Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, November 29th
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Crown Princess Mary participated in the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony held at the Copenhagen City Hall Square. Crown Princess Mary was invited to attend this celebration because this year is the 100th time a Christmas tree is standing right there on the same spot.

Christmas is all about traditions, bringing families together, history and having a good time. Like Christmas is the royal family also all about tradition and history so what could be better than bringing these two together? The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Copenhagen City Hall Square have been a tradition since 1914, except from two years during the second world war, has a new Christmas tree spread warmth and Christmas spirit at the City Hall Square every year since. I found these really amazing pictures of the City Hall Square in Copenhagen from the last hundreds years which shows not just a Christmas tree but 100 years of history. What these picture have in common are all the people who've been gathered to celebrate Christmas since 1914. On Sunday Mary arrived at 3:45 pm. along with Frank Jensen, Mayor of Copenhagen, to attend the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. It was cold and windy, not something to enjoy. Later in the evening a storm hit Denmark. Despite really bad weather hundreds of Danes were gathered to attend the lighting ceremony all dressed in warm coats, hats and gloves. As the star of the day Mary was ready to participate in the ceremony and in front of her and the City Hall, a 24 meters high and 60 years tree was decorated soon to be lightened up by electrical candles. The tree was found in Grib Skov. After a countdown Mary pushed the button and what everybody had wait for, happened. The Christmas tree lit up and was being showered in faux snow delivered by a snowblower manned by Santa on a crane the same hight as the tree. Something we have seen before. She was then photographed on the little stage in front of the tree with Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen and all the kids dressed like gnomes in red and white. Along with Santa and Frank Jensen, Mary wished some of the attended people a merry christmas.

As I mentioned before the weather was really not as good as we could have expected. I wouldn't mind getting a little snow but the storm yesterday was useful at all. Like everybody participants Mary chose clothes to keep her warm in the wind. For the third time she wore her bright red Diane von Furstenberg coat, a really nice colour coat which I think was great to see it again. Neither is it the first time she wear longer coats with wide leg trousers which she also did at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Well really I do not have an opinion on this, Mary got long legs and can wear this combination but I would love to have seen it without the coat. Because I think the grey knitted turtleneck and the black trousers was good-looking. I do not criticize that she's wearing her red coat because like no one else Mary can wear a coloured coat. And I love that she does use them but with a pair of tight trousers I think I would have liked a bit more. For instance, when she wore her red Prada coat and black tight trousers at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Mary accessorized yesterdays outfit with black leather gloves and heeled ankle boot from Gianvito Rossi featuring the pointed toe. With the classic Mary-hairstyle and the round diamond earrings she celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Coat: Diane von Furstenberg Mikhaila Red Wool Coat $250 (pre-owned)
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Suede Pointed-Toe Ankle Bootie, Gray

First Advent = First Christmas Eve Inspiration

A few weeks ago I mention that I would be doing something special in December. Several months ago I had this brilliant idea now when we all love Mary and her style so much I thought: why not give you the opportunity to get inspired what to wear on Christmas eve? Of course with Mary as an example. Therefor I have found four, one for each day of advent, very extraordinary outfits I think would be perfect for Christmas eve either on December 24th or 25th, dependent on where you live in the world. I have found four very different outfits so hopefully you find the outfit you just need to copy. At the same time I will share links where to buy similar clothes as well as how to copy her hair and makeup, to get the a look in the style of Mary! Let the countdown begin!

