Monday, 27 May 2013

Reception at Copenhagen city hall

12 May 2004

Mary & Frederik and both their families attended an official reception at Copenhagen's city hall.

Mary wore a hat she'd bought in Sydney earlier that year - when the were filming her documentary, a new dress by Birgit Hallstein and a new jacket by Prada.

The rest of the delegation...

The ruby set

Mary first wore the ruby set on the 11th May 2004 - at the pre-wedding gala banquet. Nowadays it consists of an impressive tiara, a necklace, chandeleer earrings, a brooch, hairpins and a ring. All are made from diamond and rubies.

So where does this parure find its origines?

1. Jean Baptiste Bernadotte, one of Napoleon's 12 marchals, buys a diamond and ruby wreath tiara for his wife Desirée Clary to wear to the coronation of Napoleon in 1804. Désirée had been engaged to Napoleon herself, but the engagement was broken off. When Bernadotte later becomes king of Sweden, his wife becomes queen Désirée. She brings the ruby & diamond parure with her to Sweden.

2. The ruby parure passes from queen Désirée to princess Josephine von Leuchtenberg (married to crown prince Oscar of Sweden, Désirée's son) at Désirée's death in 1860.

3. In 1869 queen Josephine of Sweden gives the set as a wedding gift to her granddaughter, princess Louisa who marries the Danish crown prince Frederik.

4. Queen Louisa passes on the set to her daughter in law, princess Alexandrine of Denmark in 1898. For the first time a tiara is composed out of several hair pieces that were seperately worn in the hair.

5. In 1947 princess Ingrid of Sweden, the wife of crown prince Frederik, becomes queen of Denmark. She receives the ruby parure. By adding two of the parure's brooches to wreath, a true tiara is composed.

the "wreath" tiara before:

the tiara after adding the two brooches:

6. At her death in 2000 queen Ingrid leaves the ruby parure to her grandson crown prince Frederik to be worn by his future wife. Ingrid didn't know this would be Mary - the two of them never met. The parure does not belong to the royal collection, it's crown prince Frederik's personal possession.

7. In 2010 Mary has the tiara altered, "to the shape of her head" thus changing its unique shape to a more bland form. She trusts the tiara to Marianne Dulong's gold smiths who take some of the diamond and ruby leaves away. Sometimes pearls are added to the earrings or brooches, diamond leaves are used as hair pins as well.

The 'new' hairpins:

In ??? Mary adds a Marianne Dulong custom made ring to the set, composed of newly purchased diamonds and a large ruby.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

prewedding gala banquet - extra labels

Prewedding gala banquet

11 May 2004

At night queen Margrethe hosted a gala banquet at Christiansborg for the wedding of her son and Mary Donaldson. Among the 350 guests were members of state and politicians.

Mary wore a new gown designed by Malene Birger and Demark's highest royal order, the Order of the Elephant.

After formally welcoming all guests the gala dinner with speeches took place.

In his speech prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said to Frederik: "Your royal highness, the first time I met you and Miss Donaldson together was on an aeroplane from Paris before your relationship had been officially announced. It is typical of your straightforwardness that you introduced me to miss Donaldson with the words 'This is my girlfriend, Mary'."


She also wore queen Ingrid's ruby set for the first time.

Among the guests were Mary's family

Amber Petty

Queen Anne Marie & king Constantine of Greece, princess Benedikte & prince Richard zu Sayn Wittgenstein-Berleburg, prince Joachim & princess Alexandra, princess Elisabeth.

Master of ceremony Christian Eugen-Olsen

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