18 MARCH 2009

If anyone can carry off a black tie appearance on a pair of crutches then it's Denmark's dashing Crown Prince Frederik.

Despite wearing a cast following an operation on his leg last week, the royal pulled off the look with a touch of panache and lots of humour at a gala in Copenhagen.

Of course, it helped that the prince, who had surgery after breaking his leg during a recent family skiing holiday, had had some elegant companionship in the form of his wife Mary. As ever she was breathtakingly regal in a full-length purple gown and tiara.

The couple were joined by Frederik's brother Joachim and his heavily pregnant wife Marie, also in a stunning midnight shade, and his parents, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik.

The cast will stay on for a further five weeks after he fractured his calf bone while riding a sleigh with the couple's children during a snow break in February. He apparently failed to notice the injury until returning from a boating competition in Miami earlier this month.

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He was the only VIP attendee accessorising his black tie with a cast at the evening in Christiansborg Castle, but the prince still managed to put in a dapper appearance beside his wife Mary
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His expectant sister-in-law Marie and her husband Joachim were on hand, too, at the glittering venue, which houses the Danish parliament
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