History: The Dreamy Wedding Outfit

Back in 2004 when the prince of Denmark were about to marry the Australian born Mary Elizabeth Donaldson a white masterpiece was created to the future Queen; the ivory duchess silk wedding gown! Two of the greatest Danish designer were given the job to create the most wonderful dress, it was designer Uffe Frank and tailor Birgit Hallstein in close collaboration with Mary herself who made her wedding-dress dreams come true and we have to admit they all three did a pretty good job. The gown has so many elements, details and stunning things to look at with the old lace and layers of silk duchess. Lets go back down memory lane and dive into the ultimate outfits of them all: the wedding outfit!

The wedding gown

The magnificent wedding gown of Mary's is made of 24 meters of ivory silk duchess with a shiny effect because of the silk. It is made of long panels which opens out about 25 cm under her waist and under these panels, over 100 years old lace comes visible. These lace are almost historical and have a great story you need to know. Read about them further below. Another thing to take notice of is the very special designed sleeves, Uffe Frank gave them the name kalla-sleeves after the Kalla flower, this have a specific shape just like the 3 quarter sleeves on Mary's wedding gown. It also features a width neckline. A significant thing about her gown is the extremely long train, it measures 6 meters and is one of the longest train of years of royal wedding dresses. Imagine to walk with all that behind? Underneath the gown is over 31 meters of tulle. This is really a gown to remember. Uffe Frank did also design the tow red and one pink bridesmaid dresses.

Mary and Silkehuset

In September 2003 Mary visited the Silk House (Silkehuset) in Bjæverskov to see all the different silk materials that might be used to her dazzling wedding gown. She decided that the Silk House was the one to deliver the silk to her dress. The Silk House describes it as a exciting work between to bride, designer Uffe Frank and tailor Birgitte Hallstein. The silk came from over 200,000 cocoons from the province of Zhejing in China. A thin thread was made in the length of reaching five times around the earth. It was them sent to Bangalore in India to be dyed in a special ivory colour to match the hair and eyes of Mary such as the old Connaugh lace. Afterwards is was sent to the workroom on Amalienborg in Copenhagen. The underlining and train are made of a silk organza from the North of Italy who has specialized for centuries working with fabrics also for royals all over Europe. 

Mom was also a part of the day

Henrietta Clark Donaldon, Mary's mother, died in 1997 in the age of 55 during a heart surgery leaving Mary with no mother in a age of 25 years old. Even though her mother died several years ago she took part in the wedding ceremony. As any other girl I think Mary would have loved to see her mother next to her on her big day. In the memory and to be close to her mother she had her wedding ring stitched into the upper body of her wedding gown. Afterwards Mary's lovely bouquet was send with an aunt to her mother grave. What a thoughtful gesture.

The Connaught lace  

Another beautiful detail with Mary's wedding outfit is the old Connaugh lace, 8 meters of lace. They have its history back to the time of Princess Margereta of Sweden. She was the Princess of Connaught and when she married Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden she brought with her the wonderful lace and the veil. Princess Ingrid of Sweden (later Queen of Denmark) inherited it after her mother as the only daughter. The lace was worn by Queen Ingrid's first daughter Queen Margrethe on her wedding dress and after the wedding they were taken off and then used on Mary's wedding gown. Today Mary's dress is, like her mother-in-laws, without the lace work.  

Hiding her hairdo on the wedding day future Queen Mary wore the stunning lace veil. As the lace work on the dress is comes from Princess Margareta of Connaught, made by nuns. Several royal women have worn it at their wedding day before Mary in 2004. Princess Margareta of Connaught was the first to wear it when she married Prince Gustav Adolf of Sweden. The veil was given to Princess Ingrid who wore it, as her mother, at her wedding day in 1935 when she married the Danish Crown Prince Frederik IX. It was Ingrid who made it a tradition to wear this specific veil. Queen Margrethe II also wore it at her wedding. These royal women wore it too: Princess Anne-Marie (the sister of Queen Margrethe), Princess Benedikte (the sister of Queen Margrethe ), Princess Alexandra and her sister Princess Nathalie (Children of Princess Benedikte).

