The Danish royal sparkles in an unusual rewear at her mother-in-law's ball

By Caris Davis
March 16, 2016 02:30 PM
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The award for this week’s most creative tiara goes to . . .

Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary!

The royal mom, 44, attended her mother-in-law Queen Margrethe’s Arts and Culture Ball on Tuesday in what appeared to be a new topper – but was actually a repurposed rewear.

The glittering piece is an unusual piece of jewelry known in Danish as a harpynten. Although the Crown Princess was showing it off as a diadem for the first time, she has worn the piece previously as a necklace – as she did at the celebration of Queen Margrethe’s 75th birthday last spring, according to the Danish newspaper Billedbladet.

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Princess Mary teamed her new headwear, which is cast in gold and inlaid with stunning diamonds, with a sheer new black-patterned dress for the March 15 ball at Christiansborg Castle in Denmark.

The princess mingled with more than 300 Danish guests from the arts, culture and sports who gathered in tuxedos and evening dresses within the castle’s great hall to enjoy dancing after a three-course dinner.

Although its origins can be dated back as far as the 18th century, in 1976 Queen Margrethe inaugurated the ball in its current format but has subsequently held the event only occasionally – once in each decade to date (previous outings were in 1985, 1998 and 2009).

This year marked the first time she hosted the event without her consort Prince Henrik, who retired from public life.