The first christmas outfit I have chosen is from when Mary was pregnant with the twins back in 2010. She and Frederik was on a visit in Germany and here they attended a reception and dinner at the stunning Schwerin Castle. I have always loved the combination of the basic black clothes and the sparkling golden (or maybe copper) accessories. She even matched the interior! The asymmetry of the dress makes it a little more exciting and take the classic little-black-dress to a whole new level. It catches the eye. I think the combo of the black and gold makes it the perfect christmas eve outfit; in the light of the christmas tree your accessories would shine like a star! I would probably have chosen not to wear the sheer tights, just bare legs but that is up to you -if you chose to dress up like this on christmas day. She was wearing pretty large chandelier earrings from Amrita Singh which is really great to draw attention to her face and beautiful evening makeup. Which was light and feminine. The sequin clutch made my heart dance. In my opinion, sequins are created to be worn at a magical evening as christmas. Her hair was a low chignon which can be made in so many different ways, depended on what you like. Mary's was very simple like her clothes. Keep it simple might be my next phrase because that is what this look is all about. Simplicity. A black basic is the perfect foundation to build your personal evening outfit. Now I give you two outfits, an expensive one and an more budget friendly one. The good thing about this outfit it that you have the opportunity to mix and match with your favourites.

Dress: Alice + Olivia Deedee Ruched One-Shoulder Sheath Dress £208.78
Earrings: Vince Camuto Stone Drama Chandelier Earrings $31.20
Bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane Oversize Sphere Bead Bracelet £40
Ring: Melissa Joy Manning Handmade Joy Manning Ring £140.25
Clutch:Carlo Fellini Kim Clutch $67.45
Tights: Spanx Ribbed Sheer Tights, Black $32

Dress: ASOS TALL One Shoulder Midi Dress £20
Earrings: ASOS Occasion Drop Earrings £12
Bracelet: Blu Bijoux Gold Triple Chain Bracelet $32
Ring: H&M 3-Pack Rings £3.99
Clutch: La Regale Sequin Pouch Clutch $19.50
Tights: Calvin Klein Control Top Matte Sheer Tights $16
Shoes: Zara Pumps w. Heel, Black 30.93

A so called 'chignon' is to me one of the most classic and varying hairstyle because it can be used at everyday's and as in the evening. A chignon has many expressions depending on how you make it -straight or messy, high or low, side or mid, modern or feminine etc. If you know how to do this one hairstyle, it is the starting point for many other undos. Mary is a frequent user of this hairstyle at almost any occasion, day and night because it is so versatile. This hairstyle does also work very well if you are wearing any kind of hair accessories maybe in gold to match the rest of your Christmas eve outfit? I've found a really good video on Youtube that, hopefully, will help you to make the beautiful chignon. As everything else; practice, practice,practice. If this is the outfit you choose than you have four weeks to practice. You do not need anything special, just some elastics, bobby pins and a great portion of patience!


As the rest of the outfit, her makeup at the reception and dinner was extremely simple. Sometimes that it the best to do. The most important to remember with this look is having the flawless skin which is one of Mary's characteristics. Her porcelain skin. Søren Hedegaard, Mary's hairdresser and makeup expert, knows how to point out all her beauty and I'm sure you know exactly which features in your face you want to highlight. I have one rule when it comes to makeup: highlight eyes or lips. And that is the same Søren Hedegaard did with Mary's natural evening makeup. Do yourself a favor, use some time and efforts to find the foundation, mascara, eyeshadow etc. that suit you personality, skin colour, eye colour you name it. With this you can create anything you like! I do not need a video to tell you about her makeup. 

1/ Apply your foundation flowed by powder to get the flawless skin.
2/ Draw a soft line with a black eyeliner on the upper lid to the mid and one under the eye.
3/ Apply a soft pink lipgloss on your lips.
4/ Complete with a little pink blush on your cheeks. Done!

Be ready for next week where I post about a new Christmas outfit.
Good luck everybody!

DR Ultra Gala - It's Nice to be Nice

Friday, November 27th

Crown Princess Mary attended the DR Ultra Gala concert with the Mary Foundation in Sønderborg. 

