Graceful Princess Mary attended a state dinner in New South Wales in a full-length scarlet dress with a diamond necklace and matching drop earrings
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Meanwhile her Hong Kong-born counterpart, Princess Alexandra, was busy at a ceremony for Finnish Hans Christian Andersen goodwill ambassadors
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3 MARCH 2005

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Denmark's princesses lived up to their reputation for elegance as they stepped out in style at events on opposite sides of the globe.

Princess Mary made a stunning appearance in a full-length off-the-shoulder red gown and a diamond collar with matching drop earrings at a state dinner at the New South Wales Government House.

The event capped off a busy day for the Danish royals, as earlier that day Princess Mary had attended a luncheon hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. Her husband, Prince Frederik, spent the day with his Danish crew battling on the high seas as they had earlier competed in the Rolex Farr-40 World Sailing Championships.

Meanwhile in the cooler climes of Scandinavia, Princess Alexandra continued on with her two-day visit to Finland. The Hong Kong-born royal was looking radiant in a retro-style white hat and matching coat as she named the Finnish goodwill ambassadors who will head-up bicentennial celebrations for the birth of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen.

To kick-off the eight-month-long celebration of Hans Christian Andersen's 200th birthday 40,000 guests have been invited to Copenhagen for the April 2 festivities. Denmark's entire royal family will be in attendance as well as monarchs from Sweden and the Netherlands.