A True Mystery has been Solved!

A mystery I never in a million years would have imagined would be solved, but thanks to some attentive eyes yet one more mystery has been solved. Now you might think I'm a little crazy and you'd may be right but I'm sure you will too when you hear the good news. It is something I never thought we would find out more details about but somehow we did. By looking at the three pictures I think you have an idea what's been found and you're right; that magnificent necklace/tiara and those stunning earrings are after a long time found sold at an Bruun Rasmussen auction back in 2012. Three years later Mary showed up at a gala concert on occasion of Queen Margrethe's forthcoming 75th birthday in April (below), wearing a "new" necklace and a pair of earrings never seen before. She stunned the world with her new jewellery and everybody kept asking the same question: where's it from? Because of the style I was sure it could have been inherited from one of Crown Prince Frederik's great great something grandmothers. But no one seemed to have any idea where to find out more about these two new pieces. Many guessed, including myself, that there was a great chance the necklace could be worn as a tiara, just like her wedding tiara can do both. Wupti, one year later, in 2016, Mary appeared at a gala dinner wearing her neck piece as a tiara on top of her head (above). Once again we began asking ourselves and other royal lovers, where to find out more about it. Still, nothing. Then suddenly a Danish magazine reported that Mary herself had purchased both pieces on an auction but that was all, no further information. Enough about all that talking. Today I received two photos showing Mary's necklace/tiara and earrings inside a catalog from Bruun Rasmussen's Bredgade auction, which is where all the exclusive pieces are sold: here and here It showed how beautifully both earrings and necklace are featuring rose and old-cut diamonds, rubies and spinels. Furthermore it says that: "The necklace was originally used as a tiara." Of all my heart I hope we will get to see her use both pieces over and over again in the future because it suits her so well and simply makes her look like the star she is!

Celebrating Easter at Marselisborg Palace

Wednesday, March 23rd 

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary celebrated easter along with their four children -Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine - at Marselisborg Palace in Aarhus along with Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik. 

According to Billed Bladet did Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik arrive to Marselisborg Palace in Aarhus a couple of days before the Crown Prince couple and their four children, to be more precise on Monday 21th. To celebrate easter along with the royal couple, Frederik and Mary arrived there in the afternoon two days later on March 23rd. I knew that the couple and their children somehow had been seen in Aarhus but because I was on vacation on the island of Bornholm to celebrate my easter, I didn't really think about when I came home again. Suddenly a few pictures appeared of the Queen, Frederik, Mary, Christian and Isabella going to church on Maundy Thursday in Aarhus Cathedral; a beautiful medieval church with a 96 meter high tower which makes it the highest church in Denmark. For some years it has been a tradition for the royal family members to meet at Marselisborg few times a year to celebrate some of these small holidays together. Just a couple of weeks ago a documentary was broadcasted on TV in Denmark about Marselisborg Palace told by the Queen herself. This is still available online right here, if you have an interest in watching it. It shows a sincere and heartwarming Queen telling about her beloved palace, a little history about the place and some of her own memories. Because Frederik lived there, in the building next to, all the time he studied at Aarhus University, he knows all about the palace and for sure have some great memories himself. Now he's there, making new memories, with his wonderful wife and four amazing children. Because we didn't see Prince Joachim and Princess Marie at the church services on March 23rd, I guess the couple weren't there. According to several medias we will see the Crown Prince couple again when the Presidential couple from Mexico are on official state visit in Denmark from April 13 to 14th. So keep your fingers crossed because this possibly means a gala dinner with evenings gowns and tiaras. Yeah!

At the church services Mary was dressed in her navy blue coat worn when she along with Queen Margrethe in 2015 participated in the presentation of the annual christmas seal. Nor at that time or now I have an ID on this dazzling coat but I'm sure you all clearly remember it. Because of the few pictures published I have a hard time recognizing what she is wearing. But I see some kind of navy blue shirt featuring what I believe is small white birds. I would so much like to say it in full length but unfortunately there are no photos of that which is why I hope we will see it soon again without the coat covering it. In the same colour she wore trousers and a pair of pumps, such as gloves and her Quidam clutch. The beautiful earrings are from Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen. By the way, is her hair darker than usual? She matched her navy blue outfit with the stunning red nail polish, the rose golden Georg Jensen bracelet and three diamond rings, two of them from Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen as the earrings. The send bracelet in a purple colour I don't believe we have seen before.

