It has been a whirlwind fairytale for Princess Marie, who less than a year ago was Marie Cavallier, a former executive secretary from Switzerland. Her courtship with Joachim began in 2005 following the prince's split from his ex-wife, the also lovely Princess Alexandra, now Countess of Frederiksborg.
It must have been a difficult time for Joachim, separating from his wife and mother of his two small sons at the same time as his brother Frederick and new wife Mary were enjoying the first flush of married life after their sumptuous wedding.
However Joachim did not take long to bounce back after becoming reacquainted with Marie, whom he'd previously met through mutual friends in Denmark. Pictures began to emerge of the couple enjoying holidays together and looking very much in love. The relationship also appeared to have the blessing of Alexandra from early on, as she was often photographed with the new couple at social events. Most importantly, Marie has been a hit with Joachim's sons Nikolai and Felix. Photos of the princes and Marie on ski holidays together confirmed to onlookers that the relationship was serious.
It wasn't long afterwards that the couple confirmed Denmark would have another royal wedding to look forward to. Joachim and Marie's engagement was announced in October 2007, and seven months later the marriage took place in a beautiful ceremony near Joachim's home, Schackenborg Manor in southern Denmark. The bride looked stunning in a full gown with a tight-fitting lace bodice and sleeves. Although unmistakeably a royal occasion, the wedding differed from that of Frederick and Mary in that it had more of an intimate, family feel.
The Danish princes seem to be attracted to successful career women, who then are transformed seemingly effortlessly into elegant princesses, and Marie is no exception. Since her wedding she has cut a stylish figure at Joachim's side on royal engagements, and has no trouble keeping up with the style standards set by her chic sister-in-law Mary. And now Marie's life has completely changed again, enriched with the joy of a new baby.