About the DR Ultra Gala Show -It's Nice to be Nice
The Ultra Gala show is the big live show produced  by DR (Danmarks Radio) to kids in the age of 7-12 years old. The show is a combination of music, comedy and lots of entertainment performed by among others the singer Wafande, Page Four, the winner of MGP-children Flora Ofelia etc. The hosts are Jacob Riising, Sofie Linde and Joakim Ingversen. The show was invented to focus on  being a "nice friend" and this year with focus on social isolation among children. It can be watched all over Denmark the upcoming months and Mary attended the first opening show 2015 in Sønderborg. Read more here

The red carpet was changed in favor of the yellow colour, associated with Dr Ultra which is children's channel. From the second Mary arrived to Skansehallen in Sønderborg she was welcomed by so many kids taken pictures of her with their phone. Everyone would like to get a glimpse of the future Queen of Denmark. Everywhere Mary goes, she's greeted like a super star! As a representative of the Mary Foundation and the guest of honor, 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, this is one of the things Mary and her foundation work with in the every-day's, so it was obvious for Mary to attended. But there was also one other reason why Mary was invited, because she was given the friendship award D' Nice At Være Nice (It's Nice to be Nice) to be the most nice princess. Sweet, isn't it? It was handed over by the siblings Dikte and Malte and it was received with great honor. Like last year Mary did also participate in the show during the evening. During the break she told the press that she really liked the show and its message to be a good and helpful friend. These days there is great focus on solitude among both children and adults. According to Billed Bladet, studies have shown that about 6 percent of boys and about 10 percent of girls in the age of 13-15 have often or very often felt lonely. This is the highest proportion of lonely young people since 1988 according to a school studies from 2014. After the show it was time to write in the big solitude-book. An overdimensionel book where the children wrote their own personal advises how to handle to solitude and of course Mary did the same. Surrounded by children Mary wrote her own advise saying: "HUSK at du er noget værd -tror på dig selv" (REMEMBER that you are worth something -believe in yourself).

Despite the fact that Mary was all dressed in black, it was absolutely fashionable and very edgy! 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, matched with a sensual and classy black lace blouse. The perfect way to make your suit much more feminine. Last night when I was writing this post I was just so tired and was ready to leave it till today but then out of nowhere I was able to identify the black lace blouse and I had to share it with all of you, right away! I found the piece of wonder at Heartmade by Julie Fagerholt  from her Winter/Holiday 2015 collection. Lace are my best friend these days which I fell in love with her new blouse and I had a serious urge to buy it. But when I saw the price, I instantly had the urge to find a similar one. Luckily there are a million similar ones to purchase. But I really adore the lace item because you can wear it in so many different ways, no matter which style you have. A classic item you will no regret you bought. Enough about my love to the blouse, she matched her black suede metal cap-toe pumps from Gianvito Rossi to the suit. Last worn at the premiere of You do not say no to Asger Jorn in 2014. 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 them because I find them very inspiring how to do my own hair. Even though it look hard, it's quite easy to make. It's all about practice, practice, practice. If you are interested I would recommend websites like Youtube, of course, and Pinterest. My second source of inspiration after Mary. 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 eyes it's a clear winner as always.

Earrings: Hartmann's
Blouse: Heartmade by Julie Fagerholt Jula DKK 2,999
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Metal Mesh Cap-Toe Pumps
Clutch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa DKK 8,500

Der var plads til grin og alvor i årets premiere på Ultra Galla, som netop er afholdt i Sønderborg. Kronprinsessen...
Opslået af Mary Fonden på 27. november 2015

Christmas Reception with the Mary Foundation

Wednesday, November 25th

Crown Princess Mary hosted a christmas reception at Amalienborg for the Mary Foundations partners.

