The engagement of HRH Hereditary Princess Margrethe of Denmark to Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat was celebrated throughout the country and especially in Copenhagen. On the day it was announced that HM King Frederik IX would ask for consent for the marriage on the State Council, the 5th October 1966, a large crowd gathered outside Amalienborg Palace. Following the State Council, the couple posed with the King and the Government and afterwards appeared on the balcony of the Palace to acknowledge the cheers of the large crowd. Dressed in pink, the Princess joyously waved to the crowd with her future husband and just before lunch the couple left in open top car to Fredensborg Palace, where they would spend the rest of the day.
At Fredensborg, after posing for the press with their families, the couple met with the press and spoke about their relationship and their plans for the future. In the evening, the King and Queen of Denmark offered a gala banquet to the members of the Government and the members of the Royal Family. A few days before, the couple had accompanied King Frederik, Queen Ingrid and Princess Benedikte to the wedding of Count Bertil Bernardotte of Wisborg, son of the late Count Folke Bernardotte of Wisborg, to Rose-Marie Heering.
HRH Princess Margrethe and her fiancé to be attend the wedding of Count Bertil Bernardotte of wisborg a few days before their marriage was officially announced to the State Council, although the King had already announced that he would ask for such consent. The couple was very much the centre of attention at this wedding.
A large crowd is gathered in front of Amalienborg Palace as HRH Princess Margrethe and her fiancé, Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat appear on the balcony following the State Council during which King Frederik asked for consent for his daughter’s marriage.
Above a good view of Princess Margrethe’s engagement ring, ordered at Van Cleef & Arpels by Count Henri, a large pure diamond mounted in gold. The Princess and her fiancé are shown during their press conference at Fredensborg Palace. Below, a picture of the couple made before the gala dinner offered by TM The King and Queen of Denmark to the Danish Government at Fredensborg Palace on the evening of the 5th October 1966.