It was the dazzling gown that landed her on ‘best dressed’ lists around the globe and contributed to her being named ‘most stylish royal’ for the second time.
And Crown Princess Mary of Denmark knows when she is on to a winner, recycling the glittering Jesper Høvring dress she first wore to the 2014 Bambi awards for the royal New Year banquet this week.
The 43-year-old royal, fresh from her Christmas holiday in Australia, looked elegant in what appeared to be a midnight blue velvet dress with a sequinned underlay when she attended the reception at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen on Friday.
Recycling royal: Crown Princess Mary of Denmark looked sensational in a midnight blue velvet and sequinned gown at the New Year banquet at Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen on Friday (left) – but eagle-eyed fans recognised the dress immediately
But eagle-eyed fans were quick to recognise the gown, which garnered so many fashion plaudits over a year ago.
The two-piece ensemble saw Mary swap the draped off-the-shoulder top she wore to the Bambi Awards in Berlin in October 2014, for a long-sleeved velvet top, which sat at her hip in front, before falling to a full-length train at the back.
Looking tanned and relaxed after her vacation, Mary wore her hair pinned back underneath her antique diamond and ruby-encrusted tiara and paired her outfit with her Knight of the Order of the Elephant collar.
It is this ability to look stylish and regal while cleverly recycling her priceless designer wardrobe time and again that has won Mary admiration from royal watchers.
Familiar: The Australian princess first wore the Jesper Høvring outfit to the Bambi awards in Germany in 2014 (left), but swapped the draped top for a velvet long-sleeved top with a billowing train (right)
The royal couple have just enjoyed a relaxed Christmas holiday with their children and arrived back just in time to help host the annual royal banquet
Clever redesign: From behind, the outfit looks completely different, thanks to the velvet train attached to the top (left), compared to the more summery style of the original design (right)
The Australian-born princess is known for re-wearing her favourite designer pieces over and over, mixing up her accessories and hairstyle each time to give the look a breath of fresh air.
She even restyled a beloved red velvet gown so that its bejewelled belt became a neck-tie for the same New Year’s banquet back in 2014.
Crown Princess Mary and husband Crown Prince Frederik were both sporting tans following their holiday in Australia in December.
They touched down in Australia on December 6 and their first stop was Perth, to visit Mary’s brother John Donaldson, who is the godfather to Prince Vincent.
Thrifty princess: Mary is known for re-wearing her favourites but mixing them up to make them look fresh – such as when she modified a bejewelled belt (left) to make it a neck tie (right) for the New Year’s banquet back in 2014
Their group then embarked on a road trip through Western Australia, stopping off in small towns along the way, where they were spied by thrilled locals in family-fun bakeries and an IGA, picking up snacks.
Then it was on to the Gold Coast, where they visited Dreamworld and spent a day at the beach, where Prince Christian was rescued by a lifeguard after getting caught in a rip.
Finally, the clan headed to Byron Bay, where the Donaldson family gathered to celebrate the holidays and Mary’s sister Jane’s 50th birthday.
It will be a busy few weeks for the royal family, as they celebrate the birthday of their twins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, who turn five on January 8.