Princess Mary dazzles at state banquet with Belgian royals

  • The Danish and Belgian royals enjoyed a dinner at Christiansborg Palace 
  • The group donned their finest outfits, sashes and jewellery for the formal dinner
  • They were also joined by members of the government and selected companies  
  • Earlier in the day, Queen Mathilde arrived in Copenhagen with King Phillipe 
  • The pair arrived in Denmark for a three-day state visit 

By Laura House For Daily Mail Australia and Esra Gurkan For Mailonline

Published: 19:34 EDT, 28 March 2017 | Updated: 19:37 EDT, 28 March 2017

After a day of exclusive sightseeing, the Danish royal family have hosted a glamorous gala in honour of their guests Queen Mathilde and her husband King Philippe of Belgium.

Hosted by Queen Margrethe at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, the extravagant gala was attended by members of the royal family as well as members of the government, the Belgian delegation and selected companies. 

Crown Princess Mary dazzled as she arrived at the event in one of her most glamorous golden gowns and wore a maroon sash draped elegantly across her shoulders.

Glamorous in gold: After a day of exclusive sightseeing, the Danish royal family (pictured is Princess Mary and Prince Frederik of Denmark) have hosted a glamorous gala in honour of their guests Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium Glamorous in gold: After a day of exclusive sightseeing, the Danish royal family (pictured is Princess Mary and Prince Frederik of Denmark) have hosted a glamorous gala in honour of their guests Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium

Glamorous in gold: After a day of exclusive sightseeing, the Danish royal family (pictured is Princess Mary and Prince Frederik of Denmark) have hosted a glamorous gala in honour of their guests Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium

Group shot: The gala was hosted by Queen Margrethe at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen (Pictured L-R: Crown Princess Mary, Crown Prince Frederik, King Philippe, Queen Margrethe, Queen Mathilde, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie) Group shot: The gala was hosted by Queen Margrethe at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen (Pictured L-R: Crown Princess Mary, Crown Prince Frederik, King Philippe, Queen Margrethe, Queen Mathilde, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie)

Group shot: The gala was hosted by Queen Margrethe at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen (Pictured L-R: Crown Princess Mary, Crown Prince Frederik, King Philippe, Queen Margrethe, Queen Mathilde, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie)

Cheers: Crown Princess Mary dazzled as she arrived at the event in one of her most glamorous golden gowns and wore a maroon sash draped elegantly across her shoulders Cheers: Crown Princess Mary dazzled as she arrived at the event in one of her most glamorous golden gowns and wore a maroon sash draped elegantly across her shoulders

Cheers: Crown Princess Mary dazzled as she arrived at the event in one of her most glamorous golden gowns and wore a maroon sash draped elegantly across her shoulders

The Princess also wore her hair scraped back into a simple yet chic up-do and donned an array of royal ruby jewels. 

Among the jewels was the Princess' Ruby Parure Tiara - a piece she regularly wears to regal events and which has been in the Danish royal family since 1869.

The tiara was left to Prince Frederik by Queen Ingrid after she died in 2000, who then gifted the jewels to Mary. 

She also wore the star of the Order of the Elephant on the left of her chest - the eight-pointed silver star representing the highest order of Denmark and exclusively worn by royalty and heads of state.

Welcoming the royal couple: The Princess also wore her hair scraped back into a simple yet chic up-do and donned an array of royal ruby jewels Welcoming the royal couple: The Princess also wore her hair scraped back into a simple yet chic up-do and donned an array of royal ruby jewels

Welcoming the royal couple: The Princess also wore her hair scraped back into a simple yet chic up-do and donned an array of royal ruby jewels

Welcoming the king: Among Princess Mary's jewels was the Princess' Ruby Parure Tiara - a piece she regularly wears to regal events and has been in the Danish royal family since 1869 Welcoming the king: Among Princess Mary's jewels was the Princess' Ruby Parure Tiara - a piece she regularly wears to regal events and has been in the Danish royal family since 1869

Welcoming the king: Among Princess Mary's jewels was the Princess' Ruby Parure Tiara - a piece she regularly wears to regal events and has been in the Danish royal family since 1869

Simple: Queen Margrethe opted for a bright blue floor-length gown paired with a purple sash Simple: Queen Margrethe opted for a bright blue floor-length gown paired with a purple sash

Simple: Queen Margrethe opted for a bright blue floor-length gown paired with a purple sash

The Princess arrived at the banquet on the arm of her husband, Crown Prince Frederik, who wore traditional military regalia for the event. 

