Mary, her husband and their four children will jet to her native Tasmania for the holidays

By Caris Davis
November 30, 2015 03:20 PM
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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and her family will break with years of Christmas tradition, the Danish royal family said Monday.

In place of the time-honored family Christmas with Queen Margrethe II, Mary, 43, and her husband Crown Prince Frederick, 47, along with their four children, will celebrate the festive season with Princess Mary’s family on the Australian island of Tasmania, where the temperature averages around 70 degrees throughout December.

Although the couple made a whirlwind two-day trip to Australia in 2013 , the last time Christian, 10, Princess Isabella, 8, and adorable twins Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent, both 4 years old, visited their mother’s homeland was in 2011.

Australia holds a special place in the family’s heart since it was there, in a Sydney pub during the 2000 Olympics, that Crown Prince Frederik first met Crown Princess Mary.

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The crown princess, who grew up in the Hobart suburb of Taroona, will be anticipating a reunion with her elder sisters Jane Stephens, 49, and Patricia Bailey, 47. They’ve got a lot to catch up on, including an Australian-made biopic of the princess, which garnered distinctly mixed reviews.

It’s expected Crown Princess Mary’s brother, John Donaldson, 45, will travel from the Western Australian city of Perth to Tasmania to see his godson Prince Vincent, along with the rest of his Danish royal relatives.

Meanwhile, another member of the Danish royal family may miss the traditional Nordic celebrations too.

Princess Marie, 39, flew out of Denmark on Sunday for France, where she plans to spend time with her ailing grandmother Baroness Odile de Sairigne, 97, according to an official statement on the Palace website.

She’s very close to her aging relative, whose consent she asked for before marrying Prince Joachim, according to the Danish newspaper BT.

“I have shared many secrets with my grandmother,” she’s quoted as saying.

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