The Battle of Heligoland in 1864

Friday, May 9th

Crown Princess Mary attended the 150th anniversary celebration of the battle of Heligoland in Kristiansand, Norway, taking place on warship Manø. The Crown Princess was accompanied by Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. 

The Battle of Heligoland, 1864 
On May 9th 1864, the Danish naval force faced an Austrian-Prussian squadron in Heligoland. The Danes had blocked the waters of Heligoland to stop Prussian ships and the Austro-Prussian attack was an attempt to break the blockade. The Danes won when the Austrian ship, the frigate Schwartzberg, was set on fire. This is now 150 years ago.

A day of celebration. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the battle of Heligoland in Kristiansand, Norway, back in 1864 the Crown Princess had traveled all the way to Norway to meet with Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway honoring what happened 150 years ago. It was on May 9th 1864 the Danish naval force faced an Austrian-Prussian squadron. Because the Austrian ship was set on fire and the Danes won. When Mary arrived to Heligoland in Kristiansand she was warmly welcomed by Mette-Marit who seemed to really enjoy seeing Mary again. The celebration ceremony lasted about an honor and the two of them had plenty of time to talk about this and that. They do not meet so often, mostly at larger royal events, gala dinners or anniversaries. This time they had a little time on their own. It was with great pride Crown Princess Mette-Marit showed Mary the beautiful view over Kristiansand city from a cliff top at Odderøya. The two women were closely followed by curious attendance, waving with both Danish and Norwegian flags wherever Mette-Marit and Mary go. For about an hour or so the two princesses enjoyed each others company on board of the Home Guards warship Manø docked in the local harbor. Mary was given a huge hug by the Norwegian Crown Princess at the time she left for the airport, ready to fly back to Denmark while Mette-Marit, according to local newspapers, went to cabin in Dvergsøya a little outside Kristiansand. 

I can't, and will not, hide my excitement for what Mary is wearing at this day of celebration in Norway. I admire how she managed to combine fabric, prints and accessories creating this incredible outfit! You may remember that we have seen her in the matching jacket and skirt once before when she visited Estonia to see for herself how the Mary Foundation's Free of Bullying program is used there back in April. It was simply great seeing her wear that Prada suit again! Like how she wore it with a basic black turtleneck and tights, which both are perfect pieces for the weather right now. What I love about Mary's style is, among others, how she manage to wear things twice but always different. That is why it never gets boring. The colours are the same, it's the same suit and everything but still she makes it looks completely different. I like the detail with the hairdo and pillbox hat. Isn't that just lovely? I think the hat might be a Susanne Juul creation. All in black she added a few accessories to complete this amazing look; a Carlend Copenhagen clutch and a pair of SAND Copenhagen pumps. I spotted an expensive Shamballa Jewels bracelet featuring a pink argyle ball reused in this bracelet from another of her bracelets, kinda sweet story, several Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen rings and her Hartmann's earrings. So are you as impressed by her outfit as I am?

Suit: Prada Grey Tweed Jacket + Knee Lenght Skirt
Earrings: Hartmann's
Rings: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Love Bands
Clutch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa Croco
Shoes: SAND Copenhagen

Hat: Susanne Juul

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