Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, November 29th
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Crown Princess Mary participated in the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony held at the Copenhagen City Hall Square. Crown Princess Mary was invited to attend this celebration because this year is the 100th time a Christmas tree is standing right there on the same spot.

Christmas is all about traditions, bringing families together, history and having a good time. Like Christmas is the royal family also all about tradition and history so what could be better than bringing these two together? The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Copenhagen City Hall Square have been a tradition since 1914, except from two years during the second world war, has a new Christmas tree spread warmth and Christmas spirit at the City Hall Square every year since. I found these really amazing pictures of the City Hall Square in Copenhagen from the last hundreds years which shows not just a Christmas tree but 100 years of history. What these picture have in common are all the people who've been gathered to celebrate Christmas since 1914. On Sunday Mary arrived at 3:45 pm. along with Frank Jensen, Mayor of Copenhagen, to attend the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. It was cold and windy, not something to enjoy. Later in the evening a storm hit Denmark. Despite really bad weather hundreds of Danes were gathered to attend the lighting ceremony all dressed in warm coats, hats and gloves. As the star of the day Mary was ready to participate in the ceremony and in front of her and the City Hall, a 24 meters high and 60 years tree was decorated soon to be lightened up by electrical candles. The tree was found in Grib Skov. After a countdown Mary pushed the button and what everybody had wait for, happened. The Christmas tree lit up and was being showered in faux snow delivered by a snowblower manned by Santa on a crane the same hight as the tree. Something we have seen before. She was then photographed on the little stage in front of the tree with Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen and all the kids dressed like gnomes in red and white. Along with Santa and Frank Jensen, Mary wished some of the attended people a merry christmas.

As I mentioned before the weather was really not as good as we could have expected. I wouldn't mind getting a little snow but the storm yesterday was useful at all. Like everybody participants Mary chose clothes to keep her warm in the wind. For the third time she wore her bright red Diane von Furstenberg coat, a really nice colour coat which I think was great to see it again. Neither is it the first time she wear longer coats with wide leg trousers which she also did at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Well really I do not have an opinion on this, Mary got long legs and can wear this combination but I would love to have seen it without the coat. Because I think the grey knitted turtleneck and the black trousers was good-looking. I do not criticize that she's wearing her red coat because like no one else Mary can wear a coloured coat. And I love that she does use them but with a pair of tight trousers I think I would have liked a bit more. For instance, when she wore her red Prada coat and black tight trousers at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Mary accessorized yesterdays outfit with black leather gloves and heeled ankle boot from Gianvito Rossi featuring the pointed toe. With the classic Mary-hairstyle and the round diamond earrings she celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Coat: Diane von Furstenberg Mikhaila Red Wool Coat $250 (pre-owned)
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Suede Pointed-Toe Ankle Bootie, Gray

First Advent = First Christmas Eve Inspiration

A few weeks ago I mention that I would be doing something special in December. Several months ago I had this brilliant idea now when we all love Mary and her style so much I thought: why not give you the opportunity to get inspired what to wear on Christmas eve? Of course with Mary as an example. Therefor I have found four, one for each day of advent, very extraordinary outfits I think would be perfect for Christmas eve either on December 24th or 25th, dependent on where you live in the world. I have found four very different outfits so hopefully you find the outfit you just need to copy. At the same time I will share links where to buy similar clothes as well as how to copy her hair and makeup, to get the a look in the style of Mary! Let the countdown begin!

The first christmas outfit I have chosen is from when Mary was pregnant with the twins back in 2010. She and Frederik was on a visit in Germany and here they attended a reception and dinner at the stunning Schwerin Castle. I have always loved the combination of the basic black clothes and the sparkling golden (or maybe copper) accessories. She even matched the interior! The asymmetry of the dress makes it a little more exciting and take the classic little-black-dress to a whole new level. It catches the eye. I think the combo of the black and gold makes it the perfect christmas eve outfit; in the light of the christmas tree your accessories would shine like a star! I would probably have chosen not to wear the sheer tights, just bare legs but that is up to you -if you chose to dress up like this on christmas day. She was wearing pretty large chandelier earrings from Amrita Singh which is really great to draw attention to her face and beautiful evening makeup. Which was light and feminine. The sequin clutch made my heart dance. In my opinion, sequins are created to be worn at a magical evening as christmas. Her hair was a low chignon which can be made in so many different ways, depended on what you like. Mary's was very simple like her clothes. Keep it simple might be my next phrase because that is what this look is all about. Simplicity. A black basic is the perfect foundation to build your personal evening outfit. Now I give you two outfits, an expensive one and an more budget friendly one. The good thing about this outfit it that you have the opportunity to mix and match with your favourites.

