Queen Margrethe’s 40 New Year’s looks

Of all the Danes in the world, no one is quite as fabulous as Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Every year on New Year’s Eve at 6 PM on the dot, Her Majesty’s New Year’s speech is broadcast live to the kingdom of Denmark (and globally online to Danes abroad). Last night marked the Queen’s fortieth New Year’s speech, as well as iconic-New-Year’s-speech-outfit no. 40.

An icon of Mr Pearl’s – and certainly of the DANSK office, too – Her Majesty is the most adventurous dresser in the royal sphere, not to mention the most amazingly dressed. And while the fashion industry knows a thing or two about signature looks, none of the fashion greats do it quite like the Queen. Here, we give you all Her Majesty’s looks from four decades of New Year’s speeches.

Happy New Year to all DANSK readers, and in the words of the Queen (with which she famously ends her New Year’s speeches), God save Denmark!

2011: (image above) Last night, Her Majesty rocked a silk blouse so perfect we’ll be referencing it from this point forward. Perfection in dusty blue silk, flawlessly accessorised with new jewels and the Queen’s signature red lips and nails. Queens of the world, take note. This is how one should roll.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1972

1972: It was a softly styled and very young new monarch who gave her first New Year’s speech after her father, H.M. King Frederik IX, passed away that same year. The Queen was 32. Notice the empowering hair style.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1973

1973: Statement jewellery and statement hair added a certain authority to Her Majesty’s second speech. A sharper shoulder is introduced.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1974

1974: Chanello! And with a low yet precisely appropriate cut. Stunning.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1975

1975: Working the waves, Her Majesty is all of a sudden returning to a softer look. Her speech gave hope to a largely unemployed nation – ah, those jolly seventies!

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HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1976

1976: Bringing the Marlene Dietrich, a cheerful Queen Margrethe rocks the first of many fabulous blouses. Signature-look-forming alert.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1977

1977: Blouse! And a somewhat sharper silhouette for Her Majesty, complemented by a ‘do worthy of a high-powered editrice.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1978

1978: Ta-dah! Live in Technicolor! We’re fast approaching the 1980s and Joan Collins is throwing all kinds of magic dust around. Here, a polka-dotted cardigan of some sort, which kind of resembles the Holiday costume from The Blonde Ambition Tour.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1979

1979: Colour film is expensive, and also, black and white makes the tapestry look more like the elf village in The Lord of the Rings.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1980

1980: Worlds and worlds of OMG. One of our personal favourites, this chic red number rings in the 1980s like it knew what was to come. Loving the bling, too.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1981

1981: Not counting the polka-dots, this year sees the debut of print in the Queen’s New Year’s speech wardrobe. Oh, and humongous shoulder pads. Ah-mah-zing.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1982

1982: Victorian collar, check. Brocade, check. Pointy ski slope shoulder, check. Hair brushed to one side with wind effect. Check, check. Either we’re in Texas or it must be the 1980s.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1983

1983: The next year would become dangerous for Queen Margrethe as she ventured into political territory, but in 1983 it was all about the new center parting. On a side note, notice how the doors behind Her Majesty were closed from 1972 but are kept wide open from this year and onwards. Signals, y’all. Signals.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1984

1984: Eeks and red alerts. In one of her most insanely hot outfits to date, Her Majesty criticised her subjects for being xenophobic towards immigrants, causing a media uproar. But she looked fabulous doing it, and who wouldn’t feel slightly rebellious in tartan and a shoulder like that?

