Going to Denmark?

I'm sure all of you look forward to your vacation; that time a year where we get the chance to experience a new culture, a new country and of course meet new people. It is differently something I look forward to! This year I am going to Italy (it really doesn't get any better) with my family and I can't wait. Have you planned a destination where you are going to spend your holiday? Somewhere exotic, perhaps? No matter how you prefer to spend your holiday, I thought maybe some of you are going to Denmark or want to, after this post. See, I got the idea of a post written as a guide of things to see and places to visit if you are ever going to Denmark. Because this is a royal blog, I'm of course sharing all the royal places you need to visit -castles, palaces, royal exhibition etc. Sounds exciting? I hope you will enjoy my little "royal tour guide when visiting Denmark". I do not know if any of you have every been in Denmark so why even consider it? Well, because we have some of the most magnificent castles, palaces and lots a historical places you have to see and of course, if you are lucky, the chance of getting a glimpse of the royal family. Enjoy!

The Art Association GL Strand

Where: Copenhagen
Why: Of course because you have to see Mario Testino's photo exhibition Mario Testino - No Limits, his first solo-exhibition in Denmark showing some of this most magnificent photos including three photos of the Crown Prince couple and the late Princess Diana. Not something you wanna miss when visiting Copenhagen.
When: From May 13th - September 18th 2016
History: Crown Prince Frederik is patron of the Art Association GL Strand that every year exhibits between 6-8 exhibitions and among others live events, all of which reflect the times we live in.
Adress: Gl. Strand 48, 1202 Copenhagen
More info: www.glstrand.dk


Where: Kolding
Why: To visit the marvelous Fabergé exhibition. To experience the magnificent work of the Tsar's court jeweler and his connection to the Danish royal family. The exhibition was inaugurated by Princess Benedikte who along with among other Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Queen Anne Marie and Princess Elisabeth have made this possible. For the first time are Fabergé masterpieces exhibited belonging to the Danish royal family. And to feel the atmosphere of an 700 year old building.
When: From May 13th - September 25th 2016
History: Koldinghus is more than 700 years old and after having been used as the city's protection for many years, way back in history, it is now a beautiful monument in the townscape.
Adress: Koldinghus 1, 6000 Kolding
More info: www.koldinghus.dk

Rosenborg Castle

Where: Copenhagen
Why: Because they have a huge collection of royal jewelleries! Everything from the Crown Jewels -worn by Queen Margrethe which one day will become a part of Mary's jewellery collection- to Christian V's dazzling coronation crown. This is not something you wanna miss if you are visiting Copenhagen. Additionally, the castle has a large collection of historical pieces that will make you drool as royalist.
When: See link below
History: After 28 years of construction the castle we see today was finished, build for Christian V.  who loved staying at Rosenborg. During these twenty-eight years the castle was expanded four times. The castle's rooms are decorated in baroque style that gives everyone something to be overwhelmed by.
Known for: ...its stunning collection of jewelleries and historical artifacts
Adress: Øster Voldgade 4A, 1350 Copenhagen K
More info: Kongernessamling.dk

Christiansborg Palace

Where: Copenhagen
Why: To experience for yourself the rooms where the Queen welcome all her guests at the most prestigious event a year, the New Year receptions. To wander around these rooms are so special. It's like you can feel the royal women walking their, as they have done for centuries, wearing stunning floor length evening gowns. A very unique experience. Right now, you can also get a glimpse of the work of the royal feast kitchen, see the wonderfully decorated Banquet hall and get a guided tour around the ruins below the castle.
When: Follow this, here
History: Right since 1100s has the location in Copenhagen, where Christiansborg Palace is located today, been replaced by several import buildings. Today the palace is used for both the Danish parliament, the Supreme Court, the Prime Ministry and of course by the royal family when big events are celebrated as the annual New Year banquet.
Known for: ... the Banquet Hall and colourful tapestries
Adress: Prins Jørgens Gård 1, 1218 Copenhagen
More info: www.kongeligeslotte.dk

Amalienborg Castle

Where: Copenhagen
Why: You really do not get any closer to the Danish royal family. The Crown Prince Couple are living right next to you just as the Queen and her husband when you are visiting Amalienborg castle located right across from the Opera House. Visiting Amalienborg you get to see some of the most incredible rooms beautifully decorated with huge chandeliers, gilded chairs and lots of fantastic paintings. The Amalienborg museum provides an insight into the royal family's history over the past 150 years which is truly fascinating such as its worth visiting Amalienhaven. Something you can't miss.
When: Follow this, here
History: Every year is several hundred of people gather in front of the 1750s castle to celebrate the Queen on her birthday and to get a glimpse of her family. Amalienborg is divided into four mansions, surrounding 'Rytterstatuen' that shows Frederik V. on his magnificent horse. Since 1794 has the royal family lived at Amalienborg because of a fire had taken place at Christiansborg palace, their former home. A magical place to visit.
Known for: ... being the current home of the Queen and the Crown Prince couple and the four identical mansions.
Adress: Amalienborg Slotsplads 5, 1257 Copenhagen K.
More info: www.kongernessamling.dk

