Margrethe was studying in London when she first met Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, a French diplomat, and they met again a few weeks later at a wedding they were both attending. Since Margrethe was not well known in Britain, the couple were able to keep a low profile during their relationship and their subsequent engagement which was formally announced on 5 October 1966.
The couple were married on 10 June 1967 at Holmens Kirke in Copenhagen, after which Henri became a Prince of Denmark and changed the spelling of his name to Henrik. The only unhappy part of the day for Margrethe was the absence of her younger sister, Anne Marie, who was married to Constantine, King of the Hellenes. Since Greece was embroiled in political turmoil, the Danish government had made it clear Anne Marie and her husband were not welcome in Denmark, however Margrethe was determined her sister would be there in spirit and placed pictures of her all over Fredensborg Palace where the reception was held.
Margrethe’s dress was made by Jørgen Bender, a Danish designer and royal couturier, and it combined the bride’s creativity with more conventional royal traditions. The silk dress had a square neckline, full sleeves, and a lace panel extending down the front of the bodice and down the flared skirt. The lace had once belonged to Margrethe’s grandmother, Margaret of Connaught, and had become a tradition for it to be incorporated into the wedding dresses of her female descendants. In the same regard, Margarethe wore the Irish lace veil that had been worn by Margaret and also the Khedive of Egypt tiara which had been given to Margaret as a wedding gift.
Margrethe wore very little other jewellery, however she pinned her mother’s daisy and diamond brooch to the centre of the lace panel on her bodice. The brooch had been a wedding gift from Margrethe’s grandfather, Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, to her mother, Ingrid, from diamonds once belonging to Margaret of Connaught.