Queen Mary wore a vibrant blue to visit the Danish parliament with King Frederik

Denmark’s King Frederik and Queen Mary stepped out today in Copenhagen, for their first full day as king and queen. They went to the Danish parliament and Frederik made a speech. In turn, the speaker of the Danish parliament praised the new king and queen. As I said, I was surprised by the positive vibes on Sunday – the Danes really seem to like their monarchy, and they genuinely seem excited to see Frederik and Mary on the throne.

Denmark’s new King Frederik X visited the Danish parliament Monday, on his first formal day on the job, a day after his mother, Queen Margrethe, abdicated after 52 years on the throne.

“We begin our responsible work as Denmark’s king in the belief that the Danish parliament will meet us in joint work for the good of the kingdom,” the king said through Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. As is tradition, the monarch doesn’t speak directly to lawmakers so Frederiksen read his speech. The king referred to himself as “we” using what is known as the majestic plural.

Søren Gade, the Speaker of Parliament, said to Frederik that “I have great confidence that he will be an excellent king for us all. And by his side has an excellent queen.” Sitting next to the king was his Australian-born wife, Queen Mary.

Frederik, 55, and Mary, 51, arrived at the Folketing in a royal limousine and were greeted by Gade and senior lawmakers.

[From AP News]

The one bad thing about all of this abdication and coronation drama in Denmark is that all of the staging and outdoor photos are taking place when it looks absolutely miserable in Copenhagen, with everything cold and rainy. Of course, it also rained on King Charles’s fancy hat day last May, so sh-t happens. Mary looked lovely in her vivid blue ensemble and I like the fact that she hasn’t been dripping in jewels for her first appearances as queen. That being said, the sapphire brooch is fantastic!! Also: Prince Joachim and Queen Margrethe were there too, showing support to Fred.

Photos courtesy of Backgrid, Cover Images.

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  1. JaneS says:

    I like this color. Everyone looks nice and reasonably low key.
    Former Q.Daisy is the only one wearing a coat.
    How do they all not constantly have colds?

    So Fred, Mary, the brother, and the tall, dark haired son, next in line. All showed up, behaved well. Nice to see.
    No offense, I don’t care enough to look up their names.

    • BeanieBean says:

      The lack of overcoats for most of them surprised me! It’s snowing!! (NOTE to Kaiser: that’s snow!). At least Mary has gloves on, and the former queen has a coat & hat, but yikes! I hope they got to hustle right into the building as quickly as possible!

  2. Ameerah M says:

    I’m currently wearing a sweater in the exact same color as Mary’s suit. It’s a great color to wear for winter. Especially when it’s bleak out. Which it is here. It’s a balmy -9 degrees Fahrenheit!

    • Cessily says:

      I don’t know if I’m just more into blues this year or if they are actually making the colors better. She chose a beautiful ensemble and that color really brightens up the dreary weather from taking over the photos… I also bought a sweater in a similar blue and I love it.

  3. L says:

    I reallly like to colour and she’s beautiful but the hat is awful

    • Lulu says:

      Oh yes, fantastic color. Maybe she has a small heater in the 🧢 :). this family is doing it all just right. Mary is a masterclass in dignity and class.

  4. Mary Pester says:

    Hey Kate THIS is how you do class. One broach, no buttons or dripping diamonds. Class with excellent style. And Billy, THIS is how you show genuine love for your family, not an air kiss with a look of disgust on your face!

    • Lulu says:

      Give Kate all the tips you like but there’re no path from being a flasher to class.

    • 809Matriarch says:

      Good thing is, Kkk will be keening Mary obsessively now. IYKYK.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Kate and class don’t go together in any sentence LOL. If she actually makes it to the throne she will be tripping over herself to wear all the royal bling all of the time and she will make it look sh!t. Mumbles cannot wear proper jewels to save her life – she stick to her Monica Vinader or Kiki McDonald baubles, they are more her lane than royal bling bling.

    • BeanieBean says:

      How dare Mary wear blue?! Blue is Kate’s color! (jk, sort of)

      • Mary Pester says:

        @BEANIEBEAN, HA tell kateykins to come and see me, cos this mary is wearing blue jammies that match the blue butterfly carrying some not nice stuff into her arm. I will show kateykins what else can turn blue with a firm grip lol

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    • HeatherC says:

      If Kate was wearing that same exact outfit exactly as Mary is, she would make it look dowdy and boring. You can dress a mannequin up but it won’t have the same attitude, presence and substance as Mary

  5. Kristen from MA says:

    That brooch is a family heirloom. Margarethe gave it to Mary after the birth of P Christian.

