Banquet - Visit of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde to Denmark

On March 28, 2017, Queen Margrethe hosted State Banquet in honour of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde held at Christiansborg Palace. Attended the state banquet, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie of Denmark.
Queen Mathilde wore Armani Prive Gown, Princess Mary wore gown and Princess Marie diamond tiara at State Banquet at Christiansborg Palace
Queen Mathilde wore Armani Prive Gown, Princess Mary wore gown and Princess Marie diamond tiara at State Banquet at Christiansborg Palace
Queen Mathilde wore Armani Prive Gown, Princess Mary wore gown and Princess Marie diamond tiara at State Banquet at Christiansborg Palace
Queen Mathilde wore Armani Prive Gown, Princess Mary wore gown and Princess Marie diamond tiara at State Banquet at Christiansborg Palace
Queen Mathilde wore Armani Prive Gown, Princess Mary wore gown and Princess Marie diamond tiara at State Banquet at Christiansborg Palace
Queen Mathilde wore Armani Prive Gown, Princess Mary wore gown and Princess Marie diamond tiara at State Banquet at Christiansborg Palace
Queen Mathilde wore Armani Prive Gown, Princess Mary wore gown and Princess Marie diamond tiara at State Banquet at Christiansborg Palace
Queen Mathilde wore Armani Prive Gown, Princess Mary wore gown and Princess Marie diamond tiara at State Banquet at Christiansborg Palace
Queen Mathilde wore Armani Prive Gown, Princess Mary wore gown and Princess Marie diamond tiara at State Banquet at Christiansborg Palace
Queen Mathilde wore Armani Prive Gown, Princess Mary wore gown and Princess Marie diamond tiara at State Banquet at Christiansborg Palace
Queen Mathilde wore Armani Prive Gown, Princess Mary wore gown and Princess Marie diamond tiara at State Banquet at Christiansborg Palace

35 comments:

  1. Just a WOW for the dress of queen Mathilde!

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  2. Queen Mathilde is an extraordinarily beautiful and elegant woman.

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  3. They all look wonderful. But it's true, there is something wrong with Marys face. One can only hope that she does not start a plastic surgerey career. She does really does not need it!

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    1. There's always something wrong with Mathildes face, think they both had fillers. Otherwise they look nice.

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    2. Sorry to say that Coralie, Mary has started to use fillers years ago. I think she's deep into it by now.
      I wouldn't say the same of Mathilde though. I happened to have a glimpse at her from rather close at a church in Brussels (the lucky tourist that I was :), it was like two years ago and she definitely did not have any signs of ps on her face at that time. Or if she had than it was the worst ps treatment ever performed on Earth 'cause it left her head with age appropriate wrinkles and all. She might have had some botox lately, who knows, but I really don't see anything remotely as strange going on on her face as the things happening on Mary's.
      As for the dresses: I don't like Mary's, I hate those short sleeves and the dress itself screams for some kind of embellishment (a sparkly belt?), it's just a plain sea of shiny satin as it is. Her hair is fabulous though. I quite like Margrethe's look, but oh man those yellow teeth! Marie is very much standard Marie, she doesn't look particularly good or stylish but appropriate. By now I think this is the best she can do and she'll probably never find a way that's both her own and stylish.
      As for Mathilde, am I the only one who doesn't like her dress? A good cut indeed but the material reminds me of a curtain in a Donald Trump-esque palace in the seventies.

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  4. Mathilde looks very elegant, as does Margrethe! Lovely!
    Mary has gone over-the-top with the jewels (which don't match). Marie's hairstyle is not flattering. Their gowns are not outstanding.
    The "uniforms" of the Danish princes are absolutely comic, as if they escaped from an operetta. And just look at all those medals! Seriously?

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    1. I didn't want to say it, but for years, each time I see Joachim's hat, I LMFO. And Frederick's is not better, just less comic. I agree about Mary's jewels, and the princes medals. Wonder what they got them for? Certainly not combat.

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    2. I didn't want to say it, but for years, each time I see Joachim's hat, I LMFO. And Frederick's is not better, just less comic. I agree about Mary's jewels, and the princes medals. Wonder what they got them for? Certainly not combat.

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    3. Those medals are from foreign orders they have got ealier not about war ot something like that. Read what I wrote later about it.

      I think Mary´s rubies match very well with that burgundy order sash and nude evening dress. Also jewels honour state visits, so if Mary had her smallest tiara here it would have been insult to her friend couple Philippe and Mathilde. Rubies are her best jewels. That is also why Mathilde wears that ugly Nine Provinces tiara, it is the most valuable she has.

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  5. Just a question, why do the Danish royalty wear the sash on one shoulder and the Belgium on the other?

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    1. Each sash has it´s own policy, it is not about Danish or Belgian it is about what order sash they use and what rules that particular order has. Most sashes are worn from right shoulder to left side but Danish Order of Elephant sash is worn from left shoulder to right side (the pale blue sash here what Philippe and Mathilde have)). Margaretha and Frederick have here Belgian Order of Leopold sashes (highest sash foreign can have from Belgie), Mary and Joachim have Belgian Order of Crown sashes (step lower) and Marie has Belgian Order of Leopold II sash (again step lower).

