Presentation of the EliteForsk Awards 2024

26 February 2024

Queen Mary attended the presentation of of the Ministry of Education and Research's EliteForsk Awards 2024. She was accompanied by the Minister of Education and Research Christina Egelund, whom welcomed her, when she arrived at The Black Diamond in Copenhagen where the ceremony took place here.

From stage, Queen Mary presented the five award winners. Each of them were given 1.2 million Danish Kroner. 1 million for their research and 200,000 Danish Kroner af a personal reward for their work.

The winners are Professor Amelia-Elena Rotaru, Professor Irene Tamborra, Professor Mads Albertsen, Professor Peter Dalsgaard, Professor Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen. Congratulations to all of them!

She also handed over 18 scholarships to ph.d. students.

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I think we have all been waiting with quite a lot of excitement to see Mary again after the proclamation. I have. Especially, to see a whole bunch of new outfits. Think she looked super cool in her brand new navy blue suit from The Fold London, when attending the presentation of this years EliteForsk Awards. Very polished and chic. Nevertheless, I might have had higher hopes.

What are your first thoughts?

She styled her new suit with grand old goodies. Like the white pearl earrings from Christian Dior. They go way back in time. She started wearing them in 2005 (here, here, here). Dulong Fine Jewelry custom-made her stunning white South Sea pearl ring. She has one similar in style but with a black pearl.

Mary also wore three necklaces. One from Halberstadt. One from Julie Sandlau and a brand new one. I really want to identify her new white pearl necklace, but I have not been able to so far. Let your eyes catch her golden bracelet. It features a diamond-studded 'M'.

As other accessories, Mary had chosen a beloved leather clutch from Quidam and stunning pointed python pumps from Gianvito Rossi. I am not a huge fan of animal print/leather, but Gianvito Rossi's pumps are incredible.


Blazer ● The Fold London, here (NEW)

Pants ● The Fold London, here (NEW)

Earrings ● Christian Dior

Necklace ● Julie Sandlau, here (NEW)

Ring ● Custom-made by Dulong Fine Jewelry

Necklace ● Halberstadthere

Necklace ● Julie Sandlauhere

Clutch ● Quidam, here

Shoes ● Gianvito Rossi, here


pearl necklace, golden bangle

52 fun fashion facts

1. When first "discovered" by the press, she started wearing brands like Prada, YSL, By Malene Birger, DAY Birger et Mikkelsen and Temperley London.

2. Her wedding gown was designed by Uffe Frank and tailored by Birgit Hallstein

3. She was gifted with custom-made earrings by Dulong Fine Jewelry on her wedding day

4. Søren Le Schmidt designed her proclamation dress

5. Her wardrobe store clothes from around 280 different brands

6. She owns (at least) 61 pair of shoes from Gianvito Rossi

7. Cenius & Bach once created a pair of earrings that have her monogram and a hidden blue stone to represent her royalty

8. John Rørvig created her engagement ring

9. Flemming Hertz created her wedding ring

10. She loved wearing Jimmy Choo shoes in 2011 and 2012

11. Malene Birger is the master behind her unique floral hairpiece worn for every one of her children's christenings

12. She is decorated with (among others) the Home Guards Medal of Merit

13. When she was interview for IN in 2019, she wore a ROTATE Birger Christensen dress

14. One of the first pair of designer shoes she was seen wearing in public were Yves Saint Laurent

15 When Princess Isabella was christened, Queen Mary wore shoes by Rasoulinia

16. At the presentation of EliteForsk in 2009, she was wearing sky-high grey pumps from Christian Louboutin. When getting ready to hand over the award, she walked from her front raw seat and got a bit embarrassed because of the clicking-noise her shoes made

17. In 2009 when visiting Vietnam, she visited the jewellery store Don Kohi. She purchased a ring which she later wore in 2010

18. In 2006, Sylvia Dimasi created an Opal and Diamond piece which can be worn as ring, brooch and pendant

19. Her first pair of glasses are from FLEYE

20. Queen Margrethe custom-made a small bag for her featuring her monogram in embroidery

21. She found her famous Henk Berg clutch at the Salamanca Market in Hobart in 2006

22. She has at least 9 different "Vanessa" clutches from Carlend Copenhagen

23. In 2023, the couple attended the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla. Jane Taylor created Queen Mary's hat to match her dress.

24. She was gifted a small diamond brooch from Prince Henrik for their wedding. It ones belonged to his mother

25. Seven of her designers bags are from Chanel

26. Duchess Catherine and Queen Mary has worn the same Jenny Peckham dress

27. Favorite swimwear brands: Copenhagen Cartel, Speedo, Melissa Odabash and Isola

28. Her stylist is Anja Camilla Alajdi

29. King Frederik has gifted his wife with several pieces of jewellery featuring the children's faces and monograms

30. Her collection of scarves include brands like: Paul Smith, Crumpet Cashmere, Stella McCartney and ZARA

31. Dulong Fine Jewelry custom-made a ruby ring to match Queen Ingrid's Ruby Parure

32. They created three hairpins when the Ruby tiara was altered to fit her head and face better

33. Queen Mary has the exclusive right to wear "The Midnight Tiara" by Charlotte Lynggaard

34. David Andersen made her a white dress of sustainable materials

35. She has all the iconic models of Ray Ban sunglasses - "Wayfarer", "Erika", "Jackie", "Emma", "Aviator"

36. Her wedding shoes were created by Joseph Azagury

37. Her favorite running shoes are from NIKE and Asics

38. She owns a brown fur coat from Brdr. Alex Petersen - which she has never worn in public

39. Cavalleria Toscana is one of her most beloved brands when it comes to riding clothes 

40. Over the years, she has made quite a collection of Kknekki hair-ties

41. She wore Queen Ingrid's veil at the wedding in 2004

42. She owns a black Hermes "Birkin Bag" made of crocodile

43. Princess Isabella has been seen wearing a number of her mothers clothes the last few years. Among others, her reversible navy blue/checkered Massimo Dutti coat

44. Birgit Hallstein is the woman behind her burgundy velvet gown worn for the prestiges New Year's Eve Banquet

45. Some (lesser known) Danish brands in her wardrobe: Søstjernen, Stories by Rikke Mai, Selected FEMME, Rützou, Munthe - plus Simonsen and CCDK Copenhagen

46. At the presentation of the Crown Prince Couple's Prizes in 2018, she actually wore a wedding dress from Maria Fekih

47. She has several pairs of leather gloves from Randers Handsker

48. Her wardrobe counts suits from: Emporio Armani, By Malene Birger, Massimo Dutti and Paul Smith

49. For the interview in Sydney Morning Harald in 2013, she wore a stunning black dress from Ceil Chapman

50. Six of her blazers are from Alexander McQueen

51. She owns two pairs of "Hangisi Satin Courts" from Manolo Blahnik

52. When wearing facial masks, she was seen wearing Kartó

Congratulations to Queen Mary on her 52nd birthday!

On occasion of Queen Mary's birthday, the court released a new photo of the Queen and her father John Donaldson. It was taken last December when the family visited her Australian family. Prince Vincent is the photographer.