Earrings: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Lotus Drop Earrings SGD$ 4,150
Rings: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen White Gold Love Bands DKK 19.900
Bracelet: Georg Jensen Rose Gold Torun Bracelet DKK 27.300
Clutch: Quidam Grey Calfskin Clutch

An Interview with a Purpose

So I'm back from my vacation and I really had a great time along with my friend who showed by the most wonderful places on the island of Bornholm. With sea on all sides and incredible nature it was a fantastic experience. While I way away not much has happen but the day before I left Bornholm suddenly I came across five new amazing pictures. Then I realized that the pictures were a part of an interview published by the newspaper Berlingske, which you might remember sharing those stunning photos from when she turned 40 years old back in 2012.  At that time she was photographed by Linda Henriksen, this time did Linda Kastrup take five amazing photos of Denmark's future Queen who was interview by Ole Damkjær about her role in the fight for gender equality and violence against women. In this exclusive interview with Berlingske, Mary also talks about who she manages to use her title as Crown Princess of Denmark in her work with the humanitarian work, as patron of  among other the United Nations Population Fund and Danish Refugee Council. We get answers from a very humble Crown Princess who differently has found her thing to work for. Because of her natural curiosity, she follows closely what's happening around the world and everything that has something to do with her work wherever its as representative of Denmark or as a High Task Force Level member, which was created to focus on the global fight for girls and women's rights. Mary emphasizes that by focusing on girls and women also benefits the society. Studies has shown that if ten percent more girls would go to school it will increase the country's GDP by an average of three percent. This was only one example taken from the interview which if differently worth reading. I think we meet a sincere, humble and knowledgeable woman, who also happen to be the Crown Princess of Denmark, who knows what she is talking about with a clear vision of what she works to obtain; a world with gender equality, equal possibilities and reversing the social norm in which it is allowed to engage in violence against women. It all sound overwhelming but one step at a time, Mary takes up the challenge. You can read the interview right here.  As a style blog I simply just have to give her my sincere compliment with her choice of clothing's!

One minute of silence... & Some Missed News

You have probably all heard about the terrible things that has happened in Brussels on Tuesday, 31 peoples were killed and more than 270 people were injured because of the terrorist attacks on the Belgian airport and metro. I'm sure you have followed the new closely the last few days, I have. My sincere condolence to all of them which in one way or another have been affected by this attack. I think it is time that we have one minute of silence for those families who have lost a loved their ones and for those who have lost a dear friend...

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Opslået af Mary Fonden på 19. marts 2016

A little about a week ago the Mary Foundation posted on their Facebook site a photo taken by the Crown Princess with the text (translated): "I took this photo the other day of that great spring light. Right now we see more light, and nature reminds us that there is a fresh start ahead of us. This week I met some women with the Mothers Help and at the crisis center in Odense. Women who have lived with violence, but who have found the strength to move on, and now also goes for a brighter future. The Crown Princess"

In May, Copenhagen hosts the world's biggest conference, Women Deliver, on girls and women's rights, health and well-beeing which Mary was chosen to represent as patron. Because of that a new campaign - #IDeliver - is launched. In this campaign video, among others we meet Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen, President of the Midwives Association Lilian Bondo and of course Crown Princess Mary as patron of the conference. With the question "what do you deliver?" does they all participate with each their answer. Photographed in her office at Amalienborg, Mary answer the question: "#IDeliver for girls and women have choice not chance." 

On a Weeks Vacation

Or maybe this posts headline should have been "While we are waiting" because that is exactly what we are doing. According to Mary's calendar nothing is planned for her to attend for quite a while. The only thing I know of is her attendance at the Women Deliver conference in May and not even that is anywhere to find in her official calendar. Meanwhile I have left my home for a vacation on the island of Bornholm for a week, something I have been looking forward ford months to with great pleasure! I'm here to visit a dear friend of mine, who has promised me to show me the islands wonderful nature and hidden treasures. And to you who have mailed me the last couple of days, you have my apologies because you have to wait a little longer for a response. Hope you understand. Because we have no idea when we will see Mary again, hopefully soon, and the fact that I'm not really there to post about it; I thought I'd share some good old memories with you from when Frederik and Mary visited Bornholm back in 2006, at the time Prince Christian was still just a tiny little prince. I love sharing old photos with you and I have the feeling that you really enjoy watching pictures from years back. Luckily I'm also able to share them with you because they are to find in Getty Images archive.

So far the weather have been fine but nothing like in 2006 when the couple visited the island; Mary was wondering around in bare legs with a wide-brimmed hat to cover her eyes from the sun, it's really nothing like that right now, but we see the sun and enjoyed every second of it. I hope you will enjoy a trip down back memory lane with these wonderful pictures of sweet baby Christian and some amazing moments with Frederik and Mary! And if you hurry up you now have the chance to watch DR's 7 programs Kongehuset Indefra again!!! -See ya all soon  /Styleofmary

Conference on UN's 17th World Goals for Sustainable Development

Friday, March 18th

Crown Princess Mary attended the opening of UN's 17 World Goals for Sustainable Development conference at Dansk Industri in Copenhagen. 