Queen Mathilde also stunned in an orange gown and pale blue sash, while Princess Marie wore a simple white gown stamped with golden floral patterns. 

Queen Margrethe opted for a bright blue floor-length gown paired with a purple sash.  

Snaps from the gala show the Princess toasting King Philippe before joining Crown Prince Frederik, King Philippe, Queen Margrethe, Queen Mathilde, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie for a photo. 

Elaborate: The gala dinner saw a 30 metre banquet table covered with elaborate decor including bronze and porcelain flower bowls and bronze candelabras Elaborate: The gala dinner saw a 30 metre banquet table covered with elaborate decor including bronze and porcelain flower bowls and bronze candelabras

Elaborate: The gala dinner saw a 30 metre banquet table covered with elaborate decor including bronze and porcelain flower bowls and bronze candelabras

All smiles: The Princess arrived at the banquet on the arm of her husband, Crown Prince Frederik, who wore traditional military regalia for the event All smiles: The Princess arrived at the banquet on the arm of her husband, Crown Prince Frederik, who wore traditional military regalia for the event

All smiles: The Princess arrived at the banquet on the arm of her husband, Crown Prince Frederik, who wore traditional military regalia for the event

The gala dinner saw a 30 metre banquet table covered with elaborate decor including bronze and porcelain flower bowls and bronze candelabras. 

In the centre of the table were flowers - a mixture of small budding spring flowers including buttercups and small poppies, a variant of the Belgian national flower of the poppy. 

The colors were deep red to match the tapestries.

The first course was served on silver plates from the 1750s while the main course was served on plates stamped with the royal couple's monogram.

The dessert was then served on plates with the monogram as well as a crimson crown and a border of oak leaves.

Bold and bright: Queen Mathilde also stunned in an orange gown and pale blue sash, while Princess Marie wore a simple white gown stamped with golden floral patterns Bold and bright: Queen Mathilde also stunned in an orange gown and pale blue sash, while Princess Marie wore a simple white gown stamped with golden floral patterns

Bold and bright: Queen Mathilde also stunned in an orange gown and pale blue sash, while Princess Marie wore a simple white gown stamped with golden floral patterns

All smiles: In the centre of the table were flowers - a mixture of small budding spring flowers including buttercups and small poppies, a variant of the Belgian national flower of the poppy All smiles: In the centre of the table were flowers - a mixture of small budding spring flowers including buttercups and small poppies, a variant of the Belgian national flower of the poppy

All smiles: In the centre of the table were flowers - a mixture of small budding spring flowers including buttercups and small poppies, a variant of the Belgian national flower of the poppy

The table was also covered with a cloth that was custom-made in conjunction with the royal silver anniversary in 1992. 

Earlier in the day the Belgian royals were treated to an exclusive sightseeing tour of Copenhagen by Princess Mary and her husband Prince Frederik.

Crown Princess Mary was seen pointing out the sights to her royal counterpart as they cruised along, enjoying a sunny afternoon at the start of a three day state visit.  

Sightseeing: Earlier in the day Queen Mathilde and King Philippe joined Prince Frederik and Princess Mary for a boat trip as they commenced a three day state visit Sightseeing: Earlier in the day Queen Mathilde and King Philippe joined Prince Frederik and Princess Mary for a boat trip as they commenced a three day state visit

Sightseeing: Earlier in the day Queen Mathilde and King Philippe joined Prince Frederik and Princess Mary for a boat trip as they commenced a three day state visit

Checking out the sites: Australian born Mary was seen pointing out the sights to the Belgian Queen as they enjoyed a sunny afternoon on the river  Checking out the sites: Australian born Mary was seen pointing out the sights to the Belgian Queen as they enjoyed a sunny afternoon on the river 

Checking out the sites: Australian born Mary was seen pointing out the sights to the Belgian Queen as they enjoyed a sunny afternoon on the river 

Best of friends: The Crown Princess looked animated as she chatted to Queen Mathilde, no doubt filling her in on some of the sights they were passing on the river  Best of friends: The Crown Princess looked animated as she chatted to Queen Mathilde, no doubt filling her in on some of the sights they were passing on the river 

Best of friends: The Crown Princess looked animated as she chatted to Queen Mathilde, no doubt filling her in on some of the sights they were passing on the river 

Both were still wearing the glamorous pastel outfits they had arrived in to meet at the airport. 

