AEST 15:30, Fri Feb 1 2013
Princess Mary will celebrate her 41st birthday on February 5 - and what a life she has had so far.
When Mary met Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik in a Sydney bar in 2000, she was a pretty but otherwise unremarkable commoner.
Twelve years later Mary is a bona-fide princess with four beautiful children and a devoted husband who just happens to be the next Danish king.
These photos chart her journey from girl-next-door to royalty and future leader of Denmark.
Princess Mary in October 2012.