Dress: Alice + Olivia Deedee Ruched One-Shoulder Sheath Dress £208.78
Earrings: Vince Camuto Stone Drama Chandelier Earrings $31.20
Bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane Oversize Sphere Bead Bracelet £40
Ring: Melissa Joy Manning Handmade Joy Manning Ring £140.25
Clutch:Carlo Fellini Kim Clutch $67.45
Tights: Spanx Ribbed Sheer Tights, Black $32

Dress: ASOS TALL One Shoulder Midi Dress £20
Earrings: ASOS Occasion Drop Earrings £12
Bracelet: Blu Bijoux Gold Triple Chain Bracelet $32
Ring: H&M 3-Pack Rings £3.99
Clutch: La Regale Sequin Pouch Clutch $19.50
Tights: Calvin Klein Control Top Matte Sheer Tights $16
Shoes: Zara Pumps w. Heel, Black 30.93

A so called 'chignon' is to me one of the most classic and varying hairstyle because it can be used at everyday's and as in the evening. A chignon has many expressions depending on how you make it -straight or messy, high or low, side or mid, modern or feminine etc. If you know how to do this one hairstyle, it is the starting point for many other undos. Mary is a frequent user of this hairstyle at almost any occasion, day and night because it is so versatile. This hairstyle does also work very well if you are wearing any kind of hair accessories maybe in gold to match the rest of your Christmas eve outfit? I've found a really good video on Youtube that, hopefully, will help you to make the beautiful chignon. As everything else; practice, practice,practice. If this is the outfit you choose than you have four weeks to practice. You do not need anything special, just some elastics, bobby pins and a great portion of patience!


As the rest of the outfit, her makeup at the reception and dinner was extremely simple. Sometimes that it the best to do. The most important to remember with this look is having the flawless skin which is one of Mary's characteristics. Her porcelain skin. Søren Hedegaard, Mary's hairdresser and makeup expert, knows how to point out all her beauty and I'm sure you know exactly which features in your face you want to highlight. I have one rule when it comes to makeup: highlight eyes or lips. And that is the same Søren Hedegaard did with Mary's natural evening makeup. Do yourself a favor, use some time and efforts to find the foundation, mascara, eyeshadow etc. that suit you personality, skin colour, eye colour you name it. With this you can create anything you like! I do not need a video to tell you about her makeup. 

1/ Apply your foundation flowed by powder to get the flawless skin.
2/ Draw a soft line with a black eyeliner on the upper lid to the mid and one under the eye.
3/ Apply a soft pink lipgloss on your lips.
4/ Complete with a little pink blush on your cheeks. Done!

Be ready for next week where I post about a new Christmas outfit.
Good luck everybody!

DR Ultra Gala - It's Nice to be Nice

Friday, November 27th

Crown Princess Mary attended the DR Ultra Gala concert with the Mary Foundation in Sønderborg. 

About the DR Ultra Gala Show -It's Nice to be Nice
The Ultra Gala show is the big live show produced  by DR (Danmarks Radio) to kids in the age of 7-12 years old. The show is a combination of music, comedy and lots of entertainment performed by among others the singer Wafande, Page Four, the winner of MGP-children Flora Ofelia etc. The hosts are Jacob Riising, Sofie Linde and Joakim Ingversen. The show was invented to focus on  being a "nice friend" and this year with focus on social isolation among children. It can be watched all over Denmark the upcoming months and Mary attended the first opening show 2015 in Sønderborg. Read more here

The red carpet was changed in favor of the yellow colour, associated with Dr Ultra which is children's channel. From the second Mary arrived to Skansehallen in Sønderborg she was welcomed by so many kids taken pictures of her with their phone. Everyone would like to get a glimpse of the future Queen of Denmark. Everywhere Mary goes, she's greeted like a super star! As a representative of the Mary Foundation and the guest of honor, Mary attended the premiere of the Ultra Gala show which also was the beginning of a Denmark tour. This year the show focuses on how to prevent and handle solitude among children in the age of 7-12, this is one of the things Mary and her foundation work with in the every-day's, so it was obvious for Mary to attended. But there was also one other reason why Mary was invited, because she was given the friendship award D' Nice At Være Nice (It's Nice to be Nice) to be the most nice princess. Sweet, isn't it? It was handed over by the siblings Dikte and Malte and it was received with great honor. Like last year Mary did also participate in the show during the evening. During the break she told the press that she really liked the show and its message to be a good and helpful friend. These days there is great focus on solitude among both children and adults. According to Billed Bladet, studies have shown that about 6 percent of boys and about 10 percent of girls in the age of 13-15 have often or very often felt lonely. This is the highest proportion of lonely young people since 1988 according to a school studies from 2014. After the show it was time to write in the big solitude-book. An overdimensionel book where the children wrote their own personal advises how to handle to solitude and of course Mary did the same. Surrounded by children Mary wrote her own advise saying: "HUSK at du er noget værd -tror på dig selv" (REMEMBER that you are worth something -believe in yourself).

