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Princess Margrethe & Henri de Laborde de Montpezat

The marriage of Princess Margrethe of Denmark and Henri de Laborde de Montpezat - June 10, 1967

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Princess Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid

Comte Henri de Laborde de Montpezat took the title of Prince Henrik of Denmark upon his marriage to Princess Margrethe, making his name more Danish. He became Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark when Margrethe came to the throne in 1972.

Family life

The Queen and The Prince Consort have two children and seven grandchildren:

Crown Prince Frederik, born May 26, 1968, who has four children Christian, Isabella, and twins Vincent and Josefine, and Prince Joachim, born April 21, 2007, who has three sons Nikolai, Felix, and Henrik.

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The engagement

The engagement was celebrated on October 5, 1966, including a group photo with the Danish parliament at Fredensborg, a press conference, formal photographs of the couple with Henri's parents and one of his sisters, and then an appearance on the balcony at Amalienborg Palace.

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Henri gave Margrethe a stunning engagement ring in yellow gold with two large square-cut diamonds, believed to be 6 carats each.

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The wedding

The wedding ceremony took place in Holmens Kirke, Copenhagen, on June 10, 1967. The bride traveled from Amalienborg Palace to Holmens Kirke (the naval church) in an open landau with her father, King Frederik IX.

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carriage The wedding banquet was held in a tent built in the gardens of Fredensborg Palace. A native French-speaker, Prince Henrik gave his first official speech in Danish. Afterwards, the couple left for their honeymoon aboard the Danish Royal Yacht “Dannebrog”.   speech

The bride’s dress

bridal_gownDesigned by Jørgen Bender, Margrethe’s full-length wedding gown was made of silk and lace with wrist-length sleeves, a low square neckline and fitted waist. The front of the dress was made of lace, and the flared skirt ended in a short train. A six-meter long silk train, squared off at the end, was attached at the shoulders. The bride also wore a large daisy brooch paying homage to her name, a wedding gift from her mother.

The bride’s tiara, veil and bouquet

coupleThe bride’s tiara was a gift from the Khedive of Egypt to the granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England, Princess Margaret of Connaught, mother of Queen Ingrid. Princess Margaret received this gift upon her wedding to Gustaf Adolf, later the King of Sweden. The Khedive gave them this gift as the couple became engaged in Egypt.

The bride's mother, Queen Ingrid, inherited the tiara from her mother and wore it regularly.

The bride wore an Irish lace veil that has been worn by all of the Danish-descended brides of the royal family since 1905. Originally a gift to Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden, it was eventually passed down to her daughter, Princess Ingrid, upon her 1935 marriage to the future King of Denmark.

Princess Margrethe carried a bouquet of daisies in honor of her name, which means “daisy” in Danish.

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