If Vogue invites you to cover their magazine, you leave the denim at home, break out the couture, and have granny unlock the jewel vault.
This is precisely what Crown Princess of Mary did for the August cover of Australian Vogue, her second since marrying the heir to the Danish throne in 2004.
Mary and Crown Prince Frederik were shot by Mario Testino, who’s responsible for other royal photo ops including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement, as well as Princess Charlotte’s christening.
Testino shot the couple at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, where he himself will open his first solo exhibit.
Mary donned a tiara and a black ball gown by Australian designer Alex Perry for the cover photo, as she walked arm-in-arm with her husband on the palace grounds.
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Back in 2013, the Australian native told the magazine that tiaras are “surprisingly difficult to wear.”
She explained that the piece needs to sit about two inches away from the hairline, and require a “good up-do” to be kept in place.
Mary, 44, was a commoner when she met Frederik at a Sydney bar during the 2000 Olympics.
They kept their relationship a secret for as long as they could, before Mary moved to Denmark in 2001. They were engaged in 2003, and married in May 2004.
Mary has acclimated supremely well to Danish culture; she learned the language and got to work right away taking on charitable endeavors.
“I find it difficult to speak of myself as a role model, as role models are defined by the individual” Mary told Vogue.
“It is what they see in a person that gives meaning or inspiration to them that makes another person a role model for them.
“It’s not something I consciously think about. But at the same time, I am very aware of my role and my responsibility. If I can inspire others and if others see something in me that can motivate them, then that’s a big compliment.”
The Crown Princess’ cover comes three months after the Duchess of Cambridge posed for British Vogue, a first for the former Kate Middleton.
And while I thought Catherine looked beautiful in her spread, a part of me wished she gone for glamour as Mary did.
Her Royal Highness is not a lady who willingly dons a ball gown and tiara, and I respect that.
However, we get breton stripes from Catherine all the time. THIS IS VOGUE. YOU DRESS UP FOR VOGUE.