Gala Dinner

Princess Marie attends Gadens Born’s charity gala

On Saturday evening, Princess Marie attended Gadens Born’s charity gala in Copenhagen.

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© Maiken Kestner/Gadens Born

Gadens Born was founded in 2012 by Pia Lindell Qwist after a visit to India when she saw how bad street children’s living conditions were there: “Gadens Boern fights to improve the living conditions of homeless children in Kolkata, India, by supporting initiatives within education and care. The objective of Gadens Børn is to provide homeless and destitute children access to opportunities and tools they can use to change their present conditions and potentially also their future. […] We primarily rely on the hard work of volunteers, and we always try to keep our administrative expenses to an absolute minimum. Even though we are a small organization we work hard to make a big difference. Help us help others.”

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The foundation’s main focus is social outreach at Sealdah Station, the second biggest railway station in Kolkata, where a lot of children live with or without their parents:”A large number of street children live at the station – some with their parents and others without but true for most them is that they are not publicly registered with a birth certificate. That means that they are not able to attend the local government schools or receive other government services. Some have been thrown out of home while others have run away due to different reasons,  often involving physical violence, addiction or sexual assault. […]We seek them out and offer them food, health checks, clothes, activities and love, and care.”

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Gadens Born also created the Aasha School (‘Aasha’ means ‘hope’ in Hindi). It has 150 students enrolled from the local area. The school offers one daily vegetarian meal, adult contact & care, one monthly excursion, and education that builds on caring relations. (You can read more about the school here). They also help mothers with food, birth preparations, and medical check-ups.

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Upon her arrival, Princess Marie was greeted by Pia Lindell Qwist’s daughter Mynthe. Princess Marie was sitting at the main table with Pia Lindell Qwist and Lars Stolte, the Chairman of the Board. During the charity gala, an auction of gifts given by Danish companies was held to help raise money for the foundation and it was very successful as they have raised one million Danish Kroner (≈ $155,600). You can donate to Gadens Born here.

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After the auction, singers Alex Ambrose and Barbara Miranda performed. About Princess Marie attending the gala, Pia Lindell Qwist said: “I am deeply grateful that HKH Princess Marie will participate in our charity gala. It’s really a show of all the work our volunteers do to make a difference for the street children in India.”

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© Maiken Kestner/Gadens Born

You can see a video of Marie’s arrival here.

For this charity gala, Princess Marie wore a new black sequin top which she paired with black velvet pants. I believe the top could be a sequinned bodysuit by Michael Kors. If it is indeed her top, it’s her first item from the main Michael Kors line after buying from the less expensive Michael Michael Kors line so it’ll be interesting to see how her relationship with the brand develops.

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© Maiken Kestner/Gadens Born

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She paired the outfit with her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ black glitter pumps and an old UFO clutch from 2008.

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Marie also wore her Christine Hvelplund cross ring and new earrings that I haven’t managed to identify yet.

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© Maiken Kestner/Gadens Born
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We’ll next see Prince Joachim and Princess Marie on Tuesday when they’ll join the royal family to attend the Opening of Parliament.

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Syddansk Universitet, Visits

Princess Marie in Kolding to meet with Barack Obama and visit the ‘The Splendour of Power’

On Friday, Princess Marie was in Kolding to attend a special conference with President Barack Obama at the University of South Denmark.

 

 

 

Former President Barack Obama took part in a moderated Q & A conversation for an audience of business leaders, university students, and local dignitaries during the ‘ A conversation with President Barack Obama’ event. The event was by invitation only, and Princess Marie works closely with the University of South Denmark to develop new programs for international students, so it is natural that she was invited.

Princess Marie had the opportunity to meet with Barack Obama backstage and they took a photo. Afterward, Marie left SDU and went to Koldinghus where she had lunch with the director Thomas C. Thulstrup and the director of the French jewelry house Mauboussin, Olivier Galtié.

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Several items from the Danish Royal Family were loaned to the exhibition such as Queen Margrethe’s Greenlandic Diadem, Queen Anne-Marie’s Cartier Wedding Tiara, Princess Benedikte’s Floral Tiara, Crown Princess Mary’s Midnight Tiara, and Princess Marie’s Légion d’Honneur medal.

 

 

 

More about the exhibition from their press release: “The exhibition showcases a selection of magnificent and unique Danish and European pieces to illustrate the ability of jewelry to capture our fascination and act as statements of shifting power structures over the past 750 years.”

