Denmark

Royal Wedding Gowns – Danish Lace

Welcome to our new feature: Royal Wedding Gowns, subtitled “What Makes Them Unique”. All bridal dresses sparkle in their own way on the day. But what elevates a royal wedding dress from the ordinary? The aforementioned certain something, which can be the dress design, the materials used in the dress, the accessories, or a combination of all these things. Today we’ll look at the Danish weddings and their use of heirloom lace.

We aren’t really talking about Danish lace, though. We’re talking about Carrickmacross lace, a lace technique originally practiced by the local women of Carrickmacross, Ireland. It was highly sought after by society women throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Carrickmacross Lace
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The Danish factor began when Britain’s Princess Margaret of Connaught married the future King of Sweden, Gustaf Adolf. She wore a Carrickmacross lace veil, a gift from the ladies of Ireland.  Her trousseau also included meters of additional lace. The Irish Times, rhapsodizing, called it“Carrickmacross […] of the greatest beauty”.

Margaret passed on the veil to her daughter, Ingrid, who wore it when she married the future King of Denmark. Ingrid also brought two pieces of the Irish lace with her to Denmark, and that lace has been incorporated in the wedding gowns of her descendants. In some instances, the lace is removed and reused.

Princess Margaret of Connaught, 1905, Princess Ingrid of Sweden, 1935
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All three of Ingrid’s daughters wore the family veil, starting a new tradition by attaching it with the Khedive tiara. All three incorporated the lace from Margaret’s wedding gift into their dresses. The lace can be glimpsed in small openings on Princess Anne-Marie’s skirt, in the panels on the side of Princess Benedikte’s dress, and in the front panel of Princess Margrethe’s dress.

Princess Margrethe, 1967; Princess Benedikte, 1968; Princess Anne-Marie, 1964

When Mary Donaldson married Crown Prince Frederick, Queen Margrethe’s son, the heirloom lace was used under the panels of her skirt. She wore the heirloom veil, as well, topped by her wedding tiara.

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Mary Donaldson, 2004

The lace veil has also been pressed into duty for the daughters of Anne-Marie and Benedikte. All three carried on the traditions of their mothers and secured the veil with the Khedive. Queen Anne-Marie’s youngest daughter is to be married later this year, and it will be interesting to see how the tradition carries on with her.

Princess Nathalie, 2011; Princess Alexandra, 1998 (Princess Benedikte’s daughters)
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Princess Alexia, 1999 (Queen Anne-Marie’s daughter)

The Danes have the unique tradition of using the same veil and pieces of lace in generations of wedding gowns. It’s a sentimental story, and one that defined Danish royal weddings for generations. Both Lady Diana Spencer and Catherine Middleton incorporated Carrickmacross lace into their gowns, so who knows, a new tradition may be brewing in Britain.

Is the Danish lace tradition something that defines royal for you? Which iteration of the lace is your favorite? Do you have a favorite veil and tiara combination? Post your views in the comments! Make sure to voice your opinion of the Khedive in the latest Defense of the Tiara post!

Denmark

What’s On: Danish Division

How about a bit of Danish housecleaning before Mary descends upon Texas? It seems as though everyone was out and about over the past few days, and I really wish the people in charge of publicity for this family did a better job. You can read all about their scheduled events MONTHS in advance, but can you ever get a timely photo? No! Shape up, people. (Although I do have to admit that the Danes do social media way better than their Scandi counterparts.)

Anyhoo, Mary spent a few days with her troops, studying up on how to be a captain! Captain Mary of Denmark. I like that!

Fred spent a few days in Canada, working his magic on the ladies. And doing important stuff for the country too, of course. He was in Toronto to attend events promoting mining opportunities in Greenland and Danish architecture. 

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Princess Benedikte wasn’t about to be left out of all the fun. She visited UN City in Copenhagen on March 5th. According to Google Translate, she was there to “visit UN City, Copenhagen and the 11 UN organizations that are housed here. She also visited the automated Supply Division Warehouse -the world’s largest humanitarian warehouse.”

Mary visited UN City a few days later on International Women’s Day, where she attended a “Gender Diversity Roundtable Discussion”. I love this entire outfit from head to toe. Fantabulous.

And last but never least, Queen Margrethe is vacationing in Norway right now, hanging with the family and watching some skiing.

Stay tuned for CP Mary’s Texas Tour, coming up later in the week. Did you all (or should I say did y’all) know Mary lived in Houston for a while as a child? I didn’t! Her father taught at the University of Houston in the early 70’s.

Greece

Prince Nikolaos Shares His Photography.

Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark held an exhibition of his photographic works, ‘Celestial Choreography’, in the Round Tower’s Library Hall in Copenhagen. The exhibit ran for two days, and various members of both families attended.

Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark
Mary and Fred

Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Princess Benedikte, Queen Anne-Marie, and other members of the Danish and Greek royal families, all attended the opening.

Benedikte and Anne-Marie

Princess Tatiana shared some of the opening event on her Instagram page. She seems quite proud of her hubby.