Despite the fact that Mary was all dressed in black, it was absolutely fashionable and very edgy! Just named the nicest princess of them all, she rocked in a black suit! Of course this is not the first time we see her wear a suit. I remember a white, red and grey one as well. This simple suit she upgraded to the most stylish I have ever seen, matched with a sensual and classy black lace blouse. The perfect way to make your suit much more feminine. Last night when I was writing this post I was just so tired and was ready to leave it till today but then out of nowhere I was able to identify the black lace blouse and I had to share it with all of you, right away! I found the piece of wonder at Heartmade by Julie Fagerholt  from her Winter/Holiday 2015 collection. Lace are my best friend these days which I fell in love with her new blouse and I had a serious urge to buy it. But when I saw the price, I instantly had the urge to find a similar one. Luckily there are a million similar ones to purchase. But I really adore the lace item because you can wear it in so many different ways, no matter which style you have. A classic item you will no regret you bought. Enough about my love to the blouse, she matched her black suede metal cap-toe pumps from Gianvito Rossi to the suit. Last worn at the premiere of You do not say no to Asger Jorn in 2014. One other thing I noticed was her hairstyle. Some time since we have seen an everyday hairstyle so elegant. Last year her hair was like this all the time. I kinda missed them because I find them very inspiring how to do my own hair. Even though it look hard, it's quite easy to make. It's all about practice, practice, practice. If you are interested I would recommend websites like Youtube, of course, and Pinterest. My second source of inspiration after Mary. She accessorized her "gala" outfit with round diamond earrings  from Hartmann's and what looks like a silver ring featuring a green stone.  Left we have the little shiny clutch from Carlend Copenhagen looking nice with the rest of the outfit and her burgundy nail polish. I hope I some day will get the chance to wear an outfit like this! In my eyes it's a clear winner as always.

Earrings: Hartmann's
Blouse: Heartmade by Julie Fagerholt Jula DKK 2,999
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Metal Mesh Cap-Toe Pumps
Clutch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa DKK 8,500

Der var plads til grin og alvor i årets premiere på Ultra Galla, som netop er afholdt i Sønderborg. Kronprinsessen...
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Christmas Reception with the Mary Foundation

Wednesday, November 25th

Crown Princess Mary hosted a christmas reception at Amalienborg for the Mary Foundations partners.

At the beginning of this week Mary hosted a Christmas reception with the Mary Foundation and their partners which over the years has become a really nice tradition but only now we see pictures from the reception. This event gives the opportunity to thank everybody who have been involved or have supported the foundations work the past year and to wish everybody a merry Christmas. Of course this year was no exception. They were all invited to glögg and æbleskiver. Probably you have heard about both these thing, if you haven't don't worry I will tell you more about it. Glögg or glühwein (German) goes back to Germany. It's a very traditional hot drink which are made of among others red wine, snaps, brown rom, madeira, oranges, lemon, cinnamon, star anise etc. Today it contains much more alcohol so if you drink too much you might get a little drunk ;) It tastes kinds spicy. Æbleskiver is from Denmark and I'm not sure there even is an english translation but the Danes love them and is the epitome of Christmas. Primarily they are made of pancake batter. They are pan fried in a round shape and them they are eaten with either/or both jam or icing sugar. They are really delicious! So if you get the change to try these two delicacies someday, do it without hesitating. Back to what this was all about. Mary welcomed her invited guests at Frederik VIII's Palace, Amalienborg Castle in Copenhagen, around 3:00 pm. local time. From the beginning the atmosphere was great, everyone were in a good mood in the room, that smelled like Christmas should. I'm sure they had all had a great time together with Mary. One of the guests who had traveled all the way from Chicago to attend the reception was Professor and Ph.D. John T. Cacioppo. He is a member of the the Mary Foundations expert panel working with loneliness. According to the foundations website, he has been a great inspiration and help in their work with this specific area. At the reception, representatives as the Lauritzen Betina Ipsen who support the Netwerk project, Marketing Manager of DHL Express Susanne Kristensen works with the Free of Bullying's Children relay project and project manager in TrygFonden Christoffer Elbrønd and communications officer in DBU Mikkel Minor Jensen important project partners in Klubfidusen attended. Mary conversed with all of them during the reception. Since last year there must be a lot to talk about -all their impressive results, new projects and what the next will bring.

