TASMANIAN-born Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has worn traditional dress for a visit to the Faroe Islands, a remote Danish archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Mary, husband Crown Prince Frederik and their children Christian, 12, Isabella, 11, and twins Vincent and Josephine, 7, are spending four days on the islands to visit the community and observe local customs.
The family arrived yesterday aboard the royal yacht Dannebrog, one of the last royal yachts still sailing the waters around Europe.
They sailed from the Danish capital Copenhagen to the Faroes, halfway between Iceland and Norway.
Upon arrival Crown Princess Mary, 46, and princesses Isabella and Josephine all wore the traditional female outfits of long dresses with an open cape, and the girls wore embroidered blue bonnets on their heads.
Crown Prince Frederik, 50, and princes Christian and Vincent wore the male costume of waistcoat, pants and silver-buckled shoes, along with distinctive floppy red hats.
There are strong cultural traditions in many parts of Denmark, and the royal family often wears traditional dress when they visit, including in Greenland, where Mary has worn heavily-embroidered jackets, jumpers and pants.
Their visits to the Faroes comes just two days after the annual slaughter of dozens of pilot whales and dolphins on the islands — part of everyday life ahead of the Artic winter there, but highly controversial in most other parts of the world where whale hunting is frowned upon.
The couple avoided the controversy and will instead spend time in the Faroes capital Torshavn, attending banquets, visiting schools, farmhouses, community centres and craft workshops.