Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was joined by her daughter Princess Josephine as they watched a horse race today amid the ongoing family feud over titles.
The Hubertus Hunt is an annual cross-country horse race held on the first Sunday of November at Deer Park in Klampenborg, north of Copenhagen.
Stylish Mary, 50, who has been patron of the event since 2018, was practically dressed in a black wax jacket over a dark quilted jacket and brown tweed trousers.
She finished the outfit with a blue felt fedora over her long locks that were smoothed into a duvet.
Her makeup featured her signature bold smokey eye, paired with a natural pink lip and dewy base.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (pictured, right) watched the annual Hubertus Hunt tug hunt event in Klampenborg with her daughter Princess Josephine (pictured, left) today
After the event, the royal presented its prizes. Here they pose with pony race winner Caroline Oesterby Andersen (left) and horse Mitzi
The event (pictured) is every year on the first Sunday of November at Deer Park in Klampenborg, north of Copenhagen
Meanwhile, Josephine, 11, donned a quilted jacket and baggy jeans for the outing.
Last year, the entire Danish Crown Prince family, including Mary, Crown Prince Frederik and their four children Prince Christian, Princess Isabella and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, appeared at the event.
However, this year, as the only royal to accompany the Crown Princess, Josephine seemed animated as she watched the horsemen, waving her arms from her vantage point on the lodge balcony.
Prior to watching the race from the balcony, the couple was pictured waving to spectators as they rode by in a horse-drawn carriage.
Dating back to the 1900s, the event marks the end of the Danish hunting season, with 160 hunters on horseback riding across hedges and water features through the park, covering a 13km route. It attracts about 40,000 spectators.
It was once a real hunt, but now the traditional fox and deer have been replaced by a set course for the riders in red coats and their horses – with two leading riders carrying a foxtail on their shoulders.
Prior to the race, the royal couple rode in a traditional horse-drawn carriage, wacb
Last year the entire Danish crown prince family attended the Hubertus hunt, this year only saw patron saint princess Mary and Josephine make an appearance
Princess Mary became the patroness of the Hubertus Hunt event after the death of her father-in-law Prince Henrik in 2018.
The royal was all smiles as she posed with Thomas Kledal and his horse Arizona, the winners of the big horse category in front of the Hermitage Castle.
She also snapped a photo with Caroline Oesterby Andersen and her horse Mitzi, who took top honors in the pony category.
The Danish royal family has caused controversy in the past over their traditional annual hunt.
In 2019, they were pictured in front of a lawn full of killed deer on the eve of their annual hunt.
Practical: Mary wore a wax jacket over a dark quilted coat and brown tweed trousers while Josephine donned a quilted jacket and baggy jeans for the outing
The 11-year-old appeared to be enjoying the spectacle, throwing her arms in the air and beaming as she watched
Prince Frederick of Denmark hosted the ‘King’s Hunt’ and led an entourage of prominent guests and other members of the royal family through the Gludsted Plantation in central Jutland.
After the hunt, the Prince, his wife Princess Mary, Queen Margrethe and their guests stood outside Fredensborg Palace for a traditional hunting parade.
Among the images of the event is the prince walking through rows of slaughtered deer and the queen shaking hands with the hunters.
Under a Danish law, the royal family will have the exclusive right to hunt in about a third of the country’s forests.
Traditionally, during the ceremony, the proceeds of the hunt are read aloud, followed by a toast to the hunters.
About 160 riders take part in the annual event held on the first Sunday of November at Deer Park in Klampenborg
It was once a real hunt, but now the traditional fox and deer have been replaced by a set course for the riders in red coats and their horses
Official royal hunts in the Danish state forests take place every year during the hunting season, which runs from early October to mid-January.
Princess Mary becomes Queen of Denmark when Frederick ascends the throne, following the death or abdication of his mother.
Today’s outing follows a controversial couple of weeks for the family after Queen Margrethe announced her decision to strip the children of Prince Joachim – her youngest son and Princess Mary’s brother-in-law – of their princely titles.
She announced that from January next year Prince Nikolai, 23, Prince Felix, 20, Prince Henrik, 13, and Princess Athena, 10, will lose the titles.
Queen Margrethe’s decision caused a huge amount of conflict within the Danish family and was resonated in the world press.
Prince Joachim and his family deeply and publicly disagree with her decision to strip his children’s titles.
The Queen initially explained that the decision was made for the sake of the grandchildren.
Crown Princess Mary and Princess Josephine pose with pony race winner Caroline Oesterby Andersen (left) and her pony Mitzi
Crown Princess Mary poses with big horse winner Thomas Kledal and his horse Arizona
But later she described in a press release that it was also about securing the future of the royal family.
She wrote: ‘Using a royal title entails a number of obligations and duties, which will be borne by fewer members of the royal family in the future.’
However, she also stated that it made a big impression on her that her family was upset, but still stood by her decision.
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, 54, recently spoke out in public for the first time since the announcement was made.
Frederik said it was “sad” to see how his younger brother Joachim was affected by the decision.
The Danish Royal Family Tree. Prince Joachim’s children, Nikolai, 23, Felix, 20, Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10, will all lose their titles on January 1, 2023
Queen Margrethe initially explained that the decision was made for the sake of her children, but later said it was also about securing the future of the royal family.
But he continued to support the queen’s wishes, despite understanding his brother’s position.
The crown prince explained to the publication that he is invested in the Danish monarchy which “remains lean over time”, thus supporting his mother’s decision.
Frederik explained that she only made the decision because she wanted to.
He said: “She felt that now was the time to make a decision that I also support and that I see as the right decision.”
The Crown Prince did think about the effect this had on his younger brother and insisted that they had been in touch, but insisted that this was a family matter to be kept private.