Hvert år samler vi de mennesker, som vi samarbejder med i løbet af året. Vi samler dem for at takke for deres indsats og...
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First I thought she was wearing a black dress which was the only thing I did not expect. Suddenly I flipped my computer screen by an accident and I realized that it wasn't black but green! With a little more light I found that she was wearing her dark green suede dress from Prada. It is differently not the first time we see this dress but I took my quite a while to identify it even though I found it at one of her favourite designers. First I was sure JOSEPH was the designer, that was before I found the real model at Prada. There is no doubt in my mind. Very appropriate of her to wear a dress in this colour, perfect to celebrate Christmas and her co-workers. She matched the wallpapers in the room where the reception were held. Very clever Mary! I might be the only one who noticed this. I remember at least three times she was worn the dress, all three with great success. In 2013 when she and Frederik along with the rest of the family attended a dinner at Hotel Admiral with the President and his wife of Slovakia, the same year she wore it again at Prince Nicolai's confirmation at the evening party celebrating him and then last in 2014 when she attended the Ultra Gala show she wore it with a pair of leopard pumps. With that one picture published where we see her feet I think I know what pair of shoes she was wearing. That pair of beige Prada pointed pumps from the Free of Bullying Seminar on October 8th 2015. What do you think, am I on the right path here? The beige would be perfect because it makes the green colour stand out. Of course you all noticed her new silver bracelet featuring green stones. Mary has several times worn bracelets like this but I have never been able to identify the designer -if it's even the same. Because of her loose hair I can't see is she's wearing earrings or not I wonder which nail polish she is wearing? I really love the beautiful bordeaux next to the green dress!

Dress: Prada Green Suede Dress $245 (pre-owned)
Shoes: Prada Beige Pointed Toe Pumps €485?

Note: Frederik and Mary are in Australia with their four children all december and on Christmas eve, that's about time if you ask me. In eleven years Mary haven't celebrated Christmas with her Australian family. That of course means no official events for Mary, but don't worry I have prepared several posts to share with you in december. I all starts tomorrow!

Repost of: "Mary: The Making of A Princess"

You might remember that I a few weeks ago talked about the new royal movie Mary: The Making of a Princess produced by Chanel Ten, and Australian Tv channel. When I first heard Frederik and Mary's story would become a movie I was very skeptical and I thought it was a joke. Such films are often criticized because people think they are accurate enough and throughout the years we have seen the most recidivous attempts to portraying their story, that was why I haven't mentioned the news on the blog. Because how would the result be? We all know the story about how they met, fell in love and got married and we all have our own opinion on the story. I only new a little bit about the production and who would be the main characters. I decided to find out more about it. What I found gave me the impression that this could be good. Someone like me who have seen so much when it comes to Mary -comments, private pictures in magazines, scandals etc., I have become very critical especially when someone tries to reproduce their story. But this time I think the news needs a little positive publicity. Even before the film had been broadcasted I had the feeling that most bloggers and royal watchers already hated it. This only made me even more excited to watch it. The two main characters were played by two local Australian actors: Ryan O'Kane as Crown Prince Frederik and Emma Hamilton as Crown Princess Mary. Both actors have great similarities with the real-deal. Emma Hamilton dyed her light blonde hair to a much darker chestnut brown colour that give her more or less the same colour as Mary's.

Then about a week ago it was time for the world to see what the Australians have been doing. Since the broadcast I have listened to various negative attitudes and comments about the film, why it did not show the truth and how it almost discriminatory them. At this time I hadn't watched it yet. Many of you have been so sweet to tell me where to watch but somehow I did not manage to play it on my computer. Yesterday I was looking at Tesouras & Tiaras and came across a post sharing a link on Youtube where to watch Mary: The Making of a Princess. Within seconds I was placed in a chair watching it. With only bad expectations and almost nothing to hope for I was almost glued to the screen in all one and a half hour. And you know what: I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! Because I had no expectations I thought I would be the most horrible movie ever. But I completely feel in love with the two characters and their story. It was funny, loving, emotional, quite long from the truth and the other characters wasn't that close to the real ones but still it's a movie honoring the love story of the Danish Crown Prince Couple. I think it gave me the story I want to believe in, what might happened because the truth it, we will never know for sure. More than once I spotted references to things and stories we know all about. I like how the viewer was able to identify both scenes and clothes to something real. When we talk about similar clothes, then I think they did a really good job with her clothes and the tiara and earrings are created by Maria Elena Head Pieces, just in case you wanted to know. Impressive job! I could mention so many different scenes from the movie I adore, whether it's true or not: a scene were Frederik and Mary run away from his bodyguards during the Olympic Games the first time they meet, when Frederik give Mary an eucalyptus tree imported from Australia the day before the weeding, their conversation before they meet the press at their engagement and the way Emma Hamilton sits in that scene in front of the press is just like Mary did! But I think you should see all of this and much for yourself down below. Happy watching!

