90 years with 'Promotion of the Handwork'

Tuesday, March 21st

The Queen and her daughter-in-law Crown Princess Mary payed a visit to Greve Museum in Greve to addend the 90th anniversary of Promotion of the Handwork. It goes back to 1928 with the the purpose to support Danish craftsmanship. Now, 90 years later, it still exists. The Queen has, on multiple occasions, worked for the Promotion of the Handwork becaused of her talent with among others embroidery and cross stitching. We don't get to see the two of them at work together but they make an excellent couple. Both of them seemed all relaxed and comfortable in each others company. Queen Margrethe gave a speech at the anniversary and revealed an embroidery and pattern for a Christmas calendar, similar to those she has made to all her grandchildren, here, here. The two royal guests were also given a tour around the exhibition called 'Colour Flora -Embroidery during 90 years'.

Mary showed up in a classy outfit at the anniversary. Way more monochrome in colour than her mother-in-law, who dazzled a tartan skirt and bright red jacket. Mary had chosen a black, knee-length  dress featuring a turtleneck. She embraced the chic style by wearing one of her good old coats. This piece goes way back and I am pretty sure it has been altered a bit during the years. I found a few examples for you from when she has worn the coat on other occasions, here, here, here, here. For a couple of years I have had the thought that Birgit Hallstein created this coat, but I can't tell for sure. Mary has another, similar, coat made by Hallstein, here. It could be. Chanel has also been mentioned on several occasions. Then she wore her Dulong Fine Jewelry earrings, her beloved black Carlend Copenhagen clutch and what I believe is pointed pumps from Gianvito Rossi. Yet another thing I noticed, is her lovely hairstyle. Always adored when she embrace curly hair. Makes her look youthful, fresh and polished. Do you ever fancy curly hair? If I had one wish to make a change about her outfit, then it would be just a single piece of colour. Nothing laud or dramatic. Maybe a berry lipgloss, a coloured ring or something like that. An overall modest but well-chosen look for a day in her mother-in-laws company.

Earrings // Dulong Fine Jewelry
Ring // Dulong Fine Jewelry
Clutch // Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa Original Python
Shoes // Gianvito Rossi 105 Leather Pumps

Honorary dinner at Fredensborg

Sunday, March 11th

Each year on March 11th a dinner takes place with Queen Margrethe as hostess. The dinner is held alternatively for the Danish army-, navy- and air force at Fredensborg castle. This year 30 receivers of the badge of honor from the air force and armed force were invited along with the Crown Prince couple. The badge of honor was established in 1953 by Frederik IX on his birthday; on March 11. Which is why the dinner is held on his birthday each year. A badge of honor is given for 25 years good service.

The Queen as hostess was already at Fredensborg castle when the 30 participants arrived closely followed by the Crown Prince couple. We got a brief glimpse of the royal couple before rest of the honorary dinner took place behind closed doors.

I was so sure we weren't be seeing any pictures at all from this dinner. Suddenly, I received pictures from all of you showing the couple arriving. And it was just great. Both of them were beautifully dressed -Frederik was wearing a polished uniform and matching hat, while his wife dazzled in a blue evening gown. I asked for information about Frederik's uniform and it turns out that he was dressed in the navy's fair uniform, here. Mary's new gown has been identified by Heaven as a Lasse Spangenberg Copenhagen creation. In the video it shows the gown with an asymmetric lace top. Can't wait to get a closer look. At the arrival she stunned wearing a brand new cape. This was found by Kate at Julie Fagerholt Heartmade. She embraced the style with diamond earrings from Dulong Fine Jewelry, a golden Cartier bracelet and a silver clutch from J. Furmani. I also managed to identify her pumps, though it was hard to find pictures. Toe, shape and colour makes me sure that she was wearing Gianvito Rossi pumps made of silk.

Gown ● Lasse Spangenberg Copenhagen
Cape ● Julie Fagerholt Benina Cape
Earrings ● Dulong Fine Jewelry Lotus
Bracelet ● Cartier Love Bracelet
Clutch ● J. Furmani Stone Flap Clutch 
Shoes ● Gianvito Rossi Silk Pumps in Blue

The funeral of Prince Henrik of Denmark

The Danish royal family has lost a dear family member. After a long period, troubling with health issues, Prince Henrik has died on February 13th. Since the 60s, when he married Queen Margrethe, he has been by her side at all times -when she welcomed foreign ambassadors, visiting locals around Denmark, trips to Greenland and the list just goes on.

In 2016 everything changed, because the Prince had decided to retire from his official duties and only participate in events to a limited extent. The news was published by the Queen in her new year speech end of 2015. In summer 2017 he was hospitalized for the first time because of pains and an infection. In September, the same year, the royal house announced that the Prince was suffering from dementia. A disease that affects the cognitive function level accompanied by changes in reaction patterns and judgment. End of January 2018 the Prince was, once again, hospitalized at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. This time because of a benign tumor in his left lung. On February 2nd he was moved to the infectious department for treatment for pulmonary infection. Only a few days later, on February 9th, the news arrived that the Prince's health situation was worsened. The family visited him multiple times his last last four days, while he stayed at Rigshospitalet. On February 13th, Prince Henrik was transferred from the hospital to Fredensborg as he wished. Tuesday evening at 11:18 pm he passed way with his wife and two sons close by.

All day on February 14th, Danes showed sympathy with the family and placed hundreds of flowers at the gates of Fredensborg. The Queen even left Fredensborg shortly to thank the public and press for their sympathy. Bouquet of flowers and condolences were placed at castles all over Denmark. Hundreds of Danes also visited Amalienborg to write condolences on behalf of the Prince's death.

On February 15th the coffin left Fredensborg castle and was driven to Amalienborg, where it stayed for only one day. His trip from Fredensborg to Amalienborg was followed by close family members. The following day it was transferred to Christiansborg castle church where the bailout took place on February 20th. The ceremony was led by former royal confessor Erik Norman Svendsen. Only close family members attended the ceremony. This was Prince Henrik's own wish. The bailout was live broadcasted on Danish television from early morning till his coffin was driven away from the church to be cremated. The Prince wished that half of his ashes are spread at sea and the rest to be buried in the private garden at Fredensborg.

It is not my wish to report every single detail from the ceremony, because I believe you have already heard everything you need. I only wish to pay him and his family respect with my words. I want to share my deepest and sincere condolence with the family. We haven't just lost a Prince; they lost a father, a husband, a grandfather and a friend. The family will, form now on, have to live without a very important person. From now on we also have to stick to what memories he left us with and he gave us so many good things to remember. May his memory be with all of us and his soul rest in peace.