Frederiksborg Castle

Where: Copenhagen
Why: Frederiksborg castle have the most wonderful garden to see. The atmosphere in and around the castle is so unique. Everywhere you look, you'll be amazed of what you see: rooms covered with marble, gilded chairs and marvelous paintings. On the occasion of the restoration of the audience hall, one can visit a special exhibition on Christian V. which tells about the castle's interior and use of his time.
When: Special exhibition, from May 12th - September 4th 2016
History: This 1600th century castle with its overwhelmingly Baroque garden is where Prince Joachim and his wife to be, Alexandra got married in the castle church back in 1995. It was build by Christian IV and is the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia. Since 1878 the castle has been the National History Museum, which tells a more than 500-year history of Denmark.
Known for: ...the castle church, garden and collection of armistice- and order shields
Adress: Frederiksborg slot, 3400 Hillerød
More info: www.kongeligeslotte.dk & www.dnm.dk

Gråsten Castle

Where: Gråsten
Why: This is almost as far away as you get from Copenhagen. Gråsten castle is a huge white monument in the landscape. Only the beautiful garden and castle church are open to the public and only when the royal family is not staying there which they do almost every summer. At more than one occasion camera teams have been filming inside the castle and gives the impression of a true Baroque and yet private castle mostly associated with Queen Ingrid and Frederik IX.
When: Provided that the royal family are not staying at the castle
The Castle church; from April 1st - October 31h 2016
The garden; see here
History: A rather small hunting castle was build, in the 1500th hundred, likely around the same location as where the current castles south wing is located today. Since 1603, the castle burned down twice and the castle as we see it today was first build in 1759. After an extensive restoration in 1935 was the castle given to Frederik IX and his wife as summer residence.
Known for: ... being the summer residence for the royal family and the garden.
Adress: Slotsbakken, 6300 Gråsten
More info: www.kongeligeslotte.dk & www.kongehuset.dk


Where: Kongens Lyngby
Why: Back at Sjælland, we have the Eremitage castle. A hunting castle located in heaven -almost. Out in nowhere you find the Eremitage castle, surrounded by one big park. The relatively small castle is a architecturally masterpiece with hundreds of details. A magical place, I can't wait to visit myself.
When: From June 1st - August 31h 2016 _ as group from April 1st - October 31h 2016
History: It all started in 1734 when a new hunting castle was build by Lauritz de Thurah on the location of a previous house owned by Christian V. Since the beginning the castle have been used for hunting around the park surrounding the castle and still is. You all know about the Hubertus hunt, right? Today the Queen uses it for special lunches.
Known for: ... its beautiful dining room, location, magnificent stairwell and the size and shape of the castle.
Adress: 2800 Kongens Lyngby
More info: www.kongeligeslotte.dk & www.kongehuset.dk

Better late than never. I had planned this post to be finished a couple a weeks ago but I've had so many other things to do. Still, I've really been looking forward to share it with you and now it's time! I'd love to hear your best memories if you have visited Denmark; what you visited, your best experience, advise to share with other etc. or what you would like to see if you ever got the chance to go to Denmark. 

Annual Summer Photo Shoot at Gråsten Castle

Friday, July 15th

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik met the press at the annual summer photo shoot at Gråsten Castle. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary have spend their vacation at Gråsten along with all four children. This year they were enjoying some time with Prince Gustav and his girlfriend Carina, his sister Princess Alexandra and her husband Count Jefferson and their daughter Ingrid. 

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So, my intention was to write you a fully updated post yesterday but then I was invited to join my aunt and grandmother all day and suddenly a friend showed up at my house, needing one to talk to. Then the day was gone and no updated post. So, not it's (finally) time for me to share a post from the annual summer photo shoot taking place at Gråsten castle. The Crown Prince couple and their four children have spend most of they holliday at the castle. A couple of times have we seen them on their way to Gråsten ringing school and of course no holiday without a day in Legoland. Now they're joined, for some days, by the Queen, her husband Prince Henrik, Prince Gustav and his girlfriend Carina, his sister Princess Alexandra and her husband Count Jefferson and their daughter Ingrid who arrived shortly after Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik. I'm sure they were all warmly welcomed by Frederik and Mary. It was Queen Ingrid and King Frederik IX who was given the castle by the State as summer residence, a tradition the Queen and her husband still loves to keeps alive. Now they gather together with the family every year. On Friday, the time was up for the family to meet the press at the annual summer photo shoot. That one time a year where everybody are really relaxed and casual. Something I look forward to every single year, sure you do as well. It was 10 o'clock when the family stepped out in front of the white painted castle in Gråsten, where they were met by lots of photographers and journalists who were all ready to capture a moment of royal history, once again.  Despite it was both a windy and cloudy day, everybody seemed to enjoy themselves and having a good time along with the rest of the family. Especially Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent had a really good time playing with the dogs. 