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The French Embassy's Prize for Human Rights 2015

Tuesday, November 24th

Crown Princess Mary attended the presentation ceremony of the French Embassy's Prize for Human Rights 2015 as patron of the Maternity Foundation at the French Embassy in Denmark, Copenhagen. 

About the Maternity foundation 
With the vision 'no women should die giving life' the danish developed organization, the Maternity Foundation works to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in developing countries by among others seek care in communities where they can have a safer birth with skilled birth attendance. All this to save the more than 800 women who die from complication in pregnancy or childbirth every day. Crown Princess Mary has been patron of the Maternity Foundation since 2010 and has worked hard to spread the word trying to save more women's lives. Read more here

Two and a half hour after Mary participated in an exclusive tennis event with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki in the KB-Hall in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, she attended the presentation ceremony of The French Embassy's Prize for Human Rights 2015 which was handed over to the Danish developed organization, the Maternity Foundation who works to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in developing countries, as she has been patron of since 2010. When Mary arrived to the French Embassy at Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen the weather was terrible, rainy and windy. Despite the bad weather Mary took took the time to place a large bouquet of white lilies, next to all the other flowers, in front of the French embassy in memory of the victims of the terror attack on November 13th. The main reason why I think she is doing it now is because at the time she was in Senegal on, a more or less, private visit with the organizations Orchid Project and Tostan. Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Marie attended a ceremony a few days after the attack but Mary hadn't returned home yet. I don't know if anyone expected to see her lay flowers in front of the embassy yesterday but I think it was honorable for her to do. This gesture was noticed also noticed by the French Ambassador in Denmark and former Ambassador for Human Rights who share it on his Twitter (see it below). So why white lilies? They are symbolized with both sorrow, sadness, grief and heavenly purity, life and beauty. Without a single word, the flowers was her voice.

From one bouquet to another. Before the presentation began she was given a bunch of flowers from a sweet little flower-boy this time. Accompanied by the French ambassador François Zimeray, Mary went inside to attend the presentation of the Prize for Human Rights 2015, which was handed over to the Maternity Foundation. The Maternity Foundation was rewarded for their important work saving  women and children during pregnancy and childbirth in third world countries. At this, both happy and honorable day, Mary was dressed beautifully in black. Nothing new, but Mary wear her clothes as if it was the first time, every time. The black dress features a sequin 'belt' in the waist despite that the Prada dress is quite simple. Last time we saw is was in 2014 when she attended the Ordrupgaard exhibition in Charlottenlund. At the time she also wore a red/bordeaux nail polish which so much give me the impression of christmas. A little bit of sparkle, some read and some black. It does not get any more classic. I always loved the dress with its sense of a 50s dress. A few years ago I bought a very similar vintage dress that was in a really bad condition but I had to have it, no doubt. Luckily I know how to repair and fix clothes so it was no problem for me to get the dress looks like new. Today it is one of my personal favourite dresses and when Mary wore her Prada dress the first time I was thrilled. Do you think it's too simple? This time I kinda missed the Gianvito Rossi shoes because they were a really great match. At yesterdays presentation ceremony she chose her black pumps that I strongly believe is from Gianvito Rossi, matching the Carlend Copenhagen clutch seen close to a million times before. She was also wearing her golden Orit Elhanati necklace. When she arrived to the French Embassy she wore some kind of black woolen coat and because of the wind, we had a glimpse of her reused diamond earrings. A little bit of everyday glamour.

Frankrig hædrede den 24. november den danske NGO Maternity Foundation, som fik overrakt Den Franske Ambassades...
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Clutch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa DKK 8,500
Necklace: Orit Elhanati The Abyss Necklace DKK 10,300
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Patent Pumps €490?

The Child Welfare Day

Tuesday, November 24th
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Crown Princess Mary attended as patron of the Child Welfare Day (Børnehjælpsdagen) and eboks' tennis event along with Danish tennis player Caroline Woznoacki in KB-Hallen, Frederiksberg. 

