One of my favourite royals and a lady I know is very popular among readers is Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. So, I know you'll all be pleased to hear she made her first post-summer break appearance today for a special service marking Christiansfeld's 250th anniversary in Southern Jutland.
Mary, Frederik and the children enjoyed a lovely family vacation this summer aboard a yacht, taking in Ibiza and sailing off the coast of the Balearic island. The family have also been following the World Cup, and when Denmark played Mary's home country of Australia the couple shared the following message: "We cheer from 'Top Over' and all the way 'Down Under,' when the match against Australia starts at the World Cup. Come on Denmark."
The break comes ahead of a busy autumn which will see their eldest son Prince Christian turn 18 in October. As heir to the throne, there's an enormous spotlight on his future plans. A statement confirming Christian will focus on his education presently and will not receive financial aid from the government until he is 21 was released. "Prince Christian's main priority in the coming year will be the completion of his upper secondary education. The Royal Palace will provide information on Prince Christian's education courses when the time is right. It has been agreed with the Prime Minister's Office that financial support from Folketing (Parliament) will only be sought when the Prince turns 21 or upon a possible change of throne, if it takes place before that." It has also been revealed, with the release of new official photos, a gala dinner will be hosted by Queen Margrethe with guests "reflecting his own generation" on 15 October.
The Crown Princess was presented with a posy by the town mayor's two grandchildren.
Large crowds lined the cobblestoned street to mark the special anniversary and to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.
The Princess blew a kiss to Count Ingold (a cousin of the royal family) and Countess Sussie of Rosenberg (with thanks to Royal Arjan).
A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Christiansfeld was founded in 1773.
UNESCO shared the following information on the area: "The town was planned to represent the Protestant urban ideal, constructed around a central Church square. The architecture is homogenous and unadorned, with one and two-storey buildings in yellow brick with red tile roofs. The democratic organization of the Moravian Church, with its pioneering egalitarian philosophy, is expressed in its humanistic town planning. The settlement’s plan opens onto agricultural land and includes important buildings for the common welfare such as large communal houses for the congregation’s widows and unmarried men and women. The buildings are still in use and many are still owned by the local Moravian Church community."
Mary and Frederik had the opportunity to take in the stunning architecture today.
Mary selected a series of pieces from her closet for the engagement. The Rachel Diniz Armonia midi dress features keyhole detail and blouson sleeves. It remains available in deep orange velvet, on sale at Matches Fashion.
Mary teamed the dress with her Jane Taylor 'Monaco Wedding Hat' (with thanks to Christin Z).
Whilst the Crown Princess has worn it on several occasions over the past decade, it was initially chosen for Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco's wedding.
The hat made an appearance in Britain for Royal Ascot 2016.
Mary wore her Gianvito Rossi Asia 70 sandals in 'tan leather'.
Mary accessorised with her Julie Sandlau Medallion necklace which features the initials of her four children: C, I, V and J.