Denmark’s Princess Mary dressed her young daughter in a fur vest last week.

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The royal – who is married to Crown Prince Frederik – has sparked outrage from animal rights campaigners, who claim there is no need for 16-month-old Isabella to be wearing the mink garment.

Jason Baker, Asia-Pacific director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), urged the public to rally against the princess’ choice of wardrobe for her daughter.

He said: “There’s just no excuse in this day and age to be wearing fur.

“Princess Mary is looked up to by a lot of people in Europe and Australia and she’s looked up to as a mother.

“I hope people will send a message to her that this is wrong.”

A spokeswoman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) agreed the fashion statement was unjust, saying the vast majority of Australia would agree.

She said: “We have serious concerns about the way a lot of these animals are killed and we think anybody wearing fur sends the wrong message that it’s OK.

“Public awareness of issues surrounding the fur trade is quite high these days and it would be hard to find many people who think it’s OK to wear fur in Australia.”

The princess was given a mink coat as a wedding gift by Danish fur farmers. She was also photographed wearing a fur coat to King Harald’s 70th birthday celebrations in Norway last year.