The newly crowned Queen Mary of Denmark has sent a ripple across social media as she stepped out at the recent Handball European Championship in her first solo engagement since becoming Queen.
The Australian-born 51-year-old royal attended the event in Cologne, Germany to cheer on the Danish handball side which narrowly missed out on a gold medal in the final against France.
Clearly feeling relaxed and confident in the spotlight, the smiling mother-of-four cut a stylish figure in a well-cut burgundy blazer, white silk blouse and tailored wide trousers. Her teardrop earrings, a delicate pendant necklace and pair of burgundy glasses completed her regal look.
During the game the Queen posed for a few photos from the royal box before joining Germany’s president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, to present the medals.
“It was a very close game. The picture here was taken just before the second half started,” Queen Mary wrote alongside a series of photos from the event posted to social media.
“What a final …
“Well fought Denmark. It was close and nerve wracking to watch. It has been an impressive effort put in by all of you at the European Championship.
“Congratulations on the silver medal which I had the honor to present.”
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The Queen’s fans and supporters were quick to express their excitement at seeing the new monarch out and about.
“So nice to see Her Majesty on the sidelines,” one royal enthusiast wrote.
“Wonderful to see.”
“Lovely to see the Queen Mary was at the handball match,” commented another.
“You just always get so happy when you see our always beautiful Queen.”
“How fantastic it is that the royal palace supports such large sporting events. Our fantastic royal couple is of great value to Denmark.”
Queen Mary and her husband, King Frederik, ascended the throne following the abdication of Queen Margrethe II. The former queen reigned for an illustrious 52 years and is Europe’s longest serving monarch.
On Sunday, January 14, in a ceremony rich with tradition and historical significance, Queen Margrethe II signed the declaration that would reshape Danish history.
After the signing the declaration, the queen rose and invited Frederik to take her seat, proclaiming “God save the King” before leaving the room.
Against the backdrop of Christiansborg Castle, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen proclaimed Frederik as the new King of Denmark with the words “Long live his majesty King Frederik the 10th”.
Soon after the coronation, the palace released the first official portraits of their majesties with their three children, His Royal Highness The Crown Prince, and Their Royal Highnesses Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.”
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The images not only captured the historic moment but left royal followers in awe of the dazzling display of regality on offer by the royal family.