At the beginning of this week Mary hosted a Christmas reception with the Mary Foundation and their partners which over the years has become a really nice tradition but only now we see pictures from the reception. This event gives the opportunity to thank everybody who have been involved or have supported the foundations work the past year and to wish everybody a merry Christmas. Of course this year was no exception. They 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 which are made of among others red wine, snaps, brown rom, madeira, oranges, lemon, cinnamon, star anise etc. Today it contains much more alcohol so if you drink too much you might get a little drunk ;) It tastes kinds spicy. Æbleskiver is from Denmark and I'm not sure there even is an english translation but the Danes love them and is the epitome of Christmas. Primarily they are made of pancake batter. They are pan fried in a round shape and them they are eaten with either/or both jam or icing sugar. They are really delicious! So if you get the change to try these two delicacies someday, do it without hesitating. Back to what this was all about. Mary welcomed her invited guests at Frederik VIII's Palace, Amalienborg Castle in Copenhagen, around 3:00 pm. local time. From the beginning the atmosphere was great, everyone were in a good mood in the room, that smelled like Christmas should. I'm sure they had all had a great time together with Mary. 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 Foundations expert panel working with loneliness. According to the foundations website, he has been a great inspiration and help in their work with this specific area. 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. Mary conversed with all of them during the reception. Since last year there must be a lot to talk about -all their impressive results, new projects and what the next will bring.

Hvert år samler vi de mennesker, som vi samarbejder med i løbet af året. Vi samler dem for at takke for deres indsats og...
Opslået af Mary Fonden på 28. november 2015

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! With a little more light I found that she was wearing 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 I found it at one of her favourite designers. First I was sure JOSEPH was the designer, that was before I found the real model at Prada. There is no doubt in my mind. Very appropriate of her to wear a dress in this colour, perfect to celebrate Christmas and her co-workers. She matched the wallpapers in the room where the reception were held. Very clever Mary! I might be the only one who noticed this. 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, the same year she wore it again at Prince Nicolai's confirmation at the evening party celebrating him and then last in 2014 when she attended the Ultra Gala show she wore it with a pair of leopard pumps. With that one picture published where we see her feet I think I know what pair of shoes she was wearing. That pair of beige Prada pointed pumps from the Free of Bullying Seminar on October 8th 2015. What do you think, am I on the right path here? The beige would be perfect because it makes the green colour stand out. 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. Because of her loose hair I can't see is she's wearing earrings or not I wonder which nail polish she is wearing? I really love the beautiful bordeaux next to the green dress!

Dress: Prada Green Suede Dress $245 (pre-owned)
Shoes: Prada Beige Pointed Toe Pumps €485?

Note: Frederik and Mary are in Australia with their four children all december and on Christmas eve, that's about time if you ask me. In eleven years Mary haven't celebrated Christmas with her Australian family. That of course means no official events for Mary, but don't worry I have prepared several posts to share with you in december. I all starts tomorrow!

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

Say hello to...

... Crown Princess Mary's horse Goché. It is no secret that the Crown Princess loves to take ride, especially when she and the rest of the family are visiting Gråsten castle during summer. She has even been photographed with her horse back in 2004 in the Australian Vogue, here, with the statement: "To me luxury is being with my horse, with no time pressure. A moment away from everything.In the book Kronprinsesse Mary -fortæller til Anne Wolden-Ræthinge, hereshe was also photographed with her beloved horse.

I found an article from 2006, telling that Goché stayed at Antvorskov Barracks working as escort-horse, here. Among other things, in November 2006, Mary's horse was riding escorts in connection with the Norwegian royal couple visit in Denmark. Constable Højby, who took care of training the horse, tells that Mary was also visiting several times during the stay and that there clearly was a close bond between the two of them. Apparently, Goché a very curious and friendly horse according to this Instragram, here.

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

Gala dinner at Christiansborg palace

Saturday, November 7th

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary hosted a gala dinner at Christiansborg palace in Copenhagen on the occasion of the Trilateral Commission meeting.

