Prince Frederik & Mary's wedding attire

The marriage of Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson – May 14, 2004

The bride’s dress

mary_dressMary’s mother-of-pearl white duchess satin dress was designed by Milan-based Danish designer Uffe Frank. It included lace that was almost 100 years old, which originates from nuns in Connaught, Ireland. Ten long panels of lace formed the skirt of the dress, with 31 meters of tulle finished with 100 meters of French chantilly lace used to hold the skirt’s form at the back.

The sleeves have been called calla sleeves by the designer, because they fold around the arms like a calla lily.

In a moving tribute to her late mother, Mary had her wedding ring stitched into the bodice of her wedding dress next to her heart.


The bride’s tiara

Mary´s diamond wedding tiara was a pre-wedding gift from her parents-in-law, the Danish Queen and Prince Consort. It is new to the Danish royal family, and was possibly bought at an auction. It can be converted into a necklace.

The Crown Princess had a new pair of earrings made for her wedding, made of platinum with brilliant-cut diamonds and South Sea Island pearls, and hand-made by jewelry designer Marianne Dulong.

mary_frederikThe bride’s veil

The Crown Princess wore an Irish lace veil that has been worn by all the Danish-descended brides of the royal family since 1905. Originally a gift to Crown Princess Margret of Sweden, it was eventually passed down to her daughter, Princess Ingrid, upon her 1935 marriage in Stockholm. The veil has been worn by Prince Frederik’s mother, Queen Margrethe II, as well as his aunts, Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie, and his cousins, Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Princess Alexia of Greece.

The bride’s bouquet

The bride’s homeland of Australia was honored in her bouquet, with snow gum and Australian eucalyptus with berries woven into the bouquet. The bouquet included scented white roses, antique roses, stephanotis, sweet-peas, rhododendrons and azaleas from Fredensborg Palace, orange-blossom, and green gloriosa lilies. The shaft is of plaited silk ribbon with a silver circlet at the top, on which the monogram of the royal couple and the date of their wedding has been engraved.

The bride’s handkerchief

The bride carried a handkerchief that was made especially for her wedding day by lace-making teacher Astrid Hansen. The pattern is known as “The Great Heart of Denmark.” Work started on the handkerchief on the day the royal couple’s engagement was announced, working six hours a day until Easter Monday 2005, when the handkerchief was completed and the pins finally removed.

The bride’s attendants


entering_churchThe adult bridesmaids were Mary’s two elder sisters, Jane Stephens and Patricia Bailey, and her friend Amber Petty. They wore two piece dresses in shades from pink to red, designed by Uffe Frank. The adult bridesmaids wore earrings in gold and brilliant-cut diamonds, garnets and South Sea Island pearls. At the top of each pearl was a gold leaf shape.

The flower girls were Mary’s nieces Erin and Kate Stephens, and Madisson Woods. They wore pale pink dresses with hand-made silk roses in their hair. They also wore gold bracelets with charms of rubies and a long gold butterfly pendant, designed so that they could clench their fists around the butterfly if they got nervous. The butterfly had the monogram of the Royal Couple engraved on it.

The two pageboys were Prince Nikolai, the son of Prince Joachim and Princess Alexandra. The other was Count Friedrich Jefferson von Pfeil, the son of his cousin Princess Alexandra. They wore small suits designed using a suggestion from Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, with buttons similar to Danish naval uniforms. They wore silver cuff-links with a hammered gold sphere, with the monogram of the royal couple engraved on it.

The attire of the Crown Prince, Prince Joachim and the bride's father

The Crown Prince wore the gala uniform of the Danish navy, and wore the Grand Order of the Elephant with the Star of the Order, and the Cross of the Grand Commander, with the Star of the Order, and all other decorations.

Frederik’s best man was his brother Prince Joachim, who wore the gala uniform of the Danish infantry. He also wore the Grand Order of the Elephant with the star of the Order and all other decorations.

The bride's father, Professor John Donaldson, was born in Scotland, and wore a MacDonald tartan kilt in honor of his Scottish heritage.


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