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Is it just that it sit's up very straight that gives you that impression, mls?

Don't know. No, I just don't think it looks pretty.

I hope Mary recycles the Midnight Tiara tomorrow. It's such a beautiful tiara. Very Mary.

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Photos of guests from bt.dk:

http://www.bt.dk/underholdning/nu-fejrer-de-dronningen-se-billederne-fra-den-roede-loeber#slide-1

mls, the design of Queen Letizia's tiara is actually not that great. I think this was an anniversary present from Felipe. She has worn the centrepiece as a brooch for quite some time so I think it may have been a 5th anniversary present. I'm just glad to see the tiara since she has never worn it before. The fleur-de-lys tiara worn by Queen Sofia has a much better design.

Letizia's tiara with centerpiece as brooch: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/0f/96/70/0f967023ab4765fdf147034e99d05cdd.jpg

Queen Sofia's fleur-de-lys tiara: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nq4VVzEyASA/USToDwV8e6I/AAAAAAAAUpc/bIRoy2w780o/s1600/_Tiara.jpg

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Lol, I'm not sure we should expect too good pictures of F & M. they often seem in such a hurry, that there won't enough time for the photographers capture good pictures.

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Lovely speech from Crown Prince Frederik in 3 languages. I hope they publish it . Mainly English and Danish, with a little French.

Part of the Danish section of CPF's speech

"One has every right to be celebrated when one turns 75, and you have taken it seriously. Many Danes took part in the celebration.

You had expected and hoped for more time with the family, before fate intervened and you became queen.
There are even grandparents who alone have lived with you as head of state. You have always managed to make it look easy.

Dear mor, you have insight wits and sense. You should know that no matter what happens, you have at any time my heartfelt support, encouragement and utmost respect".

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Lovely speech from Crown Prince Frederik in 3 languages. I hope they publish it . Mainly English and Danish, with a little French.

I actually think Christian Eugen Olsen looked a bit moved. He thought Frederik speaking reminded him of his grandfather, King Frederik

IV.

Mary and Frederik

http://a.bimg.dk/node-images/587/8/x2048-u/8587509-dronningmargrethe75.jpg

Maxima and Willem Alexander

http://b.bimg.dk/node-images/587/8/x2048-u/8587689-dronningmargrethe75.jpg

The skirt part is pretty ugly, I think. Sorry, make that: not very pretty.

QM with sons and daughters-in-law

http://a.bimg.dk/node-images/587/8/620x/8587610-cover.jpg

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And here is the menu and music for the evening.

http://kongehuset.dk/Menu/nyheder/menu-og-musik-ved-gallataffel-pa-christiansborg-slot

Halibut
Herb salad
Scallops and lumpfish roe
Beef tenderloin
Pommes rösti, white asparagus and pearl onions
Sauce of morels and shimeji mushrooms
Cheese flan
Lamb’s lettuce, pears and truffle vinaigrette
Birthday cake
Wine selection:
LA CIGARALLE DU PRINCE 2012
CHATEAU DE CAYX
CUVÉE MAJESTÉ 2012
EN L’HONNEUR DE LA REINE
MÔET ET CHANDON
CUVÉE SPECIAL M&H

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I hope Mary recycles the Midnight Tiara tomorrow. It's such a beautiful tiara. Very Mary.

I don't have to see the Midnight Tiara.

The leafs are too vertical for my taste. It somehow reminds me of an indian headdress (if this makes sense).

I think the tiara would look much better with more horizontal placed leafs and probably settled between the stones.

But it's nice to see variety in her tiara choices.

But I hope we will see Marie's Flora Danica Tiara for the second time.

EDIT: I would remove/exchange the amethysts if this would be my tiara.

Another thought about Marie's jewelry: Does she own other necklaces/pendants than the very beautiful sapphire and diamond brooch/pendant?

Prince Joachim are you hearing me?

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Prince Joachim are you hearing me?

:P Very funny!

I'm trying to decipher the seating plan from the glimpses we have been given.

As far as I can see, the centre of the main table is ...

First Lady of Iceland
CP Frederik
Anne-Marie of Greece
Felipe of Spain
Mathilde of Belgium
Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
Silvia of Sweden
Harald of Norway
Queen Margrethe
Carl Gustaf of Sweden
Maxima of the Netherlands
Philippe of Belgium
Letizia of Spain
Henri of Luxembourg
CP Mary
President of Iceland
Prime Minister of Denmark
Constantine of Greece
That's a lot of Heads of State together!

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All the royal ladies looked lovely this evening, however I'm feeling a bit conflicted about Letizia's gown and tiara.

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Now that I see the tiara I understand what mls was getting at. Modern tiara designs are difficult to achieve successfully, in my opinion.

And here I thought I was just beeing sick and tired and grumpy last night.....I still don't like the tiara. Or the dress.

Well, I like the dress but not to that occasion.

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