The halls of Amalienborg have been decked with boughs of holly, and, more importantly, a superlatively stunning Christmas tree! Crown Princess Mary captured a gorgeous shot of the royal's holiday centerpiece - a real spruce, of course - which the family's official Instagram account shared with fans around the world. "Christmas spirit in the hall of Frederick VIII's palace, Amalienborg," the caption stated, "Here on the third Sunday of Advent."
A Danish royal Christmas! Photo: Instagram/@detdanskekongehus
They credited the 46-year-old Princess with the portrait of the family's traditional-looking tree. Featuring an array of shiny ornaments, which varied in color and size, their tree was nothing out of the ordinary at first glance. That is, until we realized there were no lights strung along the branches!
In lieu of the strings of twinkling electric bulbs that grace trees across America, the Danish royals deftly placed thin candles. This is a more common practice in Denmark, throwing a nod to the days when wax and fire were the only lights available to use. The eventual lighting of the tree is considered a sacred ritual for the family and will be done together.
Der blev ønsket glædelig jul, drukket glögg og spist æbleskiver, da H.K.H. Kronprinsessen i dag samlede @mary_fonden og fondens samarbejdspartnere til julereception i Frederik VIII’s Palæ, Amalienborg. Her ønskede Hendes Kongelige Højhed og fondens medarbejdere glædelig jul og tak for samarbejdet i 2018 til de mange partnerskaber. 📸 Steen Brogaard ©
The photo also gave us a look at some of the gold-trimmed palace's other holiday decor. Frosted pine cones can be seen sitting on a marble-topped table to the left, which also showcases a few other festive adornments. Oversized ornaments - in the traditional Danish Christmas gold color - were also displayed there, accented with red ribbon.
Their prescriptive decorations are a symbol of their celebrations as well, with the family sticking to a customary gathering for the holidays. This year, Marselisborg Palace is once again the setting for the royal family’s Christmas, as it has been since 1972, according to their official website. Queen Margrethe II will begin her stay at the palace on December 21 and celebrate the holiday with the Crown Prince family as well as Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and children.