It is no secret that Mary has been committed in the fight for girls and women's rights, health and well-being. She is patron of several national and international organizations, foundations and associations. Mary has often been one of the most wanted key note speakers at international conferences. She is advocate for an open dialogue is the first step to a better world with an understanding of gender equality and the benefits that are to focus on girls and women's lives. How little things can help to change the vision we have on gender equality; to focus on girls and women worldwide to improve their situation will, for sure, trigger a wheel of changes which would naturally happens -education gives the opportunity for a future with more money, the ability to take proper care of a family, a job will make life more stabile and so on. I could mention benefits after benefits of this approach as Mary  is the head of with her sincere commitment. Of course she is not the only one to work for a world without poverty, better opportunities for women and sustainable environmental approaches because in 2015 at a meeting in New York with the United Nations adopted by world leaders 17 world goals dealing with these things and many more around the environment, economy and socially. These 17 world goals are kind of guidelines for the next 15 years to develop sustainable solutions. Now about a year later Mary attended the opening of UN's 17 World Goals for Sustainable Development conference in Copenhagen with a ten minutes long speech in English why this is so important; something we can not ignore. We need to deal with issues as the environment and how we improve the living conditions for the poor part of the world's population. Early morning she arrived to Dansk Indutri in Copenhagen with a smile on her lips and twinkle in the eyes. She was welcomed by the flower girl Frida who handed over a wonderful bouquet of flowers to the Crown Princess. As written in almost every article from her attendance, Frida is a little special flower girl because she was born on the same day, same year and at the same hospital as Princess Isabella. As Frida, Isabella is grown to a beautiful young girl. Impressed by her speech, representatives from all over the world were gathered to make the opening of the conference unique. I haven't been able to find the speech anywhere but I'd bet it was good. Mary is a true speaker and knows how to get everybody's attention.

What a professional and good looking outfit Mary had chosen for the opening. The mix between something modern and fresh with kinda neutral colours. This was differently an outfit I would wear without doubting for a second. Everything looks really good, especially to this time a year where we still have changeable weather from sunshine to rainy days. What I first noticed about her look was the combo of work wear and rather casual hairstyle. A great choice! Funny why I noticed her ponytail as the first thing because it's just so normal, I believe it is the most used hairstyle by women across the globe. Easy, simple and practical. Let's for a moment talk about clothes. I'm a huge fan of matching sets, like in the 50s. Love then her skirt and blouse are made of the same fabric. Amazing every time. That checkered print reminded me of something.... When a reader mentioned the same, I was probably right. With her help we were able to locate which skirt we were both thinking of, a skirt worn last year at a meeting with Women Deliver to plan this years conference held in Denmark in May. At that time I was not able to identify where it came from, it reminds me a lot of a Dolce & Gabbana print but now when I see it as a set, I thought maybe Baum und Pferdgarten. Only an idea. Still I haven't found it and it's a least from a one year old collection which makes it a little harder to track down. You are more than welcome to help out and if you find something I hope you will share your findings with me. Thanks! This burgundy set, she paired with a lack turtleneck, sheer tights and shiny black pumps possibly from Gianvito Rossi. I think I see her rose gold Georg Jensen bracelet as well on her right wrist. In addition, Mary added a pair of round diamond earrings such as the black Bottega Veneta tote. I already have talked about the hairstyle. Fantastic! Just like her makeup; wauw! Lovely eye makeup and stunning colour to her lips.

Bag: Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Hobo Bag DKK 19,689.35
Bracelet: Georg Jensen Torun Cuff in 18k Rose Gold DKK 27,300

Possible ID's
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Black Patent Leather Pumps

Preview of the Film "Concussion"

Wednesday, March 16th

Crown Princess Mary attended the preview of the film Concussion in Copenhagen, as patron of the Stroke Association (Hjernesagen) and Brain Injury Association (Hjerneskadeforeningen).

The Stroke Association / Hjernesagen
With the motto 'life with a stroke' works the Stroke Association / Hjernesagen as an association for people affected by a blood clot or bleeding within the brain. They are a private national association also working with the relatives of those living with a stroke. They are working to make treatment better, to prevent and ensure that rehabilitation is the best offered to the patients. Read more here

Brain Injury Association / Hjerneskadeforeningen
Over 120.000 people live with some kind of brain damage in Denmark. The Brain Injury Association  / Hjerneskadeforeningen works to improve the terms for both patients as well as their relatives, they convey knowledge about the life with a brain injury. With the vision that saved life should also be lived, the Brain Injury Association do everything to make life as untroubled as possible for the 20.000 adults and children who each year are affected by a brain injury. Read more here.


I seems to have lost track of time these days because it keeps surprises me Mary is going somewhere. I enjoy writing these posts and always look forward to her next appearance but some how I missed both her attendance at Christiansborg Castle two days ago and the fact that she attended the preview of a film yesterday evening. This is why I appreciate I have someone to remind me of where she's going. It came as a surprise to me that Mary had been at a preview film premiere but thanks to some attentive readers, I'm no way behind posting about her latests participations. So Mary was last night at the preview film premiere of Concussion accompanied by her former sister-in-law, Countess Alexandra. Married with Prince Joachim from 1995-2005 where they got a divorce. Later she married  photographer Martin Jørgensen, in 2007, which she has also divorced now. Of course you know all about this. Just to make sure everybody knows who she is. They both attended as patron for each their patronages: the Stroke Association (Hjernesagen), the Brain Injury Association (Hjerneskadeforeningen)  and Countess Alexandra as patron of Parkinson Association (Parkinsonforeningen). The reason why it makes sense to mention this is because of film. Concussion tells the story of neuropathology Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discover the fact that football players are permanently injured with brain damage caused by the sport and who they are struggling with the injuries. It is based on a real story. Actors like Will Smith, Albert Brooks and David Morse all plays a significant role in the film. The premieres is March 24th in Danish cinemas. If you would like to read a little more about about the film, you find it here. Shortly after each other did the two guests of honor arrived to the Imperial Cinema in Copenhagen, first Countess Alexandra and then Mary who was welcomed by national chairman of the Stroke Association, Bruno Christiansen and national secretary of the Brain Injury Association, Niels Anton Svendsen. Perfectly coordinated. Both showed a sincere interest and joy for the film they were about to see. Mary and Alexandra were not the only one to attend the preview, several Danish celebrities did also enjoy an evening in the cinema. Wonder if the two former sisters-in-law got a seat next to each other?

