The Australian Christmas

The day before Christmas Eve, I think it is about time to give you a resume on how the Crown Prince couple and their four lovely children have spend December in Australia. Because as you now, the family are going to celebrate Christmas in Tasmania with the Crown Princess' family for the first time in 11 years. What I know of the family arrived to Australia one of the first days in December. On December 3rd Mary visited the Children's House SIV, here, which was her last event before leaving the country.

As Daily Mail writes, here, the family have been seen in various locations from the Margaret River region to Ravensthope. Locals know how far these locations are from each other and to the rest of you; it is about six hours each way. They have been spotted at Cowaramup Bakery getting coffee, buying bubblegum in Gnowangerup IGA and enjoying some time with her brother John Donaldson at the Margaret River Chocolate Company in Swan Vally. Everywhere they go, they are  barely noticed. People describe them as down on earth and acting like everybody else.

About a week ago the Crown Princess was spotted shopping with her friend Amber Petty, Princess Isabella and Princess Josephine. In Australia the royal family also enjoy the rather good weather by swimming Mermaid Beach in Queensland. A few days before the 24th the crown Princess was also spotted with some of her friends south of Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens in Byron Bays hinterland, here, dressed in a grabbing outfit. She has also been last minutes shopping with some friends wearing white shirts, sipping a smoothie similar in colour to her blouse. Just a few days before the family returned to Denmark, they spend a few more days on the beach.

Update: I received a request from one of you, to do a more specific update on what Mary was wearing during her month in Australia. In first place I decided no to, because I think it is a private vacation and I think they should be on their own without journalists and photographers following each and every step. Still, this is a fashion blog about the Crown Princess, which is why I am now going to inform you about what she has been wearing -but no pictures. Only facts.

Margaret River in Swan Vally
Shades: Dolce & Gabbana DG4175

Shopping with Amber Petty
Shades: Chanel 515H in Gloss Black
Blouse: By Malene Birger
Skirt: Ganni Brown Skirt
Necklace: Orit Elhanati The Abyss Necklace
Bracelet: Marianne Dulong Pacific Bracelet
Bracelet: Marianne Dulong
Bag: Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Bag

Mermaid Beach in Queensland
Swimwear: Body Glove Blouse
Bracelet: Marianne Dulong

Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens in Byron Bays hinterland
Shades: Dolce & Gabbana DG4175
Necklace + Pendant: Ole Lynggaard + Medallion Pendant + Lotus Pentant
Bracelet: Marianne Dulong
Ring: Ole Lynggaard Leaves Ring
Bag: Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Bag

Last minute shopping in Byron Bay
Shades: Chanel 515H in Gloss Black
Blouse: Zara Yellow Printed Tunic
Necklace + Pendant: Ole Lynggaard Medallion Pendant + Lotus Pentant
Necklace: Orit Elhanati The Abyss Necklace
Bracelet: Marianne Dulong
Bag: Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Bag

A day on the beach in Byron Bay
Dress: Seed Heritage Embroidered Frill Dress
Shades: Dolce & Gabbana DG4175
Bracelet: Marianne Dulong
Sandals: Prada Leather T-strap Cage Sandals

Shades: Dolce & Gabbana DG4175
Hat: Susanne Juul
Bag: DAY Birger et Mikkelsen Day Gweneth Palm Bag

Out for a run
Sneakers: Ascis Womens Gel-Kayano 21 Black/Lightning/Raspberry

Queen Margrethe's dresses on exhibition

To honor Queen Margrethe on her 75th birthday in April, the National Museum of Denmark have exhibited some of her dresses and costumes from her 32 years as princess and more than 43 years as Queen of Denmark. All to represent the Queen and her life devoted to Denmark and the Danish people. Some of her most elegant and colourful dresses were exhibited in the Banquet Hall at Frederiksberg castle.

Around the opening in March 2015 the Queen herself visited the exhibition and with great pleasure she admired every single piece. Unfortunately, I did not get to see it myself but a good friend of mine did. Pernille visited the exhibition and took lots of photos. She has allowed me to share them with you in this post. I have created the post with knowledge from the book Dronningens Kjoler written Katia Johansen.

Please, remember that these photo can only be used with my written permission. Thanks.

The little fur coat you see in the background, was worn by the Queen from approx. 1942-1944 and is made of small pieces of squirrel fur all sewn together in a special way. It features a little collar and four large buttons. The label says Birger Christensen, Copenhagen. After Queen Ingrid's death it was apparently handed over to the Amalienborg Museum.

Just a month old, Margrethe was christened in Holmes Church in an old christening gown from the time of Frederik IIX and Queen Lovisa when their son Christian (x.) was born (1870). The lace were found by Queen Lovisa herself in Belgium. Since Prince Christian X was christened, many other royal children have worn it, including Queen Margrethe in 1940. This christening gown has also been worn by Crown Prince Frederik and three of his four children.

From 1958-1970, Queen Margrethe attended the voluntary service with the female flying corps and this is her uniform. Made of a very delicate wool in a marine blue colour. The white 'label' you see on the left pocket says 'SG Prinsesse Margrethe'. What you can't see, is that it comes with a matching hat featuring her name inside and a short jacket.

