Denmark's Crown Princess Mary (44) marked her first official engagement of 2018 in typical elegant style, choosing a deep berry gown by Danish brand Lasse Spangenberg Copenhagen, choosing a matching ankle length cape on arrival. Taking a page out of Kate Middleton's royal style playbook, this week marked the third time Mary donned the cape - she first wore a near-identical version of the look at the same event last year.
Mary was joined by her husband Prince Frederik (49) at the Traditional New Year's Banquet for foreign diplomats hosted by her mother-in-law Queen Margrethe of Denmark at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen on Wednesday.
Both she and Frederik wore the traditional Order of the Elephant blue sashes. This time around, she opted for a half-up/half-down hairstyle instead of a chignon and a Hugo Boss clutch.
Among royal followers, she has long been considered a style queen, but it seems like she will make it official later this year when her husband ascends the throne. His mother Queen Margrethe is expected to announce she will be abdicating later this year but a date has not been set. Last year, the Danish royal family confirmed that Margrethe's husband Henrik had been diagnosed with dementia.
The family are fresh from a Christmas celebration in Mary's native Australia: Mary, Frederik and their four children Prince Christian (12). Princess Isabella (10) and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine (six) enjoyed a two-week jaunt to Sydney over the holidays.
The couple first met at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and Mary moved to Copenhagen in 2002 before they wed in 2004.