This was the Confirmation of Elizabeth of Denmark: hugs, family reunion and a double tribute and break with tradition

Max Yurva

April 30, 2022 will forever be marked as a great day for the Danish Royal Family as it was the day on which the Confirmation of Princess Elizabeth, second daughter of Princes Frederick and Mary of Denmark and fourth granddaughter of Queen Margaret. In addition, there was a great desire to celebrate after the postponement that Prince Christian experienced in his Confirmation, which he had to do a year later and with restrictions. As if that were not enough, in 2022 the 50th anniversary of the reign of Margaret of Denmark is celebrated, whose central acts were moved to September 2022 due to the pandemic.

Margaret of Denmark receives Joachim and Marie of Denmark and their children at the Confirmation of Elizabeth of DenmarkMargaret of Denmark receives Joachim and Marie of Denmark and their children at the Confirmation of Elizabeth of Denmark

Fortunately, nothing has disturbed the Confirmation of Princess Elizabeth, which was a beautiful family reunion at Fredensborg Palace, in whose chapel the Confirmation was celebrated. This place is where important events for the Danish Royal Family, such as baptisms and confirmations, are traditionally held, so it was there that the religious service was held.

Queen Margaret was waiting at the door with her dog for her relatives. It was there when she was able to see the spring outfit of the Monarch, that she chose a printed dress with a blue klein jacket with a matching headdress. Margaret of Denmark was radiant, and even more so when she saw her son Joaquín de Ella appear with her family. The Queen excitedly extended her arms to hug Prince Joachim, whom she doesn’t see very often because he resides in Paris. She later greeted her four grandchildren, Prince Nicholas, Prince Felix, Prince Harry and Princess Athena, as well as her daughter-in-law, Marie of Denmark, who was the only one to bow to her.

Margaret of Denmark, Joachim and Marie of Denmark, Nicholas, Felix, Henry and Athena of Denmark at the Confirmation of Elizabeth of DenmarkMargaret of Denmark, Joachim and Marie of Denmark, Nicholas, Felix, Henry and Athena of Denmark at the Confirmation of Elizabeth of Denmark

On this occasion the family of Joaquin from Denmark has been complete. The same did not happen at the Confirmation of Prince Christian, held on May 15, 2022, when due to the pandemic only Nicholas and Felix from Denmark were present because the others reside in France and could not travel. Prince Joaquín, who in addition to being an uncle is Christian of Denmark’s godfather, deeply regretted his absence and has been able to get even with the Confirmation of his niece.

The tributes made by Elizabeth of Denmark

Shortly after, the protagonist of the day, Princess Isabel, made her appearance, arriving with her parents, Prince Federico and Princess Mary, and her siblings, Princes Christian, Vicente and Josefina, walking from the Chancellery, where they reside in spring, to Fredensborg Palace. Then came the second public embrace as Elizabeth of Denmark stepped forward and walked alone to her grandmother, who warmly welcomed her granddaughter on her big day. She subsequently kissed her grandchildren Christian, Vicente and Josefina, her daughter-in-law Mary and finally her son and her heir Federico.

Federico and Mary of Denmark with their children upon their arrival at the Confirmation of Elizabeth of DenmarkFederico and Mary of Denmark with their children upon their arrival at the Confirmation of Elizabeth of Denmark

A double homage and the breaking of a tradition could then be verified. Starting with the first, Elizabeth of Denmark wore pearl earrings as jewelry and, above all, a brooch that she placed on the lapel of her jacket. It is not just any brooch, but it is a pearl jewel, in which a rose stands out, and diamonds that belonged to her great-great-grandmother, Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Queen of Denmark as wife of Christian X of Denmark. Having it in her possession, Queen Margarita gave it to her granddaughter Isabella on the occasion of her baptism, and faced with such a jewel, the Princess wanted to wear it on such an important day.

The second tribute also supposes the rupture of a tradition. It had been 6 decades since the Danish Royal Family had celebrated the Confirmation of a princess. The last one had been Anna Maria of Greece, then only Princess of Denmark, little sister of Margaret of Denmark and great-aunt of Princess Elizabeth. Until then, the royals had worn dresses to receive this sacrament, but Elizabeth of Denmark wanted to break this tradition and pay tribute to her mother by choosing from her wardrobe a white pantsuit by Max Mara that Mary of Denmark had worn on a visit to Stockholm where he met Victoria of Sweden.

Elizabeth of Denmark with her parents at her ConfirmationElizabeth of Denmark with her parents at her Confirmation

The religious act was officiated by Henrik Wigh-Poulsen, Bishop of Aarhus. The church was decorated with flower arrangements in pastel shades of purple, pink and cream to create a seasonal spring feel. The ceremony was enlivened by a choir of 37 girls that the attendees enjoyed. Among them was Matilda of Belgium, godmother of Princess Elizabeth, who arrived for the ceremony and was not seen much. The great absentee was Mary’s father from Denmark, John Donaldson, whose daughter said that she could not attend because she was too old to fly from Australia to Denmark.

Of course there has been an after party that the Danish Royal Family and the rest of the guests have enjoyed in private. In public there have been poses, alone and in the company of her close family. In addition, Princess Elizabeth has commented on how much she liked the act and how happy she is to have taken this step.

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