The princess wore a ruby tiara dating back to the coronation of Napoleon.
Birthdays look a little different when you’re a royal. This week, Princess Mary of Denmark marked her upcoming 50th birthday in truly regal style, sharing a new set of portraits of herself and her husband, Crown Prince Frederik, looking particularly glamorous. For the occasion, the princess selected a sparkling, ice blue evening gown embellished with sequins and beading and accented by sheer panels, while her husband donned a military dress uniform.
To complete the elegant style, Mary topped her outfit with the Ruby Parure Tiara as well as a matching bracelet, earrings, a brooch, and a ring from the same collection. The set is a clear favorite of the Australian – born princess – she’s worn it on several occasions over the years, including to a pre – wedding gala before her 2004 nuptials, as well as to the wedding of her brother – in – law Prince Joachim in 2008.
The tiara has a long royal history, dating back to when Desiree Clary wore it to the coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in 1804 where she carried the veil of Empress Josephine down the aisle. The set cam to the royal family of Denmark’s collection in 1869, when Princess Lovisa received it as a gift to mark her marriage to Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark – the red and white combination of the set echoing the shades of the Danish flag.
Though the royal couple look ready for a glamorous evening in the new portraits, Princess Mary’s actual birthday on February 5 will reportedly be spent privately with her family, a gala for the occasion having already been cancelled out of concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.