04 October 2012

Readers’ Top 10 Wedding Gowns: #10. Queen Margrethe of Denmark

Also coming in at #10 on your list (yes, folks, we have ourselves a tie) is the gown worn by Princess Margrethe of Denmark for her June 10, 1967 wedding to Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, a French diplomat. Henri became Prince Henrik, and Margrethe became queen just a few years later.
Margrethe’s silk gown came from royal couturier Jørgen Bender, a favorite of her mother Queen Ingrid. Much like the gown it is tied with on our list, it is a dress full of significant touches. It all starts with Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden, Margrethe’s grandmother. Margaret was born Princess Margaret of Connaught, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She became Crown Princess of Sweden but sadly died at just 38 years old. Margaret’s daughter Ingrid brought many of her treasures to Denmark, and they’ve become a part of Danish royal wedding tradition.
The Khedive of Egypt Tiara (as worn in 2011, with a taller base, by Princess Nathalie)
Margrethe wore the Khedive of Egypt Tiara (itself another fan favorite, coming in at #10 on your list of favorite tiaras). It was one of Margaret’s wedding presents, and today is worn by all of Queen Ingrid’s female descendants on their wedding days: Queen Anne-Marie, Queen Margrethe, Princess Benedikte, Princess Alexandra, Princess Alexia, and Princess Nathalie so far. The veil is also one of Margaret’s wedding presents, and was worn by Margaret, Ingrid, and all of Ingrid’s female descendants plus Crown Princess Mary.
The daisy brooch, still worn today
The lace running down the front panel of Margrethe’s dress also comes from Crown Princess Margaret’s wedding gifts. The family has two pieces of this lace, and they have been added to (and later removed from) various family wedding gowns. The lace was accented with her centrally positioned brooch, which was a wedding gift to Queen Ingrid from her father in honor of her mother – Margaret’s nickname was Daisy, as is Queen Margrethe’s. Ingrid later gave the brooch to Margrethe, and she now wears it regularly.
With all of these traditions happening at once, it would be easy to overpower the gown or the bride, but Margrethe – and her quirky personal style – still manage to shine through. And even though the gown includes some of those unusual touches, like the squared corners on the train to echo the square neckline, “timeless” is still consistently offered up as a descriptor of this gown. I admit I was initially surprised to see Margrethe’s dress make it all the way to the Top 10, but after adding all these factors together, I can see why it earned a spot.

What puts this gown in the Top 10 for you?

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