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Princess Marie officially opens the Better Food for More People – World Food Summit 2018

Today, Princess Marie officially opened the Better Food for More People – World Food Summit 2018 at Christianborg Palace.

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This is the third edition of the two-day Summit and the second with Princess Marie as Patron. The summit is hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark. The ‘Better Food for More People’ movement was combined with the World Food Summit.

More about the summit from the Ministry of Environment and Food: “The purpose of the global movement “Better Food for More People” and the annual World Food Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark is to unleash the full potential of gastronomy in order to create worldwide solid solutions that ensure better food for more people. The urban population of the world has grown rapidly from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014 and is expected to surpass 6 billion by 2045. The amount of information about food is huge and difficult to get right, 1 in 10 people in the world fall ill after eating contaminated food, more than 244 million people lived outside their country of origin and more than 40 % of food waste in industrialized countries occurs at retail and consumer levels. “

“The need for strong solutions across the world is calling for action among the world’s politicians, decision makers, experts, professionals, chefs, scientist and CEO’s. Better Food for More People and the annual World Food Summit in Copenhagen is framing that action to evolve and take place. Together with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which involves all nations, the aim is to push forward the agenda of sustainable development within the production and consumption of food and essentially healthy lives in the global society. “

 

Here is Princess Marie’s speech: ” Good morning ministers, CEO’s, chefs, journalists, food enthusiasts, ladies, and gentlemen.

Welcome to the 3rd edition of The World Food Summit – Better Food for More People.

It is a pleasure to be here, and it is a pleasure for me to see people from all around the world gathered here today. 

It is a joyful occasion with the focus on a subject that is very dear to me: Food. But it is also a serious occasion. Because when it comes to both food consumption and production, we are facing enormous global challenges that call for global solutions.

Today, more than 800 million people live in hunger, while more than 2 billion people are overweight or obese.

This truly is the paradox of our time.

But our food is not only unequally distributed…

Every year, almost one-third of all food produced is either lost or wasted, and we have to stop that as well. Especially, since we live on a globe with limited resources.

As patron of this summit, I urge that we use this Summit to work together to address the global food challenges.

But first and foremost, every one of us must start by looking at our everyday lives and surroundings. We all have to be role models for our younger generation.

In my house, every now and then my children have to empty the fridge before buying new food. It means that I sometimes have to be a strict and unpopular parent – and I believe the best parents are!

We have to educate all our children to eat and consume food with modesty because science shows that it is during childhood that every person’s health and food habits are formed for the rest of their life.

We can all do a difference if we have the right tools, the knowledge, and the skills.

Therefore, we must work to ensure that all children are given the possibility to live a life with a healthy diet, with the ability to cook for themselves and the knowledge of the globes limitations.

I know that from where we stand today, this dream sounds less realistic than Denmark winning the World Cup in soccer. But nevertheless, it should be our aim.

I would like to end by thanking you all for coming here today.

By working together, we can create a joint movement and hopefully a sustainable world for the sake of our children.

A lot has to change if we are to ensure better food for more people.

Thank you for listening!”

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After the opening ceremony, Princess Marie and the Minister of Food and Environment Jacob Ellemann-Jensen met students from the European School in Copenhagen and they ate the food homemade by the students. Afterward, Princess Marie and Jacob Ellemann-Jensen went back to the main room to take part in the next events of the summit.

You can see a video of the event here.

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Princess Marie wore a fully recycled outfit today. She wore her Giorgio Armani black blazer from 2015 (no stock photo but it has the name of the brand on the button) with her DKNY white wrap printed dress.

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She paired the outfit with her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ black suede and her Carlend Copenhagen ‘Aicha’ black clutch.

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We’ll next see Princess Marie on Saturday when she attends DEMA’s Preparedness Day.

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EXCLUSIVE: Princess Marie’s new ‘Nuits Claires’ tiara by Mauboussin

I am very pleased and excited to be able to give you all the information I gathered about Princess Marie’s new tiara today!