Princess Marie debuted her new tiara created by Mauboussin on 28th August at the gala dinner hosted in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron during the French state visit to Denmark. The tiara is owned by Mauboussin, but they accepted to loan the tiara to ‘The Splendour of Power’ exhibition. They officially added the tiara to the exhibition on Friday hence why Marie and Mauboussin’s director visited.

After the exhibition, Princess Marie said to Billed-Bladet that it was a lovely exhibition. You can see a short video here.

 

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She paired the jacket with the Tara Jarmon white blouse she debuted last April to celebrate Queen Margrethe’s birthday.
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She accessorized with her favorite Jimmy Choo black suede ‘Romy’ pumps and her By Malene Birger envelope clutch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ll see Princess Marie again tonight as she’ll attend a charity gala for an NGO.

 

Visits

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie join Queen Margrethe to open the ‘EventyrDronningen’ exhibition at Amalienborg Museum

Today, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie joined Queen Margrethe to open the ‘EventyrDronningen’ exhibition at Amalienborg Museum.

‘EventyrDronningen’ (‘The Fairytale Queen’) is an exhibition based on the costumes and scenographies created by Queen Margrethe.  The exhibition will run from September 27th to May 19, 2019, at Amalienborg Museum. The Queen worked closely with the royal house curator, Elisabeth von Buchwald, and designer Shane Brox to create the exhibition.

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More about the exhibition from the Court:  “The overall theme of the exhibition is the world of adventure and visitors will, among other things, get an insight into several visual sources that have inspired the Queen over time. In addition, the Queen’s work desk and studio have been recreated, so that the visitors’ visitors can get a closer insight into the Queen’s artistic work.”

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The press release from the Museum gives us more insight into the set of the exhibition: “The first stop for the visitor is the Inspiration room, which focuses on the visual sources which have inspired the Queen’s scenographic work throughout her life. The visit continues to the room Dressing Up, where photos from private albums shed light on the Royal Family’s tradition for fancy dress. In these photos, the visitor can see some of the high points of the Queen’s childhood and adolescence, as well as life as a young adult, including spontaneous dressing up both in daily life and for parties.”

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“The next three rooms present a selection of costumes and set designs composed of the Queen’s decoupages. Here one walks through The Magic Forest, peopled with a festive mix of figures from ThumbelinaThe TinderboxThe Nutcracker, and Cinderella, before being let through the palace gates to a festive, slightly anarchic Palace Banquet with a glance at The Bleak. The visit concludes with Creativity, where the scenographer’s workbench and atelier have been recreated.”

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Since the 1980s, the Queen has worked professionally with scenography, and over the years she has contributed to many productions for The Royal Danish Theatre and The Pantomime Theatre in Tivoli Gardens such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Wild SwansLove in the Dustbin, Thumbelina, The Tinder Box, The Swineherd, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier. About her work in scenography, Queen Margrethe said: “For me, part of the thrill is to venture onto thin ice without knowing whether it will hold — it’s probably quite healthy to land in those kinds of situations now and again, where you can’t do things on autopilot”.

According to Elizabeth von Buchwald, the Royal Family’s curator, the exhibition aims to let the visitor gain a deeper insight into the creative part of the Queen’s mind”. This is why visitors can also give their creativity free rein and experiment with the technique of folding paper hats according to the Queen’s design. Last week, the Court released a very funny video of Queen Margrethe showing her technique for folding paper.

They also released a behind the scenes video of the creation of the exhibition as well as a video of the Queen seeing the exhibition for the first time.

Upon arrival, Queen Margrethe and Princess Marie received nice bouquets of flowers from a very excited little girl.

As part of the opening, Queen Margrethe, Prince Joachim, and Princess Marie watched a short representation of The Steadfast Tin Soldier.

Afterward, Queen Margrethe, Prince Joachim, and Princess Marie toured the exhibition. The Queen also gave a short press conference at the end of the event which you can see parts of here. (You can also see some footage of the actual event).

A book called ‘EventyrDronningen’ was also released in addition to the exhibition written by Elizabeth von Buchwald and Shane Brox with photos from Kamilla Bryndum. The Court also released a video of The Queen talking about the exhibition today with some exclusive footage.

For this event, Princess Marie wore a new dress by Goat Fashion. It is her third dress from the brand since last May. This time, she chose the ‘Gracia’ tunic dress.

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This dress “has a round neck and an invisible centre back zip closure and black contrast velvet trim”. The color is described as ‘Autumnal Cartridge Green’. I can’t tell if the belt she wore with the dress is new or not.

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She paired this dress with a new black box clutch and her trusty Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ black suede pumps. I think her earrings are new but I haven’t seen any close-ups to confirm this guess.

