The night I met Princess Mary

The night I met Princess Mary

Crown Princess Mary with the ECCO Walk In Style award winner Hadassah De Boer.

On Tuesday night I was lucky enough to see our very own Princess Mary in the flesh.

I was invited to the fifth annual ECCO Walk In Style awards in Copenhagen, Denmark, held at the city’s beautiful and historic City Hall.

At 7.35pm the 300-strong crowd was upstanding for the Crown Princess’ extremely punctual arrival.

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I had a great view of her as she was led through the room, smiling broadly.

Mary looked radiant in a very chic white pant suit by Danish designer Marlene Birger, Prada pumps and a Georg Jensen moonlight grapes ring.

It was such a thrill to see our Aussie royal up close and personal, and very refreshing to see her no-fuss attitude — she happily mingled with other guests and posed for lots of photos.

Watching Mary in action made me realise that we should be very proud of her as Australians.

The many Danes I have spoken to while I have been here have had nothing but praise for Mary and what she has done for the Scandinavian fashion industry since they crowned her their princess.

Mary attended the Walk In Style awards to honour six amazing women from across Europe.

The women — a former Russian figure skater, a Danish Singer, a Polish film agent, a Swedish fashion designer, Norwegian singer and actress and a Dutch journalist — were being recognised for their amazing charity work, as well as their successes in their chosen careers.

The winner was Danish journalist Hadassah De Boer, who works with charity Stichting Vluchteling, which provides aid to refugees in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe whose lives have been devastated by war and violence.

Princess Mary presented Hadassah with her award, eloquently praising her commitment to journalism and charity work before leaving shortly after 10pm.

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It was a wonderful evening and a great initiative ECCO has started — and maybe one day we might have our very own Australian nominee.

Mattie Cronan is The Weekly’s fashion editor. She is in Denmark for Copenhagen Fashion Week as a guest of ECCO.

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