One of the most important dresses of them all -her wedding gown from 1967, here. It is created by Jørgen Bender, who has designed many of her dresses afterwards. 15 dresses he created to the wedding according to the book, where Margrethe also tells that it was her wish to get long sleeves, a square neckline and wearing her mothers old lace, which are not on the dress anymore. The Crown Princess wore the same lace on her wedding gown and as the time of Margrethe the lace was also taken off her dress. The train is five meters long and attached to the gown in a way that it's able to be removed.

Another dress designed by Jørgen Bender. With it's classic 80s style this yellow dress features white dots and a matching hat, which was worn on May 26th 1986, here. A special day because her oldest son turned 18. It also features a draping on the back. Later it was worn on a state visit in the Czech Republic in 1991.

Here we have a dress from the time around her engagement in 1966. The Queen tells that she purchase the printed fabric in Kyoto in around 1963. With great certainty the dress is from Magasin (not the same as we know today). Originally, it was created without any sleeves, but about a year later, sleeves were added. She wore it back in 1967, when she visited Ottawa and attended a gala dinner with the Prime Minister.

This is one of my personal favourite gowns of them all. I am crazy in love with it. The dress was given to her by Erik Mortensen on occasion of their weeding. It is made of the same fabric as the weeding gown and is from Balmain. At the time Queen Margrethe wore the dress with a long coat featuring matching pearl embroidery as in June 1967 when she attended a dinner at den French embassy, here, and again in 1969 at one of the annual New Year reception.

This has to be the "dress" owned by Margrethe that has been redesigned most times. Originally, it was designed back in 1973 to her fist state visit in Sweden, by Jørgen Bender in collaboration with the Queen. One year later, 1974, the floor length dress became a skirt and worn with a white lace blouse as in the 1840/1860s. Then in 1986 the dress was now a blouse, skirt and jacket as we know it today and as it was exhibited. She has worn it at several New Year receptions from 1987-1997. Here you see her in 1995. And here on one of her official photographs.  

This bordeaux lace dream of a dress was also created by Jørgen Bender. Around 1972, Magasin and later Illum did not make dresses etc. anymore and Bender was the one to make Margrethe's gowns. According to Dronningens Kjoler, the Queen purchased the lace in France. It was worn in 1983 at a state visit in Spain and actually it appears more than once over the years. Like here and here

This Jørgen Bender-dress was worn by the Queen at the party in Tivoli before she turned 50. The dress is called "the Tivoli-dress" mainly because she wore in on that specific occasion and I think also because of the many colours. Margrethe purchased the fabric herself by the milliner Vagn. 

This rather large gown was made in 1994 on occasion of Prince Henrik's 60 years birthday, here. The significant floral embroidered sleeves features smaller roses in the middle, which you unfortunately can't see. Since 1994 she has worn it multiple times -1994, 1995, 1998. 

At the wedding in 2004 Queen Margrethe was wearing the white floral gown (right) created by Mogens Eriksen, here. As her wedding gown, this features a square neckline. A little more interesting is the other dress (left) because you may remember at the wedding, Margrethe wore a floor length coat over the floral dress. This is it. It was redesigned to a dress with shorter sleeves and a square neckline. Both dresses have been worn at several occasions since. 

Back in 2000 Margrethe celebrated her 60th birthday, here. On that occasion she and Verner Enquist designed this purple dress. Significant is the square neckline and of course the wonderful crystal belt. The Queen drew this herself and Verner Enquist did the embroidery. Here you see the dress about a years later. 

This massive tulle gown is drawn by Uffe Frank, created by Verner Enquist. The midnight blue tulle gown is the first dress after Jørgen Bender pasted away. The dress was worn in 2000 on occasion of her 60th birthday, here. It features the characteristic square neckline the Queen loves to much. The tulle is embroidered with an abstract pattern in silver threads. 

A bright red dress which was a gift from Jørgen Bender to the Queen on occasion of her 50th birthday in 1990. It features several very special details: first of all the unique neckline, second the large draping, third the slim sleeves. 

One of my favourite gowns of them all which reminds me so much of the Crown Princess' Birgit Hallstein dress. Margrethe's was created in 1997 in the most wonderful burgundy velvet. It features slim sleeves and a beautifully designed train. At front a significant pattern of leaves and birds designed by the Queen herself. Because if was designed to her jubilee in 1997, it is designed to have space for all her orders and golden chains. 

When Margrethe and Prince Henrik celebrated their silver wedding at Fredensborg castle, she wore this dress, which she had designed in collaboration with Jørgen Bender. It features rather large tulle sleeves, a low neckline and dark purple flowers. The fabric is purchased in France and features silver threads. The many meters of fabric have become a beautiful train to complete this (different) purple shade evening gown. 

This huge blue dress has a story that goes back to a visit in Saudi Arabia. Some of the fabric is from another dress from 1974, where more fabric was added. Around the 90s the blue dress was transformed to what you see today. The paisley-fabric is from another dress the Queen did not like to wear. 

