First, there was a fancy dinner with the family in attendance. Friends, history in the making here: this is Mary's very first tiara appearance.
Top row, left to right: Queen Margrethe of Denmark in the Danish Emerald Parure, Princess Alexandra of Denmark in the Alexandrine Drop Tiara, Mary Donaldson in the Danish Ruby Parure, Princess Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg in her floral tiara, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece in the Greek Ruby Tiara, and Princess Elisabeth of Denmark in her sapphire tiaraWe know now, thanks to her comments in the documentary De Kongelige Juveler, that Mary felt the enormity of wearing Queen Ingrid's ruby parure, and that's plainly on show at this event. Or maybe she just had a look at Carmen Miranda there and was in the midst of one of those "what have I gotten myself into?" moments. Wouldn't blame her.
The night before the wedding, tiara event #2 was held in the form of a gala performance at the Royal Theatre. And here's where we really get cooking, as all the foreign royal friends began to pour in...
Best in Color
|L to R: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, Princess Astrid of Belgium, Queen Sonja of Norway, Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, the Duchess of Castro, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg|
And, because I know you care, here's the tiara roundup: Märtha Louise is wearing King Olav's Gift Tiara, Astrid has the Savoy Aosta Tiara from her husband's family, Sonja wears Queen Josephine's Diamond Tiara, M-C is in her fringe tiara, Camilla (Duchess of Castro) has her buggy dragonfly ruby tiara, and MT the Pearl and Diamond Choker Tiara.
Best in Blergh
|L to R: Princess Alexandra of Denmark, the Countess of Wessex, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Princess Mathilde of Belgium, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia|
Tiaras: Alexandra in the Alexandrine Drop, Sophie in her mystery, Anne-Marie in the Khedive of Egypt, Mathilde in her Laurel Wreath, M-M in the amethyst, and it's really hard to tell if Katherine has one on or not. Sometimes the halo lighting effect really does work in your favor.
Worst in Guests
|L to R: Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Archduchess Francesca of Austria, Infanta Cristina of Spain|
Tiaras: Margrethe in the Pearl Poire, Caroline in the Hanoverian Floral Tiara from her husband's family, Francesca in a simple bandeau from the Habsburgs, Cristina in the Mellerio Floral Tiara.
Best in Guests
|L to R: Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran, Letizia Ortiz|
Best of All
Who's on your best and worst lists here?
Next week: the third and final tiara event, the wedding itself.
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