She took a major step closer to becoming the next Queen of Denmark earlier this month and Princess Mary looked every bit the part as she showcased two stunning ball gowns and a dazzling tiara in Japan with her husband Prince Frederik on Tuesday.
The stunning mum-of-four stole the show as she joined her husband and Prince Charles for the enthronement ceremony of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, before swapping into a beautiful evening gown for a fancy court banquet in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in the evening.
The royal began the day in a floor-length grey ball gown with a matching floral headpiece. The sleek number fell straight to her feet, while she wore a blue sash across her chest and dazzling brooches to match a statement diamond necklace and earrings.
She was seen chatting to Prince Charles throughout, flashing a huge smile as they watched the ceremony. The centuries-old ritual is carried out to formalise the reign of the new emperor and they were joined there by several royals and dignitaries from around the world.
Later that evening Mary swapped into a show-stopping light pink ball gown with a sparkly panel across her chest and ending in a huge cape behind her. She coupled it with an intricate tiara and wore her hair tied back in an elegant up do for the occasion.
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🇯🇵 I Japan regerer kejseren i sin egen tidsæra, og når en ny kejser bestiger Krysantemumtronen i Tokyo, begynder en ny. Således indledte Deres Majestæter Kejser Naruhito og Kejserinde Masako af Japan den 1. maj i år tidsæraen Reiwa, der blandt andet betyder fortræffelig, orden og harmoni. Tronskiftet i Japan markeres i disse dage i hovedstaden Tokyo, hvor Kronprinsparret deltager i en række ceremonier og arrangementer. I morges dansk tid dannede Kejserpaladset ramme om den officielle tronskifteceremoni ”sokui no rei”, hvor Kejser Naruhito fik overrakt de kejserlige regalier under overværelse af kongelige fra hele Europa samt stats- og regeringschefer fra flere lande. Under ceremonien blev der placeret kasser ved siden af Kejseren, som indeholder et sværd og en juvel, der ifølge legenden strammer fra forfaderen til Japans første Kejser, Jimmu, der havde sin regeringstid for over 2.700 år siden. Sammen med et ottekantet spejl udgør de Japans kronregalier. Sværdet og juvelen har aldrig været vist offentligt, da de betragtes som hellige.
Prince Frederik looked every bit the part too, matching Prince Charles in a black military-style suit and red sash as he posed beside his wife. The danish royals’ Instagram page shared a series of photos online, writing: “Emperor Naruhito was presented with the imperial regalia [earlier in the day], attended by, among others, the Crown Prince and King[s] from all over Europe as well as heads of state and government from several countries.”
Other guests included King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, and King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Charles was there to represent his mother the Queen, while Mary and Frederik represented Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
It comes weeks after Mary, who was born in Tasmania, was made regent of Denmark and will therefore be called on to step into Margrethe’s shoes when she is “prevented from doing so”. She posed with her husband and Margrethe herself as they signed the papers making it official at the time. It will make Mary the first Australian-born queen.
In a similar way to Queen Elizabeth, Margrethe, 79, is slowly beginning to hand over the reins to other members of the royal family – just like the British Queen is doing with her son Prince Charles and grandsons Prince William and Harry.
Mary’s husband Frederik, his brother Prince Joachim, and the Queen’s sister Princess Benedikte can also take on the responsibilities of monarch while Margrethe is unable to. Alongside the photo of them signing the papers, the royal family wrote in a lengthy caption: “Her Majesty The Queen has today endorsed the Council of State that Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess [from today] can be deployed as the head of state.”
They added: “The Crown Princess will in future be able to fulfil the Queen’s obligations as head of state, when the Queen is prevented from doing so, for example when staying abroad. Today, the Queen’s obligations as head of state can be fulfilled by the Crown Prince as regent or by your Royal Highnesses Prince Joachim and Princess Benedikte as the king’s rulers.”