26 May 2018

Royal Birthday of the Weekend: Frederik Turns 50 (with Gala Dinner Info)

A very happy birthday to Crown Prince Frederik, who is celebrating his 50th today! There's a gala dinner tonight that's shaping up to be quite the gathering of European royals and possibly (hopefully) quite the gathering of tiaras - more on those attendees, timing, and livestreaming at the end of the post.

NRK screencap
But first, the day began with a festive birthday balcony appearance for Frederik, Queen Margrethe, Crown Princess Mary, and the kids. Mary repeated a Vilshenko dress; Margrethe made sure to wear her diamond daisy brooch, a gift from her mother, Queen Ingrid. She wears this brooch for a lot of special family occasions, and it has extra significance today since Frederik was very close to his grandmother.

NRK screencap
Just a few people turned up to wish him well. Frederik and Mary both looked very touched, it was sweet. (You can watch it here.)

The royal house also released two new portraits, one of the Crown Prince and one of the whole crown princely family:

Franne Voigt

Franne Voigt

Now, about this evening's festivities...


A gala dinner will be held at Christiansborg Palace, and we're crossing our fingers it will be a tiara event. The following foreign royal guests are confirmed so far:
  • Sweden: King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel
  • Norway: Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit
  • Belgium: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde
  • Netherlands: King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima
  • Luxembourg: Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
  • Greece: Crown Prince Pavlos, Princess Marie-Chantal, and their two eldest children are in Copenhagen according to Instagram; probably more from the Greek side of the family as well
  • And others: A full guest list will be released this evening.

  • 19:00 (7 pm local / 1 pm Eastern): Guests will start arriving.
  • Around 19:30: Frederik and Mary will take a carriage ride to get to Christiansborg.
  • 20:00 (8 pm local / 2 pm Eastern): The banquet begins. 

Livestreams: I will include links available internationally below, and if you come across more, please share them in the comments. 

Open Post: Those watching live may feel free to use this post as an open post. We'll have a fashion post after the event as usual.