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1985

1985: Krystle Carrington called. She wants her outfit back.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1986

1986: When they say everything got bigger in the eighties, they’re mainly referring to spectacles.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1987

1987: Wowsers. So much win. A Versace-esque print extravaganza, which may or may not have a bat sleeve. Also: the introduction of the Queen’s round glasses, which would become a signature accessory of the monarch.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1988

1988: Her Majesty said goodbye to the experimental 1980s in style: here, an Arab sleeve with an Asian collar, a Western Victorian side-buttoning and an Indian twist in an sari-like brocade detail. That’ll do.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1989

1989: The 1980s are nearly over and the Queen gives us a taste of her New Year’s wardrobe in the decades to come: blouses and fitted jackets would pretty much take over for the next twenty-two years of speeches.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1990

1990: We bow low. Our all-time favourite look for Queen Margrethe, and proof that Leonard didn’t live in vain. This is why we love her.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1991

1991: Vicious tongues dubbed it the ashtray ‘do (dads just don’t get good hair) but we thought it rocked. No one does regal quite like Queen Margrethe.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1992

1992: Working a Bollywood reference in this pink number. Please note the immaculate red manicure. It’s a Queen Margrethe signature.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1993

1993: Ahead of the nineties curve, Her Majesty brings out the rouge noir with this velvet jacket. (Actually, that’s two nineties trends in one. The Queen FTW!)

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1994

1994: A lesser style icon would simply do black and white houndstooth, but not Queen Margrethe. We also sense a bit of YSL love going on with this one.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1995

1995: Looking poised and regal in this lavish red wraparound number.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1996

1996: Um, how much do we love this print? So spring/summer 2011.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1997

1997: Firstly, check out the gorge bling. Yes please. Secondly, notice how Her Majesty spices up the New Year’s silhouette by throwing in a new neckline. Very chic.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1998

1998: The draped late 1990s. Notice the whale (or walrus?) teeth figurines on Her Majesty’s desk. (Queen Margrethe is the Head of State in Greenland.) The figurines would assume an array of different positions in the years to come… as documented in the pictures below.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 1999

1999: Perhaps the most important New Year’s speech ever (since, you know, we all thought the world would seize to exist at midnight), the Queen’s Millennium speech was epic. And so was Her Majesty’s silver getup.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 2000

2000: It’s the Millennium and we’re all preoccupied with the new. What does Her Majesty do? She gets her Krystle top from 1985 modified and wears it again. Go girl.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 2001

2001: We think Ralph Lauren would get a bit excited if he saw this look.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 2002

2002: Oscar de la Renta, is that you? Cindy McCain looks like this in her dreams.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 2003

2003: The 2003 version of the 1982 outfit.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 2004

2004: In the wake of T.R.H. The Crown Prince Couple’s lavish wedding earlier that year, Queen Margrethe matched her New Year’s outfit to the now-legendary gown worn by Her Majesty at the wedding ceremony.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 2005

2005: Purple reign. (Sorry, we had to.)

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 2006

2006: Looking lovely in pistachio. Notice how the bouquet on the desk matches the lining of the jacket. Majestic detail, children.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 2007

2007: The daisy brooch by Georg Jensen hints at the Queen’s pet name, Daisy – the English translation from her first name, Margrethe.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 2008

2008: So ice queen. So perfect.

HM The Queen of Denmark's New Year's Speech 2009

2009: If the 1990 look was Her Majesty’s best New Year’s effort ever, this doubtlessly takes second place. So chic.

H.M. The Queen of Denmark, New Year's Eve 2010

2010: The Queen looked stunning in red, echoing Her Majesty’s most memorable dress of the year, a red number worn at her 70th birthday gala. 2010 was of course also the year that H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary was named the fourth best-dressed person in the world by Vanity Fair.

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4 Responses to “Queen Margrethe’s 40 New Year’s looks”

  1. Vicky says:

    Beautiful lady, nice smile, fabulous outfits. In that 2009 pic she really shines. And what can one say about those beautiful and well chosen bouquets? Thanks for posting this series. Saludos desde España.

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  3. Looking at her on this photo could make me say ” Hail to the queen”.She is truly a queen with a dignified/reserved,charming, elegant and classy looks that makes you stares at her longer.

  4. acsilver says:

    What fabulous brooches!! She looks extemely elegant and well dressed. How interesting it is to see how she changes throughout the times, however her taste for brooches remains through all the years.

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