Today, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie hosted a reception for their patronages and collaborators at Schackenborg Castle.
Prince Joachim and Princess Marie are both Patrons of the Schackenborg Fond (which was created after the couple moved out of the castle) and they still can use the castle for private and public events. Representatives of both Joachim’s and Marie’s patronages were invited to the reception which was held in order to thank them for their work but also to allow them to meet each other and to discuss possible initiatives.
Prince Joachim and Princess Marie welcomed the invited guests on the steps of the castle before both making a small speech. Joachim is Patron of 41 organizations while Marie is Patron of 13 organizations.
Princess Marie said : “We think it was very appropriate that you all have the opportunity to greet each other […] We have a very close relationship with the place. This is where we got married and started our family”
In his speech, Prince Joachim then gave a small history of Schackenborg Castle before the guests were split into small teams to visit the castle, mingle and eat.
Bjorn Friis Neerfeldt who is the Secretary-General of Dansk Skoleidræt (of which Prince Joachim is Patron) said it was “a very nice meeting in historic surroundings”
En ydmyg og beæret generalsekretær og formand, der i dag har haft fornøjelsen af en spændende reception hos Dansk Skoleidræts protektor, DKH Prins Joachim og Prinsesse Marie på Schackenborg Slot. Spændende møde i historiske omgivelser. @skoleidraetpic.twitter.com/YHifIa94iN
For this event, Princess Marie wore a new pink dress. It is the ‘Glenda’ wrap dress from Goat, one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favorite brand. It is the first time Princess Marie has worn this brand as far as I know.
I believe Marie decided to shorten the dress slightly as it appears longer on the model and is described as a midi dress on Goat’s website while it appears to be knee-length on Marie.
Marie wore pink LK Bennett ‘Sledge’ pumps. It is the first time she wears them publicly but they are past season. She accessorized with her Christine Hvelplund bracelet and the necklace created by Christine Hvelplund with Henrik’s and Athena’s initials. Her earrings are new but I haven’t seen good enough photos of them in order to identify them yet.
We’ll next see Marie on June 6 when she will attend a memorial ceremony as Patron of the Danish Emergency Management Agency.
Tonight, a concert took place in Copenhagen to celebrate Crown Prince Frederik’s 50th birthday. It was the last event of the celebrations.
Prince Joachim and Princess Marie were in attendance along with Prince Felix.
Prince Nikolai attended the gala dinner last night so it was really great to see Felix tonight!
Felix’s mother Countess Alexandra was also in attendance, wearing a Self-Portrait dress.
For this concert, Princess Marie wore a new black dress that isn’t identified yet.
She also wore new red satin pumps and her old UFO clutch. I believe the clutch could be the ‘Claire’ satin pumps by Michael Kors but this can’t be confirmed without more photos. You can see a close up of the pumps here.
Marie also wore new Christine Hvelplund ‘Conscious’earrings. Her ruby ring is old but I still don’t know who designed it. Embed from Getty Images
On her right wrist, she wore her old Christine Hvelplund bracelet.
It is hard to say but I believe she wore two new silver ‘Parallel’ bracelets by Christine Hvelplund on her left wrist.
We’ll next see Prince Joachim and Princess Marie on Tuesday when they’ll host a reception in Schackenborg Castle for their patronages and collaborators.
Princess Marie wore a new Elie Saab blue sequined gown. My very good friend Laura found it and I couldn’t be happier. Like I said on Twitter, this was my dream combo so I legit had tears in my eyes when Laura sent that message. I am so happy and she looks very good! Princess Marie decided to remove the sleeves, which I think was a good decision as I feel like the sleeved version might have been too much for Marie.
I can’t be 100% sure but I believe her new navy suede sandals are from Michael Kors. The ‘Hutton’ sandals are described as such: “Luxe suede construction and a stiletto heel combine to a refined effect on our Hutton sandals. Fastened with a slim, adjustable ankle strap, this minimalist style adds alluring height to bodycon dresses and denim alike.”
She accessorized with her blue Bottega Veneta clutch.
She wore her usual diamond floral tiara with new earrings. Christine Hvelplund, Princess Marie’s favorite jewelry designer, confirmed to me that these new earrings were part of her newest collection but they aren’t available yet. They are called ‘Fairytale’.
Today, Princess Marie attended a UNESCO seminar in Copenhagen as Patron of the Danish UNESCO Commission. She is patron since 2009.
The aim of the seminar was to identify focus areas for the Danish UNESCO work in the coming years. Michel Steen-Hansen , a member of the Commission, said on his blog that the question “What do we want to do with UNESCO in Denmark? ” is very important right now : “A rather central issue, because in Denmark it has been decided to spend considerably fewer funds than the rest of the Nordic countries working for cooperation between nations in education, science, culture, communication, and information.”
Stakeholders from science and education institutions, from the civil society, from relevant ministries, from local authorities and from the world heritage sites, Man and Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks spend the afternoon together to provide an input to and to discuss the direction of the Danish UNESCO.
The seminar was arranged by the Secretariat of the Danish UNESCO National Commission, which is based in the Danish Ministry of Education. The seminar took place in the newly erected building BLOX in Copenhagen. BLOX was inaugurated by Queen Margrethe a few weeks ago and Billed-Bladet reports Princess Marie was as impressed by the building as the Queen was during the inauguration.
