Today, the Danish Royal Family attended the official Opening of Parliament in Copenhagen.
It takes place each year on the first Tuesday of October in the Parliament at Christianborg Palace. The family has a passive role in this opening so it often results in very funny photos of the family looking bored while listening to the speeches.
Princess Marie wore a fully recycled outfit for this ceremony. She paired her Paule Ka white and navy coat with her Warehouse floral printed dress. It looks like she added a turtleneck because of the bad weather.
She paired this outfit with her Longchamp navy clutch and her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ navy suede pumps. Marie is definitely a fan of the ‘Romy’ pumps as she wore them in black suede on September 26th and 28th, in black glitter on the 29th and in navy today.
She also chose to recycle her Whiteley navy hat.
We’ll next see Princess Marie next Wednesday when she’ll join Prince Joachim and the Danish Royal Family to celebrate Island’s 100th anniversary of Independence.
Today, Princess Marie, Prince Joachim and their kids, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena visited Tonder Festival.
The Tonder Festival is a well-known folk music festival in Europe. The festival was founded in 1975 and Marie is Patron since 2009. She has attended every year since then, except for last year’s edition as she had to pull out because of Nikolai’s 18th birthday. Since 2013, Joachim, Henrik, and Athena join Marie at the event. Next year will be Marie’s 10th visit to the Festival as Patron and she said that there might a special event to commemorate this: “I do not know. Perhaps something special must happen. I enjoy being here”
The family had a busy program for this year’s visit. After the official welcome, they visited the new children area. Prince Henrik and Princess Athena were pleased with all the new activities and they asked to stay for longer than planned so the family had to miss their next event, a visit to the Wadden Sea.
Afterward, they attended Vishtèn’s show. Prince Henrik and Princess Athena were sat on the shoulders of Prince Joachim and mayor Henrik Frandsen, respectively, just like in 2016.
Before heading backstage to enjoy drinks and food as well as some private time, Princess Marie talked to the reporters about the development of the Festival since her first visit back in 2009: “A big development, I think. Now it’s bigger and it gets bigger and bigger. There are a lot of different activities for children too. They have actually gotten a whole new area here for children and families. And there are really many places to eat and have fun. And more and more musicians come from all over the world. From Ireland, USA, Canada and they are really skilled. It’s really a pleasure to be here.”
On Wednesday, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie carried out their first official joint engagement since the end of their summer holidays. They were in Varde to visit Haerens Sergentskole, a military school.
Haerens Sergentskole was celebrating its 108th birthday with a full military parade. Prince Joachim attended in his quality of Colonel in the Reserve of the Army but also as a former student! Indeed, this year is also the 30th anniversary of Prince Joachim’s graduation from Haerens Sergentskole.
30 years later, it is now the turn of Prince Joachim’s eldest son Prince Nikolai to be a student of Haerens Sergentskole. Indeed, he started his two-year studies on August 1st. Prince Nikolai took part in the parade but as promised by the Court and the school, he was treated like any regular student. It must have been special for both Joachim and Nikolai when Joachim reviewed the troops and Nikolai was in the first row.
When asked by Billed-Bladet how she felt about seeing her stepson in uniform for the first time, Princess Marie said : “It was touching. We were very proud.”
Prince Joachim made a personal speech at the event, recalling his time as a student at the school during the Cold War but also giving some advice for the current student: “The eight months at school did something to us. We learned to take and bear responsibility – not just for ourselves but also for others. It is not necessarily something that is easy for a young man under the age of 20. […]It’s not wrong to fail here. We all make mistakes. But those who make the difference are those who develop and learn from their mistakes”
Princess Marie wore a new outfit for this very special but serious event. She debuted a new navy Emporio Armani blazer. Emporio Armani (and Armani in general) is definitely one of Marie’s favorite brands so it is no surprise that after a short break from all things Armani (she wore a lot of Ganni and MICHAEL Michael Kors instead), she would go back to the brand.
Marie’s new dress is the ‘Dinoma’ watercolor floral sheath dress by Hugo Boss (with thanks to Katrina for the find). The ‘Dinoma’ dress is also owned by Queen Letizia of Spain in two different prints.
Marie accessorized with her By Malene Birger navy suede and leather d’Orsay pumps and her Longchamp x Kate Moss matching clutch. The brooch she wore on her jacket is reportedly a gift from Queen Margrethe after the birth of Princess Athena in 2012. Marie first wore it at Athena’s christening.
Today, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attended Flag Day ceremonies. Flag Day is each September 5th and honors those who have served for Denmark and every year since 2011, one couple attends the ceremonies in Copenhagen. Last year, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended.
This year, both couples attended. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended the ceremonies in Copenhagen. Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attended the ceremonies in Skive for the first time. They first attended a service at Skive Church.
Then, they laid a wreath at a memorial at Skive’s Kaserne.
The couple had lunch at the Kaserne where they learned about its history. It was a special commemoration for Skive’s Kaserne as fifteen years ago, they lost three soldiers during a mission in Kabul.
They finished the day by watching the military parade in front of Skive’s Kaserne.
For this event, Princess Marie choose an appropriate outfit , wearing her Zara ruffled coat first worn earlier this year and her Warehouse dress first worn at Prince Nikolai’s confirmation in 2013.
She wore blue shoes and her blue Longchamp clutch first worn in 2012 and her By Malene Birger blue suede pumps first worn in 2016.
She chose her favorite Whiteley hat with her favorite brooch, a gift from Queen Margrethe for the birth of Princess Athena in 2012.
We’ll next see Princess Marie on Thursday when she visits a company celebrating their 50th anniversary as Patron of DEMA.