Well, I have to say that I was glad to see Mary and Countess Alexandra attend an event together. It is so many years since that last happened and as former sisters-in-low, I'm sure they both enjoy seeing each other again at an official event. I think it would be appropriate to talk a little about Alexandra's outfit as well because of her former status as Princess of Denmark and the fact that she is a really well dressed woman. I believe she was wearing some kind of grey knitted dress underneath that warm grey jacket which I would have loved to see her without. As Mary she has chosen knee length pointed boots, which I will talk much more about later. The Countess added a slash of colours to her outfit with a hot pink clutch that looks so much like Mary's from Carlend Copenhagen. If you manage to find a picture of her, I recommend you to take a look at her earrings. So stylish and trendy! As always Mary surprised me with her chose of clothing's. It was a great mix of brand new items and some old goodies. At first my eyes was naturally drawn to the skirt she wore. That golden, shiny A-line skirt from Prada (Fall 2004) is just amazing to see again! It's quite some years sine she has worn it and I love that the fact that we get to see some of these old goodies again. Wearing this skirt again she shows how perfect you can reuse your clothes even after all these years. I think 2016 will be a year where we get to see much more reused pieces from the old days. Thanks to you I managed to find a photo from, what I would say, is the first time she wore the gold/brown skirt. It was in 2004 when she and Frederik attended the world wide celebration of the birth of writer Hans Christian Andersen. You see her in the skirt right above. Then again in 2006 at a WHO reception and of course we have the event in 2009 at a film premiere. Clear to see something has happened to her, the time has made her much more mature (of course) but still she looks as sweet. She paired the skirt with a brand new navy blue blouse which I haven't been able to identify yet. It features a lovely criss-cross detail around the neck. Maybe you have an idea where the blouse could be from, unfortunately I do not. I like the way she matched the skirt with the blouse and red nail polish, that's really beautiful! As jewellery she wore the golden Georg Jensen bracelet and a pair of round diamond earrings. And accessorized with the stunning Naledi Copenhagen clutch, her outfit works really well till we start talking about her chose of shoes. I simply loved these boots when we first saw them at Copenhagen Fashion Week last year with the blue Edith & Ella dress but this time... I'm not a fan, it looks strange. It makes her look shorter. What was your first impression of the brown Gianvito Rossi boots? Which will be myst last question for today. 

Skirt: Prada Multicolor A-Line Skirt
Bracelet: Georg Jensen Torun Cuff in 18k Rose Gold DKK 27,300
Clutch: Naledi Copenhagen Allana Latte Beige Ostric Clutch DKK 5,969
Boots: Gianvito Rossi Suede Over-the-Knee Boots €1055

A Cultural Evening at Christiansborg Castle

Tuesday, March 15th

Queen Margrethe hosted an evening dinner for representatives from Danish art and culture at Christiansborg Castle. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie and Princess Benedikte did also attended the dinner. 

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I knew that the Queen would host a dinner at Christiansborg Castle but I came as a surprise to me that Frederik and Mary also would attend. But it makes great sense, because when the Queen back in 2009 hosted the same event the Crown Prince couple also attended. 340 special guests were invited to last nights gala dinner. Representatives, all of which deals with art and culture in Denmark from designers to actors and singers. Around 6:30 pm. local time, the first guests arrived to Christiansborg Castle. All women dressed in magnificent floor length dresses and classic suits for the men. Met by the press, journalists and photographers, they expressed their excitement to take part in the dinner. As etiquette prescribes, the royal family members arrives in a specific order -first Princess Benedikte, then Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, now Frederik and Mary and as the last one the Queen arrives. No one arrived after the Queen, she is always the last. Unfortunately, a few guests were a little late and had to enter another entrance. Before the guests finds their seats in Banquet hall, with the stunning black and white checkered floor and colourful tapestries, traditionally they get a glass of champagne till the royal family are ready to welcome them all with a handshake which occurred in the Drabant hall. And yes, all 340 guests were given a handshake. Standing in rank, Margrethe, Frederik, Mary, Joachim, Marie and Benedikte kindly welcomed the guests. Because Queen Margrethe is troubled standing for so long, she sat on a fine chair upholstered in red fabric, the same colour as her elegant dress. After the many guests had taken their seats in the magnificent decorated Banquet hall, the six royal family members made their entrance. They found their seats round six different tables. The dinner and entertainment were enjoyed privately behind closed doors. This evening has its history back to 1976, four years after Margrethe became Queen of Denmark. At that time it was called Arts et Lettres (Art and Letters). Since then, the dinner has been hosted by the couple in '85, '98 and then in 2009. If you have an interest who was on the guest list, you have it here and some pictures from preparing the dinner, here. You see film directors, singers, artists, fashion designers and a single football player on the guest list. I'm pretty sure it is a true pleasure to receive an invitation from the Queen to attend a dinner like this. A true honor.

