Monday, 19 August 2013

Anja Camilla Alajdi

One of Mary's most important counsellors is her personal stylist: Anja Camilla Alajdi.

Mary started working with Alajdi at the very start of her time in Denmark - around 2002. When she became engaged to crown prince Frederik their collaboration intensified and it has never ceased.

Apart from advising on fashion choices for all of Mary's activities and arranging fittings with designers, Alajdi accompanies Mary to fashion shows and on shopping trips in Denmark and abroad. She has introduced Mary to other specialists in skin care, fashion, hair and make-up.
Alajdi also works closely on Mary's image in PR campaigns. She has succesfully guided Mary Donaldson from an average and quite unremarkable looking middle class woman to the stylish and well groomed crown princess of Denmark.

Being a member of Copenhagen's society, Anja Camilla quickly became one of Mary's friends.


In 2008, with Preben Kristensen

and with Søren Hedegaard

Anja Camilla Alajdi was born in 1972. She's the daughter of a Danish mother and a Morrocan father.

From her marriage to Ulf-Steen Neitzel she has two children: ?? and Otto (°2003).

She's now in a relationship with Steen Arnstrøm, a former bodyguard of crown prince Frederik.

She worked as a stylist for the TV show Linie 3. There she met actor Preben Kristensen, who introduced her to his partner, Mary's hairdresser Søren Hedegaard. It was Hedegaard who recommended Alajdi to Mary. When Mary became crown princess Alajdi's work increased and she gave up her job at Danish television.

Anja has also worked for women's magazine Alt for Damerne.

In 2007 Alajdi became a business partner in Marianne Dulong - one of Mary's favorite jewellers.

At various CIFF fashion shows

5-8 August 2004

Mary has been a loyal guest at Danish fashion shows, together with her new friends from Copenhagen's upper crust, since her arrival in Copenhagen in August 2002.

After her official presence at CIFF's opening show (trend show) in the morning she also watched Bruuns Bazar's show and Malene Birger's in the evening.

At Bruuns Bazar, with stylist Anja Camilla Alajdi. This exclusive show had the Statens Museum for Kunst as venue.
Mary wore a new cardigan by Heartmade and a new skirt by Malene Birger.

At Malene Birger. Next to Mary are her stylist Anja Camilla Alajdi and supermodel Helena Christensen.

Later she also attended another CIFF fashion show at Øksnehallen in Copenhagen.

At the opening of CIFF

5 August 2004

Crown princess Mary was present at the opening show (trend show) of CIFF, the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair at Bella Center.

She visited most of the Danish designers and was seen talking to Henriette Zobel (Pureheart) and Bitte Kai Rand.

She wore a new dress by Prada.

Mary was accompanied by her lady-in-waiting, countess Victoria Bernstorff-Gyldensteen.

The following days she would attend more CIFF fashion shows.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Summer ballet

4 August 2004

Frederik & Mary attended the Summer Ballet at Bellevue Theatre in Klampenborg.

Playing golf for charity

3 August 2004

Mary participated in the Pink Cup, a breast cancer charity event, at Hermitage Slot in Klampenborg.

The event was organized by Københavns Golfclub. Mary became a member of the club when she moved to Denmark.

Gråsten photo shoot & sailing competition

31 July 2004

Each year the Danish royal family gathers in the town Gråsten, where queen Margrethe II and prince Henrik spend their summer holidays in the castle of Gråsten. It's a tradition even though not all members are present each year.

Every year there's a photo shoot for the press. This was the first time Mary was part of it.

Mary wore new sunglasses by Chanel.

 She was also seen with Frederik and his cousin princess Alexandra von Berleburg, watching a local sailing competition from a boat.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Reception at Gråsten

30 July 2004

On the last day of their summer cruise Frederik & Mary didn't host the traditional evening reception onboard the Dannebrog - instead people were invited for a reception at the nearby castle of Gråsten the next day.

Mary wore new pumps by Chanel and a new dress by Malene Birger.

Mary & Frederik spent some days with some of the other Danish royals at this castle in the very south of Denmark. It's the traditional summer residence of queen Margrethe.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013


Queen Margrethe's yacht Dannebrog (named after the Danish flag) was built in 1931 and 1932 at the Naval Dockyard in Copenhagen. It replaced the previous royal vessel, an 1879 paddle steamer, also called Dannebrog.

It's 78,43 meters long.

The ships has studies for the queen and prince Henrik, a dining salon, a lounge and various bedrooms. Margrethe II has taken a personal interest in the interior decoration of the royal apartments. They contain furniture and fittings from the previous 1879 royal vessel.

The yacht is an official and private residence of queen Margrethe II of Denmark, the prince consort, and members of the royal family when they are on official visits overseas and on summer cruises in Danish waters.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Summer cruise: Sønderborg

29 July 2004

The last stop on their cruise was Sønderborg. They received gifts at the city hall and greeted the thousands of people who had come to catch a glimpse of the couple. In a convertible Mercedes they were driven to the military school where they were given a guided tour.

They unveiled  a renovated part of the quay and a statue. They had lunch in the Knight's Hall of Sønderborg castle.

A walk around town concluded the summer cruise.

Mary wore a new suit by Clements Ribeiro and new pumps by Dolce & Gabbana.

In the background: Mary's lady-in-waiting countess Victoria Bernstorff-Gyldensteen.

The traditional reception was left out of the program. The local dignitaries were invited to a reception at the nearby Gråsten slot the next day, where Fred & Mary spent some time with the rest of the royal family.

Summer cruise: Odense

28 July 2004

The third stop on their first summer cruise was Odense, Denmark's third city.

Frederik & Mary were driven in a convertible Rolls Royce to the city hall where they received presents. They made a guided visit to Hans Christian Andersen's house, went on a sailing tour which showed them the city sights and had a picknick with guests at the zoo. They also visited Vollsmose, a poorer part of Odense with a large immigrant population.

Mary wore a new dress by Malene Birger and new pumps by MaxMara.

At night, there was the traditional reception for local dignitaries onboard the Dannebrog.

Mary wore a new Prada dress, and a new Prada cardigan.

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