Day 1: New Year Reception at Amalienborg Castle

Friday, January 1st

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik hosted the first new year reception at Christian VII's Palace, Amalienborg, for the Danish Government and special invited guest. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie did also attend the dinner.

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For about a month we haven't seen Mary because as you all know; she has been on vacation in Australia with her family to celebrate Christmas in Tasmania for the first time in 11 years. In my post The Australian Christmas I share with you some of the great moments the press shared with the rest of the world from their vacation. When we got close to new year I was not sure if we would see Frederik and Mary at the first new year reception at Amalienborg but after searching for some time in the Queen's official calendar I found out that the couple, of course, would be participate in the prestigious dinner. One great way to return. This dinner, as well as the other two new year dinners, is something I really look forward to with great excitement! The most wonderful evening to celebrate a new year. It is a dinner for the Queen and her husband to celebrate those who do something special for Denmark. As the traditions prescribes the Danish Government, the country's top officials and the court management, were invited. This magnificent dinner took place in the Great Hall in Christian VII's Palace, Amalienborg. Which means a very short ride for Frederik and Mary because they live right across Christian VII's Palace. Because the home of the Queen and Prince Henrik is under construction they right now live at Fredensborg Castle were the Queen's annual new year speech also was broadcasted. I came across a little history of when this tradition really started and I decided to share these information's with you -of course.

From the time of King Frederik III's time, maybe before that, the new year reception were held on New Years Eve. Everybody were invited to come a visit the castle and watch the royal family and their guests eat their dinner, standing close to the walls (may seem a bit strange today). At the time of Christian VI. and Sophie Magdalene the castle of Copenhagen was torn down and they moved in at Christiansborg Palace where the public had no access. At midnight music was played in the courtyard and everybody wished each other a happy new year. In 1794 there was a fire at Christiansborg and the royal family were not gathered anymore and they had to meet at Amalienborgs different houses to wish year other a happy new year on New Year's morning. When Christian V. founded the Order of the Elephant and Order of Dannebrog, January 1st become one of the order days. This was the day a year when the King honored the knights who were a "owner" of the Order of the Elephant. For the new year dinner to be celebrated more than one day is from time around world war one. Up through the 1900s, the number of government institutions increased and there were too many to be celebrated in a day. - Kongehuset.dk


So now you have the story of when, how and why the royal family celebrate a new year in Denmark. A reason why I look forward to this specific evening is of course, like everybody else, to see what the three royal women will be wearing. Around 7 pm. the royal family started arriving to Christian VII's Palace: first Prince Joachim and Princess Marie who was dressed in a lovely white gown created by Rikke Gudnitz, who has designed many of Marie's new year dresses. Normally I do not comment on Marie's clothes but this year I will make an excuse because I was really impressed. The balance between skirt and lace blouse is beautiful and I think it suits Marie very well. Accessorized with golden shoes I fancy her outfit. Shortly after Frederik and Mary arrived. Those two we all have waited for. Like hollywood stars, the photographers did their best to get the best pictures of the Crown Prince couple before they entered the castle. And Mary in her dazzling midnight blue velvet gown caught the flash lights from the camera beautifully! As I mentioned in my recent post from the new year reception parts of the gown looks like her sparkling dress created by Danish designer Jesper Høvring (Fall 2014) which she wore attending the BAMBI Award in November 2014 (see picture below). According to Billed Bladet this is in fact the gown from the award. Either is altered to be a skirt or it's a dress like the one on the runway, I'm still not sure. Because this is indeed magnificent! The design is incredible and for me who loves designing this dress is so inspirational. And a clever way to "reuse" a gala dress. On a cold January night, especially because it's extremely cold in Denmark right now, it is a perfect way to reuse a one-shoulder-dress which by the way features a small train. The style of the velvet "blouse" is indeed similar to her burgundy Birgit Hallstein gown. Two things I think you should notice on this dress and that is the fantastic detail in the end of the sleeves. Like the skirt rhinestones and sequins have been added to make her evening gown even more beautiful. The other detail is how beautifully the the fabric waves at front. Almost like a draping. Enough about the dress which I could talk about for hours. From her old ruby parure she wore the tiara, earrings, a hairpin or two and the large ruby ring. By the way I consider writing a more detailed post about the ruby parure after I've read the book Eventyrlige Rubiner by Nina Hald. Would you like me to do that? The red rubies matched her nail polished and amazing evening make up. As an old tradition, Mary wore the Order of the Elephant in a golden chain instead of the blue ribbon. Read more about the order in one of my previous posts here. She accessorized this wonderful new year outfit by wearing a black satin clutch and black pumps from Prada. Her hair was styled in a french twist which was also a great inspiration to me, as everything else about this outfit! What is your thoughts about her "new" dress?

Et billede slået op af Crown Princess Mary Elizabeth (@crownprincessmaryofdenmark) den

When I start talking more about Mary I think it's time to get on with the post. I realize that this post might be quite long today. Sorry girls, but I can't stop myself ;) Like Prince Joachim and Queen Margrethe, Frederik greeted the lifeguards in the vestibule before attending the dinner. In a dusty coloured creation Queen Margrethe stunned in a reused gown when she arrived along with Prince Henrik as the last ones. There have been several speculations about whether or not Prince Henrik would participate this dinner because his retirement has been announced by the Queen in her new year speech. I'm sure you already know all about this. Personally I was pretty he would attend and of course he did. A little troubled he arrived to Amalienborg with his wife to attend this years first dinner. And with this yet another year is kicked off.

Gown: Jepser Høvring Midnight Blue Sequin Gown
Jewellery: The Ruby Paure
Clutch: Prada Black Satin Box Clutch $444.80 (on sale)
Shoes: Prada Satin Grey Pumps $163.50 (pre-owned)

8 comments:

  1. What a start to the new year for our favourite princess - she was stunning!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. I love this blue dress so much!

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    2. Camilla & Queenfromfinland:
      I'm truly amazed by this 'new' blue dress! What a creation, a wonderful design that suits Mary beautifully :)

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  2. Princess Mary looks so regal and so elegant. Everything is perfect.

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  3. Do you think it could be the same sparkling blue dress with a new velvet top?

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    1. Mary look absolutely stunning at this years first gala dinner! I think she amazed everybody by wearing this dream of a dress. With the information I have, the skirt from an old Jesper Høvring dress got a new velvet top. Indeed beautiful!

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  4. I don't think that the JH dress has been 'modified' really. If you look at the photos from BAMBI carefully you can see that the off-shoulder top and the skirt were two pieces from the beginning. This 'new year look' is probably just the skirt plus a custom-made velvet top covering up the upper body. The original train is still here under the velvet.

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    1. I clearly see that the Jesper Høvring dress she wore at the award in 2014 is "separated" like a skirt and a top but the thing is that on the runway it is a dress. I think we can conclude what you say; it's a skirt and a new velvet top :)

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