But Prince Frederik had wisely ditched his navy checked suit jacket in favour of a warmer grey overcoat as they took to the river.  

In the morning, Queen Mathilde was a vision in powder blue as she and King Philippe touched down in Denmark for a three day state visit. 

And they were warmly greeted on the tarmac by Danish royals including Crown Princess Mary, who was equally glamorous in a pale green belted coat dress. 

New friends: The couples appeared to be getting on famously as they posed for the watching photographers  New friends: The couples appeared to be getting on famously as they posed for the watching photographers 

New friends: The couples appeared to be getting on famously as they posed for the watching photographers 

Chic and stylish: Both women looked chic in pastel coats and pillbox hats as they enjoyed an afternoon on the river  Chic and stylish: Both women looked chic in pastel coats and pillbox hats as they enjoyed an afternoon on the river 

Chic and stylish: Both women looked chic in pastel coats and pillbox hats as they enjoyed an afternoon on the river 

Having a laugh: Crown Prince Frederik shared a joke with the Belgian Queen earlier this afternoon  Having a laugh: Crown Prince Frederik shared a joke with the Belgian Queen earlier this afternoon 

Having a laugh: Crown Prince Frederik shared a joke with the Belgian Queen earlier this afternoon 

The Belgian queen, 44, was photographed stepping off the plane in a blue pillbox hat and matching fitted coat with a diamond silver brooch. 

Queen Mathilde smiled as she stood to attention alongside her husband during the official welcome at Copenhagen Airport. 

Kisses, hugs and curtsies were exchanged by the Belgian and Danish royals, and Mathilde and Mary seemed particularly pleased to see one another. 

Princess Mary also opted for a smart coat dress - her dress a delicate shade of green - offset by a taupe hat.

Prince Frederik of Denmark (left), Queen Mathilde of Belgium (centre) and Princess Mary of Denmark (right) pictured during the official welcome at Copenhagen Airport Prince Frederik of Denmark (left), Queen Mathilde of Belgium (centre) and Princess Mary of Denmark (right) pictured during the official welcome at Copenhagen Airport

Prince Frederik of Denmark (left), Queen Mathilde of Belgium (centre) and Princess Mary of Denmark (right) pictured during the official welcome at Copenhagen Airport

Princess Mary of Denmark, Prince Joachim of Denmark, Princess Marie of Denmark, Prince Frederik of Denmark, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Queen Margrethe of Denmark and King Philippe  of Belgium pictured standing on the royal red carpet Princess Mary of Denmark, Prince Joachim of Denmark, Princess Marie of Denmark, Prince Frederik of Denmark, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Queen Margrethe of Denmark and King Philippe  of Belgium pictured standing on the royal red carpet

Princess Mary of Denmark, Prince Joachim of Denmark, Princess Marie of Denmark, Prince Frederik of Denmark, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Queen Margrethe of Denmark and King Philippe of Belgium pictured standing on the royal red carpet

Princess Marie bent down to greet King Philippe of Belgium during the welcoming ceremony Princess Marie bent down to greet King Philippe of Belgium during the welcoming ceremony

Princess Marie bent down to greet King Philippe of Belgium during the welcoming ceremony

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (left) and Queen Mathilde of Belgium talk during a welcoming ceremony at Copenhagen Airport Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (left) and Queen Mathilde of Belgium talk during a welcoming ceremony at Copenhagen Airport

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (left) and Queen Mathilde of Belgium talk during a welcoming ceremony at Copenhagen Airport

Queen Mathilde of Belgium and King Philippe of Belgium were greeted by Queen Margrethe of Denmark Queen Mathilde of Belgium and King Philippe of Belgium were greeted by Queen Margrethe of Denmark

Queen Mathilde of Belgium and King Philippe of Belgium were greeted by Queen Margrethe of Denmark

Queen Margrethe of Denmark, meanwhile, gave her younger counterparts a run of their money in a glamorous fur coat and striking green hat. 

