High class hand-me-downs: Princess Mary’s VERY grown-up daughter Isabella gives a special fashion tribute to her mum during her confirmation – as younger sister Josephine borrows her dress
- The Danish royal family has stepped out to celebrate the confirmation of 15-year-old Princess Isabella
- The young lady wore a Max Mara blazer her mother Mary had previously been spotted in at events
- Younger sister Josephine even borrowed Isabella’s pink calf-grazing dress for the formal occasion
- In a further nod to the royal lineage Isabella wore Queen Alexandrine’s pearl and diamond brooch on the day
Princess Isabella of Denmark has celebrated her confirmation day in spectacular style by donning her mother Mary’s iconic white pantsuit and Queen Alexandrine’s pearl and diamond brooch.
The Danish royal family assembled on Saturday at Fredensborg Castle Church in Fredensborg, Denmark, to herald the special occasion with Crown Princess Mary, 50, and Prince Frederik, 53, joined by their four children Christian, 16, Isabella, 15, and twins Josephine and Vincent, 11.
Hobart-born Mary looked every inch the royal in an amaranth-coloured gown for the event but it was Princess Isabella in a borrowed Max Mara blazer and brooch belonging to the late Queen that held the attention of her peers.
Even her youngest sister Josephine got involved in the clothes swapping fun by wearing a pink dress once adorned by Isabella. The men of the family kept things classy and simple in statement blue suits.
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Royals: Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark have celebrated the confirmation of their eldest daughter, 15-year-old Princess Isabella. L-R: Princess Josephine, Frederik, Princess Isabella, Mary, Prince Vincent and Prince Christian
Seen it before: Princess Mary wore the same Max Mara blazer in 2017 during a visit to Stockholm, Sweden
Unveiled: Princess Isabella wore a Max Mara blazer for her confirmation ceremony
The teenage Princess is currently third in line to the Danish throne after her father and elder brother Christian.
According to the Danish Royal family’s official Instagram account ‘Isabella was confirmed today by royal confessor, bishop Henrik Wigh-Poulson.
‘Over the past 100 years, Fredensborg Castle Church has been used for several Ecclesiastes for members of the royal family.
‘Especially, the church has formed the framework for royal confirmations. Thus it was also in this church that both Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Crown Prince were confirmed in 1955 and 1981 respectively and most recently His Royal Highness Prince Christian in 2021.’
Confirmed: Princess Isabella is spotted standing before the congregation at her confirmation ceremony
Pecking order: The teenage Princess is currently third in line to the Danish throne after her father and elder brother Christian
After their 2000 Slip Inn encounter in Sydney during the Olympic Games, a then 32-year-old Frederik – who was in Australia to support Denmark’s sailing team – asked Mary for her phone number and a romance blossomed.
‘The first time we met we shook hands. I didn’t know he was the Prince of Denmark. Half an hour later someone came up to me and said, “Do you know who these people are?”‘ Mary revealed in an interview about meeting the heir to the Danish throne.
They maintained a long-distance relationship for a year, with Frederik making secret trips Down Under before Mary moved to Denmark to study Danish language at Copenhagen’s Studieskolen in 2001.
Fairytale: Mary and Frederik famously met by chance at Sydney CBD pub the Slip Inn during the 2000 Olympics
Origin story: After their 2000 Slip Inn encounter, 32-year-old Fred – who was in Australia to support Denmark’s Olympic sailing team – asked Mary for her phone number and a romance blossomed
In early 2003 Frederik’s mother Queen Margrethe publicly acknowledged the relationship and the couple announced their engagement at Amalienborg Castle later that year on October 8.
Frederik and Mary married on May 14, 2004 at Copenhagen Cathedral, with the newly minted Crown Princess opting for a beautiful gown by Danish designer Uffer Frank and a veil first used by Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden in 1905.
Their first child, Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John, was born October 15, 2005; Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe followed on April 21, 2007.
Almost four years later Mary and Frederik welcomed twins, Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda and Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen on January 8, 2011.
In-laws: In early 2003, Frederik’s mother Queen Margrethe (pictured centre) publicly acknowledged the relationship and the couple announced their engagement at Amalienborg Castle later that year on October 8