On 14 January 2024, Queen Margrethe II abdicated the throne, her elder son, Crown Prince Frederik, became King Frederik X of Denmark. And his wife, Crown Princess of Mary, now is the Queen of Denmark.
Just moments after Queen Margrethe II’s abdication, the new King and Queen appeared on the balcony of Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen.
The Australian-born Danish Queen looked elegant and graceful in a simple white long-sleeved A-line midi dress with a mock shawl detail around the neck. Her dress was designed by Danish designer Soeren Le Schmidt and was sewn by Birgit Hallstein, the same seamstress who made her iconic Uffe Frank wedding gown.
According to the designer, the dress ‘is constructed with a separate waist belt that has a voluminous drape from the waist, around the neck, and over one shoulder.'
Dr Giselle Bastin, royal expert at Flinders University thinks that white is traditionally worn by women of the royal household at coronations to represent 'renewal and the purity of the Crown'.
The Queen worn red ruby earrings and a brooch from a priceless Ruby Set commissioned by Napoleon for the late Queen of Sweden in 1804 for his coronation, which made their way to the Danish royal family when the Swedish queen's daughter married the future King Frederik VIII in 1869.
Since her marriage to Prince Frederik in 2004, Mary has been the only one wearing the Ruby Set.
The combination of white of her dress and red of her jewelry is a sweet homage to the Danish flags of the same colours.
Mary Donaldson’s wedding dress on her 2004 wedding to Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark designed by Uffe Frank
Mary Elizabeth Donaldson was born on 5 February 1972 in Tasmania, Australia, to Scottish parents.
In 2000 Mary met Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark at the Slip Inn, a pub in Sydney when the prince was visiting Australia during the 2000 Summer Olympics, and on 8 October 2003, she was engaged to the prince.
The next year, on 14 May 2004, Mary was married to Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in Copenhagen Cathedral, thus becoming Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
For her wedding, she wore a ivory silk duchess satin gown 31 metres of tulle edged in French Chantilly lace underneath. The full skirt is overlayed with panels opening from her hip, revealing 8 meters
The lace was part of the original wedding gift to Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden, Fredrik’s great-grandmother.
The veil worn by Mary Donaldson also belonged to Crown Princess Margaret. It was anchored with Mary’s wedding tiara, which she paired with earrings of diamonds set in platinum with South Sea Island pearls created by Marianne Dulong.
The back of Mary’s wedding gown featured a detachable train comprised of 23.5 metres of satin.
The dress, was designed by a Danish designer, Uffe Frank, and was sewn by Birgit Hallstein, a Danish seamstress.
Mary’s bouquet, incorporating eucalyptus, roses and a sprig of myrtle, was sentimental tribute to her Australian root. After the wedding, she had the bouquet sent to Scotland to rest upon her mother’s grave.
Celebrating Crown Princess Mary of Denmark's 50th birthday in 50 elegant day dresses and evening gowns
On 5 February 2022, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark celebrated her 50th birthday.
Originally from Australia, Mary Donaldson met Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark on 16 September 2000 at the Slip Inn, a pub in Sydney when the prince was visiting Australia during the 2000 Summer Olympics. They were officially engaged on 8 October 2003 and married on 14 May 2004 in Copenhagen Cathedral, in Copenhagen, and since then Mary Donaldson became Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
Princess Mary has consistently been named one of the most stylish Royals around the world, and she looks most elegant in dresses and gowns. So let's celebrate with her in 50 of her most elegant outfits including 14 day dresses and 36 evening gowns/ensembles.
14 Day dresses
36 Evening gowns