In her first outing since the shock abdication of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, the next Queen, Princess Mary gave everyone a glimpse of what’s to come
From life on the Apple Isle to the halls of Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Princess Mary has enjoyed quite the royal journey. And, as a monumental surprise to ring in 2024, the Crown Princess is set to become the first-ever Australian-born Queen. Current Queen, Margrethe of Denmark, delivered her traditional message on New Year's Eve to wish the Danes well for the upcoming year, adding in a surprising announcement that she would be abdicating the throne, bringing an end to her 52-year reign.
For the celebratory New Years event in Copenhagen, with the added caveat of it being her last as Crown Princess, Mary looked to her own closet to select a regal burgundy velvet gown for the dazzling event. No stranger to recycling an outfit, the decision to re-wear one of her favourite gowns drives home the commitment to sustainability she set for herself when she became a part of the Danish royal family two decades ago. A master of understated royal style in every way, Mary’s look felt the most classically royal. Deeply coloured velvet with long sleeves, no doubt a nod to her upcoming change in title.
This outing marks the full-length gown’s fourth appearance, this time featuring a jewelled Order of the Elephant necklace, as well as a selection of smaller medals. The opulent look was accessorised with an ornate tiara—the Danish Ruby Parure, an heirloom tiara that has been in the Danish royal family since the 19th Century. While the full set includes a dazzling necklace, Princess Mary opted instead to go without. Back in 2014, where this gown last appeared, the Princess opted for a matching velvet choker.
In just under two weeks, Princess Mary will become Queen Mary, just as her husband, Prince Frederik becomes King Frederik X. The abdication comes at a time where support for the royal family in Denmark is high—72 per cent of Danes support the monarchy. January 14 will be the date to keep in mind as the Crown is formally handed over. 2024 will also mark twenty years of marriage between Mary and Frederik, adding another touching sentiment to what is shaping to be a big year for the Danish royals.
Championing sustainability and women’s rights will no doubt remain top priority for Princess Mary as she becomes Queen, the decision to recycle an old look with such context around the evening shows our Princess isn’t letting the announcement change anything when it comes to her signature approach to style.
Originally published on vogue.com.au