Queen of the department store! Princess Mary dons a chic tailored suit in Paris - with a Zara coat and a pastel pink Hugo Boss blouse

  • Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attended the launch of the OECD Forum 
  • The 46-year-old looked chic in a Zara coat, black tailored pants and pumps
  • She was a keynote speaker and discussed empowering women and youth
  • Speculation is mounting that Princess Mary is preparing to step up as Queen
  • Royal insiders say she is taking on an increased workload and public profile  

After enjoying some well deserved down time on the slopes with her family at Verbier in the Swiss Alps, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has returned to royal duties.

The mother-of-four jetted in to Paris on Wednesday for the launch of the OECD  (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) Global Development Forum. 

The effortlessly elegant 46-year-old donned corporate attire for the occasion and arrived at the OECD Conference Centre in her favourite Zara Crepe Frock Coat and a pair of tailored black trousers. 

After enjoying some well deserved down time on the slopes with her family at Verbier in the Swiss Alps, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has returned to royal duties

After enjoying some well deserved down time on the slopes with her family at Verbier in the Swiss Alps, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has returned to royal duties

The mother-of-four jetted in to Paris on Wednesday for the launch of the OECD  (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) Global Development Forum
The Princess was joined by politicians and leaders of the business world for the occasion, where speakers gathered to discuss topics surrounding the empowerment of women and youth

The mother-of-four jetted in to Paris on Wednesday for the launch of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) Global Development Forum

She injected some colour into the look with a stylish pastel pink blouse from Hugo Boss and accessorised with her go-to beige Gianvito Rossi pumps and a Prada handbag.  

The Princess was joined by politicians and leaders of the business world for the occasion, where speakers gathered to discuss topics surrounding the empowerment of women and youth. 

As a whole, the mission of the OECD is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The effortlessly elegant 46-year-old donned corporate attire for the occasion and arrived at the OECD Conference Centre in her favourite Zara Crepe Frock Coat and a pair of tailored black trousers

The effortlessly elegant 46-year-old donned corporate attire for the occasion and arrived at the OECD Conference Centre in her favourite Zara Crepe Frock Coat and a pair of tailored black trousers

She injected some colour into the look with a stylish pastel pink blouse from Hugo Boss and accessorised with her go-to beige Gianvito Rossi pumps and a Prada handbag

She injected some colour into the look with a stylish pastel pink blouse from Hugo Boss and accessorised with her go-to beige Gianvito Rossi pumps and a Prada handbag

The Crown Princess is a passionate advocate for health, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and opened the forum with a keynote speech on empowering women and youth. 

Her keynote speech then launched a discussion on 'the way forward for turning the promise of women and youth empowerment into reality'.

The royal also attended a meeting with the OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria and was seen posing for snaps with attendees as the day progressed. 

The Crown Princess is a passionate advocate for health, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and opened the forum with a keynote speech on empowering women and youth

The Crown Princess is a passionate advocate for health, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and opened the forum with a keynote speech on empowering women and youth

Her keynote speech then launched a discussion on 'the way forward for turning the promise of women and youth empowerment into reality'

Her keynote speech then launched a discussion on 'the way forward for turning the promise of women and youth empowerment into reality'

It's one of many scheduled events for the dedicated princess, who will also attend a WHO dialogue, the opening of the Plan Children's Fund's photo exhibition 'Transformation' and the official opening of Slagelse Hospital in coming weeks. 

This is unsurprising, however, with News Corp reporting that Mary has been taking on an increased workload and public profile since the death of her father-in-law, Prince Henrik of Denmark in February.

As her mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe, 77, ages, royal insiders have said that those within Amalienborg Palace are increasingly turning to Prince Frederik and Princess Mary for public appearances and regal responsibilities.

'Princess Mary will become Queen but I think it is fair to say that she will also become King,' royal author and journalist, Trine Villemann, told News Corp.

