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The weddings of members of European Royal Families have captured the popular imagination for centuries but never as much as in the 20th century, when these ceremonies reached a climax in grandeur and generated expectation. In Denmark, these events have, furthermore, maintained a very special glitter as a result of the fact that most of the pre-wedding events and the wedding itself are grand gala events, a reminiscence of fabulous ages and fabulous kingdoms and empires, worthy of the tales of Hans Christian Anderson…

As you can see throughout this site, both in 1967 and 1968, Denmark hosted royalty from all over Europe who came to witness the weddings of the two remaining single daughters of TM King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid. Their youngest daughter, HRH Princess Anne-Marie, had been the first to marry and had done so in spectacular fashion, in Athens, in 1964. In all three occasions, various beautiful gala events were held in Copenhagen, a perfect setting for this kind of ceremonial. It was a real pleasure for us to look back at two of the most glittering events of the 20th royal century, the weddings of HRH Hereditary Princess Margrethe and HRH Princess Benedikte, having witnessed in recent years how the magic of Danish royal weddings continues and promises not to fade.

Two official pictures of HRH The Crown Prince of Denmark and Miss Mary Donaldson at Amalienborg Palace following the official announcement of their wedding. The Australian lawyer will marry the Danish Crown Prince in a glittering ceremony on the 14th May 2004 and will become HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

Europe was made aware of this magic in November 1995 when, in the most romantic and perfectly solemn setting of Frederiksborg Palace, HRH Prince Joachim, second son of HM Queen Margrethe II and HRH Prince Consort Henrik, married Miss Alexandra Manley, surrounded by the very same kind of splendour and glitter that we hope you can experience while visiting this site. The wedding of one of the daughters of HRH Princess Benedikte and HSH Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, HSH Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, to Count Jefferson Friedrich von Pfeil und Klein Ellguth, in June 1998, was another of these most splendid and rare occasions to witness how alive and well the tradition of grand weddings in the Danish Court is.

The announcement of the wedding of HRH Crown Prince Frederik to Miss Mary Elisabeth Donaldson, due to take place in the Cathedral of Copenhagen on Friday, the 14th May 2004, has generated general enthusiasm among royal-watchers and promises to be a very unique event. Taking place in the same months of the weddings of HRH The Prince of Asturias to Doņa Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano and of HIRH Archduke Martin of Austria-Este to HSH Princess Katharina von Isenburg and less than one month after the wedding of HRH Prince Johan Friso of The Netherlands to Miss Mabel Wisse Smit, the Danish royal wedding will undoubtedly mark the difference and sparkle in between the others. With several gala events announced, including the wedding itself, it shall provide images of rare glitter and regal elegance.

Fredensborg Palace, the country palace of the Danish Royal Family, where the wedding banquet of HRH Crown Prince Frederik and Miss Mary Donaldson, by then already Crown Princess, will take place. The wedding banquet of HRH Hereditary Princess Margrethe and HRH Prince Henrik, the wedding of HRH Princess Benedikte as well as the wedding banquet of HRH Prince Joachim all took place in the beautiful palace.

This website, which is meant as an extensive but non-professional review of the Danish royal weddings of 1967 and 1968, would not have been possible, though, without the help of many friends whom we would like to thank here. First and foremost, we would like to express our most sincere and heartfelt gratitude to our dear friend Volker Liepert, without whom this website would, quite simply, not exist. We would equally like to thank Marianne Teerink, Stig S. Nielsen, Francisco Luis Murado Saavedra, John C. Berendsen, Jos Hooghuis, Ursula Butschal and Bjarne Steen Jensen, for their generous help with pictures, information, comments corrections and suggestions that have made this site look this good and especially this complete.

As it happens with the other sites of the Glittering Royal Events Sites, the purpose of this site is to provide visual and textual information about the events that are described and pictured. We do not hold the copyrights of the images displayed in the website nor do we have authorisation to use them, but we do not seek to profit from this site and so we ask that if you are the original copyright holders of any of the pictures displayed, please contact the editors to negotiate terms of use. If you have any comments, suggestions or wish to notice any mistake, please feel free to contact us.

Anxiously waiting for all the glitter that the wedding of Copenhagen shall provide, we open this website in premature celebration of this event and hoping that looking back at the events of 1967 and 1968 will make you, our dear visitors, even more anxious for what is to come.

March 2004, the Editors


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