Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Denmark's glittering State Visit start (updated)

Thousands of miles away from Royal Visit India, State Visit Denmark is glittering its way to the top of the regal headlines. Queen Margrethe and her family welcomed the President of Mexico and his wife to Denmark today and it all ended with a lot of sparkle.

Queen Margrethe leads Denmark's royals at the start of a State Visit by the President of Mexico

We knew we were in for a spectacular show by the welcoming party at the airport. In case anyone had wondered, Prince Henrik's announcement of a scaling back of activities at the start of the year doesn't extend to State Visits. As this special trip got under way, the Prince Consort was at the side of the Queen of Denmark.

Margrethe and Henrik brought the kids along too. Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie all stood on the red carpet as Enrique Pena Nieto and his wife, Angelica Rivera, brought their glamour to Denmark.

There was the traditional inspection of guards before a truly stunning motorcade towards the Fredensborg Palace. The cars containing the guests were flanked on all sides by soldiers in ceremonial uniform. It looked amazing.

A fabulous sight as Denmark's royals accompany their guests back to the Fredensborg Palace

There were, of course, official photos and these had an added bonus of a very well co-ordinated Queen and First Lady. Margrethe II's stunning blue coat contrasted to perfection with Angelica Rivera's rather classy jade green fitted dress.

The official photo at the start of the Mexican State Visit to Denmark

After that, it was the turn of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary to take the reins as they accompanied the guests to the Maritime Museum in Kronberg for an afternoon engagement. Mary was in a favourite black and white coat while Angelica Rivera had started to feel the Scandinavian chill and had added a classic trench coat to her outfit.

The evening brought the moment we were all waiting for. Who doesn't love a State Dinner? Margrethe chose a black dress with white lace overlay which is up there with the best of her gala looks and the Queen of Denmark can do gala looks. 

Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie both went for red. Mary's dress, with its fitted top and layered skirt, was stunning.

Marie went for a simpler version of gala red with lace detail at the top.

But Mary also had the new tiara to show again. There it was, sparkling away in the middle of a chic updo, and by the time the gold clutch had been added she was sweeping the floor with just about everyone. This State Dinner belonged to Mary.

The Danish royals have another day of engagements tomorrow as the State Visit from Mexico continues. More glamour and glitter to come.

There is a special page about April's State Visits here.

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