At yesterday's post from when Mary visited Odense, I asked you if you thought we would see a new evening gown or if she would be wearing one of her old goodies. I had the feeling we might get something new to adore and WE DID! One new spectacular evening gown with the most wonderful details to look at. I watched the live broadcast on TV and as always I was so impatient to see what she was wearing. Just the way they entered the room was beautifully. Frederik in his classic black suit and bow tie, next to Mary in her new transparent evening gown. Wauw, what a sight! The style of the dress is very modern because of the slim silhouette, makes the best out of her figure. It features a sheer top, cap-sleeves, the sense of a wide around neckline and a low back which really gives us something to look at. I'm not sure I see any train on the dress or maybe a little one. I like the way the designer chose to add this black "lace" on top of a beige figure hugging dress. The speaker suggested that Danish fashion designer Mark Tan was the creator of her dress but I have to say that I do not know that much about his style or designs to tell if it was correct. While watching the arrival and welcoming ceremony, I shared my thoughts with one of the most dedicated readers I have. Suddenly she said to me: "I have the dress". What?! Already. And there it was, Mary's new stunning dress found by Kate at Temperley London (Spring 2014). I still wonder how she managed to find it so quickly but she did and for that I'm very grateful. By the way, then Mary added a black belt with flowers to her outfits. Now when we know where her dress is from, I think it's about time to talk about the rest of her evening outfit. Because I feel drawn to the hairdo, this voluminous beautiful twisted updo is simply incredible. Makes a great balance between the slim dress and few accessories. I so much hope I will be able to find a better photo of her hair, also to see the tiara which has already had much publicity. At first I didn't notice it but then I saw that something was different from her wedding tiara. Sure the reason is because it's not her wedding tiara but the necklace she wore during a gala show when Queen Margrethe turned 75 years old. Like everybody else I would like to find out where this tiara comes from. So far I haven't read any information's about where it comes from, who made it (if it's new, which I do not believe it is), if it was a gift etc. All these questions I would like to answer but right know I can't. With the little knowledge I have about old royal tiaras and jewelleries, it looks old to me. Also the fact because that it's usable as both a necklace and a tiara. It was much used back in days to have jewelleries that could be used as different pieces, not just as a tiara or necklace but both. I'll do what I can to see if I can trace the tiara. Maybe I'm lucky on this one. As the Queen's birthday, she wore the exact same earrings. She added a black clutch and Gianvito Rossi pumps to her evening outfit such as her rose gold Georg Jensen bracelet and three diamond rings, two of them from Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen. I also want you to notice the stunning red nail polish matching her lips colour. I really think we saw something special at the dinner, a certain glove I can't describe but I'm sure you know what I mean. She wear her royal title with pride and elegance. It looks all natural. Absolutely stunning she is!

No. 1  Crown Princess Mary
No. 2  Actor, Sisse Babett Knudsen
No. 3  Princess Marie
No. 4  Actoresss, Ellen Hillingsøe
No. 5  Wife of film director Bille August, Sarah-Marie Maltha

There were so many beautiful dressed women I would like to talk about as well but instead, so this post will also get an end, I'll make it short. I've made a top 5 of my personal favourite dresses from yesterday and I would really like to see yours. I also want to mention how dazzling Princess Marie looked at the dinner in her navy blue lace gown and flower tiara. She deserves to be among my top five but there were so many amazing dresses I could make a top 100. Do you saw some dresses you just loved? Now I think it's enough for today.

Dress: Temperley London Black Textured Long Trellis Gown €2200
Bracelet: Georg Jensen Torun Cuff in 18k Rose Gold DKK 27.300
Rings: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Love Bands
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Patent Leather Mid Heel Pumps DKK 2.345

With the Mary Foundation in Odense

March, Tuesday 15th

Along with the Mary Foundation, Crown Princess Mary visited the Mother's Help (Mødrehjælpen) and Odense Shelter (Odense Krisecenter) in Odense. 


I'm sure Mary is busy planning the Women Deliver 2016 Conference as Denmark this year hosts from May 16-19. As patron of the conference, Mary only have about one and a half month left to get everything under control to the world's largest conference on health, rights and well-being of girls and women. It takes countless hours to plan a huge event like this, which may be the reason why we haven't seen her that much since their visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar. When I look in her calendar I see some great events in the near future. One of them is actually tonight. Yes, you heard me. The Queen hosts a evening party for art and culture at Christiansborg Castle at 7:30 pm. local time. I completely missed that Frederik and Mary will also attend today's gathering, such as Prince Joachim and his wife Princess Marie and Princess Benedikte. This is indeed something to look forward to. A little tip; you can follow the guests arriving here at 6:50 pm. local time. I'll be watching! Do you think she will be wearing something new or one of her old evening gowns?

