The Annual Christmas Stamp & A Birthday Conference

Wednesday, October 28th

12:00 pm. Queen Margrethe and Crown Princess Mary participated in the annual presentation of the christmas stamp at Copenhagen City Hall. This years christmas stamps have been designed by the Queen. 

The story of the Christmas Stamp 2015:
The creator of the original christmas stamp is Einar Holbølls, he was born 150 years ago. This was celebrated by Queen Margrethe who designed this years Christmas Stamp 2015. She also created the stamps in 1970 and 2003. The stamps are named 'What a postman - a dove' which are created by paper clips, drawing and watercolor. Her inspiration is from the old song and game as the Queen remember from her own childhood. Read more about the Christmas Stamp 2015 here.

1:30 pm. Crown Princess Mary attended in the Children, Young People & Grief's (Børn, Unge go Sorg) 15th birthday conference in the public hall at Christiansborg Palace.

What is Children, Young People & Grief all about?
Children, Youth & Grief offers free support and treatment for children and adolescents, under 28 years old, whose parents or siblings are severely ill or died. Crown Princess Mary is patron of Children, Youth & Grief. Read about all this and much more here.

Queen Margrethe & Crown Princess Mary at the presentation of the Christmas Stamp 2015
Et billede slået op af Camilla Sonne (@camillassolskin) den

At 12:00 pm. two beautiful royal ladies arrived to the Copenhagen City Hall to participate in the presentation of the annual Christmas Stamp 2015. Celebrating the founder of the stamp, Einar Holbølls,  Queen Margrethe is the one who designed this year's stamps which is why I think she also accompanied Mary on Wednesday. The previous years Mary has, on her own reviled the Christmas stamps to the public as the patron of the Christmas Seal Foundation. This is the third time Margrethe is the creator - in 2003 and way back in 1970 - where sales go to the four existing Christmas Seal  Homes (Julemærkehjemmene) helps children to get a grip on diet and exercise, make new friends and help them to handle among others bullying. Both women were enthusiastic and in a really good mood  when they arrived to the City Hall in Copenhagen to reviled the Christmas stamps 2015. As the tradition says, the royal guests were given each their bouquet. I found a picture of Mary's white bouquet which was made by the Danish florist AK (@aksflowers), you see it right under the photo of this years Christmas stamps. Queen Margrethe's bouquet matched her red jacket. In bright red and black tartan, Margrethe and Mary entered the stage, pulled the white sheet away and out came the most beautiful stamps featuring children sending, writing and receiving letters and snow-white turtledoves. I was amazed by the design, we certainly have a very artistic and creative Queen in Denmark. She has designed some really beautiful stamps. I think Mary was so proud of her mother-in-law at the presentation. Seeing how glad she was really made me smile. Margrethe told that she found her inspiration in an old Danish song called What a postman - a dove (Hvilket postbud, en due) she remember from her own childhood. While Mary was sitting next to the some of the participants, Queen Margrethe stayed on the stage and gave her speech. Eloquent and smiling as always, she expressed her joy at the day's event. At the same time she had to apologize, but she had caught a cold on the way back home from Indonesia, where she and Prince Henrik were on official visit a few days before, and therefore had difficulty hearing as well as usual. I wish her good recovery and that she must get better soon.

Et billede slået op af Helle Baagø Bonde (@hellebbonde) den

Dressed beautifully in a brand new dress featuring a kind of tartan print, Mary looked dazzling. The print reminds me of a vintage print from the 40s and in the different shades of grey she really caught my attention wearing this dress. As any other new dress I always want to find out where it's from, it is just what I do. Luckily I have the most amazing readers and followers who are always ready to help me in my search for all her new things. Like a millions search later and no result at all I gave up. Simple as that. Something that is the only thing you can do, give it some time and than try again. Before I once again began my search one fantastic friend sent me what I was looking for! Yes, you heard me -she had already found the dress. Thank you so much Lurdes! With great pride I can now tell you that Mary's new tartan dress is from Oscar de la Renta. What was your first thought when you saw the dress? I was a bit surprise by the print but it was love at first sight. I have a thing about vintage clothes and prints and this really reminds me of vintage print, even the style of the dress. Wearing the navy blue coat, at the arrival, she showed the elegance of a stylish 50s inspired woman living in the 21st century. After all I know a thing or two about vintage shapes etc. and Mary's outfit had the perfect shape! Just to mention, I haven't been able to identify the coat yet. Maybe you are more lucky than me? Let me know if you are. Like the most beautiful princess ever, glowing eyes and the incredible hairstyle. A hairstyle that is called 'a french twist' the most glamorous and feminine updo you can find on earth, if you ask me. It look so easy to make and I think it is if you know how to. I would more than anything love to learn how to do a real 'french twist'. I found a tutorial on Youtube that I want to share with you, here, if you want to learn it as well. Am I the only one who think that Mary's hair always look like silk? The black Carlend Copenhagen clutch and pumps matched her outfit perfectly! The Ole Lynggaard earrings finished a really pretty outfit.

Dress: Oscar de la Renta Diamond Cutout Plaid Dress, Grey
Earrings: Ole Lynggaard Winter Frost Earrings
Clutch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa DKK 8,500

Crown Princess Mary attended the birthday conference 

Around one and a half hour later, after she participated in the presentation of the annual Christmas stamp 2015 where the money goes to the Christmas Seal Homes in Denmark that helps children with diet and exercise etc, Mary arrived to the public hall at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen to attend Children, Young People & Grief's (Børn, Unge go Sorg) 15th birthday conference. The most remarkable thing about her visit is undoubtedly the moving speech she gave after the arrival. Children, Young People & Grief, which Mary is patron of since 2013, offers free help to children and adolescents, under the age of 28, whose parents or siblings are severely ill or died. In a young age Mary lots had mother, Henrietta Donaldson, in 1997 during a heart surgery. Talking about her mother made her moved. It was loss that of course effected Mary and her family. Everyone in the large hall were moved by her personal speech. Nothing changed when we look at her clothes, she still wore the stunning new Oscar da la Renta dress wearing the black pumps and clutch. The only thing that really changed I think was her mood. Talking about her mother and all the emotions that came along with her death I understand why changed her feelings. So a day with mixed feelings, in company with her mother-in-law reviling the Christmas stamp and talking for a good cause is of great help to many children and adolescents. I wish both projects the best of luck in the future!

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