Princess Mary of Denmark pairs red dress with favourite tiara at state banquet

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark followed in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, on Wednesday night, proving that she's just as apt at recycling pieces in her wardrobe to stunning effect. The Danish royal opted to recycle her favourite show-stopping red dress and versatile tiara to make an eye-catching appearance at a state banquet.

Arriving at Fredensborg Palace, Mary courted all attention in her ruffled Jesper Høvring gown, which she previously wore in 2013 at the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYPrincess Mary and Prince Frederik Crown Princess Mary arrived at the state banquet with her husband Prince Frederik

Apart from her dress, Mary also brought out her favourite tiara, which she has previously worn as a necklace. She was last spotted wearing the exquisite piece as a tiara in March and also donned it a year ago at Queen Margrethe's 75th birthday party – but that time as an elaborate statement necklace.

Mary was joining her husband Crown Prince Frederik at the state banquet. The lavish do was held in honour of their visitors the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, and his wife Angelica Rivera who are on an official state visit.

The thrifty royal has also worn her tiara as a necklace

The Mexican couple were seated on either side of Queen Margrethe, while Mary was spotted raising a toast and chatting next to Margrethe's husband Prince Henrik. The Australia-born beauty was her usual radiant self, beaming from ear-to-ear as she sat down for the banquet.

Earlier that day, Danish senior royals went to the airport to greet Mr Nieto and his wife Angelica as they touched down from Mexico. Mary and Frederik then took their visitors to Kronberg Castle and the M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark.

Princess Mary and Prince Frederik Mary has previously worn the dress in 2013

The crown princess and Mexico's First Lady shared the spotlight with their elegant looks, with Mary wrapping up from the chill in a textured hued coat.

Later this week Mary and Angelica will visit a school supported by the royal's Mary Foundation, where they will hear about the school's anti-bullying programme.

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