Crown Prince Frederik’s Pre-Wedding Gala, 2004

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Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson’s glittering Pre-Wedding Gala Performance at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen on this day in 2004, on the eve of their wedding. This was the first event with foreign royal guests, as a previous Gala Dinner at Christiansborg Palace was only attended by members of the Royal Family.

The soon-to-be Crown Princess Mary wore a stunning Uffe Frank gown with the Danish Ruby Parure (for the second time) and the Sash and Star of the Order of the Elephant.

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Sovereigns in attendance included Queen Margrethe (wearing the Pearl Poiré Tiara), King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece (in the Khedive of Egypt Tiara), Queen Sonja of Norway (wearing Queen Josefina’s Diamond Tiara), and Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg (in the Chaumet Pearl and Diamond Choker Tiara).

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Heirs included Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece (wearing the Miller Fringe Tiara), Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (in the Amethyst Necklace Tiara for the first time), Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium (wearing her Laurel Wreath Tiara), and Crown Prince Felipe with the soon-to-be Crown Princess Letizia of Spain.

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Other royals included Princess Alexia of Greece (in her Diamond Tiara), Princess Martha Louise of Norway (in King Olav’s Gift Tiara), Infanta Cristina of Spain (in the Spanish Floral Tiara), the Earl and Countess of Wessex (wearing the Diamond Button Tiara), and Princess Astrid (in the Savoy-Aosta Tiara) and Archduke Lorenz.

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Exiled Royals included Empress Farah of Iran, the Prince and Princess of Savoy (wearing the Savoy Pink Tourmaline Tiara), Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia (in her Small Tiara), Archduchess Francesca von Habsburg (wearing the Habsburg Pearl and Diamond Bandeau), the Prince of Hanover and Princess Caroline of Monaco (in the Hanoverian Floral Tiara), and the Duke and Duchess of Castro (wearing the Ruby Butterfly Tiara).

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3 thoughts on “Crown Prince Frederik’s Pre-Wedding Gala, 2004

  1. It looks to me that the Countess of Wessex is wearing the Cartier tiara that the Duchess of Cambridge wore to her wedding….

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  2. Well, I’ve read elsewhere that this is a “mystery tiara” which hasn’t been since that one occasion. The description is of a “button flower diamond” tiara. It has been speculated that it was on loan from a jeweler’s, but what is certain is that it is not part of the British royals’ collection.

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