Day 1: New Year Reception at Amalienborg

January, 1st
Photo @Agnès Colbert
Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik hosted the first new year reception at Amalienborg castle. Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim and his wife Princess Marie all attended in the celebration. 

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The biggest and most amazing evenings of them all. New Years Eve! Which means lots of new year receptions, evening gowns and sparkling old jewelleries. This is the one day a year we get a glimpse of the old royal house that we hear about in the books. That one night when everything is back to what it was. The royal family is really all about history and traditions, like January 1st. This is their way of celebration the new year such as Denmark. It's that day a year when the most prestigious dresses are worn and when the royal women wear their best jewelleries. Like the many photographers and journalists, lots of Danes showed up to get a glimpse of the attended once. One of them was Agnés Colbert how was able to get some really fantastic photos, I now have the opportunity to share with you! On the 1st of January it's tradition that the royal family host a dinner for the Danish Government, representatives of the official Denmark and the court in Christian 7's mansion in Copenhagen. They all arrive in a planned order: all the guests by rank, then Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary and than as the last ones Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik -the hosts. They always arrive last. Like the guests, the royal family does also arrive by rank, who is next to the throne after the present Queen and Prince. Of course we all know that. Before the guests are allow to find their seats in the big decorated hall, each one of them greets the royal family one by one. All of them have found their seats and dinner is ready to begin which was a four-course menu accompanied by wines from the prince's castle in Cayx, France.

Photos @Agnés Colbert

The magic is all about excitement. Like children on Christmas Eve I feel excited at this first new year reception. I'm cleaned to the screen to watch every single detail of Mary's outfit. How is her hair, what dress is she wearing, does it look different that previously, what about her accessories etc. All this because I admire her. My first conclusion is we have differently seen her burgundy velvet gown before. It's a creation by Birtgit Hallstein. One of the most talented tailors I think we have in Denmark. The gown give her the fashion-status of a Queen. Stunning! While she was pregnant with Princess Isabella she wore this dress twice: New Years Eve and at King Harald of Norway's 70th birthday party in 2007. With the extra fabric Birgit was able to drastically alter it from a maternity gown to this fashionable evening gown. The last time we saw her wear it was in 2012 at new years eve. If you take a close look you will see the changes: the sleeves are smaller, the neckline isn't that low anymore, it's more figure hugging and now it has a 'belt' of the same fabric. 2014 should be the year where to see one more change or addition - a burgundy velvet necklace. I'm sure there is a specific word to describe this kind of necklace but I can't remember right now. Even better she wore the Ruby parure brooch on the necklace, which I think was sawn onto the fabric. Something very common in the old days for the women to sew jewelleries onto their dresses because they were so heavy. Very clever. From the Ruby parure she also wore the magnificent tiara, earrings and ring. Since Mary wore the Ruby parure the first time in 2004 is has changed and items have been added. This was all done by Marianne Dulong and her talented team. And by idea from the Crown Princess a ring was added featuring a large red ruby. The author Nina Hald has written a book about the Ruby parure and its changes called Eventyrlige Rubiner (Adventurous Rubies). It all started in 2010 with a meeting between Mary and Marianne Dulong's team. Read more about it here. As the tradition says, she wore the Order of the Elephant on a gold chain instead of a blue ribbon. The gold chain is worn a special occasions like this. On the left side of the chest is the Star of the Order, a silver star with a gold and red enamel circle in the middle featuring a cross surrounded by pearls and a laurel wreath in silver. The gown also features a quite long train. She accessorized this first outfit of 2014 with her Judith Leiber clutch and golden pointed pumps from Manolo Blahnik. With this I with you a happy new year!!!

Photo @Agnés Colbert
Gown: Birgit Hallstein
Jewellery: The Ruby Parure
Clutch: Judith Leiber
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Bb Metallic Leather Pumps DKK 4.085

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