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Forfeiture of citizenship
Was that what actually happened, then, in the case of Mary? That she simply forfeited her British and Australian citizenships when acquiring Danish?
As for bowing or curtsying: of course a queen of any sort (consort, dowager, regnant) always outranks a princess who is not a sovereign. But the point is that among ordinary folk, there is absolutely NO obligation for this gesture, for any person who is not a subject of Her Majesty the British queen.
After all, there is no obligation for any Mr. John Doe of Sheffield, England to bow to Her Majesty the Danish queen.
The Crown Princess of Denmark was never a Tanzanian citizen. She had Australian and British citizenship and, as such, was subject to the sovereignty of the Queen of Australia and of the United Kingdom in her separate and distinct capacities as such.
In civilized circumstances it is not possible for one to renounce all of one’s citizenships before acquiring another. That would make one stateless.
A crown princess would indeed curtsy to a queen…
As I understand, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was born Mary Elizabeth Donaldson of Australia. In order to marry Crown Prince Frederik, she had to renounce her Australian and Tanzanian citizenships, become a Danish citizen, and join the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark (having been raised as a Presbyterian).
Does this mean that until the moment of her renunciation, she was technically and legally a subject of Her Majesty the British Queen? Of course, she would have automatically become a subject of Her Majesty the Danish Queen (soon to become her mother-in-law), after becoming a citizen of Denmark.
I'm not sure if Mary acquired Danish citizenship immediately after renouncing her Australian. But if so, this would have made an interesting scenario whereby at one moment, she was a subject of one queen regnant; at the next, she became the subject of another.
I'm not sure if HRH the Danish crown princess has encountered HM the British queen since her marriage; but one presumes that she has had no obligation to bow or curtsy to her.