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Princess Marie designed the tiara in collaboration with French jeweler Mauboussin (created in 1827). The tiara was created specifically for the French state visit although Marie will still be able to wear it at other tiara events as confirmed by the jeweller.

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Princess Marie decided to call the tiara ‘Nuit Claire/Lyse Noetter’ (Light Night in English) as she got the inspiration for the design and the colors from the bright light summer nights in Denmark.

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The tiara is made of palladium white gold with small diamonds sapphires and has a pear-shaped 6.82 carats sapphire in the center.

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Princess Marie’s choice of a French jeweler with a Danish-inspired design was her way to symbolize the relationships between both countries for her, a French citizen who became a Danish princess.

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Here is the Maison Mauboussin’s press release :

« The Maison Mauboussin, French jeweler since 1827, decided a few months ago to create a royal tiara.

Given the close relationship between France and the Danish Royal Family, the Maison Mauboussin wanted to collaborate with Princess Marie of Denmark, a former French citizen. The Princess took part in every step of the creation process of the tiara and she even wanted to choose the tiara’s name since the tiara represents the close link uniting Denmark and France. Its name is ´Nuits Claires’ (´Lyse Nœtter Diademet’)

It is made of white gold, with 13,35 carats of diamonds and 13,58 carats of sapphires with at its center, a pear-shaped Ceylan sapphire of 6,82 carats. This tiara, made with the collaboration of the Princess, is a tribute to her adoptive country, Denmark. This tiara was made in a Parisian workshop and shows the excellence of the French high jewelry’s savoir-faire.

The Maison Mauboussin is very honored to have loaned this tiara to Princess Marie who wanted to wear it at the state banquet during the state visit of the French President to Denmark. Alain Nemarq, the President of the Maison Mauboussin, dedicates this tiara to the friendship between Denmark and France and would like to thank Princess Marie. »

NOTE: The Maison Mauboussin is the owner but they assured me that Princess Marie will be able to wear the tiara to future gala events!

Princess Marie’s new ring also comes from Mauboussin, it is the ‘Tellement Sublime’ ring. It is made of white gold, diamonds, and a blue sapphire.

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I have emailed Mauboussin asking for photos of the tiara, I’ll update the post when they answer.

Gala Dinner, State Visit

State Visit to Denmark – Day 2

Today, Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron ended their state visit to Denmark.

They spent the morning with the Crown Prince Couple before hosting a reception in honor of Queen Margrethe at the Danish Royal Playhouse in Copenhagen.

Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and Princess Benedikte attended the reception.

Princess Marie wore a fully recycled outfit. She chose to wear her Huishan Zhang ‘Keira’ which she debuted at Prince Felix’s confirmation in April 2017.

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She paired it with her nude Sergio Rossi pumps and her Etui Bags nude clutch.

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We’ll next see Princess Marie tomorrow when she officially opens the Better Food for More People – World Food Summit.

Gala Dinner, State Visit

State Visit to Denmark – Day 1

First of all, a new photo of Prince Nikolai was released for his 19th birthday! I wish him a very happy birthday!

Today, French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron started their state visit to Denmark. After a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kastellet with the Crown Prince Couple, they met the Queen and the rest of the royal family at Amalienborg Palace.

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Princess Marie wore a new red blouse from Tara Jarmon with an old black UFO skirt. Tara Jarmon is Marie’s favorite French brand!

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She paired it with her red Michael Kors ‘Clara’ pumps and a new Naledi Copenhagen ‘Sascha’ clutch.

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Both her earrings and her ring are old and UFO. She first wore the earrings in 2014 and the ring to the New Year’s Gala earlier this year.

The Presidential Couple and the Crown Prince Couple had several events scheduled in the afternoon before the gala dinner. Queen Margrethe wore the sash of the Order of the Légion d’Honneur ( she is Grand Cross which is the highest level and the only one with a sash).

