On Friday evening, Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen was glittering with jewels, including a pair of tiaras worn by Danish princesses.
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary were joined by Princess Benedikte as they hosted a traditional dinner for members of the government and members of the Danish and European parliaments at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is usually the host of these dinners, and she was originally scheduled to attend this one, but she tested positive for COVID on her return from Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral earlier this week.
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary were elegant in their gala attire, with Mary in a modern pink evening gown with a one-shoulder neckline. Both wore the insignia of the Order of the Elephant. Frederik also wore the neck badge of the Order of the Dannebrog, while Mary wore her mother-in-law’s Royal Family Order. (We discussed the British Royal Family Orders in detail here yesterday. The ladies of the Danish royal family, like the Brits, wear these family orders, as do royal ladies in Sweden, Norway, Thailand, and Tonga.)
Mary also added some familiar jewels: the all-diamond setting of her wedding tiara, plus her modern diamond fringe earrings.
Mary’s gown has been in her closet for more than a decade. She wore it in the summer of 2011 for the princely wedding reception in Monaco. On that occasion, she also wore her wedding tiara, pairing it with pieces from the Danish Ruby Parure.
The earrings, reportedly an auction purchase, have been in Mary’s jewelry box for at least six years. She wore them recently in May during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Denmark.
Here’s another look at Mary’s ensemble and jewels. She also wore a diamond and gold bangle on her right wrist and rings on both hands.
Princess Benedikte chose one of her favorite colors, purple, for her gala dress for the dinner. The gown featured a light purple top with a patterned skirt in shades of purple and green. She also wore the insignia of the Order of the Elephant and the Order of the Dannebrog, plus her late father’s Royal Family Order.
With the gown, she wore diamonds and amethysts, including her Floral Birthday Tiara (an eighteenth-birthday present from her parents, King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid), a diamond necklace and earrings, and an amethyst brooch.
Benedikte has one of the nicest sets of amethyst jewels in any European royal collection. She inherited the demi-parure from her mother, Queen Ingrid, in 2000. Above, she wears the necklace from the set for her sister’s Ruby Jubilee banquet in 2012.
Benedikte also wore an interesting gold bracelet on her right wrist, plus rings on both hands. I’d love to get a better look at that bracelet!