A cultural evening at Christiansborg

Tuesday, March 15th

Queen Margrethe hosted an evening dinner for representatives from Danish art and culture at Christiansborg castle. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie and Princess Benedikte also attended the dinner. 

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I knew that the Queen was about to host a dinner at Christiansborg, but somehow it came as a surprise that the Crown Prince couple would also attend -all though it makes great sense. Back in 2009 Queen Margrethe hosted a similar dinner, also with the royal couple as guests of honor. This time over 340 special guests were invited, all representatives working with art and cultural in Denmark. From designers to actors and singers. Around 6:30 pm the guests started arriving to Christiansborg. Women were all dressed in magnificent floor length dresses and classy suits for men. From the royal family Princess Benedikte arrived first, followed by Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, then the Crown Prince couple. And Queen Margrethe last. All guests were given a glass of champagne and later welcomed by the royal family with a handshake. The dinner took place in the beautiful Banquet Hall with the stunning black and white checkered floor and colorful tapetries on the walls. The dinner and entertainment were then enjoyed in private, behind closed doors. This evening has its history back to 1976. At that time it was called Arts et Lettres (Art and Letters). Since then, the dinner has been hosted by the couple in 1985, 1998 and then in 2009. If you have an interest who was on the guest list, you have it here and some pictures from preparing the dinner, here. You see film directors, singers, artists, fashion designers and a single football player on the guest list.

When I found out that the Crown Prince couple would also attend the dinner, I began imagine what dress Mary would be wearing. My feeling was a new gown and it seems like I was right. A spectacular evening gown with the most amazing details. It has a very modern and edgy look because of the rather slim silhouette. Makes her body look the absolutely best. The gown features a sheer top, cap-sleeves, a wide neckline and low back. Do you also see a small train? Loves how black "lave2 features the top beautifully. I watched their arrived live and the speaker suggested Mark Tan (a Danish designer) as its creator. I doubt it. So did Kate. She actually managed to identify Mary's new gown as Temperley London (collection: spring 2014). I still wonder how she managed to find it so quickly, but she did and for that I'm very grateful. By the way, Mary added a black belt with flowers to the dress. I also fell in love with her hairstyle. This voluminous beautiful twisted updo is simply incredible. Looks just great with the slim silhouette of the dress and rather few other accessories. A first I thought she was wearing her wedding tiara but something was completely wrong. Well, she was not wearing her wedding tiara. Instead it is the tiara (and necklace) worn at a gala show, when the Queen turned 75, here. Like everybody else, I would like to find out where the tiara comes from. Mary also wore the same earrings as at the Queen's birthday. She embraced the style with a black clutch, Gianvito Rossi pumps, a golden Georg Jensen bangle and diamond rings from Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen. I also want you to notice the stunning red nail polish and matching lips colour.

Dress: Temperley London Black Textured Long Trellis Gown
Bracelet: Georg Jensen Torun Cuff in 18k Rose Gold
Rings: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Love Bands
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Patent Leather Mid Heel Pumps

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