Royal January Birthdays

This year, we thought we’d write a post each month on royal birthdays (hurrah!). This won’t be a comprehensive list, instead we’ll be sticking to our favourites and we’re kicking things off with a wee prince and princess of Denmark.

Because everyone deserves a birthday tiara (via Ideas by Blog)
Because everyone deserves a birthday tiara (via Ideas by Blog)

January 8th, 2011: Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent of Denmark

To mark their third birthday, the Danish Royals released three new pictures of twins Josephine and Vincent. Cute, eh?

Bro & Sis (via )
Bro & Sis (via Kongehuset.de)

The other two pictures can be seen here. Following tradition, Vincent and Jospehine’s names were not revealed until their christening day in April of 2011. Since there were two of them, a second christening gown had to be rustled up. More on that can be found here, in our post on Danish Royal Christening Gowns. It’s one of our most read posts ever!

Joesphine & Vincent's christening (via Sky News)
Joesphine & Vincent’s christening (via Sky News)

January 9: Kate Middleton aka the Duchess of Cambridge

Kate celebrated her 32nd birthday today and, just like every other year since she and William were engaged the palace simply said she was celebrating the day “privately.” So, we’re guessing there was a cake either in Kensington Palace or at Kate’s parent’s house in Berkshire.

The Birthday Girl in 2007 (via NyMag)
The Birthday Girl in 2007 (via NyMag)

The picture above was taken on January 9, 2007, as Kate made her way from her apartment to work at Jigsaw. There was a real flurry of attention on Kate that day, and lots of conjecturing that William would propose. The pressure was a bit much for William, and they borke up three months later.

Kate in a new pair of Kiki McDonough Christmas Day 2011 (via Grazia Daily)
Kate in a new pair of Kiki McDonough Christmas Day 2011 (via Grazia Daily)

As far as birthday gifts go this year, I know I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for a new pair of Kiki McDonough earrings.

January 20, 1965 : Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Sophie is another January baby, and it turns out that some good people out there have been making and selling mugs to commemorate the big day. Seriously! This one marks her 35th Birthday:

Sophie's 35th Birthday Mug (via eBay)
Sophie’s 35th Birthday Mug (via eBay)

Whoever made it should have perhaps done a bit more research. They thought that Edward and Sophie are the Count and Countess of Wessex…whoops!

Count and Countess of Wessex! (via eBay)
Count and Countess of Wessex! (via eBay)

This mug is for the big 4-0, Both of these mugs are currently available on eBay, if you’re interested!

Sophie's Birthday Mug (via eBay)
Sophie’s Birthday Mug (via eBay)

January 20, 1973: Mathilde, Queen of Belgium

For her birthday last year, she was a Princess. Then the King abdicated and now she’s a Queen. Also, she is only nine years older than Kate. Funny, eh? She seems so much older (in a good way!). Anyhow, to mark her 40th birthday last year, Mathilde did a little better than a mug. She got an official stamp. And it’s gorgeous.

Classy! (via Pinterest)
Classy! (via Pinterest)

She also released this birthday portrait:

Awesome Birthday Portrait (via )
Awesome Birthday Portrait (via My Royals)

January 25, 1978 : Princess Charlene of Monaco

Princess Charlene is turning 36 this year, so she’s just four years older than Kate and five years younger than Queen Mathilde.

Albert & Charlene Christmas 2013 (via The Prince's Palace)
Albert & Charlene Christmas 2013 (via The Prince’s Palace)

I don’t know why I find this so fascinating, I just do. Anyway, who knows what she’ll be up to this year – Charlene is such a wild card – but my guess is she’ll be getting home to South Africa to see her family.

January 31, 1938: Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.

The last birthday girl of the month is Princess Beatrix. Last year her birthday came before her abdication so she celebrated as a Queen, and this year I’m sure her family will treat her like one.

Beatrix & her Grandkids (via Ready for Royalty)
Beatrix & her Grandkids (via Ready for Royalty)

Happy Birthday to all the royal ladies and Prince Vincent. So, who’s buying that mug???

PS Happy Birthday, Big Pete! & KSTA:)

The Danish Royal Family New Year's Day Banquet

Happily for us, the New Year is a big time for celebrations, galas, and tiaras in Denmark. These traditional celebrations (known as levees) have been kept up for centuries.

Queen Margrethe and Family (via )
Queen Margrethe and Family (via Kongehuset.de)

Queen Margrethe now has the celebrations extend over three days.  According to the Royal Family’s official website each of the events recognize different movers and shakers in Denmark and are set up as follows:

First day:
New Year’s banquet on 1 January in Christian VII’s Palace, Amalienborg, for the government, the country’s top civil servants and the Royal Court’s leadership.

Second day:
New Year’s levee for the Supreme Court and the officer corps of the Royal Life Guard and Royal Hussar Guard regiments in Christian VII’s Palace, Amalienborg. New Year’s levee for the diplomatic corps at Christiansborg Palace.

