There’s no denying that the European royals know how to turn up the glamour for a glitzy affair, and Prince Charles’ highly exclusive 70 th birthday bash at Buckingham Palace was no exception. Though the fete was private, meaning fans didn’t get to see the gowns worn by Duchess Kate, Princess Eugenie, Duchess Meghanand more, they did get to see Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik’s stunning navy ensembles just before they headed to the party.
The Danish royal couple took to Instagram to share the darling snap and show off their elegant and perfectly colour-coordinated outfits. Sweetly holding hands, Mary dazzled in a one-shoulder velvet gown, boasting a figure-flattering cinched waist and gold-embellished belt. Her hair swept back into a chic updo, the mother of four accessorized with a beautiful pair of gold drop earrings, keeping her makeup simple and fresh with a swipe of pink lipstick. Her dapper husband stood beaming to her left, wearing a navy-blue tuxedo and sporting a clean shave. The two were fresh off a trip to Italy, where they had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis in Vatican City and explore the Roman Ruins for a day or two together (remember when Mary rocked Nikes and a dress?)
Then, they were off to enjoy the festivities, along with a variety of other European royals who touched down on UK soil to ring in Charles’ milestone day. Included in the royal roster of guests were Prince Albert of Monaco, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, and King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway. Of course, a party isn’t a royal party without the ‘Fab Four’ in tow – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in attendance, along with the Duchess of Cornwall , who was there to support her husband. Newlyweds Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, Princess Beatrice , and Zara and Mike Tindall all got dolled up for the festivities, too!
In one of the evening’s biggest highlights, the Queen , joined by Prince Philip, delivered a moving speech about her son, saying: "It is a privilege for any mother to be able to propose a toast to her son on his 70th birthday. It means that you have lived long enough to see your child grow up. It is rather like – to use an analogy I am certain will find favour – planting a tree and being able to watch it grow."