Because the atmosphere is just so relaxed, we also expect a casual dress-coat from all of them. And that is what we got. The Queen in a bright pink suit, marching all the girls with her choice of clothes. Both Princess Isabella and her younger sister, Princess Josephine were dressed I lovely pink and powder pink dresses. Meanwhile Frederik and his sons -Prince Christian and Prince Vincent- were all wearing some kind of blue clothing's. Mary wore a stunning new printed dress by SEA made of 100% silk, identified by Kate, Heaven and the sweet Pernille. Don't think we have ever seen her in that label before; have we? Over, she wore a simple black cardigan (not the best combo in my opinion), then a pair of pearl white Dulong Fine Jewelry earrings and some very colourful bracelet, from the same designer as the earrings, all previously seen. Another piece of jewellery worth mentioning is of course the golden Cartier bracelet on her left wrist. The famous Love Bracelet by Cartier. Though I like her new dress, what's really, really interesting about this look is her new brown heeled sandals! Since the moment I first saw them, I've been almost obsessed trying to ID them. The remind me of that pair of wedges Crown Princess Victoria wore during her public birthday celebration, here, -two women, same taste in shoes this summer. Up came a picture showing some kind of the logo underneath the shoes. No matter who I asked, no one recognised it, till... suddenly it hit me! Yvonne Knoè. Seconds later I found them on her website. Lucky?? -Well, I'm just so thrilled. The best findings I have made in a reeeeally long time and of course you were the first to hear the good news. After all, a lovely outfit with some really smashing details to look at. Something you would wear? If so, when or at what occasion? I would differently wear this at a dinner with my friends during summer. I found a collection of a few other of Mary's summer outfits worn at the annual summer photo shoot at Gråsten, here. You have any favourites?

Earrings: Dulong Fine Jewelry
Bracelet: Cartier Love Bracelet
Bracelet: Dulong Fine Jewelry
Bracelet: Dulong Fine Jewelry Piccolo Bracelet in 18k Gold
Shoes: Yvonne Koné Gladiator Heel - Wood

Summer Holiday at Gråsten Castle

For Frederik and Mary it's also time to spend a little time with their children, all because of the annual summer holiday. Usually the couple spend their vacation in a cottage in Tisvilde but this year is a little different. As I told you in a previous post, here, the couple enjoy their vacation at Gråsten Castle in South Jutland because the cottage in Tisvilde, owned by Susanne Heering, is now for sale. I'm sure they all have wonderful memories from that place but not it is time to make new memories at Gråsten. I always had, and will always have, difficulties sharing posts/pictures from the families private vacation. You know I have. Because we haven't seen any offending pictures published (at least not yet) of the couple nor the children, and those we have seen is taken in a public place, I feel better sharing some of it with you. Maybe you think I'm completely wrong. But Mary and her children have been spotted on their way to the riding school in Gråsten, here. Now it's up to you if you want to look at them or not. The main reason why I want to share them with you, is because of Mary incredible riding style. Despite she is just going for a ride, she looks smashing wearing clothes from Cavalleria Toscana, like her kids. As always I want to share all of this with you. This is only possible because of Heaven and Kate who have helped me ID what Mary was actually wearing. Thanks you two!

Sunglasses: Prada SPR-04N
Jacket: Cavalleria Toscana Blouson Light Down + Summer Light Down Jacket
Blouse: Cavalleria Toscana Short Sleeve Cottage Blouse + Cottage Skirt
Trousers: Cavalleria Toscana Riding Breeches Piping

Hopefully you will share it with friends and family, creating new memories all day long. I have to wait till the end of August before I'm going on vacation. So till then I'll still be posting. I hope you will enjoy the weather along with your beloved ones instead of looking at my blog but keep in mind that something might appear during the next month. I can't tell if we will get more pictures from the royal family's vacation, but if we do you will find it right here in this post. With these words I really just want to wish you the most incredible summer! 

Henriette / Styleofmary

Update, July 13th: Frederik and Mary have been seen in Legoland in Billund, about a week ago along with all four children. As the pictures shows, here and here, are all dressed in warm rainwear because the summer in Denmark is more like autumn -rain and even more rain. It seems like they all had a wonderful day, despite the rain.