A greenish A-line evening gown from the 70s created by Jørgen Bender. The very different colour of the dress may have occurred because there had painted a portrait of the Queen and the painter had the dress sway backed and it might has been faded in the sun. Since 1973 the dress has been worn at several different occasions. It features a low neckline on the back, which you unfortunately can't see.

The Crown Princess Mary obsession #9

We are so close to Christmas eve. My most loved evening of them all. Each day I am getting more and more excited. Everything about Christmas is wonderful I think. Another thing I am very excited about is the fact that I am going to share the next obsession post in line. Today I take you to California to meet the one and only Royal Watcher. A wonderful woman I have know for about a new and she is the most dedicated royalist I have met in a very long time. And she is in love with Crown Princess Mary's style as much as the rest of us. Her interest began in Great Britain, but travelled all the way to Denmark.

Royal Watcher introduced her three page email like this: "My obsession with Crown Princess Mary started in 2011 just before the weeding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Full disclosure: I have been a royal watcher all my life; however, my interest was mainly in the British royal family. I'm a "student" of history first; however, one cannot help but be drawn into the intrigue of the live of royals, especially, present day royalty when the information is everywhere -at our fingertips, really. However, I digress. I first learned about the Crown Princess when a soft news outfit compared the current Duchess of Cambridge to the Crown Princess of Denmark. It truly piqued my interest and began my research. Granted, the outfit had compared the fashion choices and much more of both women but I was not drawn to the crown princess because of her fashion choices." Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge, has taken the world by storm. She is loved by everyone no matter of age, gender and nationality. She amazed the world from the second she married Prince William. Despite the dark brown hair, Catherine and Mary are two very different women living in two very different countries.
Another thing that caught her attention was her story. The story that we all love and adore: "I was intrigued because of her story. I had not known at the time of Crown Prince Fredrik and I soon learn that he had married a “commoner" named Mary Elizabeth Donaldson. My research began in earnest when I read the little said about her background and when I tried to find a book about her there was but one. It was published many years prior and could only be acquired as “used” for quite a sum."

RW's favourite hat worn by the Crown Princess
It was when Royal Watcher began her search to find much more about this "new" Crown Princess of Denmark that she discovered a blog that was a little different than all the others: "It was then that I started to research blogs and I came across much that was written about the Crown Princess that was negative, but this blog “StyleofMary” did not. Granted it did not give a lot of information about the Crown Princess but it was enough as what was out there in the blogosphere left a lot to be desired. Suffice it to say, I have been reading “StyleofMary blog every day, ever since." She goes on: "The crown princess’ story was an intriguing one. A middle-class lady, who followed her heart and had the strength of her convictions to say “yes’ to moving to the other side of the world; to take on a life style steeped in tradition, centuries old and one filled with protocol that is not a choice but a way of life. This all so very different from what she probably experienced as an employee of an advertising firm but she was up to the challenge. It does not take a lot to deduce that the crown princess is someone who is driven; is determined to make a difference and more importantly, to succeed. It is my opinion, that despite the challenge, the crown princess has shown beyond the shadow of a doubt that she is up to the task. She will one day become Queen, yet another challenge before her, but she has shown that she can rise to the occasion--come what may."

The one and only favourite evening gown
"This is deliberate, as “Style of Mary’ does not present the crown princess as a “clothes horse”; but as a royal with a keen sense of what is expected of her, in her role as crown princess, wife, mother and someone on the world stage, who can use her influence to good effect. What is so special about Mary is perseverance to make a difference: "She has many patronages as most royals do in this world where republicanism is very real and royals must prove their worth and seem to always vie for publicity, deserved or not. I say this, because, I had not known of the crown princess until four years ago, however, she has been fighting for women and girls health from the early days of her marriage. Her name is not all over the English-speaking world, (I live in North America), and nevertheless she continues to fight for poor women and girls in third world nations who suffer untold abuse and the disadvantaged in society." With her personality, she gained the Danes trust and with perfection she is now able to represent Denmark. "I feel she knows that it is not about her, but about the fact that she can effectively use her status to bring attention to such abuses and to the disadvantaged. Therefore, the crown princess in her role as representative of the Danish Monarchy dresses well; she rarely if ever have a fashion faux pas and having said that, I think that the office of crown princess is not mainly about fashion." "Being appropriately dressed is part of being a princess, as it is part of being a “first lady” or an executive in a large corporation. The crown princess wears classic pieces that she brings back time and again –one can learn about mixing and matching from the crown princess as she reuses different pieces from past seasons that she teams with new coordinating piece to create a new look. "

"She hired a stylist because I think she understood from day one that how you present yourself matters, no matter your job. I most admire her attention to detail which many would like to emulate as we see this play out in the crown princess’s style and deportment. As regards her style, I greatly admire how she is always impeccably pulled together; all the elements that go together to make any outfit regardless of occasion are always coordinated and her assemble well suited for the event. Her hair perfectly coiffed; her make-up flawless and accessories perfectly coordinated." Isn't it what we all think? 

Elegant, classy and feminine. Royal Watcher's most beloved suit.
With this picture I want to thank all of you for giving me the pleasure to share your stories. It was been wonderful for me to hear, write and read your stories. This was the last post; no more left. But I am always on the look for new stories. So, do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to share your story with the rest of us.