Tiara and earrings worn on the wedding day 

As any other wedding one of the things to guess about is which tiara are the bride going to wear? A new one or one she had inherited. In this case Mary wore a new diamond tiara given to her by her mother-in-law and father-in-law as their wedding gift to the bride which is not a usual tradition. Despite the fact that she wore a 'new' tiara nobody know where it comes from nor the history of it. It has been told that they bought it on an auction. The tiara is estimated to be a 1900-hundreds piece of jewellery. The tiara features five spikes and six lesser spikes between adored with diamonds. The beautiful South-Sea pearl earrings are made by jewellery designer Marianne Dulong ordered by Mary to her wedding day. She were shown several designs and chose those the one with the snowdrop-design. She wished to get a pair of earrings that would be used on the wedding day and at other events after her big day. Both tiara and earrings are worn during state visits and gala dinners since.

Engagement- and wedding band

The eternity wedding band is made of 18-carat white gold and features 24 square diamonds int the classic princess cut, a way to grind diamonds. The gold to make the wedding band is the first ever found on Greenland in the goldmine Nalunaq (which means: "the place that's hard to find"). The gold was a wedding gift from the Greenland Home (Det Grøndlanske Hjemmestyre). Royal jeweler Flemming Hertz is the creator of both Mary and Frederik's wedding and engagement rings. He has told that they were in the process to design the bands and Frederik ordered them in January when the wedding was in May. Today it's worn with her stunning engagement band which features there baguette stones; two red ruby from Brazil and a diamond. The colours symbolize the colours in the Danish flag, Dannebrog. In early 2012 two diamonds were added to the engagement band.

The bouquet 

Floral designer Erik Buch is the one who created Mary's stunning white and green bouquet on the wedding day. Many certainly forget her bouquet when they talk about the royal wedding in 2004, but when you know about the different flowers and the stories about them will love you read this section. White roses was surrounded by several historical flowers. Rhododendrons, azaleas and orange flowers were all from the garden of Fredensborg Castle and Meadowsweet from Gråsten Palace. The bouquet did also contained myrtle derived from a plant Queen Ingrid had with her from Sweden, Stockholm, when she married Crown Prince Frederik IX of Denmark where she wore a wreath of the same plant on her head. To emphasize the bride's homeland, the Australian eucalyptus with berries and the Australian eucalyptus 'Snow Gum' were added to the bouquet. The shaft of the bridal bouquet consisted of a braided silk with a silver ring, where the royal couple's monogram and wedding date was engraved. 

The lace handkercheif 

When Frederik held his wedding speech to Mary after the wedding, a little lace handkerchief was used to take her tears away from her eyes because of the wonderful speech. The beautiful lace worked handkerchief is handmade by the woman Astrid Hansen. The pattern is called the ‘Tønder pattern’ which is a famous crochet pattern in the Southen part of Denmark and it’s one of the oldest we have. She worked 6 hours (!) every day since the engagement was announced in 2003.


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    1. Hi,
      I'm very glad to know that you like my blog! It is very important for me to know that people like what I do :) I hope you will be following the blog for a long time.
      Mary's wedding dress is one of the most beautiful if you ask me. So classic, elegant and simple. I love it! I have to say I'm not married yet, I'm not that old as you might think :)

    2. This is not an answer but I want to tell you that the veil first was worn in 1905 when Ingrids mother got married to the future King of Sweden

    3. You are absolutely right and Queen Ingrid was the one who made it at tradition to wear this specific veil. A very beautiful veil!

  2. I own similar designer dress as shown in above pictures. I am now planning to sell my wedding dress online. Can you sell it for me?

    1. Hi,
      maybe you could send me an e-mail (henriette4-hini@live.dk) with more details about the dress and some pictures, and your e-mail where to contact you. And then I can make a post about it, if you would like? ;) Let me hear from you again