It's one of many scheduled events for the dedicated princess, who will also attend a WHO dialogue, the opening of the Plan Children's Fund's photo exhibition 'Transformation' and the official opening of Slagelse Hospital in coming weeks

It's one of many scheduled events for the dedicated princess, who will also attend a WHO dialogue, the opening of the Plan Children's Fund's photo exhibition 'Transformation' and the official opening of Slagelse Hospital in coming weeks

This is unsurprising, however, with News Corp reporting that Mary has been taking on an increased workload and public profile since the death of her father-in-law, Prince Henrik

This is unsurprising, however, with News Corp reporting that Mary has been taking on an increased workload and public profile since the death of her father-in-law, Prince Henrik

'There is absolutely no doubt that Mary rules the roost at Amalienborg (palace).

'She is allowing Frederik quite a lot of space… and in doing so she has managed to accumulate quite a lot of power.'

Speculation has mounted since early last year that Prince Frederik's mother, Queen Margrethe II, will abdicate the throne.

While the 77-year-old herself has said that she will not, if she were to, Crown Prince Frederik, 49, is next in line - which would leave Crown Princess Mary as queen consort. 

'She is very active and a very professional representative for the royal family,' Lars Hovbekke Sorensen, an Assistant Professor, (PhD), at University College Absalon, told the publication.

As her mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe, 77, ages (pictured with Prince Henrik), Amalienborg Palace are increasingly turning to Prince Frederik and Princess Mary for public appearances

As her mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe, 77, ages (pictured with Prince Henrik), Amalienborg Palace are increasingly turning to Prince Frederik and Princess Mary for public appearances

'She is very active and a very professional representative for the royal family,' Lars Hovbekke Sorensen said (pictured: Princess Mary)

'She is very active and a very professional representative for the royal family,' Lars Hovbekke Sorensen said (pictured: Princess Mary)

'Crown Princess Mary is very popular. She is a princess of her time. (For example) she is much more informal when talking with people than Queen Margrethe.'

Not only this, but the Crown Princess regularly showcases Danish designers to the world, takes an active part in trying to make the lives of people in Denmark better via The Mary Foundation and is an excellent mother to Prince Christian, 12, Princess Isabella, 10, and seven-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

She is also fluent in Danish; which is now the Australian-born mother's now-second language.

The Crown Princess regularly showcases Danish designers to the world (pictured with Prince Frederik)

The Crown Princess regularly showcases Danish designers to the world (pictured with Prince Frederik)

While many royal insiders think the ascent of Princess Mary to queen consort will be imminent, not everyone is convinced.

Editor of the Australian Women's Weekly and author of The Royals in Australia, Juliet Rieden, said an abdication by Queen Margrethe would be very unlikely. 

'I talked to a lot of people in Denmark about this and the consensus is that Queen Margrethe is very unlikely to abdicate,' she told FEMAIL.

'The only reason that she would abdicate is if she became infirm and incapable of being a queen.

'Prince Henrik hasn't been by her side for a little bit so she is already used to taking the reigns on her own and done so very easily and with a lot of confidence so I don’t imagine she will step aside now.'

Obviously Princess Mary (pictured) will become Queen consort one day next to Prince Frederik who will be King but I don't think it will be in the next 12 months,' Juliet Rieden said

Obviously Princess Mary (pictured) will become Queen consort one day next to Prince Frederik who will be King but I don't think it will be in the next 12 months,' Juliet Rieden said

She added: 'Obviously Princess Mary will become Queen consort one day next to Prince Frederik who will be King but I don't think it will be in the next 12 months.

'You can never tell and other European monarchs have stepped aside for younger heirs but Queen Margrethe has always been very devoted to the job and she is known for that.

'There is a long tradition in Denmark for the head of state to stay in office for as long as he or she lives. In fact, the last time a Danish King resigned before he died was in 1523 so I think for Queen Margrethe to break with that historic tradition would be a big deal for Denmark.'

Queen Margrethe II is the ruling monarch of Denmark, and she has had the throne since 1972 following the death of her father, King Frederick IX.

Prince Frederik and Princess Mary will become King and Queen of Denmark at the time of Queen Margrethe's abdication or death.  

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