Denmark’s newly crowned Queen Mary stepped into her royal role with impeccable style during her inaugural public appearance on a frosty Copenhagen morning.
The Australian-born Queen, and her husband King Frederik graced the Danish parliament for a reception held in their honour on Monday, January 15, marking the commencement of their official duties.
Despite the chilly conditions, Queen Mary effortlessly showcased her fashion prowess in a chic navy skirt and blouse ensemble paired with matching heels, a clutch, leather gloves, and a feathered hat.
Parliamentary Speaker Soren Gade presented Queen Mary with a bouquet of pink flowers, a warm welcome to her new role. Climbing the steps, she exchanged heartfelt kisses on the cheek with her mother-in-law Margrethe and brother-in-law Prince Joachim, before pausing for a brief moment to pose for photographers while acknowledging well-wishers who had gathered before making her way into the parliamentary chamber
Inside the parliamentary chamber, Queen Mary, flanked by her son and husband, took her seat in the gallery. Parliamentary Speaker Gade expressed confidence in King Frederik’s ability to lead, stating “I have great faith that King Frederik will be an excellent king for the entire Commonwealth – Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.”
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen echoed the sentiment, praising Queen Mary’s contribution to the monarchy.
“The King has invaluable support and inspiration from his wife. And Denmark has a diligent, gifted and extremely poised Queen Mary,” Frederiksen told the chamber.
The regal debut followed a remarkable coronation ceremony the previous day, drawing tens of thousands of well-wishers who braved the chilly weather to catch a glimpse of the royal family on the parliamentary balcony.
The captivating ascension ceremony took place just weeks after the announcement of Queen Margrethe II’s abdication, concluding her remarkable 52-year reign as Europe’s longest-serving monarch.
Upon signing the abdication declaration, Queen Margrethe gracefully rose and gestured for Frederik to assume her seat, proclaiming “God save the King” before gracefully exiting the room. Set against the majestic backdrop of Christiansborg Castle, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen officially declared Frederik as the new King of Denmark, exclaiming, “Long live his majesty King Frederik the 10th.”
Sharing the balcony with Frederik was Queen Mary, alongside their children: 18-year-old Christian, the heir to the throne, 16-year-old Princess Isabelle, and the 13-year-old twins, Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent.
Addressing the thousands who had gathered to catch a glimpse of the new monarch, King Frederik shared his vision of being a unifying monarch for the future, a role he had meticulously prepared for throughout his entire life.
“My hope is to be a unifying King of tomorrow,” he told the crowd.
“It’s an assignment I’ve been preparing for my entire life.
“It’s a responsibility I’m taking on with respect, pride and immense joy.”
King Frederik said he started this new journey comforted by the fact that he had his wife and family by his side.
“I need all the support I can get from my beloved wife, my family and from God,” he said.
Amidst the celebratory atmosphere, Queen Mary and King Frederik sealed the moment with a tender kiss on the balcony, prompting the crowd to erupt in cheers while the Danish national anthem resonated through the capital.
As Queen Mary embraces her new role, her elegance and poise set the stage for a promising era for both the Danish kingdom and the world.