"The Christmas Seal Home - The Fight for a Good Childhood"

Monday, October 26th

Off record, Crown Princess Mary visited the Christmas Seal Home 'Kildemose' as the patron of the Christmas Seal Foundation, here.

And now this show up one and a half month later. The Crown Princess has been visiting one of the Christmas Seal Home's back in October. Her visit was recorded and made into a documentary, which was broadcasted this evening. We follow Emma-Sophie, Laura and Lucas who have all been fighting to change bad old habits. This is why three children are staying at Kildemose: to rebuild faith, learn about good eating habits and loose weight. Laura also struggles with low self-esteem after years of bullying. We hear how the Christmas Seal Home's and the Christmas Seal Foundation try to help children with their problems and give them the tools to become a better version of themselves. Let them know that they are appreciate and worth as much as everyone else.

During the visit, she gave all her attention to the children. She was all ears, when visiting the children at Kildemose. With great emotions and pride for what they have already achieved, the children told her their stories. After 50 minutes I was just as emotional as the Crown Princess. What courage to share ones story, battles and bad habits on national TV? Not many would do that in the age of 10-12.

Photo @Agnés Colbert
I love the fact that this was a more private and unofficial visit. Makes the children feel more comfortable. It also gives us an unexpected outfit. She wore a mix and match of old goodies. All in lovely neutral colours. Today we start from the button. Mostly because these shoes are still a mystery. I haven't solved it yet, but maybe with your help. She has worn the boots before. You see a close-up above from an previous occasion in 2014 when she attended the Eurovision Song Contest with Prince Christian and Princess Isabella, here. Gianvito Rossi has been on my mind right from the beginning. Then I found a similar pair, but still something just not matched. Do you have any ideas where to look? In the meantime, I was able to identify her new grey wool blazer. Ralph Lauren popped up and there it was. Have a feeling that her grey turtleneck could be from the same designer as well. Take a look and let me know what you think. To me they look quite similar. One more thing I just have to mention is her hair. Looks all beautiful such as the rest of the outfit. I find Mary's outfit very inspirational. Can't wait to try it myself. Think about it; think how easy an outfit this is. A turtleneck, trousers, ankle boots and a blazer.

Blazer: Ralph Lauren Herringbone Wool Leigh Jacket

Ideas for identification
Blouse: Ralph Lauren Cashmere Turtleneck

Visiting the Children's House SIV

Tuesday, December 1st

Crown Princess Mary visited the Children's House SIV in Farum on her own request. 1

I am not completely sure when the Crown Prince couple and their four children are leaving Denmark to celebrate Christmas in Australia along with her family, but it is actually going to happen. This will be the first time in 11 years she is about to spend Christmas with her Australian family.

Before it is time for the family to go to Australia for Christmas, the Crown Princess had one last job to attend back in Denmark. She visited the Children's House SIV, here, in Farum. The initiative is her own and the request as well. It goes a year back when she handed over the Cancer Society Honorary Award in February 2014, here. She showed great interest in the place and wanted to see how the children's house works in everyday. So, the Crown Princess arrived at exactly 10:30 am. At the arrival she was warmly welcomed by Sussi Olsen, head of the Children's House SIV, and Board member Berit Torm. During the visit she was given a guided tour around the house and see for herself how the house is furnished to adapt the children's individual needs. Literally, she was everywhere -talking, chatting, sitting at tables, playing with the kids on the floor and attended a sining game. The sining part is an important part of the process for the children, because one would like to do as much as possible to help the sick children develop skills, done by play and interaction with other children. This is really what the Children's House SIV is all about -to give seriously ill children and their families the best possibilities during at rough time in their lives.

At this last visit before going with the rest of her family to Australia, she showed up wearing a beautiful and chic everyday outfit. Mary was dressed in some good old pieces worn at several other occasions. I sense much confusion about when and where she has worn these pieces before. So, now I have to try to convince you that I'm right. The first time Mary dazzled in that Etoile Isabel Marant knitted jacket was in 2014 when she visited Herlev Hospital to hand over the Child Heart Foundation's Scholarship, here. Like in 2014, she wore the jacket with a knitted skirt. This has now been identified by Kate as a Hugo Boss design. If you got a moment, then take a look at the beautiful kitted pattern. Absolutely smashing. She beautifully embraced the style by wearing black tights and suede Prada boots. I have a similar pair myself and they are perfect for this time a year. With red nails and Marianne Dulong jewellery she completely won my heart with this outfit. A great idea for a different autumn outfit. Differently something I am going to try out myself.

Jacket: Etoile Isabel Marant Purple Ariana collarless jacket
Skirt: Hugo Boss Black Knitted A-line Skirt
Earrings: Marianne Dulong Aqua Earrings
Necklace: Marianne Dulong Roxy Mega Pendant
Boots: Prada

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, November 29th

Crown Princess Mary attended the Christmas tree lighting ceremony held at Copenhagen City Hall Square.