On Saturday the 7th of November, the Crown Prince couple hosted a gala dinner on occasion of the Trilateral Commission meeting at the end of a three-day conference, which took place at Danish Industry for the commission's European members. The dinner was held at Christiansborg palace in the hall with the characteristic black and white floors and colourful tapestry. I don't know if you keep an eye on their calendar, but this dinner is really something I have been looking forward to in a very long time. Therefor it has been terrible to wait days for pictures from the event, but we finally got some. And it was differently worth waiting for. During the three-day conference, Crown Prince Frederik gave a speech and got the chance to talk with some of the members on the meeting's different topics -like how to improve cooperation politically and economically between various regions of the world.
From the outside Christiansborg palace does not look that special at all, which of course is just my opinion, but the second you enter the first room you immediately see how magnificent it is. Every room is beautifully decorated with huge chandeliers hanging from the ceiling in every room. You see old paintings everywhere along with the most overwhelmingly furnitures. It is differently worth a visit. You are led from one room to another and every room gets more fantastic than the previous. In the middle you find the Great Hall or Riddersalen in Danish. The chandeliers are even bigger, the floor is like a huge chessboard and everywhere you look these colourful tapestries are hanging on the walls. The Great Hall has been used for numerous royal dinners, birthdays as well as state visits. You get mesmerized by entering the room. The unique tapestries are made by the sculptor Bjørn Nørgaard and they were a gift to the Queen in 1990 when she celebrated her 50th birthday. The 17 tapestries tell the 1000 year history of Denmark. Ten years later, in 2000, the tapestries were done and placed in the Great Hall on occasion of the Queen's 60th birthday. The Great Hall measures 40 meters long and 10 meters high, here.

Why do I adore Mary so much? Because she unexpectedly shows up in a golden jacquard fitted dress wearing matching pumps. That's why. It was so much worth waiting for to get a glimpse of her attending the gala dinner. I really think every royalist turned their heads and looked just one more time to see how dazzling Mary was. How was your first reaction when you saw her in the golden wonder? Mary looks good in almost everything from trousers to dresses, but she also chooses her clothes with great care. Most women would look like a disco ball wearing such a dress, but not Mary. I expressed to you who much I really wanted to identify this new golden evening dress and with the precious help from Heaven and Kate, the dress has now been found. The golden wonder is from Prada.  She paired it with her golden glitter pumps from Gianvito Rossi to make the outfit look even more stunning. Among others, she has worn them at the INDEX: Award 2015 in Helsingør, here and at the Reumert Award 2015, here. She matched everything beautifully with Cenius & Bach earrings and a golden diamond bracelet -which I still do not know designed. I also spotted her wearing the box clutch from Judith Leiber. The perfect clutch to the most amazing evening outfit.

Dress: Prada Short Dress in Beige
Earrings: Cenius & Bach Flower earrings
Clutch: Judith Leiber
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Gold Glitter Pumps

Book Forum in Copenhagen

Saturday, November 7th

Crown Princess Mary payed a visit to the Book Forum at Book Fair in the Bella Center in Copenhagen. Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine also attending the fair.

Unexpectedly, Crown Princess Mary and three of her four children show up at the annual Book Forum in the Bella Center in Copenhagen to attend the launch of former model Carina Axelsson's new book Model Under Cover, here. Carina is also engaged to Crown Prince Frederik's cousin Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, who is the son of Princess Benedikte. Accompanied with actress Ellen Hillingsø, who is also a close friend of Mary's, Carina Axelsson talked about her new book. The three royal members were sitting in front raw during Carina's interview. The atmosphere was great and I think all of them really enjoyed the afternoon together. Especially Prince Vincent seemed to have had a wonderful day. He had much fun with her sister's hairband, which by the way, reminds me of a piece worn by their mother in 2007, here. Maybe Princess Josephine borrowed or inherited her mother's hairband? Just consider the thought for a moment; the Crown Princess of Denmark as your mother with her wardrobe? Pia was among the audience when Carina Axelsson's was interviewed and she took a few pictures, which she has given me permission to share with all of you.

