Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Unveiling a new portrait of herself

7 April 2006

Crown princess Mary was accompanied by her husband to unveil her first official portrait in Denmark, at Frederiksborg Slot in Hillerød which houses the Museum of National History.

The Museum commissioned the work and selected the artist. They asked for an informal portrait of the new crown princess.

Australia had already honoured Mary with an official portrait by Jiawei Shen.

The portrait was painted by Australian Ralph Heimans, who lives in Paris and also officially portrayed queen Elizabeth II in 2012.

Heimans started working on the commission in May 2005. He described Mary as a regal, distinguished presence, a confident young professional with a strong chatacter. The painter flew to Denmark 5 times to have sittings with Mary. During her pregnancy the work had to be postponed a while. 

It was also the debut of Caroline Heering as the crown princess's new lady-in-waiting.


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