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Princess Marie attends launch of Denmark’s largest children art project

Today, Princess Marie attended the launch of Denmark’s largest children art project in GeoPark Odsherred as Patron of the Danish UNESCO National Commission.

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Geokids is an art project and educational offer for school students in Odsherred which started in 2014. In connection with the project, the students have been introduced to Geopark Odsherred’s landscape and cultural history and they have learned about the landscape and dug for clay.

Photo by Claus Starup III
© Claus Starup

Together with the artists Martin Nybo and Henrik Boe, the students have created masks of the clay from the park, all gathered for a joint work of art.Behind each mask is a QR code. When you scan the code, you can see a small movie with the child who made the mask.

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© Claus Starup

Martin Nybo found inspiration for the mask project partly on the Easter Island and partly from the Chinese Terracotta Army.  Prior to the actual sculpture project, all students have undergone a Geokids course where they are have been introduced to concepts such as ice age, work on nature, food, cultural history
and Odsherred painters.  By allowing students to make their masks, Geokids has contributed to identity creation through learning. Today, all Odsherred students are familiar with what the geopark is and how it works out.

During the visit, Princess Marie participated designed a mask herself with the help of Martin Nybo but it will not be included in the exhibition.

Photo by Claus Starup
© Claus Starup

After the official launch of the children’s project, Princess Marie participated in a walk on Højderygstien from Veddinge Bakker to Esterhøj in Høve with the oldest children. She was joined by GeoPark’s geologist Jacob Walloe Hansen told her about the landscape.

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Princess Marie opted for a casual outfit today. She wore the LK Bennett ‘Boston’ trench coat she debuted last month. She wore a black knit turtleneck and black jeans.

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© LK Bennett

She also wore her single Christine Hvelplund earrings with sunglasses first worn in 2015 at the Roskilde Festival.

We’ll next see Princess Marie on May 7 when she’ll visit classes for children with autism and she’ll celebrate Kattegatcentret’s 25th anniversary.

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Princess Marie attends a concert at Holmens Kirke in Copenhagen

Yesterday, Princess Marie attended a spring concert hosted by the Barndrøm Association (Childhood Association)  at Holmens Kirke in Copenhagen.

The Barndrøm Association was founded in 2011, and works, among other things, to expand children’s and young people’s worldview and help them meet their potentials through art and culture.

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Princess Marie was joined by the French ambassador to Denmark, François Zimeray. He made a short speech before the concert began.

The performers were Philippe Benjamin Skow (violinist), Tanja Zapolski (pianist), Kirsten Olesen (actor), The Child and Youth Orchestra Zapolski Strygerne v / Alexandre Zapolski and Jens-Christian Wandt (opera singer). They performed works from Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Fauré, Nielsen and Tchaikovsky and the guests also heard adventures from H.C Andersen. Princess Marie seemed to truly enjoy the show.

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The ticket revenue goes to the Barndrøm Association’s work on art and cultural activities for vulnerable children and young people.

After the concert, Princess Marie had the opportunity to greet the 50 children and young people who had taken part in the show.

For this concert, Princess Marie wore the Hugo Boss ‘ Kasima’ dress she first wore in April 2017 when she received the Légion d’Honneur. She has worn it several times since.

© Hugo Boss

She carried an old UFO clutch, first worn at the Opening of Parliament in 2013, and she wore new Zara pumps ( found by Cecile!). The burgundy pumps are made of satin and they have a contrasting red heel. They are still available at €39.95 here.

© Zara

Marie chose to wear one of her favorite brooches, I believe it belongs to the family vault. She also wore her Christine Hvelplund bracelet.

© Christine Hvelplund

We’ll next see Princess Marie on April 30, when she’ll visit the GeoPark Children’s Art Project.

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Princess Marie attends SIKON Conference as Patron of the Danish Association for Autism

Today, Princess Marie was in Odense to attend the SIKON Conference hosted by the Danish Association for Autism.

The SIKON Conference is held over two days and celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. Princess Marie is Patron of the Danish Association for Autism since November 2011 and she attended the SIKON Conference in April 2015.

Those who take part in the SIKON Conference can attend presentations, participate in courses and share their knowledge about autism.