The Crown Prince Couple wore the sash of the Order of National Merit (second highest French order).

Princess Marie wore the cross of Grand Officer of the Légion d’Honneur (highest order) which she received back in 2017. It seems Prince Joachim also received the Légion d’Honneur (cross+ red medal).

Princess Benedikte wore the sash of her Order of the Elephant.

Queen Margrethe and Emmanuel Macron made speeches as usual during a gala dinner but this one was special as they both held their speeches in French, per Queen Margrethe’s request. You can read Margrethe’s speech here.

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Princess Marie was seated next to François Zimeray, the French ambassador to Denmark who will leave his position on Thursday.

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For this gala dinner, Princess Marie surprised us all by debuting a new tiara! It seems to be made of diamonds and a sapphire but I emailed the Court to try and get more information. It seems that Marie also has a matching ring but I couldn’t find a good shot of it. UPDATE 30/08: You can read more about Marie’s ‘Nuits Claires’ tiara here.

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She wore a new Rikke Gudnitz off the shoulder gown for this very special gala dinner. The gown was custom made for Marie by her favorite designer.

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She paired her new jewels and her new gown with UFO earrings from 2014 and an old UFO clutch.

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We’ll see Prince Joachim and Princess Marie tomorrow at the return event hosted by Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron.

Better Food For More People, Interviews, Stop Spild Af Mad

Full Translation : Princess Marie gives interview to Aftenshowet about food waste and the 2018 World Food Summit.

As Patron of the 2018 World Food Summit – which she will officially open on Thursday- Princess Marie was a guest on Aftenshowet, Denmark’s biggest evening show, on Monday evening.

You can watch the twelve-minutes interview here. I tried to translate as much as I could based on the Danish subtitles (please credit me if you use the translation elsewhere).

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Interviewer: Now I welcome Princess Marie! We must talk about the fight against food waste on the occasion of the World Food Summit in Copenhagen. You will give the opening speech , what is your main message ?

Marie: There are more than one message but one of the most important is that we can all make a difference if we have the right knowledge. It is important to teach our children and young people about healthy and good food. Another important message is that we need to think about our planet. Food waste is a waste of important resources that are already limited. The production of food costs a lot of the environment so we should at least eat it! Now in Denmark we became really aware of food waste and we are the pioneer country in this area. There are initiatives and organizations who are really involved in the fight against food waste. Danes and danish companies really want to focus on this.

I: So you are saying that we are well in our way but that there is still a lot to do. Statistics show that 700000 tons of food are thrown out annually in Denmark. When did you notice that this was a big problem in Denmark?

M: Unfortunately, it’s a problem throughout the western world. There are some terrible numbers. We produce and consume too much. We must address that.

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I: We should see examples of your commitment

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“A Princess with a passion. It’s the fight against food waste. It’s one matter that Princess Marie has been fighting for years. Princess Marie is the Patron of the World Food Summit.

 It was the love of this man [Prince Joachim, a clip from the engagement announcement is shown] that bought the Princess to Denmark ten years ago.

In May 2008 took place the wedding of Princess Marie and Prince Joachim. In the years since her wedding , the Princess has been involved in this important cause. In 2014, she went to Ethiopia as Patron of DanChurchAid to focus on hunger and malnutrition. This year she received ten children from Helsingor in her own private home to have lunch off so-called surplus food. Moreover, the Princess takes part in openings of stores fighting to avoid food waste.’ ]

I: I will return to why your heart is close to this cause. That’s something you got from your childhood. But you are committed to a lot of causes like AIDS-Fondet, the Association for Epilepsy and DanChurchAid. When did it became important for you to engage in these topics that are also close to the Danes’s hearts ?

M: It was important to contribute to society and take on tasks which helped to lift Denmark and of course help people in need. Most importantly, I’m using my heart in what I do. That way, I am stronger. Fortunately, there are many people fighting for these causes in Denmark so you get inspired very quickly.