    • BQM says:

      It goes back to 1878. It was a wedding gift to Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia when she married Queen Victoria’s son the Duke of Connaught. It was gifted to her daughter Margaret when she married the future King Gustav Adolf of Sweden in 1905. Margaret died in 1920 and her only daughter Ingrid who became Queen of Denmark. From there it went to queen Margarethe who gifted it to Mary. Mary obviously treasures it as she’s worn it at the baptisms of all her children.

  6. ClaireLacombe says:

    What the festivities in Denmark have proven, above all, is how incompetent the British royal family and their staff are. Because there’s still drama between younger brother Joachim and his mother, there’s been drama for ages between Joachim and Fred. But even though he showed up without his wife and kids, it never felt like the family was icing out Joachim. He had his own little moment going to and from the palace where the proclamation took place, he showed up today and was greeted in exactly the same way as QMII and her sister. I can’t even imagine this level of competence across the water in London.

    • Lulu says:

      Well said!,

    • Cerys says:

      You’ve summed it up perfectly. The Danish royals seem very dignified compared to the Windsors.

      • Giddy says:

        Not only dignified, but there is more of a sense of family. I get the feeling that they may have issues with each other, but they have love and respect for each other, especially for Margarethe. Does anyone look at KC with true love and respect? Peg certainly doesn’t. He’s already wishing that his father would go ahead and step aside, or die. The BM might love tearing Harry apart, but he has more affection for his father than his brother who is blinded by ambition. KC needs to work on healing his family, if it’s even possible.

  7. Brassy Rebel says:

    That’s freezing rain or sleet. You can see it on the car and the pavement. I’m amazed no one (especially Margarethe!) fell. Really treacherous conditions.

  8. aquarius64 says:

    So Christian was at Parliament? 18 and already taking on official government duites, unlike a 41 yr old Prince of Wales. I know the structures are different but I have more faith in Christian being able to handle things if something happens as opposed to William.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      He was at his first State Council when he turned 18. That his always done when the heir reaches his majority.

  9. TIFFANY says:

    Joachim seems to be happy for his brother. I don’t think he is that great of an actor to put on a show.

    Whatever he and Queen Daisy discussed seems to have smoothed things over a bit.

  10. fineskylark says:

    Ugh, I guess this does mean peplums are back for real.

  11. Sophie says:

    Just thought to add that Mary’s whole look is a repeat. She wore the suit two years ago and her hat twice in the past. I am not in favour of a monarchy, but I find nice that a queen will repeat her look or parts of it!

  12. Thelma says:

    Nicely done. They’re a good-looking couple. I love Queen Mary’s entire look. The color is striking, the fit is perfect and her accessories re perfection. This is how you do regal. And the general vibes are all positive and unstuffy. Kate: take note.

  13. Libra says:

    Love the hat. It’s very regal and frames her face nicely. Beautiful color. Well done.

  14. Teagirl says:

    The photograph with the umbrella and the snow is a throwback to the iconic picture of Harry and Megan in the rain. I’m sure that picture cut W&K to the bone and now this one from Fred and Mary? There are going to be wild going on at the Wail’s today!

  15. Paddingtonjr says:

    There is no comparison between this coronation and the TWO Charles had. There was tradition, there was celebration and then Fred got on with business. I loved that his mother, aunt and brother were there on Fred’s first day of Parliament , kind of seeing him off on the next part of his life’s journey. That family may have drama, things may have been said in the press, but in public, they are a united front and seemed genuinely happy for each other. Mary looked beautiful; the shade of blue was perfect for her and I liked the subtlety of the sapphire brooch. Nothing pulled attention, everything just flowed.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      Mary does look wonderful but we’re sleeping a bit on Princess Benedikte. Love her purple coat. And under it she wore a blouse/dress (can’t tell from the photos) in the most fabulous deep fuschia that I’ve ever seen. Combined with that white hat and a string of pearls was just perfection. Benedikte may be in her late 70s but she can still bring it fashion-wise.

      • angrypineapple says:

        I am all in on the Princess Benedikte fan club. I like to imagine the three sisters all retired now and enjoying a highball together before the ballet or just staying home and making it hygge.

      • BQM says:

        And coordinated so well with Margarethe in lilac and Joachim with a purple tie.

  16. YVR says:

    I work with a Danish woman. She said the (former) queen was beloved because she was low key and made sure to regularly meet with everyday people by ‘shopping’ for groceries (before it became too dangerous).

    She’s highly educated and was a ballet choreographer and an artist (?). She made sure her children were also highly educated. Frederik has an MBA, not sure what degree his brother has, but it’s not the ubiquitous Arts History degree the BRF all seem to have.

  17. khaveman says:

    If this outfit of Mary’s is a repeat, then much respect. No need to flaunt a new outfit for every ‘do. She looks elegant and poised.