dedicate herself to the Mary Foundation. She was Mary's official adviser in the Foundation.
In 2014 she officially took leave of her function at Maryfonden. She's still one of Mary's closest friends, and remains a board member of Mary Fonden.
Caroline Heering was born as Caroline Elisabeth Kjær in 1973 in one of Denmark's top notch families. Her father is Erik Wilhelm Kjær. Her mother, Helle Kirsten Flamand remarried in 1987 with count Ivar Frederik Moltke, who died of cancer barely a year later. Helle was pregnant when her second husband passed away while they were in Sydney.
Caroline later changed her name to Caroline Flamand. After her marriage it became Caroline Heering.
Helle Moltke acted as a "kammerdame" to queen Margrethe, so Caroline has always been acquainted with Danish court.
Caroline wearing the Heering family tiara
With her mother, Helle Moltke
Caroline has a sister, Marie Louise Flamand who's married to photographer Marc Høm, and a half brother, Joachim Moltke - who will inherit his late father's estate.
With her sister, Marie Louise Høm
Jomfruens Egede, the rural estate that will belong to Joachim Moltke, and is now still officially managed by Helle Moltke
Caroline grew up at Lystrup manor, where she would later also host Mary's hen night.
Peter Heering + girlfriend Caroline Flamand & Frederik + then girlfriend Maria Montell in Cahors
Caroline has a Masters Degree in Business from Copenhagen University. From 1999 to 2006 she worked as a manager for Unilever.
She married Peter Heering, one of crown prince Frederik's best friends. The couple have two daughters: Emilie (°2002) and Rosemarie (°2005). Peter is godfather to princess Isabella and Caroline is godmother to prince Vincent. Crown prince Frederik in turn is godfather to Rosemarie Heering.
Wedding day of Peter & Caroline Heering
The family lives in Hellerup, Copenhagen. They also own a holiday house in Blokhus on the Danish coast.
Emilie Heering in 2014, age 12
Emilie at Julie Fagerholt's store in Copenhagen, 2014
Caroline is part of Mary's closest circle of Danish friends, who've been there for her from her early days in Denmark, circa 2002