The people of Denmark and supporters of European royalty were very excited in 2004 that Crown Prince Frederik would marry Crown Princess Mary , an Australian girl he met in a bar during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Pre-wedding events included a boat race, a rock and roll concert, receptions and two tiara events. But what was Maria wearing?
The gown for Mary Donaldson, now known as Princess Mary of Denmark, was the brainchild of Danish designer Uffe Frank, who used ivory duchess satin with a sheen of mother-of-pearl, fully lined with silk organza. The scoop neckline barely touched the beautiful bride’s shoulders before descending to sleeves that wrapped around her arm like a lily.
Regrettably, dear Mary of Denmark’s mother, Henrietta Clark Donaldson, was unable to attend her wedding day as she tragically died on November 20, 1997. So, the new European royal had her mother’s wedding ring sewn close to her heart between the folds of fabric of her wedding dress. Mary’s bouquet, which included eucalyptus trees to honor her Australian roots, was brought to Scotland by an aunt to rest on the grave of Henrietta and her grandparents after the wedding.
Mary of Denmark’s wedding day was bittersweet for the bride
The most unique feature of the dress was Mary’s skirt, where satin panels fanned out from her hip to reveal eight yards of traditional lace. Irish lace was another sentimental touch , this time in honor of Frederik’s family. It was part of the original wedding gift to Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden (Frederik’s great-grandmother) which included the famous family veil.
Mary wore Crown Princess Margaret ‘s veil , inherited from the family by Queen Ingrid. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is the only sister-in-law to date to wear the veil . She anchored him with her wedding tiara, a gift from the Queen and Prince Henrik. Mary also wore new brilliant-cut diamond earrings set in platinum with South Sea Island pearls.