About the Child Welfare Day / Børnehjælpsdagen
The Child Welfare Day / Børnehjælpsdagen aims to strengthen children and young people's, in care, resources and potential to make them better prepared for the the adult life. A wide range of activities and projects have been developed to be able to for instance complete an education, get a job and become self-supporting. They work with the mission to give children and young people the support they need to be the best version of themselves. Crown Princess Mary is patron of the Child Welfare Day. Read more here

Mary has for several year been patron of the Child Welfare Day (Børnehjælpsdagen) which aims to encourage children and young people in care to became the best version of themselves by committing them in specially developed activities and projects. Yesterday 22 of these children there are living in institutions or with foster families, were chosen to participate in a very special three-hour sports event in the KB-Hall in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. This was just not at normal event, which by the way was arranged by the Child Welfare Day and eboks, because two famous women would also participate: everybody's beloved Crown Princess of Denmark and of course Danish tennis player Caroline Woznoacki. Also the Children's Aid Director, Ina Thorndahl, and the e-Boks' CEO, Henrik Andersen attended yesterdays sports event. 

Around an hour after the tennis event started, Mary arrived to the tennis hall more than ready to give the children a great day. The two lucky teenagers Nicolaj and Tobias got the change to play the first game with Caroline Wozniacki right after Mary arrived. Mary found her chair and look as if she was ready to take part in the game - which she actually did. She changed to another pair of shoes and played a double with Caroline, Tobias and his friend Nicolaj. So far I haven't been able to find either pictures or a video of Mary playing tennis but I truly hope I will. I would love seeing her play! The children were clearly overwhelmed to get the change to both meet and play with Caroline who is a world famous tennis player and the further Queen of Denmark. I understand the kids'  reaction, once I was lucky to see Mary and Frederik when they visited the city I live in, despite the fact that I'm a royalist of all my heart, it was magical to see them in 'real life'. So it's almost not possible to imagine how the 22 children felt when they met her yesterday at this event. Both Mary and Caroline were in a excellent mood during and by no doubt gave all the kids a wonderful day to remember. The actual purpose of this exclusive sports event was to encourage children to think more about sport and exercise in everyday life something the Child Welfare Day has been working with since 2006. I love that Mary take part in such events, it makes her not so... unattainable. She takes her role as patron serious and I think she enjoys participating in such events where she can meet some of those she try to help with her commitment. I remember I once read an interview with Frederik where he told that when he met Mary over 10 years ago, she was just as committed helping others than she is today, something he admires her for. I think she's able to give those who need it the most a voice. So Mary, please keep up the good work!

Mary's choise in clothes I understand. It's so cold in Denmark these days but the weather is changing all the time. A few days ago we had snow, now the sun is shining but still it's really cold. Winter weather means darker colours, knitted swathers and cozy scarfs. Mary had chosen a navy blue, white and gray colour pallet which was really classy. I've always admired her way of wearing trousers. I think she can wear any type of trousers, from jeans to the printed ones. Her rather slim legs fit into any pair of trousers, shorts and skirts. At the tennis event she wore simple navy blue trousers that perfectly matched her knitted jumper from JOSEPH featuring a white blouse underneath. Back in was is August the family was at vacation in Gråsten, she wore it with a pair of denim short. I feel in love right away and suddenly I found her jumper when I was looking for something completely different. Anyways, the JOSEPH jumper and the trousers were a really good match to the grey Naledi Copenhagen scarf, also a reuse. Among others she wore it when Kofi Annan was visiting Denmark back in 2013. Something else we also have seen before is her shark grey ankle boots. When we first saw them at a fashion show a year ago I was not able to identify them because the serious lack of pictures. Then she wore them at some award and again there was no 'good' pictures of her shoes. Comparing all these bad pictures they are now found at, I tend to say of course, Gianvito Rossi. When we are talking about her shoes I want to mention one little thing you might use when to wear ankle boots in the fall and winter period. Mary often wear ankle boots with trousers and socks are not the best to wear if your trousers are above the shoes. You just want to hide them. Mary wear sheer stockings and not just the normal boring ones. She choose them in matching colours to her outfit. That means also navy blue, grey, black you name it. With sheer stockings it's fantastic you see them. About the coat, I do not have an ID on it but I'm pretty sure it is the same she wore when she attended the Advise for Life 2015 on September 15th. Then I HAVE TO mention her wearing a wonderful bordeaux nail polish!!! Love it. Now I know it's time for me to do choose the same colour. And if you have really good eyes you will se that she is wearing a green ring on her right hand! 