During today’s event, Princess Marie was on hands to give the Autism Prize before meeting with lecturers and participants and learning about the different stands. The Autism Prize 2018 went to Felix Munch and Ellen Vallentin for their important work on research into parents with autism.

She also had the opportunity to test a new rocking chair that is used to soothe autistic children as part of a new therapy.

Here is Princess Marie’s speech:

Congratulations on the anniversary!

The SIKON conference has been held 30 times. The first time was in Copenhagen in 1988. It was then when autism was a rare diagnosis and therefore the conference was also quite small, only approx. 5% of the participants present today. 

At that time, only a small group of parents and professionals had seen autism. Today we are many, more than 800 people.

Because we’ve gotten better to spot things that are hard to see!

An anniversary is always a good opportunity to correct the eyes of the years gone by. 
You can ask yourself some questions about,

  • Why you took the choices you took in your life, and you can reflect on whether you actually achieved what you had set for. 

Or if everything went according to plan, whether it was attained its goals or whether it was more coincidental. And what had you really done if you had chosen to do something completely different from what you did … would you have been somewhere else right now?

You can also choose to look at everything from above, looking at something other than yourself. Look at the community around, the life you live, and dive into some social issues and ask for example:

  • How was the quality of life for people with autism 30 years ago?
  • What was their biggest challenge then?
  • What have we been doing in the 30 years and how do they have it today?

One can look at their opportunities to develop their identity and ask:

  • Are autistic children part of our kindergartens and schools today?
  • Will autistic young people get in education and do they get work in our businesses? 
  • Do they earn money, and do they gain independence from others, or should we always care for them – and how do we do it in the best possible way?
  • Will they meet with the acceptance and recognition of other people in our society or are we trying to “file them a bit” so they are easier to fit?

Some time ago, I met Lasse at Novo Nordisk where he is employed by Project Opportunity. Lasse was employed as an operator in the production department, he did the job perfectly. It was quite accidentally discovered that Lasse had “hidden talents”, he could find visual errors in language patterns – Lasse suddenly became invaluable because he was ” seen “.

Because we see autism now. We recognize the behavior that characterizes autism, so the question must be whether we also see the talents of autistic people. Have we been better at finding their skills? 
Have we changed our attitudes and our view of diversity, we have become more open to diversity, and more tolerant?

We are, maybe …

But now we are going to look forward and SIKON has again, this year, gathered some highly skilled researchers, professors and speakers who will inform us and make us even more aware of our topic Autism!

I wish you a very good conference!

You can see a small part of her speech here and a short video of Marie handing the Autism Prize here.

Princess Marie wore a recycled outfit today! She chose to wear her Hugo Boss white printed dress. She first wore it while visiting the HC Andersen Children Hospital in 2017.

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She also carried her old Yves Saint Laurent black tote bag and she wore black pumps. I believe they are the Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ suede pumps she debuted earlier this month.

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©Jimmy Choo

We’ll see Princess Marie tomorrow again when she’ll attend the spring concert of the Children Association.

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Queen Margrethe’s 78th Birthday !

Today, Queen Margrethe is celebrating her 78th birthday! The whole family was reunited in Amalienborg Palace for the occasion. Only Crown Prince Frederik wasn’t there as he is on a private trip to Greenland.

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At noon, the family went out on the Palace’s balcony to celebrate the Queen’s birthday with the crowd in front. Queen Margrethe always celebrates her birthday with a little ceremony on the balcony, it doesn’t always happen in Amalienborg Palace. Last year, it was celebrated at Marselisborg Palace.

Queen Margrethe first appeared on the main balcony on her own while the rest of the family were on their own balconies on the sides:

© Billed Bladet Screenshot

Crown Princess Mary and her children Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Joséphine :

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Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and their children Prince Nikolaï, Prince Félix, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena:

© Billed Bladet screenshot

Afterward, the Queen was joined by her eight grandchildren on the main balcony:

Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie joined them all for family photos at the end.

You can watch the video of the celebrations here (starting at the 13th minute).

Princess Marie wore her pink Alexander McQueen blazer she first wore in 2015 with a white ruffled top. She first wore the top in the video she recorded for the new teaching materials about food waste she inaugurated last week.

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I can’t be sure as we haven’t fully seen the top but I believe it is from the SS18 collection from Tara Jarmon.