Today she was at island of Funen to visit the Mother's Help (Mødrehjælpen) and Odense Shelter (Odense Krisecenter) because of one of the Mary Foundations projects, Advice for Life (Råd til Livet), which aims to help battered women with economic, legal and social counseling from volunteer counselors. The two placed she visited both uses Advice for Life as a tool helping these women to get back on track. When she arrived to the Mother's Help counseling in Odense she was kindly welcomed by a little flower boy handing over a beautiful bouquet of flowers to her. At the same time she was greeted by Counseling CEO Charlotte Wæver and Director of the Mother's Help Mads Roke Clausen. All of them seemed delighted to meet Mary such as she was happy to meet them. With a cop a coffee, Mary had some time to hear for her self how one of the Mary Foundation's projects are working in reality. Her interest showed off with the question she asked sitting around the table with representatives from the Mother's Help. After she visited with the same excitement Odense Shelter where she met some of the women Advice for Life is created to help who all were very happy to meet the Crown Princess. They told her some of their stories and how Advice for Life has helped them to get back on track after living with a violent boyfriend or husband. To a journalist Mary expressed how brave she think the women are, because it's differently not easy to talk about something like having been exposed to violence. More than once Mary has told how important she think the dialog is fighting again for instance domestic violence. How important it is that we are open to talk about taboos because only then we are able to change it. She also mentioned the children of these women who is also a part of the process. They are right dealing with some issues no children should have to deal with. So one step at a time they will recover from what they have experienced, women and children.

At first I thought "yeah a brand new dress!". After a closer look I had to correct that to "yeah a brand new blouse!" because that's what it is, a new blouse in the most incredible dusty colour featuring a rather wide belt. Because the weather in Denmark right now are all just foggy and windy (and cold not to forget!), it's really not time for fine summer dresses and floral skirt -yet. I still prefer cozy coats and warm boots that's for sure. With her new blouse, which has this magnificent shape, and black trousers she created a great balance between weather and clothes. I had the feeling that her new blouse could be from the Danish designer Baum und Pferdgarten but now it has been identified as BOSS Hugo Boss by Kate! A very different designer than I thought. As the trousers she wore a black turtleneck to keep warm in the wind. Kate suggested that the trousers could be from Hugo Boss, honestly I can't tell but now you know what thoughts others have. Why she wasn't wearing some kind of coat or jacket is not clear to me but wasn't spending any time outside only the few minutes when she walked from the car and shortly after found a nice warm spot around the table talking with representatives from the Mother's Help. Well, it's not the first time it surprises me she's not wearing any outwear. Unfortunately not that many pictures have been published which makes it's difficult for me to identify which pair of shoes she is wearing. My first guess was her SAND Copenhagen pumps or maybe the bicolor Prada pumps because they would be a great match to her red nail polish. By the way when we are talking about nail polish, then I makes me thrilled to see her wear the colour again. I kinda missed it, maybe because she wore it so much a couple of months back and of course because the red colour is my personal favourite when it comes to choosing the next colour to wear. Back to the shoes. A reader shared her thoughts with me and some photos which shows a pair of pointed black pumps featuring a really (!) high heel. Her guess, which looks really similar to the one she is actually wearing, is Gianvito Rossi worn at a previous event. Mary chose to wear only a few simple jewellery. I noticed a pair of new earrings featuring a large black pearl, probably a black Tahitian pearl. Because of the two round golden circle above the pearl I assume it's a design by Dulong Fine Jewelry. They have this round circle as a characteristic in their designs. Seen multiple times before. Just to make sure; I have no confirmation that Dulong Fine Jewelry is in fact the creator, it's just something I assume because of the design. It's a classic Marianne Dulong design, also when it comes to materials. If you take a look at the video at Billed Bladet's website, you see some really really good close ups of the earrings and maybe you see the same as I do. About the bracelet, then I'm pretty sure Mary wore her Georg Jensen bracelet seen a lot at the stay in Saudi Arabia, also in Qatar, but after a closer look I'm not sure if it's in rose gold or maybe silver. What do you see? On her right hand she also wore three rings, two of them are diamond rings from Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen. I hope to find more pictures to be sure about the shoes such as bracelet. Maybe more photos will make it easier to find her new blouse as well. So, tell me what do you think about this outfit? 

Blouse: BOSS Hugo Boss Itoni Belted Top
Bracelet: Georg Jensen Torun Cuff in 18k Rose Gold DKK 27,300
Rings: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Love Bands

Possible ID's
Earrings: Dulong Fine Jewelry
Trousers: BOSS Hugo Boss Atonia by BOSS
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Black 100 Suede Pumps €510

The International Woman's Day Celebrated by KVINFO

Tuesday, March 8th

Crown Princess Mary attended KVINFOs celebration at VEGA in Copenhagen, as patron of The Women Deliver 2016 Conference. 

With the vision: equal opportunities regardless of gender is becoming a common and this issue, nationally and internationallyKVINFO is the center for knowledge- and development center for gender equality and diversity. They are gathering for research, knowledge and information about the modern gender debate both nationally and internationally. Read more about KVINFO here.

