Our Crown Princess Mary Obsession # 4

I have been looking so much forward to this specific post! About one or two years ago this lovely woman wrote an email to me and told me about her fantastic Crown Princess Mary hobby. She is actually the main reason why I had the idea of make these ‘obsession-posts’ and I’m so exited to show what her hobby is – I assure, you’ll love it! Since the first drawing she sent me, I’ve been so overwhelmed by her skills and I can’t simply stop staring at them. Now you might guessed what Inge are doing as her CP Mary hobby/obession. I’ll let her introsuce herself:

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I would like to introduce myself. My name is Inge and I’m 65 years old and a retired preschool teacher. I have been a royalista since childhood. I have attended King Frederik’s (Queen Margrethe’s father) birthday celebration at Amalienborg serveral times either with my parent or the school I was working for.”

Because of this early royal interest she started collection pictures of Margrethe when she still had the titel ‘Princess’: “During my school years I collcted photos of Princess Margrethe. The photos were collected in a scarpbook together with photos of Cliff Richard (singer) and Michael Landon (actor). To this day, I still have these scrapbooks.”

The story goes on and Inge tells that when Frederik was born she found interest in this little new Prince: “When Crown Princess Frederik was born, I followed the familiy and especially his troubled childhood came to be a thing I had specially in mind.” Princess Mary now starts to be a part of Frederik’s life and Inge comment on this ‘love-of-his-life by saying: “We were all able to read about his love affair in the magazines. I, myself, had a theory of him being involved with a girl from either the Faroe Islands or perhaps Greenland.” Of course we now all know that there was a specific girl that had his interst, the Australian born Mary Elizabeth Donaldson. “… I was immediately convinced that she was the right girl for him!” says Inge.  

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One thing that caught my attention about Inge and her amazing hobby, is: why did this hobby ever began? Myself I love to be creative and make all kind of things that includes drawings, painting, sawing etc. but why make drawings of the future Queen’s clothes? Well, read what she answered to that question: “At their wedding, I was working on sketches of the wedding dress. These were mean to be cut-out doll’s for the children I was working with. Afterwards I continued designing Mary’s wardrobe for the paper dolls, based on her actually outfits.”

Actually, it’s not only Crown Princess Mary she made clothes for also her husband, now Crown Princess Frederik, was made as a doll: “A male doll was made to work as Crown Princess Frederik’s wardrobe.” The hobby didn’t stop there because them Prince Chirstian was born he also became a subject for her work and “…when Princess Isabella was bron, the children at the scholl asked me to do her wardrobe as well.” 

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I’m so impressed by the way she works with the right colors, shapes and details on the dresses!
Due to a logn period with stress and depression my creative work was temporarily set aside. When I retired and regained my confidence, I returned to my work with the paper dolls…” Luckily! “My main focus has always been on Mary and her wardrobe. Now I draw for pure pleasure and it’s a great pastime activity!”

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She even make a statement about my blog!: “Styleofmary and Henriette helped me to collect photos of Mary’s outfit, she has been wearing during me time also away from sketching. Even my less sharp photos from old magazines, she was able to find again” Here I need to say: I was more then happy to help! This also goes to everybody else, if you ever need answers with something that relates to Mary, feel free to ask and I’ll do what I can to give you an answer.

I know this from myself, when you start collection Mary-stuff you’ll very quickly get lots of folder, magazines etc. in every space it’s possible to place them. Inge might know what I’m talking about: “I now have three complete folder with evening gown, casual dresses, suits, skirts, pants, jackets, coats, ponchos, fur coats, hats as well as special outfits from for instance Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the military.”

My final question to Inge will be: Do you continue your CP Mary hobby? “Whether I’ll continue to draw Mary’s outfits or not, I don’t know yet. For the time being, I truly enjoyed it and find it relaxing. Even the complicated patterns and designs I find a certain joy in and takes it as a challenge. At times, I have entertained the idea of sending several pages filled with dolls and outfits to Princess Isabella on her birthday when she was old enough. she has now reached that age but I’m still in a doubt. after all, I’m still just an enthusiastic amateur.” I really hope you desice to send your wonderful dolls to Princess Isabella, I’m sure she’ll be thrilled to see herself as a paper doll with all her own clothes! Thanks Inge for being a pair of Styleofmary with your great work and to give the time to share your story with all of us!