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I: Do you feel that the Danes have had high expectations about your contribution ?

M: Yes, but they are reasonable expectations. I can use my position to raise awareness about important causes and thus make a difference so that’s a natural expectation from them.

I: Have you felt pressured by that ?

M: No, I feel like it is as a huge opportunity not as a requirement.

I: You said you could use your position to raise awareness about important causes. As a Princess, you are like a spoke-person but there is many causes to choose from but with food waste, it comes from your childhood right ?

M: It’s deep in me and food is a huge part of French culture – and of course also of the Danish culture- and although food waste is reduced , we still thrown away 700000 tons annually in Denmark like you said but there are 800 million people who are starving. These are terrible numbers and it is an important cause to support.

I: How was avoiding food waste in your childhood home ?

M: It was a natural development in my upbringing. We had great respect for food and I remember clearly the hunger disaster in Ethiopia in the 80s and the terrible pictures of the very thin children. I was very shocked and tried to never waste food.

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I: Is it bad that consumers in our part of the world are wasting food while others are having a hard time and are starving ?

M: Yes, it’s the odd distribution of food in the world that I struggle to understand. We can all make a difference, it’s not that hard.

I: We can do that in very real ways in our own homes but is it also important for you to do it in your own home ?

M: Yes, it’s very important to me to teach my children about it. They are very curious and they want to contribute. They are proud when they do something good. They are very interested. It’s not a fight, it’s fun.

I: Do you actually help your children understand the perspective of doing something good in the world ?

M: They do not understand it all but they do understand that they are doing something good for the world. They listen to me telling them about my travels with DanChurchAid and about the children I met and they ask many questions so they end up understanding.

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I: We have a few questions for you from the Danes because too many would like to do better in their everyday lives. Are you ready to answer a few questions ?

M: Of course.

1st question : With children in the house, I often end up with leftovers after dinner. What helps the Princess to make leftovers more exciting ?

M: That’s a good question, I’m not the best cook but I do my best. There are many different ways , for example to add cheese or use different spices like coriander, soy, lemon and ginger. Make it a little different. A new taste, a new dish!

I: That may be something that we need think about to give it a different taste!

M: Yes, adding spices do a lot!

I: It’s a simple and good trick! Do you bring your children into the kitchen?

M: Yes, I do ! They do not always bother but they like to be around. It’s also a great way to teach them about healthy foods and what to do if a vegetable isn’t entirely fresh , you can cut a part of it off for example.

I: Are you children willing to eat everything ?

M: Well, they try! It’s important that they try! I am not too strict but it’s important that they at least taste it.

I: Most parents may recognize that having children in the kitchen does something relative to the extent of they willingness to try.

M: Yes, it gets them more motivated.

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I: We have another question.

2nd question: Do you also cut the remoulade off and use all the content of the fridge, and turn yoghurts around to avoid food waste?

M: Yes, almost everything in the fridge will be used up, we try to use everything. We also have a dog who likes to eat what’s left!

I: We have one more question.

3rd question: Does your Royal Highness have any tip to avoid food waste whether you’re single or a family?

M: It is important to think sensibly when shopping. One has to know what is already in their fridge, imagine meals and avoid impulsive purchases. You must also remember how many you are and not buy more than necessary. It is also possible to use smaller plates.

I: Does that work?

M: Yes,and I prefer to serve twice rather than throwing out. At least for the children.

I: Do you think a few meals in advance? So that you can use everything ?

M:We usually eat everything because I have very hungry children and a very hungry husband and we try to think sensibly.

I: Thank you for your answers! And all the best for the World Food Summit.

M: Thank you so much, thank you!

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For this tv appearance, Princess Marie debuted a new dress by Goat Fashion. She chose the Gaynor dress in blush. It is still available here.

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She paired it with her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ suede pumps and her Christine Hvelplund ring.