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©Tara Jarmon

She also wore her Christine Hvelplund necklace with an old family heirloom that she particularly likes. It is the Queen Alexandrine Diamond and Sapphire pendant brooch that she often wears as a brooch.

© Christine Hvelplund

We will next see Princess Marie next Monday as she attends the SIKON Conference 30th anniversary celebrations as Patron of the Danish Association for Autism.

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Princess Marie attends the launch of new teaching materials against food waste

Today, Princess Marie attended a very important event in the fight against food waste in Denmark. Princess Marie has always said that one of the steps of the fight against food waste was to make sure that the children -who are future consumers- learn how to avoid it and this was the focus of today’s event.

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Princess Marie, along with Selina Juul, the founder of Stop Spild Af Mad, attended the launch of new teaching materials about food waste at the Amager Fælled school in Copenhagen. These teaching materials are the results of a collaboration between Stop Spild Af Mad and the City of Copenhagen and they can be used in food science education for children in 5th-7th grade

 

Princess Marie arriving at the school ©TV2Lorry screenshot

Jesper Christensen, the mayor of the Children and Youth Administration, said: “It’s very important that we turn that development so fresh food does not end up in the bin. I am glad that we also teach children about the consequences of food waste in primary school. Children are incredibly curious and knowledgeable and it is our hope that they are equally curious when it comes to food waste and how to reduce the amount of food that ends in the trash can.”

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The launch of new teaching materials is part of the City of Copenhagen’s new campaign against food waste called Spis Det Hele (Eat it All) which aims to help people reduce their food waste and become more aware of it. In connection with the new teaching materials, Princess Marie also took part in a short film (which you can see here) introducing the fight against food waste.

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The teaching materials are composed of a teacher’s guide and a student’s guide. The aim of these teaching materials is to help the children understand what is food waste, why it is a problem, how they can avoid it and why they should learn good habits regarding food waste and change their families’ habits too.

©Kasper Wejse

Here is Princess Marie’s speech:

Dear everyone,

Thanks to the City of Copenhagen, as with their new teaching material “Food Waste – with you and your family” helps to focus on an important issue.

When you hear the word “food waste”, it may not sound very exciting right?

But every year Danish households throw out about 260,000 tonnes of food. In a family with 2 parents and 2 children, it corresponds to almost every fifth shopping bag ending up directly in the trash bin.It is food that is grown, harvested, processed, packed and transported to simply end in the trash bin. It is a waste of important resources in a world where over 800 million people starve. And that is unnecessary. Because of learning about food waste, we can all make a difference. 

When I grew up as a child in France, I learned to cook with my parents. Even simple ingredients could be a party meal and leftovers from the day before were transformed into new delicious dishes. That’s something I’ve taken with me throughout my life – even in the upbringing of my children. 

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But it is not always easy to avoid food waste in a busy and hectic everyday life. I know that too.

Although studies show that most people want to work to fight food waste, many adults are already having a lot of bad habits and are going to throw out food without even thinking about it!

You are our future and it is you who can make a big difference to stop food waste. By learning about food waste and sharing your knowledge with your parents, you can help change the whole family’s habits and thus protect our planet and your future!

I am looking forward to seeing you dive into the teaching material and see you become more aware of how you can become part of the solution. “

©Kasper Wejse

Princess Marie is the Patron of the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival which focuses on food waste this year and she has been working closely with Stop Spild Af Mad for a few years now so I expect her to attend more events related to Denmark’s fight against food waste this year.

©Kasper Wejse

You can see a short video of the event here.

Princess Marie wore a new LK Bennett trench coat today. The ‘Boston’ coat is “the perfect colorful cover-up this season and for many more to come. Double-breasted with a waist-cinching belt and collar cuffs, this gorgeous trench is an enduring classic that will brighten up any outfit. “

© LK Bennett

She also wore a new Tara Jarmon knit top with a new Michael Kors plaid and leopard chiffon skirt. The skirt is currently on sale at $36.75! Check it out here!

© Place des Tendances
© Michael Kors

Marie also carried the UFO bag she debuted last week with new Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ black suede pumps.

©Jimmy Choo

We’ll next see Princess Marie next Monday on Queen Margrethe’s birthday.