2018 Recap, Review

2018 Recap: How much did Crown Princess Mary’s and Princess Marie’s 2018 wardrobes cost?

Just as we did in 2017, let’s take a look at what Crown Princess Mary’s and Princess Marie’s 2018 wardrobes cost. I will focus on Crown Princess Mary first and then on Princess Marie but there is a big recap infographic at the end of the post including a 2017-2018 comparison.

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As shown in the days worked numbers that were published, Crown Princess Mary had a busy year. She debuted 170 new items this year and as shown below, we have managed to identify 127 of them. The rest is still unidentified and is thus excluded from this count.

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Among the 127 items for which we have a brand, 22 were custom made and are thus also excluded from this count. There are 5 items included in the count for which we have an estimated price. To give a concrete example of what this means, Crown Princess Mary wore a Jesper Hovring jacket on December 6th that was available on Hovring’s website in another print. The jacket online retailed at 4,500 DKK and thus this is the estimated price of Mary’s jacket. We do not consider it to be the full price as Mary’s exact jacket isn’t available online but we estimate that it is a close price and thus gives more accuracy to the count.

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For the 105 items for which we have either a full retail price or an estimated price, Crown Princess Mary’s total came to 15,974,858 DKK (=$114,349USD). The most expensive piece for which we have a price is a Tiffany & Co Pavé Diamond Flower Pendant which cost $8000USD.

While she debuted 170 new items, Crown Princess Mary wore a lot of older pieces as shown in the graph below.

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Approximatively 1/3 of the 127 items we managed to identify were from a Danish brand in 2018. You can see a comparison with 2017 in the graph below.

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Princess Marie debuted 96 new items this year and we managed to identify 65 of them. Out of these 65 items, 5 are excluded as they were custom made and we haven’t estimated a price for them. The other 60 pieces all have a full retail price.

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For these 60 pieces, Princess Marie’s total came to 6,090,615.82 DKK (=$58,042USD). Her most expensive items this year are the trio of Christine Hvelplund jewels she wore for the concert for Crown Prince Frederik’s 50th birthday last May. The earrings and two bracelets she wore cost 166,800DKK (=$25,556USD) in total.

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Just like Crown Princess Mary, Princess Marie repeated a lot of pieces this year.

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She also wore more international brands than Danish brands. It is interesting to note that 30,4% of these identified new items by international brands were from French brands.

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Here is a recap with an interesting average price-per-piece graph that might help put these numbers in perspective.
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What did you think of these numbers? Don’t hesitate to comment!

ARE YOU CURIOUS HOW THESE NUMBERS MATCH UP TO THE COSTS OF CLOTHING SPENT BY OTHER ROYAL LADIES AROUND THE WORLD? CHECK OUT UFO NO MORE’S POST FEATURING THE COST OF 10+ ROYAL LADIES! 

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2018 Recap, Review

2018 Recap: Your votes for Princess Marie’s best daywear and evening outfits!

Here are the results of your votes! Good choices all around!

Evening Outfit:

Not really surprising but the Rikke Gudnitz gown paired with the new Nuits Claires tiara during the French state visit on August 28th was your favorite evening outfit with 58,23% of your votes!

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Runner-up: With 16,46% of your votes, the Rikke Gudnitz gown worn for the 2018 New Year Gala Dinner comes in second place!

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Day Outfit [January-June]:

With 38.46%, the outfit Princess Marie wore on April 25th was your favorite of this category. She wore a beautiful purple Hugo Boss dress with Zara burgundy and red satin pumps.

Runner-up: With 10.26% of your votes, the outfits worn on May 16th and June 6th are the runners-up.

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Day Outfit [July-December]:

The votes were very split in this category and we have two winners! With 17.24%, the outfits worn on August 28th and October 2nd were your favorite!

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Runner-up: Again two runners-up as the votes were very split! With 13.79 %, the outfits worn on August 9th and August 17th are runners-up.

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Review

2018 Recap: The Danish Royal Family’s work in review

One of the most important posts of the 2018 Recap is here! After starting counting the numbers of days worked by the Danish royal family in 2017, I did it again this year.

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A few disclaimers before studying the data:

It is important to note that every member of the royal family works more than these numbers because there are countless hours of meetings and preparation behind each of these events and they are not on the calendar. Furthermore, both Prince Joachim and Princess Marie have day jobs. Prince Joachim works in the Armed Forces while Princess Marie is a special project assistant for the Danish Emergency Management Agency. Another important point is that the royal family did not work from February 13th to March 13th (with the exception of a few events for the Queen and a military dinner for the Queen and the Crown Prince couple on March 11th) because the Court was in a period of mourning after the death of Prince Henrik.