Crown Princess Mary was invited to attend this celebration because this year is the 100th anniversary of a Christmas tree standing at the exact same spot at Copenhagen City Hall Square. Christmas is really all about traditions and the Christmas tree lighting ceremony has been a tradition since 2014 -with excepting twice during the second world war. The Crown Princess arrived to Copenhagen City Hall Square accompanied by Copenhagen's Mayor Frank Jensen. Despite the bad weather, hundreds of Danes showed up and seemed to enjoy the tradition such as the Crown Princess did. After a warm welcoming and a laud countdown she pushed the button and the tree lit up. It was also then covered with fake snow delivered by Santa himself. With a few pictures, lots of smiles and a "Merry Christmas" the Crown Princess enjoyed the evening and took plenty of time meeting the attending Danes.

The weather was really not that good -cold and windy. What we would call 'autumn' in Denmark. We even got a rather powerful storm in the evening. We could have lived without. Nevertheless, it gave Mary the opportunity to wear some of her pieces from her winter wardrobe. She kept herself warm in a bright red Diane von Fursteberg coat, first seen a couple of years ago, here, a grey turtleneck and black trousers. Maybe a pair of fitted trousers would have been better? I really can't decide. What do you think? Wide or tight? I completely fell in love with her hairstyle. Big and voluminous. Makes a great accessory just as the black heeled ankle boots from Gianvito Rossi and Hartmann's diamond earrings. A lovely inspiration for your own winter-look. Especially why you should consider a bright red winter coat instead of black or grey. Red looks magnificent no matter what you style is.

Coat: Diane von Furstenberg Mikhaila Red Wool Coat
Earrings: Hartmann's
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Suede Pointed-Toe Ankle Bootie, Gray

DR Ultra Gala -It's Nice to be Nice

Friday, November 27th

Crown Princess Mary attended the DR Ultra Gala concert 'It's Nice to be Nice' with the Mary Foundation in Sønderborg.

The red carpet was changed in favor of a yellow one on occasion of It's Nice to be Nice. The yellow colour is associated with Dr Ultra which is children's channel made by DR, who hosted the concert. From the second the Crown Princess arrived to Skansehallen in Sønderborg, she was welcomed by so many kids taken pictures of her with their phones. Everyone would like to get a glimpse of the future Queen. As represent of the Mary Foundation and the guest of honor Crown Princes Mary attended the premiere of the Ultra Gala show which also was the beginning of a Denmark tour. This year the show focuses on how to prevent and handle solitude among children in the age of 7-12. The Crown Princess also attended because she was given very special friendship award It's Nice to be Nice. All because she is the most nice princess. It was handed over by the siblings Dikte and Malte and it was received with great honor. During a break she told the press that she really liked the show and its message to be a good and helpful friend. After the show it was time to write in the big solitude-book. An over dimensionel book where the children wrote their own personal advises on how to handle to solitude and of course the Crown Princess did the same. Her advise was: "REMEMBER that you are worth something -believe in yourself".

Despite the fact that Mary was all dressed in black, it was an fashionable and edgy outfit. Just named the nicest princess of them all, she rocked in a black suit. Of course this is not the first time we see her wear a suit. I remember a white, red and grey one as well. This simple suit she upgraded to the most stylish I have ever seen. She matched it with a sensual and classy black lace blouse. The perfect way to make your suit much more feminine. This one I found at Heartmade by Julie Fagerholt (Winter/Holiday 2015). Personally, I love wearing lace and I can't wait to find a similar blouse and wear it like Mary just did at the evening evening in Sønderborg. She matched her black suede metal cap-toe pumps from Gianvito Rossi with the suit, last worn at the premiere of You do not say no to Asger Jorn in 2014, here. One other thing I noticed was her hairstyle. Some time since we have seen an everyday hairstyle so elegant. Last year her hair was like this all the time. I kinda missed these updo's because I find them very inspiring how to do my own hair. Even though it look hard, it's quite easy. Take a look online for more inspiration and tutorials. She accessorized her "gala" outfit with round diamond earrings from Hartmann's and what looks like a silver ring featuring a green stone. Left we have the little shiny clutch from Carlend Copenhagen looking nice with the rest of the outfit and her burgundy nail polish. I hope I some day will get the chance to wear an outfit like this. In my opinion, this outfit is one of the best we have seen for a while.

Earrings: Hartmann's
Blouse: Heartmade by Julie Fagerholt Jula
Clutch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Metal Mesh Cap-Toe Pumps

Christmas ceception with the Mary Foundation

Wednesday, November 25th

Crown Princess Mary hosted a christmas reception at Amalienborg palace in Copenhagen for the Mary Foundations working partners and collaborators.

At the beginning of this week the Crown Princess hosted a Christmas reception with the Mary Foundation and their partners, which has become a really nice tradition. This event gives the opportunity to thank everybody who have been involved or have supported the foundation's work the past year and to wish everybody a merry Christmas. Representative were all invited to glögg and æbleskiver. Probably you have heard about both these thing, if you haven't don't worry I will tell you more about it. Glögg or glühwein (German) goes back to Germany. It's a very traditional hot drink made of among others red wine, snaps, brown rom, madeira, oranges, lemon, cinnamon, star anise etc. Æbleskiver is from Denmark and I'm not sure it gives an English translation. Translated it's 'apples in slices'. Danes love them and is the epitome of Christmas. Primarily they are made of pancake batter. Back in time it was slices of apples, which were then fried. Today 'Æbleskriver' are pan fried in a round shape and them they are eaten with either/or both jam or icing sugar.