Women Deliver 2016 Conference
Women Deliver's conferences are the biggest in the world focusing on health, rights, and well-being of girls and women. In 2016, from May 16-19th, Denmark is the host for the Women Deliver 2016 conference which will be one of the largest conferences on among others maternal, reproductive health and rights for girls and women. With a focus on how to implement the Sustainable Development Goals representatives from all over the world will de gathered in Denmark soon. Read more about the conference here

It was time for Mary once again to enter the stage and speak on behalf of the worlds women on the International Woman's Day celebrated by KVINFO. Along with 800 advocates for women, Mary was just one of many speakers at the event in Copenhagen yesterday evening. So many showed up to support the purpose amongst other things of equal rights between men and women, something that Mary for years has worked for and still does. As chairwoman of the Mary Foundation, member of High Level Task Force for ICPD and World Health Organization (WHO) and of course as patron of Women Deliver 2016 in Denmark, Mary is the perfect person to invite. As Crown Princess of Denmark committed to help, she has also visited countries all over the globe and met countless women, girls and families that gives her a certain knowledge that is essential in her work and to the organizations as well as foundations she is patron for. Her commitment makes her highly attractive worldwide. At the arrival the royal guest was welcomed by the traditional flower girl who seemed pleased to meet Mary. With a large smile on her face did Mary receive the bouquet and shortly after she was ready to take part in the opening of KVINFOs celebration show at VEGA in Copenhagen, which by the way is the first time for her to attend. Judging from her speech, which I will talk more about a little later, it's something she has been looking forward to for a long time to attend the celebrations of the International Woman's Day on March 8th. Mary was clearly impressed by the attendance, wondering if she also gets scared sometimes when she finds out 800 people are sitting in front of her and all pay attention to what she has to say? Well, who wouldn't? Before, I mentioned that she is the patron of the Women Deliver 2016 conference which will be held in Bella Center, Copenhagen, in May (which she by the way was selected to be) and I think that this is the perfect way to start the conference. No matter where I have found articles to write my post, they all mentioned and praises her speech at the show. Over and over again. In addition to her participation, the speech is crucial because with this she is able to speak out and let us know exactly why girls and women's rights are so important. With strong words and power in her voice, she made it clear to every 800 that she believes in girls and women and what they are capable of. I get the feeling she says: be proud of being a woman! "We have achieved much, but we must maintain constantly creating new progress - there is still some way to go." -Crown Princess Mary. And she is right, we have achieved so much when it comes to give girls and women the same opportunities as men but we can't give up now. As she says, there are still some way to go because women are still being treated differently despite we live in a world with constant development. Mary is not the only royal to work for better conditions for women, the same does Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway also attended a celebration of the International Woman's Day in Norway.

"Ligestilling handler ikke om, at mænd og kvinder skal være ens. Det handler om, at køn ikke må spille en rolle, når...
Opslået af Mary Fonden på 8. marts 2016

Like Mary, I could talk hours about this so before it gets too much, I think we should talk about fashion instead -well, also something I could talk a lot about. For sure the first thing I noticed, probably the same as you did, was the embellished blue jacket. Am I right? Of course I am, then you might also remember where it's from. You're right, Prada is the designer. What I know of, she wore this the last time back in 2008 when she attended the film premiere of "Australia". I see one more outfit in front of my eyes where she is wearing the embellished jacket but I can't remember where or when. Maybe you do. At first it looked like Mary was wearing faux leather trousers or maybe real leather trousers, but with some more photos they actually looks just like her embellished jacket. Now I wonder if there is a chance Prada designed matching trousers to the jacket? This could actually be a possibility because if you take a look at this links and I'm sure you see what I mean. One of you mentioned to me that her trousers looked so similar to the jacket but it was hard for me to see but now I clearly see the similarity. Great eyes of yours! Their slim fit makes her look taller also because of the dark colour. At the arrival she kept warm with a black scarf. I was troubled telling you which pair of shoes she was wearing because only a few pictures had been published. And still there are not many to find. Even though I managed to find one where you see her shoes and I was right about in my assumption, Mary was wearing her black Gianvito Rossi pumps. A classic pair of pumps suitable for almost every possible outfit. Who would have guessed the first time she wore a pair of Gianvito Rossi pumps, that we would get to see that designer that often? But I really don't mind because I adore his creations. The modern and fresh half updo reminded me so much of the one we saw on the fourth day in Qatar. Looks great and really easy to make. I'm glad to see some other everyday hairstyles than just the normal "Mary-blowout". I hope we will get more pictures of her appearance to see more of what she wore. Did I miss anything you noticed? Than please let me know. 

By the way, if the photographer of the photo I have found at Instagram is reading this I hope it's all right I share it on the blog but I just had to because I simply love Mary's facial expressions! Adorable!

Jacket: Prada Wool & Silk-Blend Embellished Jacket $225 (pre-owned)
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Patent Leather Mid Heel Pumps DKK 2,345

Book Review: "Kronprinsesse Mary fortæller..."

