The extended Danish Royal Family and the Monpezat Family joined Crown Princess Margrethe of Denmark (wearing Queen Alexandrine’s Sapphire Brooch) and Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat as they sat in the Royal Box for a Gala Performance of the ‘Ballet Royal’ at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen on this day in 1967, continuing the series of celebrations in the week leading to the Wedding. The tradition of giving the bridal couple the Royal Box was continued for the Gala Performance on the eve of the Wedding of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Mary Donaldson in 2004.
On Wednesday, the 31st May, the Royal Theatre of Copenhagen was inviting for a Special Performance in honour of HRH Princess Margrethe and Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat. The King and Queen graciously lent the Royal Box to the young couple, something that had never been done before. A totally new and ultra-modern ballet was to be shown: “Ballet Royal”, which caused great enthusiasm amongst guests and royals. Because it was a Special Performance and not a Gala Performance, although the Royal Family invited a certain number of guests, the rest of the seats was sold in the normal way, just much quicker, with people queuing to buy tickets up to two days before those began being sold!