Day 2: Official State Visit to Saudi Arabia & Qatar

Monday, February 29th

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attends a business delegation to Saudi Arabia and Qatar from February 28 - March 3. They are accompanied by business delegation of 44 Danish companies and three Danish politicians.

Program: Saudi Arabia

The Crown Prince Couple
  • 10:15 am. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended the opening of business promotion where the 44 Danish companies participate. Crown Prince Frederik gave a speech.
  • 12:30 pm. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended a WAX-seminar to share skills and solutions for water saving. 
  • 12:45 pm. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended the opening of by a new warehouse owned by Arla. The royal couple inaugurated a miniature version of the warehouse at the business fair. 
  • 1:30 pm. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended a business dinner with with Danish and Saudi Arabian businesses. During the lunch Crown Prince Frederik handed over the HRH Prince Henrik's Medal of Honor. 
  • 8:55 pm. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended a dinner. 
Crown Princess Mary
  • 3:30 pm. Crown Princess Mary attended on her own a meeting with Saudi Arabian business women together with Health- and Elderly Minister Sophie Løhde.

Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary during the day

No time for resting. Frederik and Mary was, right from the morning, on the road. As every over state visit, every single moment are planned where they are going, when and how. The first event planned, was the opening of business promotion where the 44 Danish companies also participated. Accompanied by Health and Elderly Minister Sophie Løhde and Business- and Growth Minister Troels Lund Poulsen the royal couple arrived to Al Faisaliah Hotel ready to attend the opening ceremony of the Danish Saudi Business Forum. According to Billed Bladet, flower girls handed over nice bouquets to Mary at the arrival. Acting calm the couple entered the Prince Sultan Hall where the 300 invited guests were waiting representing each and their own businesses. The 44 Danish companies were traveled all the long way to share knowledge, ideas and possibly contact information for future use with possible new Saudi Arabian companies. As a part of the opening ceremony Frederik gave a speech such as the Ambassador Ole Frijs-Madsen did. These speeches were closely followed by both Danish and Saudia Arabian press who later shared what they have heard. Also as a part of the opening, Frederik cut the red ribbon with a gold scissor helped by his wife  and Dr. Zamil, Chairman of Riyadh Chamber of Commerce. Now the Danish Saudi Business Forum was officially open and as the participating companies, the royal couple walked around Prince Sultan Hall and spoke to some of the Danish companies. They both showed a sincere interest in what they saw and the participating they met who also were glad to met the Crown Prince couple.

Mary also had a visit in Riyadh on her own where she met with Saudi Arabian business women together with Health- and Elderly Minister Sophie Løhde. It made a big impression on Mary to meet these women who live in a country where it's certainly not easy as a woman to move in the business world. To work for girls and women's rights is something Mary has expressed more than once how important she thinks it's that women are allowed to use the rights they have. Clearly the meeting had a strong impact on her. 

I was right about the black trousers, it should not be the last time we came to see them. So far, I think Mary has handled the clothes situation really well. Despite the use of black, long trousers and bell-shaped coats I think she's doing good. A little strange to see her that covered up though I'm surprised how she manages to match clothes and still live up to the requirements there is. I understand why she's diligent and choose outfits that do not attract too much attention.Which I why I'm so glad to see her in this coat. It's a great balance between her usual workwear and restricted options. In a way this reminds me of something Queen Letizia would wear, I'm really not sure why. She's always seen wearing business wear, clean lines and print. By the way, I think this multicolour coat would look great on Queen Letizia as I did on Mary. Because it reminds me of Letizia's style, at first I was sure Hugo Boss could be the designer and I even found a similar coat but not exactly the same. I shared my thoughts with Lurdes and wupti, two seconds later she found it. Not at Boss but at Missoni. A designer I had not thought about at all. It's also quite some time since she has worn anything from that specific designer. Really what would I do without you? Therefor the honor goes to her! If I was you, I would take one more close look at this coat and the dazzling pattern. When you do that, take a notice of her hair too. A really lovely half updo, created of two separate twisted tufts of hair. I believe she was wearing her black SAND Copenhagen pumps and then of course, once again, Mary accessorized her look with the beautiful Carlend Copenhagen clutch. I see some brackets as well but the quality of the pictures are not good enough to tell which ones. The white pearl earrings and rings are from Marianne Dulong who, by they way changed their name to Dulong Fine Jewelry

Earrings: Dulong Fine Jewelry
Ring: Dulong Fine Jewelry
Coat: Missoni Belted Coat in Multicolor €2,275
Clutch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa DKK 8.500

Possible ID's
Shoes: SAND Copenhagen

Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary attending dinner at Al Faisaliah Hotel

Everything takes time when you are a royalty. In the evening Frederik and Mary greeted over 300 special invited people to attend a gala dinner at Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh. The gala dinner was held to gather all representatives from the Danish Saudi Business Forum which the Crown Prince couple attended the opening of earlier in the morning. Placed in a line, Frederik and Mary were ready to welcome all of them attending the dinner accompanied by the three Danish ministers; Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen, Health and Elderly Minister Sophie Løhde and Business- and Growth Minister Troels Lund Poulsen. According to Billed Bladet, among others lobster and lamb were served at the dinner to the 300 guests including the royal couple who for sure must have been hungry after the long welcoming of the guests.

So we usually see Mary in stunning evening dresses at similar dinners, but yesterday she showed how well you can wear trousers at a dinner. A dress is not always needed. At least we get to see how many different ways of wearing black trousers. There is something good about everything. I haven't seen that many pictures taken around dinner but still I think it's pretty what she was wearing yesterday evening. I assume she wore black pumps, likely her SAND Copenhagen pumps, to match the trousers and new coat. These 50's ballon-coats are so just popular right now. This has a minimalistic design wearable also after the trip. The coat features a white color block, on the sleeves and hemline. About the designer I really do not know what to believe till my reader Kate showed me a model from Max Mara. I really think she's right about it. Take a look at the link below and share your thoughts. The only thing mission is the white detail on the sleeves but the same looks similar and even the size of the other white detail. Underneath she wore a white blouse with long sheer sleeves and embroidery around the neck. I would really like to get a closer look at this detail, makes me curious and it would be way easier to find out where it's from. As always you are more than welcome to write your thoughts and share your ideas with me. So far she has chosen international clothes designers and Danish accessories. Maybe that will help you. Which leads me to her purple earrings from Cenius & Bach and Georg Jensen earrings. Both beautiful pieces of jewellery made with attention to every single detail. The Carlend Cooenhagen clutch was a brilliant match to the earrings because of the lovely purple colour. Once again, magnificent hairstyle!!!

End of day 2 in Saudi Arabia.

Earrings: Cenius & Bach Amethyst Diamond Earrings
Bracelet: Georg Jensen Torun Cuff in 18k Rose Gold DKK 27.300
Clutch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa DKK 8.500

Possible ID's
Coat: Max Mara White Wool Colorblock Coat €707

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