The Crown Princess welcomed her invited guests at Frederik VIII's Palace around 3:00 pm. From the beginning the atmosphere was great. Everyone were in a good mood in the room. I'm sure they had all had a great time. One of the guests, who had traveled all the way from Chicago to attend the reception, was Professor and Ph.D. John T. Cacioppo. He is a member of the the Mary Foundation's expert panel working with loneliness. At the reception, representatives as the Lauritzen Betina Ipsen who support the Netwerk project, Marketing Manager of DHL Express Susanne Kristensen works with the Free of Bullying's Children relay project and project manager in TrygFonden Christoffer Elbrønd and communications officer in DBU Mikkel Minor Jensen important project partners in Klubfidusen attended.

First, I thought she was wearing a black dress, which was the only thing I did not expect. Suddenly I flipped my computer screen by an accident and I realized that it wasn't black but green -her dark green suede dress from Prada. It is differently not the first time we see this dress, but I took my quite a while to identify it even though it's from one of her favourite designers. Very appropriate of her to wear a dress in this colour. Perfect to celebrate Christmas and her co-workers. She even matched the wallpapers. Maybe I'm the only one who noticed this little detail about the wallpapers. I remember at least three times she was worn the dress. All three with great success. In 2013 when she and Frederik ,along with the rest of the family, attended a dinner at Hotel Admiral with the President and his wife of Slovakia, here, then again at Prince Nicolai's confirmation in the evening, here, and then last in 2014 when she attended the Ultra Gala show, here. With that one picture published where we see her feet, I think I know what pair of shoes she was wearing. A pair of beige Prada pumps, last seen on October 8th 2015 when Mary attended the Free of Bullying seminar, here. What do you think? Am I right about the shoes? Beige pumps would be a great choice. Of course you all noticed her new silver bracelet featuring green stones. Mary has several times worn bracelets like this, but I have never been able to identify the designer -if it's even the same one. I also see a pair of earrings, though I can't decide which pair she's wearing. And then that red/burgundy nail polish. 

Dress: Prada Green Suede Dress

Ideas for identification
Shoes: Prada Beige Pointed Toe Pumps

The French Embassy's Prize for Human Rights 2015

Tuesday, November 24th

Crown Princess Mary attended the presentation of the French Embassy's Prize for Human Rights 2015 as patron of the Maternity Foundation taking place at the French Embassy in Denmark.

The Crown Princess attended this event only two and a half hours after the tennis event in KB-Hallen in Frederiksberg, here. Then in the afternoon she visited the French Embassy in Denmark to hand over the French Embassy's Prize for Human Rights 2015, which was  given to the Maternity Foundation. The foundation works to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in developing countries and has has the Crown Princess as their patron since 2010. When the Crown Princess arrived to the French Embassy at Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen the weather was terrible -rainy and windy. Despite the bad weather she took time to place a large bouquet of white lilies, next to all the other flowers, in front of the French embassy in memory of the victims of the terror attack on November 13th. Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Marie attended a ceremony a few days after the attack, but the Crown Princess was in Senegal at the time. Her gesture was noticed also noticed by the French Ambassador in Denmark and former Ambassador for Human Rights. So why white lilies? They are symbolized with both sorrow, sadness, grief and heavenly purity, life and beauty. Without a single

From one bouquet to another. Before the presentation began she was given a bunch of flowers from a little flower-boy. Accompanied by the French ambassador François Zimeray, Mary attend the presentation of the Prize for Human Rights 2015, which was handed over to the Maternity Foundation. At this, both happy and honorable day, Mary was dressed beautifully in black. Nothing new, but Mary wear her clothes as if it was the first time -every time. The black dress features a sequin belt and is from Prada. Last time we saw is was in 2014 when she attended the Ordrupgaard exhibition in Charlottenlund, here. At the time she also wore a red nail polish. I always loved the dress with its sense of a 50s dress. A few years ago I bought a very similar vintage dress that was in a really bad condition, but I had to have it. Today it is one of my personal favourite dresses and when Mary wore her Prada dress the first time I was thrilled. This time I kinda missed the Gianvito Rossi shoes because they were a really great match. At yesterdays presentation she chose another pair of Gianvito Rossi pumps in black and a matching Carlend Copenhagen clutch. She was also wearing her golden Orit Elhanati necklace. When she arrived to the French Embassy she wore some kind of black woolen coat and because of the wind, we had a glimpse of her reused diamond earrings. A little bit of everyday glamour.
Clutch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa
Necklace: Orit Elhanati The Abyss Necklace
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Patent Pumps

The Child Welfare Day 2015

Tuesday, November 24th

Crown Princess Mary attended as patron of the Child Welfare Day and eboks' tennis event along with Danish tennis player Caroline Woznoacki in KB-Hallen, Frederiksberg. 

