Day 2. New Year reception at Amalienborg & Christiansborg

Tuesday, January 5th

Queen Margrethe hosted a second New Year reception for the Supreme Court judges, the Royal Life Guards and regiments Officer Corps at Christian VII's Palace, Amalienborg in Copenhagen. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended the reception.

The Queen also hosted a third reception on occasion of New Year for the diplomatic corps talking place at Christiansborg Palace. The Crown Prince couple also attended. 1 1

Guess it is time for a more detailed post. Many beautiful pictures have been published from the receptions. It's a tradition for the Queen to host two New Year receptions the same day. One at Amalienborg Palace and one at Christiansborg Castle. This year is a little special because the Queen will host the receptions without her husband for the first time. His retirement has been announced. However, we will still get to see Prince Henrik at a few special occasions in the future. So this year Queen Margrethe was accompanied by the Crown Prince couple. 58 ambassadors and 20 Chargé d'Affaires from twenty different countries were invited. All of them were greeted by the royal family with a handshake. This little ceremony was taking place in the Great Hall. Afterwards they enjoyed a glass of champagne and kransekage -a sort of cake made of amonds, sugar and egg white. Something traditionally eaten by Danes on New Year's Eve.

Mary was gracefully dressed in the most incredible white gown. More elegant than ever. I am overwhelmed who she managed to make a plain white gown looks like this -so delicate and feminine. No doubt that her style has become way more mature and modern during the years in Denmark. This is a perfect example. When arriving along with her husband Crown Prince Frederik, she was almost flying across the hall in her white gown. I strongly believe Birgit Hallstein created her gown with the 3/4 sleeves and slim silhouette. To me it is the same dress as worn at a dinner in honor of the King and Queen of the Netherlands visit in Denmark in March 2015, here. The exact same dress as from last years reception on January 1st, here. The only difference is that sheer fabric covering one side of her hip.

She accessorized her look with a pink suede belt, white gloves and red nail polish. One of the co-founders of Naledi Copenhagen kindly informed me that Mary was wearing one of their new clutches in a latte beige colour featuring a larger flap and more sharp corners. At the arrival she was wearing a brand new grey wool coat from JOSEPH. In 2014, here, she wore the same large pearl necklace and pink drop pendant as during the reception. The pendant was sold by Bruun Rasmussen on one of their auctions. Matching the necklace Mary also wore Hartmann's earrings. They confirmed my request. She matched the outfit with dazzling pink Gianvito Rossi pumps. A beautiful hairstyle, makeup and the Order of the Elephant she has created a stunning look to celebrate New Year. 

Gown: Birgit Hallstein
Coat: JOSEPH Double Cashmere Oslo Coat
Earrings: Hartmann's
Pendant: Pink Diamond Pendant
Rings: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Love Bands Ring
Clutch: Naledi Copenhagen Allana Latte Beige Ostric Clutch
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Rose Pink Pointed Toe Pumps


  1. CP Mary's choice of winter white really showed off her tan. I also love that she has a darker rinse in her hair to even out the color from being in the sun--good detail to keep in mind.

    I guess there will be many opportunities to assist the Queen going forward because of the retirement of the Prince Consort--nothing like learning from the master!

    Happy New Year.


    1. And happy new year to you as well! :)

      You are right about the hair colour and tan, they complement each other really well. I also quite like her haircut, it's a great length.

      We have already seen how well they work together so I'm sure we will get to see the three of them much more in the future, something I look forward to with excitement! ;)

    2. With the prospect of C.P. Mary assisting the Queen M. more, perhaps we will see a up tick in her wearing more hats, gloves and coat dresses too. I am really looking forward to that, should it turn out to be so.



    3. That is very likely we will see Mary in the future will wear a bit more formal clothes, hats, gloves, suits etc. as you just mentioned but I'm sure we will see just as stunning outfits as we have within the past few months ;) No matter what she wear it's beautiful.

  2. The golden belt and the silk layer was the best thing about this gown. I hope the removal was only temporary. I don't mind the white + pink colour combo, but this particular belt seemed a bit too casual.
    Still, an overall good outfit :)

    1. The silk layer was indeed a beautiful detail and I think we will see it again. It might just be removable so she can chose whether or not she will wear the gown with or without the silk layer. A reason why I believe she wore it without on the 5th is because the first new year reception is more prestigious than the others, this or she just want to wear it without ;)

  3. See date on top ... it is only January :-)