Here is Princess Marie’s speech :
It is my pleasure today to be able to participate in the opening of this seminar for decision makers and professionals with active involvement in UNESCO’s work in Denmark.
What do we want with UNESCO’s work in Denmark? This is the heading for today’s program, and I look forward to hearing the good suggestions that will surely come during the day.
Four years ago, as a protector of the Danish UNESCO National Commission, I was involved in launching the now former Danish strategy for UNESCO’s work.
And a lot has happened since then. Both in our own work, but also in international cooperation within UNESCO’s areas – education, science, culture, and communication.
The UN’s World Sustainable Development Goal sets a new framework and direction for UNESCOs, and our all efforts for equal opportunities and greater justice for all, girls and women, as well as boys and men.
It is about quality education for all, about equality, about science for the common good, on cultural heritage and cultural diversity and on free media and freedom of expression, for a better future for all and for our common planet.
In Denmark, in recent years, we have seen a development in our commitment to UNESCO’s work. There is growing interest in UNESCO programs and academic networks from ministries, Danish municipalities, universities, schools and civil society.
I am thinking of on the growing number of Danish sites that are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which includes both natural heritage such as Stevns Klint and the Wadden Sea and cultural heritage such as Christiansfeld and Parforce hunting in North Zealand.
But it also applies to Møn og Nyord in Vordingborg municipality, which was approved last year as the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Denmark.
And about exciting networks of cities such as Sønderborg, which are part of UNESCO’s global network of Learning Cities and Kolding, which has become the UNESCO Creative City.
For quite recently, I had the pleasure of participating in the launch of the beautiful and impressive Geokids project in Geopark Odsherred, Denmark’s first UNESCO Global Geopark.
In Geokids, all children in the municipality have had the opportunity to participate in creative teaching about nature and landscape, about local produce and cultural history. And all the students have made each mask, a total of about 3,500 masks that are set on rods in the landscape. Each mask is distinctive and different from the others, and together they make up an impressive common piece of art.
Princess Marie at Geopark Osherred
This is a great example of how to engage children and their families in a concrete and fun way in a project that deals with learning about nature and landscape and how we live and use nature so that it is also preserved for the future.
And this is a good example of how, through active UNESCO work, we can connect local action with global goals and challenges, and contribute to relevant follow-up to the UN’s world goals.
I hope that the seminar today will contribute to the development of precise efforts and strong partnerships, thereby strengthening UNESCO’s work in Denmark and Denmark’s efforts in UNESCO.
Thank you for your attention.”
For this event, Princess Marie wore the white Ganni dress she first wore in September 2016 during a visit to Naevsted.
She also wore new navy Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ pumps! It is her fourth pair of ‘Romy’, she also owns them in nude suede, black suede, and black glitter. She carried a matching bag, the ‘Selma’ by Michael Kors.
Yesterday, Princess Marie attended two events for her patronages. She first visited Katrinebjergskole in Aarhus as Patron of the Danish National Association for Autism.
Princess Marie received a warm welcome from the children upon arrival!
Katrinebjergskole is a model school for the Danish NEST program. The NEST program is established in New York and is based on the idea that children are more alike than different. The NEST classes were established in 2016 and autistic students are in class with neurotypical students. (ie students who are not autistic).
Princess Marie had the opportunity to meet with some of the children and their teachers to learn more about their experience in NEST classes.
In the afternoon, Princess Marie was in Grenaa to attend the 25th-anniversary celebrations of Kattegatcentret, of which she is Patron since 2013.
Kattegatcentret is a sea center which opened in 1993 and it has over 250 different animal species. Its mission is to mediate knowledge about the sea to the general public, so more people are able to enjoy, understand and guard the seas.
More about the Kattegatcentret:
“The Kattegatcenter is a charitable fund and is run on a non-profit basis. In addition to the exhibition areas, the Kattegatcenter has an active schools service, which is used by over 12,000 pupils and students each year.
We work with public aquaria and zoos around the world via our memberships of DAZA (Danish Association of Zoos and Aquaria) and the world’s largest zoo and aquaria organization, EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria). These memberships are very important for our breeding programs and for exchanging animals.”
Princess Marie at the opportunity to visit the center and to meet with the children who were very eager to take part in all the activities set up by the center for its anniversary. She also took part in some of these activities, such as decorating cupcakes- she decorated hers with a starfish- and helping children making animals out of paper.
The aquarium’s logo is a shark and sharks is a huge part of the Kattegatcentret, you can also have a dive in their Oceanarium and give the five shark species a high-five.
For these two events, Princess Marie wore a new dress by Tara Jarmon. This dress has a clover print with puffy short sleeves and a keyhole neckline. She decided to bring some color to her outfit by wearing her orange/red Alexander McQueen jacket first worn in 2015 for an UNESCO meeting in Paris.
She accessorized with her Jimmy Choo black suede ‘Romy’ pumps which she debuted last month and her Carlend Copenhagen clutch first worn last December.
We’ll next see Princess Marie on May 15 when she’ll attend an UNESCO meeting in Copenhagen.