For several years the Crown Princess has been patron of the Child Welfare Day, which aims to encourage children and young people in care to became the best version of themselves by committing them in specially developed activities and projects. On Tuesday, 22 of these children who are living in institutions or with foster families, were chosen to participate in a very special three-hour sports event in the KB-Hall in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. The event was organized by the Child Welfare Day and eboks. It was a little more special than usually because the Crown Princess and the famous Danish tennis player Caroline Woznoacki attended. Also the Children's Aid Director, Ina Thorndahl, and the e-Boks' CEO, Henrik Andersen attended yesterdays sports event. Shortly after the arrival the Crown Princess changed to another pair of shoes and played a double with Caroline and the two friends Tobias and Nicolaj. The children were clearly overwhelmed to get the change to both meet and play with Caroline who is a world famous tennis player and the future Queen of Denmark. Both the Crown Princess and Caroline were in a excellent mood during the day and by no doubt gave all the kids a wonderful day to remember. 

I truly understand why Mary chose this outfit. It is cold outside and the weather is changing all the time. A few days ago we got snow and now the sun is shining despite the cold. Mary has chosen darker colours, knitwear and a cosy scarf. I've always admired her way of wearing trousers. She wear any kind of trousers with great perfection. At the tennis event she wore simple navy blue trousers that perfectly matched her knitted jumper from JOSEPH featuring a white blouse underneath. We saw the knitwear back in August when the family were on vacation in Gråsten. Afterwards, I got lucky and identified it. Both the jumper and slim trousers looked good with the grey Naledi Copenhagen scarf, seen at a few others occasions. Among others, when Kofi Annan was visiting Denmark back in 2013, here. Something else we have seen before are her grey Gianvito Rossi ankle boots. Talking about boots. Makes me want to mention a little trick Mary often use. Wearing sheer stocking in the same colour as your shoes and/or trousers. Socks are just boring to look at but this way it look stylish and smashing at the same time. Arriving she was wearing a coat, which I haven't been able to identify yet, but I am pretty sure it is the same as worn on September 15th when she attended the Advise for Life 2015, here. Yet, another thing I have to mention (if you haven't already seen it) is her new dark green ring and the fact that she's wearing burgundy nail polish. When it comes to jewellery, she also embrace the style by wearing round earrings from Jewlscph.

Blouse: JOSEPH Merino Knit Jumper
Earrings: Jewlscph 
Scarf: Naledi Copenhagen Budda Grey
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Suede Pointed-Toe Ankle Bootie, Gray

TV2's Christmas Show in Aalborg

Thursday, November 19th

Crown Princess Mary attended TV2's Christmas Show in House of Music in Aalborg as the guest of honor.

As name of the location implies (House of Music) the Crown Princess spend an evening with lots of music when she attended TV2's grand Christmas Show in Aalborg. With white walls and red chairs, the House of Music is the perfect location for a christmas show. Along with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and artist like Martin Brygmann, Kaya Brüll and Barbara Moleko, which all were dressed their best in evening suits and dresses, the Crown Princess attended the perfect evening celebration of christmas and of course she was the guest of honor. The two hosts are news hosts on TV2. Cecilie Frøkjær and Hans Pilgaard. They are both well-known faces in Denmark for different entertainment programs. I'm sure with these two hosts it was a wonderful evening. As far as I know the show was not broadcasted live, but as previous years it's broadcasted some day in December. Unfortunately, it has not yet ben published when it will be broadcasted. As if she was the star of the show, the Crown Princess arrived in the best mood to the House of Music in Aalborg around half past eight to attend the great christmas show. Perfectly matching the carpet and chairs in the big hall, she shone in her red dress. As the guest of honor and Crown Princess, she was given one of the best seats on the balcony next to the Mayor of Aalborg Thomas Kastrup Larsen and Cristen Obel from Det Obelske Familie Fond to watch the entertaining christmas show.

As I mentioned before, Mary was dressed beautifully bright red dress worn once before at a christmas reception with the Mary Foundation last year, here. You remember we have seen it before? The dazzling fitted red dress is from Dolce & Gabbana. I know it's a red dress and a million others look exactly like this. But look at it; it looks like it was painted on her. A perfect fit. At the arrival she wore her black Prada coat, seen close to a million times before. A little detail, which I might be the only one to notice, is the different length of coat and dress. This was the most perfect combination in the 50s. A long fitted dress or skirt with a rather large, shorter coat. Hair and makeup were absolutely flawless as always. As last year, the dress gave us the opportunity to focus on the expensive accessories.Mary know how to chose accessories and to chose a bright pink Carlend Copenhagen clutch is really clever of her. Make the dress shine even more in the lights of the photographers, despite the fact that there are no such details as sequins on neither the dress or clutch. Looking at her shoes, makes me stare.  New black T-strap shoes from Gianvito Rossi. Kate is the one who identified her new pumps. Am I the only one who adore her black and red evening outfit?

