Day 3. New Year reception at Christiansborg

Wednesday, January 6th

Queen Margrethe hosted the third and last new year reception at Christiansborg Palace for Officers from the Armed Forces and the Emergency Management Agency, I., II. and III. social class, and invited representatives of major union confederations and patronages. The Queen arrived by an 165 gold coach. The Crown Prince couple also attended the reception.

Program: Copenhagen
  • 9:00 am. Queen Margrethe drove from Amalienborg Castle to Christiansborg Palace in the gold coach.
  • Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary arrived to Christiansborg Palace.
  • 9:30 am. Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary greeted Officers from the Armed Forces.
  • 10:00 am. Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary greeted the Emergency Management Agency, social class I., II. 
  • 10:30 am. Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary greeted the Emergency Management Agency, social class III. 
  • 12:30 pm. Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary greeted the invited representatives of major union confederations and patronages.
  • 1:30 pm. Queen Margrethe drove from Christiansborg Palace to Amalienborg Castle in the gold coach.

As with the two first receptions I have been really excited about the last one held at Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen. Each one of them are in some way special. On January 1st the biggest evening of them all are celebrated. On January 5th we get to see all the amazing and colourful national costumes when representatives from different countries are invited to a reception and on the 6th of January is tradition that Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik arrive to the reception in the 175 year old gold coach, you find my previous post about the coach. This year Queen Margrethe drove the gold coach by herself. In the meantime all the invited guests arrived, who were served a cop of coffee while waiting for the Queen. Last year I visited the palace with Mette from Royalista, who wrote about our visit, here. Magnificent rooms for a special occasions like this. The Crown Prince couple arrived shortly after the Queen. All of them made a elegant entrance.

Queen Margrethe reused her Jørgen Bender dress and matching blue jacket featuring brown fur, from the day before. A suit she has been wearing for many years on this occasions. Like her mother-in-law, Mary was beautifully dressed in a navy blue gown. At first I was sure we had never seen the dress before, but I was wrong. A good friend of mine reminded of her wearing it just a year ago on the exact same day, here. People tell that it is from Prada, but I am not yet convinced. Something is all wrong about that idea. Nor can I come with my own suggestions because I do not have any. Personally, I think it could be a custom made gown. I should have remembered that. Seems like I got confused because it has been altered around the necklace. Space has been made for her to wear that incredible Marianne Dulong necklace, last seen in October 2010, here. Do you remember the necklace? She embrace the style by wearing earrings, a bracelet and matching ring from the same designer. All featuring black pearls. Mary was also wearing the blue Order of the Elephant and a matching cashmere cape in more or less the same colour. Lurdes convinced me, it is the same as the one she wore then her mother-in-law celebrated her 75th birthday, here. What is your opinion? Unfortunately, I haven't been able to identify it. Black satin pumps from Prada and a blue clutch from Quidam completed one good looking outfit.
Necklace: Marianne Dulong
Bracelet: Marianne Dulong Catena
Ring: Marianne Dulong
Clutch: Quidam Blue Alligator Clutch
Shoes: Prada Satin Grey Pumps


  1. I love this gown--its color is rich and the fabric heavy. In my Mary Obsession piece I wrote about being an admirer of how the crown princess is always well pulled together--the last photo in your piece shows precisely what I what I am talking about. Her makeup is flawless, her hair coiffed beautifully and perfectly; her dress and accessories perfectly coordinated and well suited for the occasion. This is the type of photo I would put on the mirror of my dressing table to remind me to strive to do the same for myself each time I am getting ready for any occasion.

    Thank you Henriette for always putting together these lovely posts of the beautiful crown princess.

    All the best.


  2. Royalwatcher, this is one of the most well spoken comments I have ever read! But when it comes to Mary and especially this beautiful outfit, it is not hard to find words to praise her. It's days like these, I get even more desire to write new blog entires and of course people like you :)

    Thanks for reading despite the fact that I sometimes write things that make no sense and thanks for your support.