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Danish royals begin new decade in elegantly traditional style

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Accompanied by her husband Crown Prince Frederik, Princess Mary opted for a burnt orange dress and the same stunning ruby parure tiara she wore last year
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Princess Marie wore a light pink gown and diamond tiara for the gala, which she attended alongside her husband Prince Joachim
 Photo: © Rex

04 JANUARY 2010

Denmark's royals started the new decade in elegantly traditional style on Saturday. As in previous years they were guests of honour at the annual New Year's Court for members of the Order of the Elephant - the country's highest order - in Copenhagen.

As usual it was the outfits that provided the major talking points. Crown Princess Mary warmed up the cold Danish evening in an orange gown, accessorised with a ruby parure tiara owned by the late Queen Ingrid.

Princess Marie wore pink and the same diamond tiara she wore at her wedding in 2008. Owned by the evening's host, Queen Margrethe, the headgear was a present from her parents, King Frederik and Queen Ingrid. It originally belonged to Princess Dagmar, Frederik VIII's (1843-1912) youngest daughter.

Queen Margrethe herself wore a bright fuchsia dress and a 19th-century pearl tiara at the gala and banquet, held at Copenhagen's Amalienborg Palace.

Princes Frederik and Joachim both looked dashing in their traditional Danish military uniforms, but the queen's husband Prince Henrik broke with tradition by wearing white-tie and tails.

The Court was the first for Denmark's prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, who came to office in April. Two more Courts will be held on January 5 and 6 for other guests.

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