Tonight, the first tiara event of the year took place at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. The gala takes place each year and the royal family, as well as the Government, the President of Parliament, representatives and members of the court, attend. We took a look at Princess Marie’s outfits the previous years yesterday on Tumblr and you can check it out here.
Prince Joachim and Princess Marie arrived first at Amalienborg Palace. All the members of the Royal Family wore the necklace of the Order of the Elephant, the highest Danish order. You can see a video of the arrivals here.
Princess Marie wore a new Rikke Gudnitz outfit. She wore a high neck top with a cut out at the back. She paired it with a full-length gold skirt and new Michael Kors Claire glitter pumps. Both her earrings and clutch are old and ufo.
Tonight, Queen Margrethe hosted a gala dinner for members of the Government, members of the Danish Parliament and Danish members of the European Parliament. Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, and Princess Benedikte were in attendance. Crown Prince Frederik could not attend as he is currently in Sydney, Australia where he is attending the Invictus Games.
It was hosted by King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid. Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik followed this tradition once she became Queen in 1972 and they even created a tradition of their own following the same pattern. Indeed, since 1976, a gala dinner for important members of Danish arts and culture is held every four years, reflecting the late Prince Henrik’s passion for art.
During this evening, the guests first greet the members of the royal family one by one before enjoying dinner and music.
The soprano Signe Sneh Durholm and the pianist Peter Mollerhoj performed before a surprise appearance by comedian Soren Ostergaards who appeared as his character “Smadremanden” and provided a lot of entertainment for all the guests.
You can see a video of the arrival of the guests and the royal family here.
She paired the gown with jewels from her favorite Danish jeweler Christine Hvelplund. She had owned the earrings and the bracelet for a while now and we see them often. She chose the same jewels back in 2017. She also wore a ring but I haven’t seen any good close up so I can’t say anything about it.
Last night, the Danish royal family attended a concert to celebrate Iceland’s 100 years of sovereignty at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen. The concert was organized by the Danish parliament and the royal family was joined by the Icelandic Presidential couple, the Danish Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Danish Parliament and the President of the Icelandic Parliament.
Iceland was part of Denmark’s kingdom for 500 years until a federal law was passed in 1918 and made Iceland an independent country. The law stated that Iceland would still be a monarchy and be led by the Danish monarch but that the country could decide to stop this arrangement after 25 years and become a Republic. This is what happened in June 1944 after a vote by the Icelandic people.
On Saturday evening, Princess Marie attended Gadens Born’s charity gala in Copenhagen.
Gadens Born was founded in 2012 by Pia Lindell Qwist after a visit to India when she saw how bad street children’s living conditions were there: “Gadens Boern fights to improve the living conditions of homeless children in Kolkata, India, by supporting initiatives within education and care. The objective of Gadens Børn is to provide homeless and destitute children access to opportunities and tools they can use to change their present conditions and potentially also their future. […] We primarily rely on the hard work of volunteers, and we always try to keep our administrative expenses to an absolute minimum. Even though we are a small organization we work hard to make a big difference. Help us help others.”
The foundation’s main focus is social outreach at Sealdah Station, the second biggest railway station in Kolkata, where a lot of children live with or without their parents:”A large number of street children live at the station – some with their parents and others without but true for most them is that they are not publicly registered with a birth certificate. That means that they are not able to attend the local government schools or receive other government services. Some have been thrown out of home while others have run away due to different reasons, often involving physical violence, addiction or sexual assault. […]We seek them out and offer them food, health checks, clothes, activities and love, and care.”
Gadens Born also created the Aasha School (‘Aasha’ means ‘hope’ in Hindi). It has 150 students enrolled from the local area. The school offers one daily vegetarian meal, adult contact & care, one monthly excursion, and education that builds on caring relations. (You can read more about the school here). They also help mothers with food, birth preparations, and medical check-ups.
Upon her arrival, Princess Marie was greeted by Pia Lindell Qwist’s daughter Mynthe. Princess Marie was sitting at the main table with Pia Lindell Qwist and Lars Stolte, the Chairman of the Board. During the charity gala, an auction of gifts given by Danish companies was held to help raise money for the foundation and it was very successful as they have raised one million Danish Kroner (≈ $155,600). You can donate to Gadens Born here.
After the auction, singers Alex Ambrose and Barbara Miranda performed. About Princess Marie attending the gala, Pia Lindell Qwist said: “I am deeply grateful that HKH Princess Marie will participate in our charity gala. It’s really a show of all the work our volunteers do to make a difference for the street children in India.”
For this charity gala, Princess Marie wore a new black sequin top which she paired with black velvet pants. I believe the top could be a sequinned bodysuit by Michael Kors. If it is indeed her top, it’s her first item from the main Michael Kors line after buying from the less expensive Michael Michael Kors line so it’ll be interesting to see how her relationship with the brand develops.
She paired the outfit with her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ black glitter pumps and an old UFO clutch from 2008.
Marie also wore her Christine Hvelplund cross ring and new earrings that I haven’t managed to identify yet.
We’ll next see Prince Joachim and Princess Marie on Tuesday when they’ll join the royal family to attend the Opening of Parliament.
I am very pleased and excited to be able to give you all the information I gathered about Princess Marie’s new tiara today!
Princess Marie designed the tiara in collaboration with French jeweler Mauboussin (created in 1827). The tiara was created specifically for the French state visit although Marie will still be able to wear it at other tiara events as confirmed by the jeweller.
Princess Marie decided to call the tiara ‘Nuit Claire/Lyse Noetter’ (Light Night in English) as she got the inspiration for the design and the colors from the bright light summer nights in Denmark.
The tiara is made of palladium white gold with small diamonds sapphires and has a pear-shaped 6.82 carats sapphire in the center.
Princess Marie’s choice of a French jeweler with a Danish-inspired design was her way to symbolize the relationships between both countries for her, a French citizen who became a Danish princess.
Here is the Maison Mauboussin’s press release :
« The Maison Mauboussin, French jeweler since 1827, decided a few months ago to create a royal tiara.
Given the close relationship between France and the Danish Royal Family, the Maison Mauboussin wanted to collaborate with Princess Marie of Denmark, a former French citizen. The Princess took part in every step of the creation process of the tiara and she even wanted to choose the tiara’s name since the tiara represents the close link uniting Denmark and France. Its name is ´Nuits Claires’ (´Lyse Nœtter Diademet’)
It is made of white gold, with 13,35 carats of diamonds and 13,58 carats of sapphires with at its center, a pear-shaped Ceylan sapphire of 6,82 carats. This tiara, made with the collaboration of the Princess, is a tribute to her adoptive country, Denmark. This tiara was made in a Parisian workshop and shows the excellence of the French high jewelry’s savoir-faire.
The Maison Mauboussin is very honored to have loaned this tiara to Princess Marie who wanted to wear it at the state banquet during the state visit of the French President to Denmark. Alain Nemarq, the President of the Maison Mauboussin, dedicates this tiara to the friendship between Denmark and France and would like to thank Princess Marie. »
NOTE: The Maison Mauboussin is the owner but they assured me that Princess Marie will be able to wear the tiara to future gala events!
Princess Marie’s new ring also comes from Mauboussin, it is the ‘Tellement Sublime’ ring. It is made of white gold, diamonds, and a blue sapphire.