The couple was also spotted riding horses, this time on their own without the children, here. They were both in a really great mood. I'm sure they enjoyed a little time just the two of them together. Am I the only one or do you also think that Mary rock any casual outfit? Both rainwear and simple black riding clothes. 

Mary on the Cover of Vogue Australia!

Yes, this is really happening! For the second time Mary is on the cover of Vogue Australia this time the August 2016 issue. I'm sure you clearly recall the fantastic photos of the Crown Prince couple from the December 2004 issue, here. A few pictures have already been published along with a short review, here, on Vogue Australia's website a couple of days ago. I have had the intention to share this amazing news with you right since the minute I found out about it but lots of things is going on in my life right now. Therefor, I prioritize my time with what comes first. I sincerely hope you understand. This does not mean that I have forgotten you or blog, because I have certainly not! It simply means things will sometimes be a little late. I assume many of you are enjoying your holiday along with family and friends and do not have much time to look at my blog for news all the time. But this is really great news which I of course need to share with all of you. Vogue Australia cover some of the most prominent stars every month but the August issue is way more interesting, for us, than usual because the Crown Princess of Denmark is on the cover and inside the issue, photographed with her husband Crown Prince Frederik by Mario Testino for Vogue Australia. Vogue editor in chief Edwina McCann and fashion director Christine Cenetenera were invited to the royal couples home in Copenhagen to talk to Mary about speaking for the voiceless, her role as a prominent world leader and her true passion for sustainable fashion. The pictures were taken at the time when Mario Testino visited Denmark, in May, with his team to celebrate his first exhibition in Denmark, here. The exhibition shows some of his most spectacular photos, also of the royal couple.

With what we have seen so far I can't wait to see the rest of the photos/interview with the Crown Princess and her husband! We have got a picture of the royal couple, all relaxed, along with all four children, then a stunning close up of Mary in some kind of royal blue dress/blouse and of course the cover featuring both Frederik and Mary all dressed in the most magnificent evening clothes. Frederik in a black suit and Mary in a new Alex Perry gown (so Heaven was right in her assumption) and her relatively new tiara. The August issue is available from July 11th and if I know any sweet Australians out there willing to buy it and tell me all about it -I would be so grateful.

Update, June 17th: A few days after I made this post I learned that yet another photo is published, where Mary is wearing the most beautiful Rachel Gilbert ball skirt (found by Kate), paired with a dusty pink silk blouse ID'd by Caroline as Ginger & Smart and her ruby parure earrings! Simple gorgeous. Thanks to both of you for sharing your incredible findings.

Update, June 11th: Since the news hit the world that Mary was about to cover the August 2016 issue of Vogue Australia, I have not been able to think about anything else. It was such a fantastic news! Until today we have seen three photos taken by talented photographer Mario Testino, but then the time was up for the magazine to hit the stores which means more photos and the ability to read a full , yet another, interview with the Danish Crown Princess. As usual, I'm stunned by the pictures! They are simply incredible. Both Frederik and Mary looks great and very happy. Fashion director Christine Cenetenera shared a photo of her, the Crown Prince couple and Mario Testino on her Instagram, here. Here you see Mary in a plain white coat by KITX by KIT WILLOW worn when she named a tanker on June 13th and at this unknown event in May (which turns out to be during the photo shoot taking place in Copenhagen with Testino and Cenetenera). I've gathered some links to you with the pictures. So, are you surprised or disappointed?? I am thrilled of what I see!

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Update, August 2nd: With help from Kate I learned that the plain white figure hugging dress Mary is wearing in one of the photos is from Yeojin Bae, a designer Mary has never worn before. Since first time I saw her in that dress I've been in love with it but I had no idea where to look for it. Apparently the designer published the news about the Danish Princess wearing their dress at their Instagram, here.

Update, September 9th: I know many of you have an interest in the only thing I haven't been able to ID on my own; the blue shirt and jeans she wore on the large family photo including the kids. What I thought was almost impossible, wasn't. Now her light blue shirt has been identified as Fonnesbech, here.

Dress: Alex Perry Black Gown + Lucille Gown
Dress: Yeojin Bae Double Crepe Aimee Dress
Skirt: Rachel Gilbert Malaika Ball Skirt
Blouse: Ginger & Smart Secret Vice Shirt
Shirt: Fonnesbech
Rings: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Love Bands
Earrings: Diane von Furstenberg for H. Stern Jewelry Round Blue Topaz (similar)
Bracelet: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Love Bracelet
Bracelet: Georg Jensen Torun Cuff
Shoes: By Malene Birger Cinca Sneakers