Looking Back At Queen Mary Of Denmark's Best Looks Before She Became A Royal
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42 Photos Of Princess Mary, Before She Became A Royal

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The Tasmanian has always had a knack for good style.

The real-life fairytale is a story we’ve all heard: a young advertising executive, enjoying a drink at a busy Sydney pub, gets to chatting with a handsome Dane in town for the 2000 Olympics. After hitting it off, the young woman discovers that her conversation partner was actually His Royal Highness Prince Frederik, the future king of Denmark.

Some 24 years after that magical encounter, Mary Donaldson from Tasmania, now Crown Princess Mary, is soon to become Her Majesty, Queen Mary of Denmark.  

Over the course of those 24 years, our Australian princess has charted her own path through the rigmarole of royal dress. Favouring clean silhouettes, bright pattern dresses, simple accessories, and possessing an ability to sparkle in a tiara and custom gown like the finest of aristocrats, her style is oft-admired and just-as-often recreated.

But before the pant suits and tailored midi dresses, and long before the tiaras and glittering necklaces, the then-Mary Elizabeth Donaldson was usually found in outfits seen in wardrobes of many mid-twenties Australian women. She loved neutral knits, sandals, well-cut denim, and—like any good Tasmanian—a great boot.

As the world, and a very proud Australia, gear up to see Mary become Queen Mary, take a look back at her most memorable style moments before her crowning. 

This article was originally published on Vogue Australia.

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