Earrings: Jewlscph 
Blouse: JOSEPH Merino Knit Jumper £255
Scarf: Naledi Copenhagen Buddah Silk Scarf in Grey
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Suede Pointed-Toe Ankle Bootie, Gray

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... Crown Princess Mary's horse Goché. It is no secret that the Crown Princess loves to take ride, especially when she and the rest of the family are visiting Gråsten castle during summer. She has even been photographed with her horse back in 2004 in the Australian Vogue, here, with the statement: "To me luxury is being with my horse, with no time pressure. A moment away from everything." In the book "Kronprinsesse Mary -fortæller til Anne Wolden-Ræthinge", hereshe was also photographed with her beloved horse. I found an article from 2006, telling that Goché stayed at Antvorskov Barracks working as escort-horse, here. Among other things, in November 2006, Mary's horse was riding escorts in connection with the Norwegian royal couple visit in Denmark. Constable Højby, who took care of training the horse, tells that Mary was also visiting several times during the stay and that there clearly was a close bond between the two of them. Apparently, Goché a very curious and friendly horse according to this Instragram, here.

TV2 Christmas Show

Thursday, November 19th 

Crown Princess Mary attended the TV2 Christmas Show (Juleshow) in Musikkens Hus in Aalborg as the guest of honor.

As the name of the location, the House of Music (Musikkens Hus), implies Mary spend an evening with lots of music on Thursday when she attended the TV2 Christmas Show at 8:35 pm. local time in Aalborg. With white walls and red chairs the House of Music was the perfect to this christmas show., the national colours of Denmark. Along with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and artist like Martin Brygmann, Kaya Brüll and Barbara Moleko which all were dressed their best in evening suits and dresses, Mary attended the perfect evening celebration the christmas and of course she was the guest of honor. The two hosts were news hosts on TV2 Cecilie Frøkjær and Hans Pilgaard, they are both well-known faces in Denmark for different entertainment programs. I'm sure with these two hosts it was a wonderful evening. As far as I know the show was not live broadcasted but as previous years it's broadcasted a day in december and I'm for sure ready to watch the show which I think makes anyone in the best christmas-mood! Unfortunately it has not yet ben published when it will be broadcasted. As if she was the star of the show, Mary arrived in the best mood to the House of Music in Aalborg around half past eight to attend the great christmas show. On the red carpet before she found her seat, she was welcomed by the sweetest flower girl in a dress that reminded me a lot of Mary's new golden Prada dress she wore at the gala dinner at Christiansborg Castle about a week ago. Perfectly matching the carpet and chairs in the big hall Mary shone in her red dress! As the guest of honor, and Crown Princess, she was given  one of the best seats on the balcony next to the Mayor of Aalborg Thomas Kastrup Larsen and Cristen Obel from Det Obelske Familie Fond to watch the entertaining christmas show.

As I mentioned before Mary was dressed beautifully in a bright red, what I almost tend yo call a christmas, dress worn once before -at a christmas reception with the Mary Foundation last year in the beginning of December, if I'm correct. You remember we have seen it before? The dazzling fitted red dress is from Dolce & Gabbana and I simply love it! I know it's just a red dress and I think I could find a million that looks like this but she wear it like it was painted on her. No wonder why I love red and Mary! At the arrival she wore her black Prada coat, seen close to a million times before but I never get tired of seeing it. The shape is timeless as the lest of her look. A little detail which I might be the only one to notice, is the different length of coat and dress. This was the most perfect combination in the 50s. A long fitted dress or skirt with a rather large, shorter coat. With the help from her hairdresser, Søren Hedegaard, her hair and makeup were absolutely flawless. For more than 10 years has Søren done his magic to make Mary look her best, show all her best parts and created the most beautiful hairstyles. Even though her hair was done 'quite normal' at the christmas show in Aalborg it was very flattering to her outfit. Feminine and flattering. As last year, the dress gave us the opportunity to focus on the expensive accessories. I think we saw a pair of earrings but I'm not sure which one. Maybe you recognized them? As no other royal, and woman, Mary know how to chose accessories and to chose a bright pink Carlend Copenhagen clutch is really clever of her. Make the dress shine even more in the lights of the photographers, despite the fact that there are no such details as sequins on neither the dress or clutch. To match the black Prada coat we have to move our eyes to her feet. Most women have something with other women's shoes; I believe a pair of shoes can tell much more than we know. And of course I could not stop staring at her new black T-strap shoes. What I like about this model is the shape on the foot, the design is just great and it reminds me so much of vintage shoes -which makes me drool. A second after I showed this one blurred picture to a friend of mine, she texted me back with an ID. What should I do without such a friend? My first thought when I saw her shoes was: have we seen them before? But nothing crossed my mind thinking of black patent T-strap shoes, no wonder because these are brand new from Gianvito Rossi. A big thanks to Kate. His timeless and classic design makes me feel like I'm in heaven. I wonder how a pair of Gianvito Rossi shoes feel like? You know; are the comfortable to wear? Because Mary owns now quite many pairs I tend to say they are really comfortable to wear. Mary has always worn shoes with a pointed toe and I admire that, it suits her foot and figure in general. And what, another pair from the famous shoe designer Gianvito Rossi doesn't make the different, does it?

Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Patent-Leather T-bar Pumps
Dress: Dolce & Gabbana Wool Crepe Scoopneck Dress
Cluch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa
Coat: Prada

By the way when we talk about christmas than I got, what I believe, is the most brilliant idea for me to share with you in December. So be ready and keep an eye on the blog on Sunday the 28th of November!

At Work in Senegal

Wednesday, November 11th to Sunday, November 15th

Crown Princess Mary traveled to Senegal with the two organizations Orchid Project and Tostan for her to get a better understanding and work with the Community Empowerment Program (CEP) focusing on girls and women's rights such as female genital mutilation. On November 15th Crown Princess Mary witnessed a ceremony to abandon female genital cutting (FGC).

Orchid Project -working together to end female genital cutting
The Orchid Project was founded back in 2010 by Julia Lalla-Maharajh who volunteered to help in Ethiopia. Here she had witnessed FGC (Female Genital Cutting) and how damaging it was to just one country. Back in UK she was ready to take action fighting against FGC and with the question: What can we do to end FGC? -she began her work with the Orchid Project after she had visited Tostan who had the answer to her question. Orchid are supported by the Mary Foundation. You find more information about the project here

Tostan -dignity for all
As an exchange student, Molly Melching, visited Senegal back in 1974. After her finishing her studies she staid there to work as a volunteer. She created the first radio program for children in national language. Her world brought her to rural villages, here she found out that many of the development effort were not addressing its true needs. Than the Community Empowerment Program were created, a program that respectfully engaged the communities to work in their own languages and use traditional methods of learning. And in 1991 Tostan was founded. Read more about Tostan right here

It comes as no surprise that Mary travel to Senegal to show her support and offer her help in fighting against female genital mutilation. For quite some years now, Mary had been committed to help girls and women worldwide. I found a phrase in an article on, who are the one who has arranged Mary being presence, that says: "HRH Crown Princess Mary is a strong voice on the issue of women's rights and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights around the world." A well description on what I think Mary try to achieve in her work with and for girls and women. She also attended, not that long ago, The Global Network of Women's Shelters' Conference in the Netherlands accompanied by Queen Máxima she showed her appearance in yet another aspect of helping girls and women. Another area that demands attention. She attended because of her prominent figure as member of the High Level Task Force for ICPD, as patron of the WHO Regional Office for Europe and chairman of the Mary Foundation. As patron of the UNFPA she is the perfect represent to go to Senegal. On most visit she are followed the the world press, writing non-stop to tell about her stay. This time her visit was a bit more private and it is only now, after she arrived to Denmark again, we hear about her visit. And actually the articles I have found is only about her last day, but maybe it is also the most important one because Mary witnessed an sensational ceremony to abandon female genital cutting. 

Over fifty communities, 1,000 people, were gathered in the Kaolack region of Senegal to declare the end of a centuries old practice: the female genital cutting. Along with representatives from among other UNICEF, UNFPA and local representatives from the Government Mary witnessed the declaration. Something many people around the world have worked for in many years. To celebration the declaration included formal speeches as well as traditional music and dance. This is truly a day to remember. According to Orchid's website Mary said at the ceremony:
"It is both a joy and privilege to witness local communities celebrate their decision to stop cutting their daughters. This decision has come from within the communities themselves and this is the mark of true and sustainable development." - HRH Crown Princess Mary
At the same time the communities take part in a human rights education program run by the local NGO Tostan. Their Community Empowerment Program will enable them to hold the conversation about human rights and what it really means to them. With the help from the Orchid Project the community members to take the discussions about human rights and spread them to the neighboring villages. Over 7,300 communities have already declared abandonment in The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.

I'm not quite sure when the picture below was taken but I just had to share it with you. I was taken one of the days she visited Senegal, dressed in what I believe is a traditional dress from Senegal in a bright pink colour. Do you happen to know when this picture was taken?

On her last day, after five days, Mary attended the ceremony dressed casual in her white Zara lace blouse and a navy blue maxi skirt from By Malene Birger, worn this summer at Gråsten. Accessorized with jewellery I think are gifts, she celebrated a day to remember in Senegal.

Blouse: Zara Lace Blouse DKK 159 (on sale)
Skirt: By Malene Birger Severa Pleated Silk Crepe de Chine Maxi Skirt £170.55 (on sale)