Joachim, the youngest son of Queen Margarethe II of Denmark, first met Alexandra Manley in Hong Kong while he was working for a Danish shipping company and they eventually fell in love. Joachim presented his fiancee with a ruby and diamond ring while on holiday in the Philippines, however their engagement was not officially announced until May 1995. Although the news of the engagement came as a surprise to the Danish people, they quickly took Alexandra to their hearts and were impressed by how quickly she learned to speak Danish.
The couple were married on 18 November 1995 in the Chapel of Frederiksborg Castle and Alexandra followed the royal tradition of having her dress made by Danish couturier Jorgen Bender who made Queen Margrethe’s wedding dress, as well as those of her sisters, Benedikte and Anne-Marie.
Since it was a winter wedding, the silk dress had a high collar, long sleeves, cummerbund waist, and full skirt with a 4 meter train. The dress was also embellished with 9,000 pearls which were hand-sewn on to the bands around the collar, the cuffs and down the front of the skirt. Although there have been a lot of comparisons to Princess Grace’s wedding dress, Alexandra’s dress actually reminds me more of Princess Margaret’s in 1960 but Alexandra was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of this gown. Alexandra also wore a voluminous tulle veil with the Alexandrine Drop Tiara gifted from her new mother-in-law. She did not wear the traditional Irish lace veil belonging to Margaret of Connaught nor the Khedive of Egypt Tiara normally worn by Danish royal brides.
Alexandra and Joachim went on to have two sons, Nikolai, born in 1999, and Felix, born in 2002, however rumours began to circulate in 2004 that the marriage was in trouble. Alexandra and Joachim announced their separation in September 2004 and were formally divorced in April 2005, after which Alexandra was granted the title of Countess of Frederiksborg.
On 18 September 2006, Alexandra married Martin Jørgensen, a photographer, in a private wedding ceremony at Oster Egende Church in Fakse, Denmark. Alexandra was walked down the aisle by her two sons and the whole affair was far more intimate than her first wedding. Alexandra’s second wedding dress was designed by Henrik Hviid and it just seems so much more her than the first one.
Sadly, Alexandra’s second marriage only lasted 8 years and the couple announced their separation in 2015.