Saturday, 5 April 2014

Gala dinner for the Hans Christian Andersen year

1 April 2005

This weekend marked the kick off of a huge 200th birthday celebration of writer Hans Christian Andersen in Denmark.

After lots of activities during the day, the royal family joined in at night with a gala dinner at Det Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen. The gala was broadcast live on Danish TV.

Mary wore a new pink gemstone pendant.

Prince Joachim and princess Alexandra arrived in separate cars. They were sepatrated but not yet divorced. After the divorce a weeks later Alexandra lost her princess title and no longer participated in royal events.

Among the guests were nearly all HC Andersen ambassadors, such as princess Laurentien of the Netherlands and Isabel Allende.

At her arrival crown princess Victoria of Sweden was accompanied by Mary's lady-in-waiting, countess Victoria Bernstorff-Gyldensteen & by Elisabeth Tarras-Wahlberg, director of the press department at Swedish court. (see video).

Other members of the Danish royal family

Mary was pregnant with Christian. The news hadn't been made public yet.


After the gala the HC Andersen ambassadors were received by the royals at Amalienborg for a reception.

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