Day of Research 2015

Thursday, April 23

Once again Crown Princess Mary, as patron, attended the opening of Day of Research (Forskningens Døgn). Additionally presented Crown Princess Mary the Research Communication Award which went to Professor and Dr. Lars Østergård, who has been researching in infectious diseases.

What is Day of Research?
It's a research-festival and the vision with a day like this is to raise awareness and interest of the importance the research have on our society and daily life. The festival give you the opportunity to get close to the important and exciting work with all kind of research. 

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Lately I noticed that many of the Royal around the world are using red (or is it pink??) and finally we also get to see Mary wearing it. Often se uses it as lipstick, nail polish or other accessories. To me the dress looks new, I could be wrong. So if you recognizes it as the first thing when you saw pictures of her I really want to know or if you just have an idea who the designer could be. Besides the red dress I noticed in all the articles that she was really excited to be there and see all the work. She also participated in many of the projects and asked lots of questions to the activities she was shown. By the way her dress matched the Day of Research sign, well chosen!

With a little help from my great colleagues at Royalista there's no doubt that she is wearing her beige patent pumps from Christian Louboutin. In the same red color as the dress she carried a Carlend Copenhagen clutch under her arm. On the opposite arm she wore a black sea pearl bracelet, with matching earrings, from Marianne Dulong.

Clutch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa in Red DKK 8,500.00
Earrings: Marianne Dulong AQUA DKK 13,200.00
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Simple Pumps 100mm
Bracelet: Marianne Dulong

10 Years with the Maternity Foundations

Wednesday, April 22



Back in 2010 Crown Princess Mary became the patron of the Maternity Foundation, four years later she receives the Bambi Charity Award for her social commitment. This year, 2015, she attended the 10 years anniversary of the foundation. At the same time the Fund launched a new app called The Safe Delivery App.

What is the Maternity Foundation?
The Maternity Foundation working to save mothers and newborn children's lives. The foundations vision is 'It may not cost life to give life' (Det må ikke koste liv at give liv). They work to improve mother's and newborn's survival and health. Read more about their impressive work here and help support the foundation.

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The first thing I noticed when I saw the pictures of Mary was her amazing smile, she was smiling all the time when she participated in the anniversary. The last few years she has ben working more and more to improve women and children's health all around the world and I think this day was great to her because it shows that the job they do really matter. And the lunch of the new app indicates that they foundation is in a good development.

Without taking the focus from the project, Mary was dressed in a old white/black floral blouse from Zara. You might remember it when she wore it at the first official pictures of the twins. She had chosen to match it with a pair of high-waisted dress-pants. Have we seen them before? The shoes  might be SAND and the black crocodile clutch is from Carlend Copenhagen. My guess is that the quite large bracelet is from the amazing jewelry brand Monies. Their jewelry are very characteristic in size, shape and design. The Dutch Queen Máxima is also a huge fan of these necklaces such as bracelets. Not sure you noticed them but she is wearing Ole Lynggaard (Forest collection) earrings. Love that she finished the outfit with a simple and easily made ponytail.

Blouse: Zara
Shoes: SAND
Clutch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa DKK 8,500.00
Earrings: Ole Lynggaard Lotus Earrings 

The Mary Foundation is Working with Loneliness

This week Danish Radio (DR Danmarks Radio) focus on loneliness among the Danes. Over 200.000 people in Denmark lives in isolation and over the last few years is has become a bigger problem. As you The Mary Foundation works with this subject through the project Netwerk. DR had an interview  (in Danish) with Crown Princess Mary. See it here and here. The interview was made after she, Monday the 20th, visited Falkonergårdens Gymnasium. They have taken part in the Netwerk project - made in collaboration with Ventilen and the Mary Foundation.  Mary expressed how important it is to show attention to those around us and do something about the problem. And not at least talk about it. Social isolation is a problem that affect both children, young people and adults.

It's great to see Mary use her titel and position as Crown Princess to help others and make the world aware of issues we can't fight alone.

Follow their work on Facebook or at their website Maryfonden.dk.

Jacket: A long lost jacket from Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2005worn in 2006 on a trip to Bornholm

Happy Birthday Princess Isabella!

Congratulation to Princess Isabella with the 8 years, Styleofmary wishes her all the best and a Happy Birthday!