Queen Mary of Denmark has undergone a style transformation since becoming a royal in 2004.
Mary told the Financial Times she previously wore T-shirts and shorts and sometimes went barefoot.
As Denmark's new queen, Mary now wears ballgowns, tiaras, and pantsuits.
It's typical for Mary to wear formal attire, such as the white belted gown and sash she wore to her husband's accession to the throne as King Frederik X on Sunday. But she didn't always dress this way.
The queen consort was born Mary Donaldson in Tasmania, Australia, and was working as a real-estate agent when she met Frederick at a pub in Sydney in 2000, according to the couple's 2003 interview on "60 Minutes Australia."
"Very early on, it was clear that there were expectations about what you wore and how you dressed appropriately to an event," the then-princess told the Financial Times in 2022.
"That was pretty daunting for me. I was a T-shirt-and-shorts girl, known to go barefoot," she added.
These photos show how Mary's style has evolved since joining the Danish royal family.
Mary dressed casually for one of her first public appearances in 2003, opting for a long-sleeved shirt, jeans, a matching belt, and sunglasses.
At a 2003 press conference to announce her engagement to Prince Frederik, Mary wore a simple, beige dress and matching pumps.
Mary stepped out in a sleeveless, mint-green dress and a pair of open-toe heels for her sister's wedding that same year.
At a royal engagement in 2004, she dressed in a floral-print skirt, a gold blazer, matching heels, and layers of beaded necklaces.
At a state banquet in 2004, Mary wore her most formal look yet, which comprised of an off-the-shoulder ballgown with gold embroidery, a dainty clutch bag, and a pearl and aquamarine choker necklace and drop earrings.
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At her royal wedding in 2004, Mary's gown by Danish fashion designer Uffe Frank had a scoop neckline and a 19-foot train. She wore her hair in a sleek updo with a flowing veil.
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At one of her first appearances since getting married, the then-princess wore a retro dress with bold heart prints to an art show in 2004.
Mary wore a floral headpiece and a blue coat with a sapphire brooch that was gifted to her by Queen Margrethe for her son Prince Christian's christening ceremony in 2006.
Attending a state banquet in 2009, Mary wore a ballgown with capped sleeves and a ruffled skirt. She accessorized with a tiara and rewore the pearl choker necklace.
During a visit to Australia in 2011, she wore a floral, knee-length dress and a pink hat that was adorned with a faux rose.
For one of her boldest looks to date, Mary wore a bright-pink, one-shoulder gown by David Anderson in 2011. She styled her hair in an updo with a tiara.
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Wearing another colorful look, Mary opted for a floor-length orange gown at a New Year's banquet in 2013. She completed the look with the Danish ruby parure tiara and a matching necklace.
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Mary proved she's not afraid to go casual from time to time when she and her son, Prince Vincent, wore matching blue jackets in 2015.
The royal wore a knee-length orange gown with a tie belt to attend Royal Ascot with Queen Elizabeth II in 2016. She accessorized with a floral fascinator and clutch bag.
To celebrate Frederik's 50th birthday in 2018, Mary wore a cream dress embroidered with colorful flowers and blue gem drop earrings that matched her husband's suit and tie.
At a birthday gala for Queen Margarethe in 2022, Mary wore an off-the-shoulder ballgown with a sheer overlay and accessorized with a diamond tiara, a chunky gemstone necklace, and a coordinating bracelet.
Mary changed up her style that same year, swapping out her typical dresses and skirts for a peach pantsuit during a visit to the Netherlands.
At one of her most recent royal engagements in November 2023, the then-princess wore a gray blazer, matching pants, and styled her hair in loose waves.
To celebrate King Frederik's accession on Sunday, Mary wore a long-sleeved, belted dress with a cape by Soeren Le Schmidt.
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