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


  1. I thought the crown princess looked lovely. But there was something that was bothering me about the dress and I could not put my finger on it. However, after looking at the model photo I realize that the underskirt on the model is fuller. I also think to achieve that fullness one needed to wear a couple layers of tulle under the dress to achieve same. The crown princess did not, obviously, and it make a difference. Aside from that, which I might be the only person who saw that, I think she looked stunning; loved her hair and makeup.

    I think Princess Marie looked great-- have loved her in that dress from the very first time she worn it at the Queens birthday gala. Sidse Babett Knudsen, my favorite Danish actress, also looked stunning.

    Lastly, I miss seeing the Queen escorted by her husband. In my humble opinion, it is just not the same without him especially at events like these. Nevertheless this event was a treat was for this royal watchers!

    Thank you, Henriette.



    1. You are differently not the only to notice the difference between the "two dresses" -the beige/nude underdress and the black lace part. I also saw this and thought at first it was a mistake but the more I look at it, the more I actually like the full vs. slim skirt. I think this is a way to make the dress look more modern than it would have done without this, I tend to say, effect. The slimness and transparent lace part are two classic signs of the modern fashion, whether you like it or not ;) I think it gives her a beautiful silhouette because of her slim figure. A fashionable way for her to wear couture.

      Marie's navy blue evening gown is indeed stunning. I really like it too and I'm thrilled to see her wear it again. For the first time I noticed the wonderful transparent lace back. Really lovely.

      To see the Queen without her husband is a little sad and something we need to get use to because for the last 40 years they have stuck together at every single event. I hope he will, one day, be next to her to attend one of these exclusive gala dinners. We just have to wait and see, when we will see him again :)

  2. Sorry, that should read, "and it made a difference."