      These sashes are kind of courtesy. If they are having their own games, for example Danish New Year party they have their own country´s highest orders. When they go to official state visits they give each others orders (and sashes) from their country as gift and in these state visit dinners they wear the highest order and sash of the opposite country. Then there are different policys with different sashes who can have it, in some coutries they get all just the same order and sash, in others they have dozen different level orders.

      Order is not just a sash, look them closer and you can see they have big order medals (women under bust). Someone wrote about Frederick´s and Joachim´s medals, they are smaller medals of these orders they have, not any medals after war or something. These smaller bust medals are also in order they got them. For example Frederick get his first from Sweden.

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    2. Because every order has it's own rules over which shoulders the sash shall go.

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    3. Thank you so much for the information, very interesting.

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    4. I've thought it's about right-handers and left-handers (a joke)

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    5. One add; if they don´t have opposite country´s order sash they wear the highest order of their own country. This happens often when they get presidents as visitors.

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    6. Thank you @Blondiini for these interesting informations around the sashes. Silly me :-))), I thought they choose the color they like and that matches the dress. The ruby of Mary's sash goes so well with her dress, I thought that's why she chose it and I was wondering about Mathildes choice. Now I understand there is more behind it.

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    7. Beth; Mary must have known before what sash she is geting and wearing and made her choice of gown and jewels resting to that.

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  6. I think Mathilde looks gorgeous, she took a risk with this dress and won, very unusual color and not easy to carry, but she did. The queen looks also lovely. I want to like Mary's dress, but I can't, fabric is too shiny, it would look better if there was less of it, like an open décolletage so the necklace would do the talking, also what's going on with the waist, it looks like a belt sewn on top of the dress? and way too many jewels. Marie looks OK, completely forgettable.

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  7. Wow Queen Mathilde! stunning, has to be Eliie Saab. Does Mary not have her stylist, Anja anymore?

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  8. They look all good. Queen Margaretha has such a beautiful soft color gown and beautiful jewels. Queen Mathilde´s gown is very pretty, although I do not like her tiara. Mary´s gown would be meh but it gives well room to beautiful Ruby Parure jewels. Witch match perfectly to wine red Belgian Order of Crown sash. Marie has nice dress too.

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    1. Queen Mathilde's wears the diadème des Neuf Provinces in the full version of bandeau plus the arches, each one of them holding in its centre a magnificent diamond. The piece minus the arches belonged to Queen Astrid, King Philippe's grand mother and its use is reserved to the Queen of the Belgians.

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  9. Hands down, Mathilde is the bestdressed, the dress shape, the color, her hair, the jewels. She eclipses everybody else. Well maybe not the princes, they shine on their own with the feathers!

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  10. Mathilde is the clear winner for me. Just wow!

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  11. Okay, is it just me or is Queen Margarethe wearing one of Crown Princess Mary's dresses?

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  12. I like CP Mary's gown, it's simple but the shiny fabric gives something extra to it and the necklace as well. Somehow Mathilde's dress is too orange for me. And Marie turns out to be boring once again even though she is beautiful her hairstyle and dress are usually not flattering at all.

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  13. Lovely to see Queen Margrethe in a different style of gown, very sleek and elegant and such pleasant relief compared to some of her more theatrical gowns. This gown does however remind me of one of Mary's gowns.

    Mary looks stunning, I love this gown. The simple elegant style, the colour, the material and it looks fantastic with the sash and the ruby parure - so elegant!

    Mathilde's gown is horrid! Pretty design, but shocking colour and it clashes badly with the Danish Order of the Elephant. Perfect choice of tiara, but unfortunately that doesn't make up for the gown.

    Unfortunately I expected no better from Marie. A stylist is needed there! Very drab.

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  14. All ladies wore beautiful evening gowns. I'm usually not fond of Marie's evening gowns but this one surprised me pleasantly (it fits her perfectly).

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  15. Like Marie's dress, it suits her petite frame. The over all look would have been finer tuned, with a better hairstyle. She needs to have it combed off her face and the chignon placed a little higher, to give her a little more height.
    Mary looks very regal.
    Not too taken with the style of Mathilde's dress, although the colour is lovely on her.
    Lovely to see Margrethe is something other than 'puffy' ballgowns. She looks lovely.

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  16. All ladies looked so nice, especially Mathilde's. However, the style Mary wearing her jewelry was a little bit complicated. Sometimes, less is better.

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    1. Nanyalynn, I agree about Mary's jewels. She has done this before with this dress - just piled on the jewellry. I'm not an expert but from the point of view of esthetics I don't see that the tiara matches the necklace, either in style or in colour. Mathilde definitely believes that less is better, and looks the better for it!

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  17. Mathilde is winner of that evening. Marie is dressed suitable, but I don't like her hairdo. I don't understand what's going on with Mary. Lately I haven't seen a really stunning outfit on her (as before) and her face has become strange.

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  18. Kronprinzessin Mary trägt ein Abendkleid, dass hätte schwierig werden können. Die Farbe, das Material. In ihrem Fall bildet es jedoch den perfekten Hintergrund für die Kette und das Diadem aus der Rubin Parure von Königin Ingrid, die es ihrem Enkel Frederik vererbte.
    Die Kleiderlänge ist perfekt und der Ärmelschnitt auch, so schwierig hinzubekommen!
    Frisur, Make-up und die kleine Clutch, ich finde es toll! Hut ab, Mary!

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