I included unannounced events in this tally as well as official family events such as Queen Margrethe’s birthday and the events surrounding Crown Prince Frederik’s birthday. The events surrounding Prince Henrik’s death and his funeral were not included.

Onto the data now!

As a whole, the family worked fewer days than in 2017 but it is understandable with the fact that Prince Henrik died.  For the year of 2018, someone in the family had a publicly announced event a total of 220 days of the year- 60% of the days in 2018. It was 260 days in 2017. Unlike last year, Queen Margrethe is not the member of the family who worked the most days. But with 93 days worked and considering the difficult year she had with the loss of her husband and her cousin Princess Elisabeth, it is still quite remarkable.

Princess Benedikte moved back to Denmark permanently last year after the death of her husband Prince Richard and it shows in her number! She worked 65 days in 2018, 9 more days than in 2017. I wonder what 2019 will hold for her! On another note, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece attended two official events with her sisters Queen Margrethe and Princess Benedikte this year and it was really great to see her so I hope we’ll see more of the three sisters together next year!

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In my post last year, I wrote that I was surprised that Crown Princess Mary had worked more days than Crown Prince Frederik and that she was the member of the royal family that had worked the most days after the Queen. Well, this year, the balance is restored. While Crown Princess Mary maintains the same level of work with 95 days worked, Crown Prince Frederik improved his numbers this year working 100 days in 2018 despite having a short sick leave because of surgery. It is important to note that he attended the full week of Invictus Games in October and he was the only royal to do so. He is the member of the royal family who worked the most days. Out of the 365 days of the year, he was regent for 47 days which is 6 days more than in 2017 which means that Queen Margrethe has been abroad (mostly privately) slightly more than in 2017.

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Prince Joachim and Princess Marie are the members of the Danish royal family that have the less worked days but they also are the two members with a day job. Princess Marie worked 52 days in 2018. That is the exact same number of days as in 2017 which makes her the most consistent member with Crown Princess Mary. We have seen more engagements abroad though so I hope this is a trend that will continue. On the other hand, Prince Joachim worked 57 days during 2018 which is 18 less days than in 2017. This can be explained by two things in addition to the period of mourning: while we usually get some glimpse into Princess Marie’s work with DEMA, we don’t usually know things about Prince Joachim’s private work with the military for obvious security reasons. We also learned through the Danish court that Prince Joachim had been traveling through Denmark to film a series of documentaries about what it means to be Danish. These documentaries will air at the end of 2019 and the shooting will continue until the summer of 2019 which might have an impact on Prince Joachim’s days worked number in 2019.

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Here is a recap of the data, what do you think about these numbers? What are you expecting for 2019?

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Review

What do we want Princess Marie to wear in 2019? With Laura, Saad and a very special guest: My little sister!

Here are our choices for what we’d want Princess Marie to wear in 2019! Thanks to Laura, Saad and my little sister for taking part in it!

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Heaven:

Cefinn

I chose Cefinn because their pieces really feel effortless while still being interesting. Samantha Cameron created the label with the aim to create smart, modern and feminine clothes that are easy to wear and I like that philosophy.

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Claudie Pierlot

With Marie wearing more and more pieces from French brands, I thought Claudie Pierlot was a good fit. I can really see Marie wearing these three pieces.

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Wichmann Couture

Wichmann Couture is a bit of a wild bet. They are a favorite of Princess Benedikte and her daughters and I really love their design. I have no doubt Marie would modify most of them but I thought this post was a good opportunity to highlight their amazing work.

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Laura:

Marie wears a lot of chic, sleek, professional clothes so I picked two brands for her based on that aesthetic. I picked one wild card/adventurous choice as well.

Hobbs London

I make no secret that this is one of my favorite brands. They have so many cute dresses that work so well with Marie’s chic style.

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The Fold

One of Marie’s favorite brands is Hugo Boss, and The Fold has a similar aesthetic, with sharp and professional looking clothes.

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Art Fusion Copenhagen

I admit that this brand might not be as good of a fit as the other brands I suggested, but this brand is a Danish brand focused on sustainability. That seems like a great message to support and they do have a few pieces that I think fit Marie well.

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Saad:

Saad made very good suggestions about the heirloom jewels that would fit Princess Marie’s aesthetic.

Queen Margrethe’s Saudi Diamond Necklace

Princess Marie has a small but historic jewelry collection, and one of the pieces I’d like her to borrow is a more recent piece, Queen Margrethe’s Saudi Diamond Necklace, a gift from the Saudi King in the 1980s, which has been previously paired with Princess Marie’s usual Dagmar Floral Tiara. The delicate motif would suit Princess Marie’s simple aesthetic.