Coat: Prada
Dress: Dolce & Gabbana Wool Crepe Scoopneck Dress
Cluch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Patent-Leather T-bar Pumps

Visiting Senegal

Wednesday, November 11th

Crown Princess Mary visited Senegal with the two organizations Orchid Project and Tostan for her to get a better understanding and work with the Community Empowerment Program focusing on girls and women's rights. On November 15th Crown Princess Mary witnessed a ceremony to abandon female genital cutting. The Crown Princess stayed in Senegal from November 11-15th. 1

It does now some as a surprise that the Crown Princess is visiting Senegal, all to show her sincere support to combat female genital mutilation. For several year the Crown Princess has been committed to help both girls and women everywhere in the world. I found this phrase from an article on, here, saying: "HRH Crown Princess Mary is a strong voice on the issue of women's rights and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights around the world." Spot on. Not that long ago she also attended the Global Network of Women's Shelters' Conference in the Netherlands where she was accompanied by Queen Máxima. Her appearance is once again to show her support. She attended the conference in the Netherlands, because of her membership of the High Level Task Force for ICPD, as patron of the WHO Regional Office for Europe and chairman of the Mary Foundation. Also as patron of the UNFPA, the Crown Princess is perfect to visit Senegal. This visit was a bit more private than usually. It means that we just heard about her visit when she arrived back in Denmark. Actually the articles I have been able to found is only about her last day. But maybe it is also the most important one because the Crown Princess witnessed an sensational ceremony to abandon female genital cutting. 

Over fifty communities, a 1,000 people, were gathered in the Kaolack region of Senegal to declare the end of a centuries old practice the female genital cutting. Along with representatives from among other UNICEF, UNFPA and local representatives from the Government the Crown Princess witnessed the declaration. Something a lot of people around the world have worked for in many years. To celebration the declaration included formal speeches as well as traditional music and dance. This is truly a day to remember. At the same time the communities take part in a human rights education program run by the local NGO Tostan. Their Community Empowerment Program will enable them to hold the conversation about human rights and what it really means to them. With the help from the Orchid Project the community members to take the discussions about human rights and spread them to the neighboring villages. Over 7,300 communities have already declared abandonment in The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.

On her last day, after five days, Mary attended the ceremony dressed casual in her white Zara lace blouse and a navy blue maxi skirt from By Malene Birger worn this summer at Gråsten, here. Accessorized with jewellery I think are gifts, she celebrated a day to remember in Senegal. She also appear wearing a bright pink dress, which I think is some kind of traditional suit.

Blouse: Zara

Concert at Fredensborg palace

Tuesday, November 10th

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik hosted a concert in the church of Fredensborg Palace, followed by a souper in Fredensborg palace Dome Hall for the tourism industry in Denmark. Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie also attend the concert.

Only lightened up by the car lights and lights from the windows of Fredensborg palace, all guest arrived on Tuesday to attend a concert hosted by Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik. One by one, the royal guest arrive to Fredensborg palace in Copenhagen from 7:00 pm. -first Princess Marie, than Crown Princess Mary and Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik as the last two to arrive. It was more of a 'girls-night-out' because the Princess and Crown Princess attended on their own without their husbands. The concert took place in the church of Fredensborg Palace. The music was performed by Christian IX' ensemble and singers from Sønderjysk Choir. Throughout the years, the Queen and Prince have hosted many concerts and dinners to honor different groups of the Danish society. Now it was time for the Queen and Prince to honor the tourism industry, because of their hard work with the over 20 million foreign visitors who annually visit Denmark. The four royal family members had each their own red velvet chair to sit on during the concert. Around 8 o'clock, an hour after everyone arrived, the guests as well as the royal family members went to the Dome Hall to attend the following souper (french for 'a late evening dinner') where a lovely dinner were served -fish, lobster, pumpkin pie, apple fromage and lots of other delicious things. The Dome Hall were beautifully decorated with round tables, golden chairs, emerald glasses, silver plates and pink/red flowers. They really know how to decorate a room for a royal dinner. At the time when all the guests arrived to the Dome Hall, the entree were already served.

Matching the night's theme, both Mary and Marie were dressed in black, red and pink. I kinda like that Marie wore a skirt and a blouse, which was in a really great bright colour but I do not understand in a million year what is going on with that skirt? It is some kind of ruffles or...? Like her mother-in-law, Mary wore a really elegant new black lace dress. It features long sleeves and a round neckline. The more I look at the dress; I have the feeling that I might have seen a style like this before. The way the dress is made all with the lace part. Now when I know the dress is from Prada I understand why I had seen the style before. One of Mary's favourite designers to wear. I was looking for something else and found this evenings dress worn by Isabella Ferrari at the Women's Tales Dinner during the 72nd Vernice Film Festival, here. Knee-length dresses has always been her favourite and the length also suit her perfectly. It looks appropriate and elegant at the same time. Very feminine for her age and status. As Queen of the night, Mary looked like a movie star wearing a bright red lipstick and black eyeshadow. The curly hair reminds me so much of the 40s wavy hair which just gave me the chance to share a real vintage photo with you of the graceful actress Veronica Lake, here. The most classy outfit for women to wear at any evening event is, by no doubt, the combo of black and red. Mary accessorized her evening outfit with her diamond earrings from Marianne Dulong, a black clutch and black patent pumps from Gianvito Rossi.

Dress: Prada Lace Embroidered Dress
Earrings: Marianne Dulong Lotus
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Patents Leather Pumps in Black