Photo@ Pia Hansen
Photo@ Pia Hansen
Photo@ Pia Hansen
Photo@Pia Hansen
Mary was dressed in an edgy and very modern-kinda-look. And at the same time relaxed and casual at the Book Forum event on Saturday. Almost only in black (blouse, trousers, bag, shoes) she showed that even though she was attending a private event, on a Saturday, with her children, she still looks her very best. Differently something I would wear this time a year in Denmark. So, if you are every going to visit Denmark during November, wear something similar to this. Mary was in a long-sleeved blouse and black jeans. Kate identified her new black ankle boots featuring golden rivets. She found them at Julie Fagerholt Heartmade (AW15). Do you like them? Not shoes she is use to wear. Another piece that surprised me, is the checkered coat, which I would really like to identify. But so far, I haven't got a clue where to find it. Do you happen to know anything? It reminds we of a design from either Julie Fagerholt Heartmade or maybe DAY Birger et Mikkelsen. Finally, she carried a new black leather bag featuring braided straps. It has now been identified by Kate as Dolce & Gabbana 

Shoes: Julie Fagerholt Heartmade Avita
Bag: Dolce & Gabbana Miss Escape Tote Bag in Black

Opening of the Nordic Psychiatry Summit

Friday, November 6th

Crown Princess Mary attended the opening of the Health- and elderly Ministry's Nordic Psychiatry Summit in Nordhavn, Copenhagen. 

The Crown Princess almost just arrived from at two days visit from the Netherlands, where she attended the 3rd World Conference of Women's Shelters' along with Queen Máxima. On Thursday she was back in Denmark again. Yesterday morning the Crown Princess arrived to Nordhavn to attend the opening of the Nordic Psychiatry SummitShe arrived, with her lady-in-waiting, in a great mood looking her very best despite the bad weather. The Nordic Psychiatry Summit on Mental Health is on initiative by the Danish presidency who also hosted the summit. Representatives from Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Finland were gathered at the summit in Nordhavn. Both researchers, specialists, experts, relatives, politicians, ministers and users were invited to discuss how to improve the conditions for people with mental disorders and get more people to understand what it really means to have a mental disorder. In her speech, the Crown Princess payed attention to the fact that having a mental disorder is not something to be ashamed of or something you need to hide from others. Even though you can't see a mental disorder it's still there. She made the assembly aware that conversations can help to get more people to understand what these people live with or is bystander to. Former Danish Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, health- and elderly Minister Sophie Løhde, social- and Interior Minister Karen Ellemann were all present at the opening sitting in the front row. Poul Nyrup Rasmussen commented on her speech by saying that the Crown Princess takes the topic to a whole new level. She speaks from her heart and makes it clear that every single individual are important and no one can be forgotten.

Despite the fact not that many pictures have been published of her from the opening of the Nordic Psychiatry Summit, I still think I have an ID on everything she's wearing. Classy as always, Mary wore some old goodies most royalists loved at the time. Actually, we have seen three of the items in the same outfit last year at a launch with the State of World Population, here. I'm sure we all have certain piece of clothes or accessories we clearly remember she has worn and this textured striped a-line skirt from Chloé (Pre AW 2014) is differently one of the things I clearly remember. At the time she chose a brand new wool/cashmere blend cape featuring leather details on the shoulder, which she also wore at the opening. The cape was found at JOSEPH. Cape and skirt works perfectly together.  I think most women would like to wear this as beautifully as Mary. Instead of a black turtleneck she wore her white Elise Gug blouse featuring long sleeves and a white pearl as button. To me both the turtleneck and white Gug blouse works very well with the skirt. When do you think she wore it better -2014 or 2015? I am a bit troubled identifying her pumps. Think they could be from SAND Copenhagen and not Gianvito Rossi as others have suggested. What I do know is that her black clutch is from Carlend Copenhagen. Then we got pearly white earrings and my suggestion are these, which now got a pendant attached, here. Do you see the same as I do?

Cape: Joseph Leather Panel Cape
Blouse: Elise Gug Longsleeved Top
Skirt: Chloé Black Textured Striped A-line Skirt
Clutch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa

Ideas for identification
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Patent Leather Pumps in Black

Day 2: The Global Network of Women's Shelters' Conference

Thursday, November 5th

Crown Princess Mary attended the 3rd World Conference of Women's Shelters' in the Netherlands from November 4-5th.

