12 August 2016

Royal Wedding of the Day: August 12

In my continuing quest to turn my Olympics enthusiasm into a reason to drool over some jewels (you're welcome), let's spend some time with the gloriously tiara-filled wedding of a pair of Olympic lovebirds.

After meeting during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson tied the knot in 2004. Uffe Frank designed Mary's ivory duchess satin wedding gown, a creation of mixed opinion. (For me, I'm in permanent love with the bodice, but could quibble all day with the rest.) She used lace and a veil dating back to Frederik's great-grandmother, Princess Margaret of Connaught; these items have been worn by several of Margaret's descendants.

The new Crown Princess of Denmark brought her own bling to the wedding (her Wedding Tiara and specially commissioned diamond and pearl earrings), and so did her guests. Queen Margrethe dug around in the crown jewels for the biggest diamonds she could find, topped with her Floral Aigrette Tiara and accessorizing one of her best-ever looks.

It was a total run of interesting gowns and gorgeous tiaras, so let's go to the tape. Below is the whole ceremony, including Mary's showstopping entrance (my fave, hello).

Videos of people milling about waiting for the wedding waltz are oddly fascinating, so I'll leave you with these: