With her equally charming husband, Crown Prince Frederik, by her side, Princess Mary of Denmark made a dazzling appearance at the Danish palace's annual New Year's Eve banquet in Copenhagen. The 43-year-old royal accessorized her dark-blue floor-length velvet gown with a diamond- and ruby-encrusted tiara, matching earrings, two brooches and a large Knight of the Order of the Elephant chain.
Prince Frederik also looked very smart wearing a Danish military uniform with a ceremonial sabre. As the couple arrived at the annual event, they were greeted by well-wishers who had waited patiently outside the palace to get a glimpse of the royal pair.
Also in attendance at the evening, hosted by Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik, was Frederik’s younger brother Prince Joachim, who similarly wore a military uniform.
This was the first royal engagement that the couple have attended since returning from Australia, where they spent Christmas. For the first time in five years, the entire family returned to Mary’s homeland to visit the princess’s family and friends.
Despite having a wonderful Christmas Down Under, the family received a bit of a scare when their eldest son, Prince Christian of Denmark, was pulled from the waves by a lifeguard but a royal spokesperson has made it clear that the youngster was never in serious danger.
The incident occurred as the royal parents took Christian, 10, and their three other children – Princess Isabella, 8, and four-year-old twins Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent – to Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
"Lifeguards must always be alert, and in this case they knew who was in the water, so perhaps they were extra alert. They made extra certain that Prince Christian was OK – which he was. In other words, the situation was completely undramatic," royal family head of communication Lene Balleby told Danish news agency Ritzau.