By request from a reader I’m going to make a post about the orders Mary has received through her nine years of marriage which is actual on this exact day.
Three days before her marriage in 2004 the then Mary Donaldson received her first order: The Order of the Elephant which is the highest order in Denmark. The light-blue silk sash is placed on the left shoulder with the elephant resting against the right hip. During the New Years Court the sash is replaced by a golden collar.
L: Mary wearing the Order of the Elephant in its sash.
R: Mary wearing the Order of the Elephant in its collar.
In November 2005 the King Harald, Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway paid a two-day official visit to Denmark. At the visit Mary was granted the Grand Cross of St. Olav. As it was only a month after the Crown Princess had given birth to Prince Christian we didn’t get to see her wear this order at the visit itself. We had to wait until February 2007 when Mary attended the birthday celebrations of King Harald in Oslo. The ribbon of the order is red with white-blue-white edge stripes.
Mary wearing the Order of St. Olav
In May 2007 it was King Carl Gustav, Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden’s turn to visit Denmark. At the visit Mary was granted with the Order of the Polar Star. The visit took place just a few weeks after Mary had given birth to Princess Isabella and as well as with the visit from Normway we didn’t get to see her wear the order at the visit itself. It wasn’t until the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling in 2010 that we saw Mary wearing her order. The ribbon of the order is blue with yellow stripes near the edges.
Mary wearing the Order of the Polar Star
During a state visit from Brazil in 2007 Mary was presented with the Brazilian Order of the Southern Cross. The colour of the sash is quite similar to the Order of the Elephant although the Brazilian order is quite wider and then goes from right shoulder to left hip.
Mary wearing the Order of the Southern Cross
When the Greek President visited Denmark in 2009 Mary received the Order of Beneficence. The ribbon of the order is yellow with blue edges.
Mary wearing the Order of Beneficence
And the last pictured order of this post is the Order of the White Rose of Finland that Mary received earlier this year when the Finish President visited Denmark. The colour of the ribbon is dark blue.
Mary wearing the Order of the White Rose in 2013
Mary was also decorated with the Order of Stara Planina of Bulgaria in 2006. The order isn't placed in a ribbon but in a bow on the right chest.
Mary wearing the Order of Stara Planina in 2006.