4 OCTOBER 2006

Two of Europe's most popular princesses were fulfilling one of their more formal duties on Tuesday as they attended the openings of parliament for their respective countries. And, true to form, Mary of Denmark and Victoria of Sweden added their own inimitable sense of style to the proceedings.

Mum-of-one Mary exuded classic elegance as she accompanied her husband Crown Prince Frederik to the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen. The popular royal stepped out in a fitted cream coat simply accessorised with drop pearl earrings for the official occasion, a taupe hat completing her look.

Chic headwear also provided the crowning glory for Mary's mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe. The monarch was in high spirits as she chatted to her son at the opening which traditionally takes place the second Tuesday in October.

The same day, the Swedish royal family was also on duty amid much pomp and circumstance. King Carl Gustaf and his wife Queen Silvia drew up to the parliament building in Stockholm in a horse-drawn carriage, passing soldiers in formal dress lined up along the route. Their eldest child, Princess Victoria, meanwhile, displayed regal poise as she watched the proceedings. Like Mary, the pretty 29-year-old - who had deemed top-to-toe black the appropriate ensemble for the political surroundings - finished her ensemble with a striking straw affair.

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Aussie-born Mary made an elegant entrance at the opening of the Danish parliament on TuesdayPhoto: © RexClick on photos for gallery
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In Stockholm, Swden's Princess Victoria was poised and polished in classic black as she marked the same event in her own country Photo: © AFP
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