Crown Princess Mary, 47, has kicked off the new decade in typical regal style by stepping out in an elegant burgundy gown topped off with a particularly dazzling accessory: a jewel-encrusted crown.
The Aussie-born Danish royal donned the impressive headpiece, which appeared to feature clusters of diamonds and a splash of rubies, for her family’s stately New Years event in Copenhagen on Wednesday.
The future queen teamed her eye-catching tiara with a matching necklace, earrings, bracelet and ring for the traditional evening reception held at Amalienborg Palace.
Mary also sported various brooches pinned to her long-sleeved velvet dress along with the impressive Order of the Elephant collar and badge, the country’s highest-ranked honour which is typically reserved for wearing to New Years Day celebrations.
The mum-of-four was accompanied by her husband, Crown Prince Frederik, 51, who was also dressed to the nines in traditional military regalia that included a feathered hat, sword and his own Order of the Elephant collar and badge.
The couple - who seem to have weathered a storm of split rumours recently - were joined by other members of the Danish royal clan including Princess Marie, 43, the second wife of Frederik’s younger brother Prince Joachim, and their aunt, Princess Benedikte, 75.
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, 79, arrived last and, as expected, in spectacular fashion. The monarch stunned in an ice blue floor-length gown with lace overlay and a fur stole.
Her own crown was similar in style to Mary’s but appeared to feature emeralds instead of rubies, and was perhaps ever so slightly smaller.
Tasmanian native Mary took her royal duties to the next level last year after accepting the responsibility of being acting monarch in the event of Queen Margrethe’s absence, a huge jump for the woman who will one day be the queen in her own right.
Mary was announced as an official regent in October 2019, meaning she is now able to act on behalf of Queen Margrethe II, who turns 80 in April.
Mary and Frederik’s children - Christian, 14, Isabella, 12, and eight-year-old twins Vincent and Josephine - didn’t appear to join their parents for the nighttime event that has seen the reigning king or queen wish their country happiness and prosperity for the year ahead since the mid-16th century.
The likes of the chairman of the Danish parliament and government officials were expected to sit down for a lavish meal in the palace’s grand dining room that had been decorated in a wintry theme.
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