Third day:
New Year’s levee for officers from the Defence and the Danish Emergency Management Agency, for the 1., 2. and 3. rank classes, and for invited representatives of large national organizations and those having royal patronage, at Christiansborg Palace.

The Queen & Prince Consort (via Kongehuset.de)
The Queen & Prince Consort (via Kongehuset.de)

This year, the second and third day levees will be celebrated on January 6th and 7th, so we’ll just focus on the New Year’s Day banquet in this post. And,  since this is a blog all about the fun of royal frivolity, we’re going to focus on some of the dresses that the Danish princesses have worn since 2006.

2006

Mary’s puffed sleeves from 2006 are unfortunate but the gown still has a regal air.

Princess Mary in Blue (via )
Princess Mary in blue (via The Occasional Royal)

Attendees of this banquet include recipients of the Order of the Elephant, which is what Mary is wearing around her neck. This order does give a bit of a dressing challenge.

2007

This gorgeous red velvet gown was first brought out in 2007 and since then it has become something of a New Year’s Day staple. On January 1, 2007 Mary was expecting her second child Princess Isabella and this dress worked as a maternity gown. Here are Mary and Frederick arriving at the New Year’s Day banquet, where apparently the security is pretty low and royal watchers aren’t kept behind barricades.

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As a side note, Princess Mary also packed this dress for her trip to Oslo that February to help celebrate King Harald of Norway’s 70th birthday.  As you can see, Prince Edward and Mary entered together which is kind of random but awesome.

The 2007 Debut (via Tumblr)
The 2007 Debut (via Tumblr)

Later on Mary danced with Frederick, so we can get a better look at the dress and underskirts. Pretty!

It's a good dress for dancing (via Tumblr)
It’s a good dress for dancing (via Tumblr)

 2008

In 2008, Mary brought out this gorgeous velvet cape . Love it, and am just not feeling it with that dress.

The cape is great, the dress not so much (via Yahoo Groups)
The cape is great, the dress looks a bit summery, no? (via Yahoo Groups)

2009

Mary totally killed it with this icy blue dress and fur topped off with Danish rubies, though. Best one yet!

Starting the New Year Right 2009 (via What Mary Wore)

Starting the New Year Right 2009 (via What Mary Wore)

That year Princess Marie wore this gorgeous blue dress to her first New Year’s Day gala. She married Prince Joachim in 2007, but it appears that she did not attend the event in 2008.

Another fur! (via Princesses Lives)
Another fur! (via Princesses Lives)

2010

In 2010, Mary turned out in orange number bedecked in fur.

Going for a bold colour (via )
Going for a bold colour (via Style of Mary)

And Marie chose this pink floaty gown.

Princess Marie (via Princess's Lives)
Princess Marie (via Princesses Lives)

2011

Mary skipped the 2011 New Year’s events because she was expecting Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine. Princess Marie showed up in this lovely gown, though the neckline made the Order of the Elephant look a bit off kilter, no?

Princess Marie (via Mad Hattery)
Princess Marie (via Mad Hattery)

2012

Mary was out again  in full force in 2012 and showed up in the gorgeous red velvet dress from 2007.  It had been reworked into this lovely creation and has become a favourite of mine forever.

Look. at. that. train. Also, take note of the brooch on her waistband.

Red Velvet (via Hello)
Red Velvet (via Hello)

Mary certainly didn’t skimp on the accessories, either. Check out the rubies and diamonds in the hair from the Danish ruby parure.

Why not wear it all? (via Mad Hattery)
Why not wear it all? (via Mad Hattery)

That year Queen Margrethe wore this awesome pink gown.

In the pink (via Oh No They Didn't)
In the pink (via Oh No They Didn’t)

2013

In 2013, Mary brought out the orange again, and this time wore the diamond brooch on the top of her skirt.

More orange for Mary (via Hello!)
More orange for Mary (via Hello!)

Princess Marie showed up in hot pink.

Princess Marie (via Hello)
Princess Marie (via Hello)

And Queen Margrethe brought out this navy velvet gown.

Queen  Margrethe (via Hello!)
Queen Margrethe (via Hello!)

2014

And now here we are in 2014. On January 1,  Mary brought the red gown out again, this time with a matching velvet choker bedecked in diamonds. In fact, it looks like she took the brooch that had been on her belt in 2012 and skirt in 2013 decided to wear it around her neck this time. It looks like the velvet matches perfectly, which must have come from scraps left over from the reworking.

Ringing in 2014 in style (via Pinterest)
TRinging in 2014 in style (via Pinterest)

This move reminds me of Diana’s velvet choker, remember?

via Diana's Jewels
via Diana’s Jewels

She actually had a couple.

via Diana's Jewels
via Diana’s Jewels

I realize that Mary’s trying to shake things up a bit and give the dress a fresh look with that choker, but man there is a lot going on here.

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Anyway, Princess Marie wore this gorgeous blue gown. In this case the fact that she doesn’t have as many jewels to wear really works in her favour, no?

Marie & Joachim (via Hello)
Marie & Joachim (via Hello)

So, any favourites? Would love to hear. Hope your New Year is off to a terrific start!