Program: The Hague
  • 11:00 am. Visited the ICC's new headquarters, designed by the Danish architects schmidt hammer lassen.
  • 1:00 pm. Arrived to the World Forum in The Hague.
  • 1:30 pm. Crown Princess Mary was the keynote speaker and present at the panel discussion on strengthening global and regional networks.

On wednesday 4th the Crown Princess arrived by plane to the Netherlands where she was welcomed by Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Along with Queen Máxima, the two royal women attended the Global Network of Women's Shelters' Conference in The Hague. As I told you yesterday, the conference deals with any aspects of finding the solutions to combat violence against women all over the world. The Crown Princess has for several years worked hard to give girls and women a better life without violence. Because of her commitment, she has become member of the International Panel ICPD's High Level Task Force and as patron of the UN Population Fund and the Maternity Worldwide. Not to forget, she is the chairman of the Mary Foundation working in areas such as domestic violence against women, where there were be two workshops. This is among others why she takes part in the conference. She participated in several panel discussions, workshops and activities accompanied by Queen Máxima, but also on her own representing not all these organizations but also the small country Denmark. A couple of hours before she attended one more panel discussion at the World Forum, she paid a visit to the highly secured International Criminal Courts new buildings in The Hague which are designed by the Danish architectural firm schmidt hammer lassen. The new buildings will be put at the disposal of the staff around the turn of the year after which it will be the court for various war crimes. She also met some Danish companies working with design, architecture and construction represented in the Netherlands. She arrived to the new court buildings in great spirit despite the fact she for two busy days had tried to help world's women who have been exposed to violence, physically and mentally.

After her visit at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Crown Princess went back World Forum and for one more day, she participated in panel discussions. As Queen of the Netherlands Máxima led the first day of the conference and gave a very fine speech at the opening. Her speech is 10 minutes, here. On the 5th the Crown Princess acted as keynote speaker and for more than 20 minutes, twice as long as Máxima, she beautifully spoke, in her native language english, about why they all were gathered, her future hopes for the project and why it's so important to share knowledge and experiences to try to prevent violence again girls and women all over the world, here. I haven't had the time to watch the whole speech, but from what I've heard she is really committed and honored to be a part of such an important work. I have never been that interested in speeches as I have recently. She is a natural speaker and her words come easily.

Even after so many years following Mary I still have a hard time to tell why I love her style so much. She can wear the most funny printed piece of clothes and still look absolutely great. I think it is because of her personality -that special glow. This time she donned in a grey figure hugging dress in tweed. Differently new. I just received a link to an article about the new 007 James Bond movie, here. This has really nothing to do with Mary's attendance in the Netherlands, but actress Léa Seydoux wears the exact same dress. Everything Léa has worn in connection with this new movie are from by Prada and Miu Miu. Heaven is the one who found Mary's new tweed dream at Prada. The style of the dress reminded me of several different designers, but so far non of them have been the one I'm looking for. Tweed is the perfect fabric to wear at autumn. Everything from clothes to hair and makeup looks splendid. As the day before she wore her diamond earrings from Hartmann's and the silver Cartier watch. The black pearl bracelet is from Marianne DulongAs with the dress, the nude handbag is from Prada. If it is even possible to love anything more than her new dress, it's her powder pink t-strap Pura Lopez (fall-winter 2015/16) pumps. I know they will never be mine, but I'm allowed to dream right? These goes back to when she an event in the Danish Parliament wearing her silk dress from YDE Copenhagen, here. At that time I got obsessed trying to identify them. I searched for hours, I even contacted multiple designers to find out where her powder pumps were from. In the end I contacted Pura Lopez and we got a winner.

Dress: Prada Grey Dress w. White Collar
Earrings: Hartmann's
Bracelet: Marianne Dulong Anello Pearl Bracelet
Watch: Cartier
Bag: Prada Saffiano Cuir Double Bag, Tan
Shoes: Pura Lopez Gianella High Heel Shoes in Black Leather