Day 1. State visit from the Netherlands

Tuesday, March 17th

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary are present when King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima are on state visit in Denmark from March 17-19th. The visit aim to strengthen relations and common interests between Denmark and the Netherlands. 

Program: Copenhagen
  • 10:00 am. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended the welcoming ceremony at Copenhagen airport to welcome King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at the arrival to Denmark. 
  • 2:45 pm. The Crown Prince couple and the King and Queen of the Netherlands attended the seminar Sustainability of the Quality of our societies at Aalborg University. 
  • 8:00 pm. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended a gala dinner at Christiansborg castle hosted by Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik on occasion of the state visit. 

Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary at Copenhagen airport and Aalborg University

First a little note about something completely else than the state visit. I made some changes on the blog a few days ago and you clearly did not like them -nor did I. Therefor the design has changed one more time and I think this is way better! So, what I really just want to say is that if you miss anything, then let me know.

Now on to what we have been waiting for, for quite some time -another royal state visit. This time Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik host the visit of King Willem-Alexander and his lovely wife Queen Maxima from the Netherlands! On this occasion the Danish royal family members were gathered at Copenhagen airport to welcome the couple when they arrived by plain. The Crown Prince couple was also present at the welcoming ceremony. I have always had the feeling that especially Frederik and Mary get along with Willem-Alexander and Maxima really well. They seem to have a great time together and it was a great pleasure to follow the arrival, just to see their facial expression when the two couple's finally met again after quite some time. I am sure this is going to be a wonderful state visit. Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, as well as Princess Benedikte, were also present at the arrival. The King and Queen of the Netherlands drove to Fredensborg Castle afterwards to attend the official welcoming ceremony. At noon the Crown Prince Couple joined the King and Queen and together they visited Aalborg University on occasion of their seminar Sustainability of the Quality of our societies. Here the royals followed a debate on maintaining and developing the high quality of life in the Netherlands and Denmark.

By no doubt Mary really amazed me when she attended the arrival along with her husband and the rest of her family. I am totally speechless (and that does not happen very often). The combination of that new caramel coloured coat and wonderful purple accessories are just so beautiful! According to Reines & Princesses Mary's coat is from Oscar de la Renta. Oh.. and do you remember the purple hat? It is the same as worn at the opening of the Parliament last year, here. Now it has been identified by Heaven as a Jane Taylor (AW14) creation. From the very first pictures I was really having a hard time difining what she was wearing under the coat, other than something white -possibly a white dress. Later it was revealed; Mary was wearing a brand new white Prada (SS2015) dress. Surpriseling, it has not been possible for me to find other than similar models from the same collection to share with youhere. She accessorized her outfit with black pearl earrings from Marianne Dulong, purple leather gloves perfectly matching the new Carlend Copenhagen clutch! Who says Danes only wear boring colours? Keeping everything classy she also wore her Christian Louboutin pumps. Does it get any better? Well, wait will you see what Mary was wearing in the evening at the gala dinner. 

Hat: Jane Taylor Shell - Felt Pillbox with Feather & Sequin £830
Coat: Oscar de la Renta Low Swing Coat
Dress: Prada
Earrings: Marianne Dulong
Clutch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa in purple
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Camel Jazz Calf Leather Decollete 868 Pump

Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary attending dinner at Christiansborg Castle

After a really great first day it was time for a gala dinner. A way to welcome King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands to Denmark. The gala dinner was hosted by Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik. The dinner took place at Christiansborg Castle, in the room with the amazing checkered floor and tapestries. The room was beautifully decorated with golden chairs, green and yellow flowers and polished table wear. Everything was set for a great evening to take place. Both Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Princess Benedikte and her husband Prince Richard were present at the gala dinner. I can't imagine other than it was a splendid evening with a wonderful menu and fine wine.

So, was this worth waiting for? I think so. What I first noticed is the fact that Mary is actually the (almost) only royal women not wearing a blue gown at the dinner! Both Margrethe, Marie and Queen Maxima all wore different shades of blue. All women looked magnificent but I am a bit... proud to see Mary in something else. Our beautiful Crown Princess Mary showed us a off-white Birgit Hallstein gown, the same as the one she wore at New Year's eve 2015, here. This time without the velvet cape! So at the dinner it was way more easy to see the entire gown from head to toe. I couldn't spend hours talking about why I adore her gown but I'm not going to do that. Other than her Judith Leiber clutch and golden Manolo Blahnik pumps, I think we should pay attention to the jewellery for a minute. The delicate diamond tiara is the one she wore on her wedding day. It was a gift from Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik on occasion of the couple's wedding in 2004. Apparently, it was purchased on an auction but nobody knows for sure. The tiara is told be to a creation from the beginning of the 20th century. Her aquamarine blue chandelier earrings have I once read are made by Marianne Dulong, but again I can't tell for sure. We have seen her wear them multiple times on many occasions such as the huge blue ring on her right hand. So, even though she did not wear a blue dress, she still wore a little blue at the dinner.  Another detail in blue is the ribbon across her and Frederik's chest. They were both wearing the Order of the Netherlands Lion, here. I am still amazed by what I see. 

Gown: Birgit Hallstein
Clutch: Judith Leiber Evening Leather clutch

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