I always enjoy time with a good book and love to find a new one in the bookcase. As long as I can remember, I have enjoyed reading books. Quickly I've found the genre I like which makes it easy to find new ones. A good book to me is filled with mystery, riddles, puzzles and a little crime too. Of course you know how it is, if you enjoy reading books as well. Sometimes it's time for something else. To try a new genre. Either it will a positively surprise or you will hate it. It's worth trying something new. Which was what I did a couple a weeks ago. I had a request from one of you  about a specific book. I already knew it but had never thought of reading it. The book I'm talking about is Kronprinsesse Mary fortæller til Anne Wolden-Ræthinge. Mary's first portrait interview collected to this one book. Despite I knew all the book, I'd never really considered actually reading it because I thought it was one long interview -question, answer, question, answer... Time to give the book chance. It's pretty old, 2004, which makes it not that easy to find, but somehow I think it was meant to be because the same day I visited a thrift store and there it was! Right there in front of me. Now I want to share my experience with you. I believe this is the first time I have ever did a book review in english and shared it with anyone else than my teacher. 

Kronprinsesse Mary fortæller til Anne Wolden-Ræthinge
The writer, Anne Wolden-Ræthing, followed the Australian born Mary Elizabeth Donaldson who was to become Crown Princess of Denmark because of her marriage with Denmark's Crown Prince. The conversations began in december 2003, shortly after their engagement had been announced till april 2004 where we all know they got married. In the book we meet a true and honest Mary who tells about family, friends, hopes for the future, why Frederik is the true love of her life, how she handled the press when she became public, her first meeting with the Queen and what her role will be as Crown Princess. We also hear about how she handled the lose of her mother by understand the process she was going through along her family. How she, through her life has developed as human and taken chances though she was scared of the unknown. Me meet a women who is curious of life and what is means. She also talks about fate and predestination. She quotes some of the greatest minds in history with an understanding and what it means to her.

I was truly overwhelmed by this book. Usually I would never ever have read it, biographies are just not me. Some would say I gave it chance because it's Mary but it really touched me. Her honestly is incredible. Her view of life is outstanding and I admire how she has been able to go through life with such curiosity to develop and learn about her self and get better at the things she wasn't as good at. It was really inspiring reading her thoughts. Better than before I understand what Frederik fell in love with. I understand why she is the way she is. We get her background, how her mom and dad taught her to believe in herself; what honesty, integrity, compassion and understanding means. These four essential things is something she mentions over and over again during her interview with Anne Wolden-Ræthinge. Because of the many spontaneous conversations between the two women, we get behind the facade and see a woman who is just like everybody else. Her passion for personal development is what I admire the most from this book. It was really a pleasure and inspirational journey to read Kronprinsesse Mary fortæller til Anne Wolden-Ræthinge which only took me about 2 hours to finish. It spoke to me as a person and it's for sure I will read it again one day. So if you ever get the chance, read it and sorry to you who will never get the opportunity because it's in Danish. But if anymore is interested, I will share this link with you where to find the book in antiquarian shops. Happy reading everybody!

Update: Wauw I really didn't believe this would be such an success. You obviously love reading books and would like to know more about this book. So I decided to turn your questions into a part of the post. Because this was such an success I wonder if you would like more book reviews in the future? I plenty of books I could tell you about. Let me know what you think. I hope all of you get an answer to what you would like to know.

Aspects that caught my eyes while reading... is differently how knowledgeable she is. The way she so humbly talks with the writer, Anne Wolden-Ræthinge. She speaks as if she was any woman in the world who happened to have fallen in love with the the love of her life. What also caught my eye in the book is the way she describes how insecure she really was when she met Frederik. It was important for her to take one step at a time. So the confidence we see today is something she has had to work with, but like everything else she has taken up the fight and won!

The personal development... was to me very clear while reading. She was and is aware of the importance of a personal development and she is curious to learn something new, also about herself as a human. She has taken writing classes, a model course and much more before she met Frederik to learn new sites of herself. When the interview is made in time where she develops most, because it is she needs to be able to take the role of Denmark's new Crown Princess, she is true to herself and what she stands for. Despite her uncertainty, she is curious and ready to give it chance. Much of this read between the lines, but she keeps returning to the development and the desire to develop.

Her values... is not something she directly talks about in the book but among other she talks about moral and ethics, what this means to her. "Morality means what you should do because it feels ---and is perceives --- as the right to do." "Life is all about love and happiness. But also to grow and self-development." "After all, we are here to love and be happy." Three quotes that says everything. All three, are translated to english, from the book. Honesty, integrity, compassion and understanding are also mentioned over and over again by her in the book -four words I think describes much about her values and what she stands for.

Does she believe in fate... yes in a way she does. Because she met Frederik they way she did and because she is (or was) where she is; standing only a few steps away from a new country, a new family, new friends and a whole new world to conquer. It makes her believe that there for "something" out there. A friend once told her that there is a difference between fate and predestination. Predestination is what you were born to do and fate is how you choose to do it.

The meeting with the Queen... wasn't really something Mary was prepare for. Frederik and her didn't that much about the meeting. He told her about how to act, what was etiquette to do when meeting her. He told her: "Just be yourself". I think this meeting have been dramatized so much and still is. But I really do not think it was such a bad 'first meeting' for the two of them. She met the Queen in around april 2002, while she was living in Paris. The Queen was sympathetic and understood the importance to their relationship.