Queen Margrethe was snapped waving to onlookers as she and King Philippe of Belgium rode in a carriage during the welcome ceremony.   

Princess Marie of Denmark, the second wife of Prince Joachim, also chose green for the welcome ceremony, donning a fitted coat dress with taupe suede heels and a coordinating fascinator.  

Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Queen Margrethe of Denmark exchanged kisses after meeting Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Queen Margrethe of Denmark exchanged kisses after meeting

Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Queen Margrethe of Denmark exchanged kisses after meeting

The royals looked comfortable in each others' company during the official welcome ceremony  The royals looked comfortable in each others' company during the official welcome ceremony 

The royals looked comfortable in each others' company during the official welcome ceremony 

Queen Margrethe of Denmark , Prince Frederik of Denmark, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Princess Mary of Denmark, Prince Joachim of Denmark and Princess Marie of Denmark all took the time to speak to one another Queen Margrethe of Denmark , Prince Frederik of Denmark, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Princess Mary of Denmark, Prince Joachim of Denmark and Princess Marie of Denmark all took the time to speak to one another

Queen Margrethe of Denmark , Prince Frederik of Denmark, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Princess Mary of Denmark, Prince Joachim of Denmark and Princess Marie of Denmark all took the time to speak to one another

The women all wore hats and long coats as they graved the cold and crisp Spring air  The women all wore hats and long coats as they graved the cold and crisp Spring air 

The women all wore hats and long coats as they graved the cold and crisp Spring air 

Prince Frederik of Denmark put his arm around King Philippe and warmly shook his hand  Prince Frederik of Denmark put his arm around King Philippe and warmly shook his hand 

Prince Frederik of Denmark put his arm around King Philippe and warmly shook his hand 

The royal pair waved to onlookers as they took in the sights of the ceremony at the airport  The royal pair waved to onlookers as they took in the sights of the ceremony at the airport 

The royal pair waved to onlookers as they took in the sights of the ceremony at the airport 

Queen Margrethe stood out in the luxurious brown coat which she wore with a mint green hat Queen Margrethe stood out in the luxurious brown coat which she wore with a mint green hat

Queen Margrethe stood out in the luxurious brown coat which she wore with a mint green hat

Crown Princess Mary wore nude scaled heels with a light blue knee-length coat and pale pink hat  Crown Princess Mary wore nude scaled heels with a light blue knee-length coat and pale pink hat 

Crown Princess Mary wore nude scaled heels with a light blue knee-length coat and pale pink hat 

Crown Prince Frederik looked stylish in his navy check suit and light blue shirt for the event Crown Prince Frederik looked stylish in his navy check suit and light blue shirt for the event

Crown Prince Frederik looked stylish in his navy check suit and light blue shirt for the event

Princess Marie and Prince Joachim smiled for photographs as they arrived at the welcoming ceremony  Princess Marie and Prince Joachim smiled for photographs as they arrived at the welcoming ceremony 

Princess Marie and Prince Joachim smiled for photographs as they arrived at the welcoming ceremony 

Crown Prince Frederik was animated as he walked with Queen Mathilde at the event  Crown Prince Frederik was animated as he walked with Queen Mathilde at the event 

Crown Prince Frederik was animated as he walked with Queen Mathilde at the event 

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary smile at one another as they stood and waited on the red carpet Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary smile at one another as they stood and waited on the red carpet

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary smile at one another as they stood and waited on the red carpet

The women, in their stylish coats, engaged in conversation after the royal's arrival  The women, in their stylish coats, engaged in conversation after the royal's arrival 

The women, in their stylish coats, engaged in conversation after the royal's arrival 

King Philippe and Crown Princess Mary looked pleased to see one another as they kissed each other on the cheek King Philippe and Crown Princess Mary looked pleased to see one another as they kissed each other on the cheek

King Philippe and Crown Princess Mary looked pleased to see one another as they kissed each other on the cheek

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