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Sapphire Fleur de Lys Brooch/Clasp

Princess Marie comes from France, and a loan I’d like to see on her is the Sapphire Fleur de Lys Brooch/Clasp, a royal family heirloom in the distinctive French symbol of Royalty. Princess Marie already owns sapphire and diamond earrings and has access to the ‘Nuits Claires’ Tiara and Queen Alexandrine’s Sapphire brooch, so another sapphire piece would fit right into her collection.

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Queen Margrethe’s Modern Turquoise Brooch

In recent years, Princess Marie has worn a gem-set statement brooch, said to be a gift from Queen Margrethe on the birth of Princess Athena, and often favors large statement pieces for non-Gala events, thus I feel Queen Margrethe’s modern Turquoise Brooch, a 60th Birthday Gift from Prince Henrik, that can also be worn as a pendant!

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For this post, I asked someone who is very special to me to make some suggestions. My 11-years-old little sister wants to become a stylist when she grows up and she started drawing more and more sketches this year, to the point that I had to buy her a real “artist notebook” as she calls it so that she could have all her sketches in the same place. She’s very excited to share 4 of her designs that she drew with Princess Marie in mind, two evening outfits (1 with tiara and order, 1 without) and 2 day outfits! She’s very proud of them and I’m very proud of her so let her know what you think of her work!

Evening Outfit 1 

I chose two colors for this gown: dark pink and blue. I chose blue for the belt as it calls back to the blue of the tiara and the blue in the Order of the Elephant and ties the two together. There are sequins on the sleeves. I chose white and gold accessories to let the dress be the focus while still being gala-worthy.

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Evening Outfit 2 

I chose two colors again for this gown: light blue and navy. I chose a silver sequin clutch to match the sequins on the belt and on the bottom of the back of the gown. I chose light pink Jimmy Choo shoes to provide an interesting contrast with the gown.

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Day Outfit 1

Once again, I chose several colors for this dress: tan, blue and green. I chose to reverse the two triangles in order to add modernity to this classic wrap dress with pockets. I chose plain accessories to ensure the focus was on the dress.

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Day Outfit 2

Once again, two colors for this dress: red and green. This dress is really simple but quite elegant. I chose silver and black accessories to make the outfit more interesting.

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Here are my designs! I hope you like them! All the love, – M!

So, what are your thoughts on all these suggestions? Don’t hesitate to comment on them and/or to leave a comment with your own choices for 2019!

Review

2017 in review: how much did they work and how much did they spend ?

After yesterday’s first gala event of the year , it is time to look back on 2017.

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During the whole year, with Sarah my fellow editor on Ufonomore, I kept a tally of the days worked by the member of the Danish Royal Family. It is the first year but I will definitely will continue to do that in 2018. In this tally, you can see the numbers of days worked (and not events) by each member of the royal family. Prince Henrik was in semi-retirement until the diagnosis of his dementia was made public this summer , this is why his numbers are at 0 for the following months. He will not be included in next year’s tally.  I was surprised by the Crown Prince couple’s numbers as I would have thought that Crown Prince Frederik, as the heir, would have worked more days than Crown Princess Mary.

 

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While I don’t have my own numbers for 2016, Ekstra Bladet noted that Queen Margrethe worked more days while Crown Prince Frederik worked less days than in 2016 which can be seen as a sign that Queen Margrethe will not abdicate anytime soon according to experts. (You can see my thread about Ekstra Bladet’s numbers here – they’re different than mine even when excluding unannounced events and I’m not sure why. )

It is important to note that every member of the royal family works more than these numbers because there are countless hours of meetings and preparation behind each of these events and they are not on the calendar. Furthermore, both Prince Joachim and Princess Marie have day jobs. Prince Joachim works in the Armed Forces while Princess Marie is a special project assistant for the Danish Emergency Management Agency.

If you wish to see the numbers of days worked by the Swedish royal family, you can visit Sarah’s blog here.

In addition to the days worked tally, I kept a spending tally for both Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie.

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Every new thing worn by the Princesses , whether on public events or private outings, were added to the tally. The numbers included are the prices of items debuted this year with a known (or estimated) price. The numbers excluded are custom made pieces without prices and UFOs. So it is important to take into account that the total numbers are actually higher because of the huge number of UFOs we have for both Princesses this year. However, the Princesses pay for their clothes privately.

What do you think about these numbers ? Are you surprised or were you expecting them ?

If you want to compare these spending with the other royal ladies, you can visit our blog Ufonomore where Brittani wrote a full post about the spendings of more than 10 royal ladies , here !

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