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We’ll next see Princess Marie on Saturday when she will be in Kolding to attend a conference with Barack Obama and to visit the ‘The Splendour of Power’ exhibition.

Stop Spild Af Mad, Visits

Princess Marie visits FoedevareBanken (Danish Food Bank)

On Tuesday, Princess Marie visited FoedevareBanken – the Danish Food Bank- in Copenhagen, as part of her involvement in the fight against food waste in Denmark. The NGO’s motto is “From Food Waste to Meals” (‘Fra Madspild til Maltid’)

FoedevareBanken is a nonprofit organization fighting food waste and food poverty in Denmark. The Danish Food Bank fights food waste while ensuring better food to socially disadvantaged people in Denmark: “On the one hand, huge amounts of food are discarded on a daily basis in the food sector. This means a waste of resources and it causes a great strain on the environment. On the other hand, some of the most disadvantaged people in our society are often denied the opportunity for a daily and nutritious meal, which is of vital importance to their health.”

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Princess Marie was received by Karen-Inger Thorsen, Managing Director John Køppler and Project Manager Marie Uldall. During the visit, she visited the Food Bank’s warehouse and was given an introduction to how the Food Bank and the organization’s 250 volunteers handle surplus food from industry and food producers and allocate it to schools organizations for socially disadvantaged in Denmark. They also have stores in Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Kolding. The organization doesn’t receive food that is over the consumption date but food that – for many different reasons-can not be sold. This may be due to errors on the label, seasonal items, overproduction, short date or other conditions.

Princess Marie also had the opportunity to see a van being filled with a lot of sweets that were going to be delivered to socially disadvantaged people later in the day. She also met some of the volunteers who spoke about their work at the Food Bank.

 

The Danish Food Bank was founded as a voluntary association in January 2008. Thus the organization is the first initiative amongst the Nordic countries to not only reduce food waste systematically and on a large scale, but also provide healthy food to socially disadvantaged people. The Danish Food Bank only receive food from the food sector and warehouses: ” We receive a fresh surplus of food from producers, warehouses, and wholesales. 6 days a week our volunteers collect and redistribute the food to organizations working with socially disadvantaged kids, young people and adults. Our work is made possible due to the support from the many volunteering people and organizations supporting us; food donors wanting to donate their fresh surplus food, organizations wishing to receive food, volunteers offering their labor and time and last, but not least businesses and private citizens supporting The Danish Food Bank financially or with knowhow.”

The Danish Food Bank is also supported financially by foundations. Indeed, in 2013 The Danish Food Bank received 7 million euros from the VELUX FOUNDATION covering the period from 2013-2017: “The purpose of this donation was to help The Danish Food Bank expand to East Jutland, to strengthen the organization and to develop a strategy for income, thereby ensuring the organization as a financially sustainable organization.”

Princess Marie has been very involved in the fight against food waste in the past few years. She works with the Stop Wasting Food Movement (Stop Spild Af Mad), and she is Patron of the Better Food for More People – World Food Summit. She has given several interviews about the initiative and her personal experience and she also welcomed school children in her private home to teach them how to avoid food waste as much as possible.

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After her visit, Princess Marie said to Billed-Bladet: “I am very impressed that so many volunteers work here. They help to distribute food to the whole country. It is a very good organization”

About the visit, the Food Bank’s Director Karen-Inger Thorsen said: We met a very dedicated and knowledgeable princess who clearly burns for the area of ​​food waste and who was very well-prepared. A great pleasure!”

You can view a video here.

For this event, Princess Marie wore a recycled outfit. She chose her black and white Tara Jarmon clover-printed dress.

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She paired it with her favorite Carlend Copenhagen ‘Aicha’ clutch and ufo black pumps dating back to 2015.

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She wore new Christine Hvelplund alphabet earrings. She chose an A and H for Athena and Henrik, just like her Christine Hvelplund alphabet necklace. She also wore a new Hermes black leather bracelet (with thanks to Nuria for the close-up photo).

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We’ll next see Princess Marie on September 16th when she and Prince Joachim will attend the official opening of the ‘EventyrDronningen’ exhibition with Queen Margrethe.

DEMA, Visits

Princess Marie visits Beredskabsforbundet’s national event in Grasten

On Saturday, Princess Marie was in Grasten to attend Beredskabsforbundet’s national event. Queen Margrethe is Patron of Beredskabsforbundet (Preparedness League) and Beredskabsforbundet is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Princess Marie was received by Beredskabsforbundet’s President, Jan Johansen, MF (S), Beredskabsforbundet’s national manager Niels Bonde Jensen and Beredskabsforbundet’s ambassador, Countess Cath Alexandrine Danneskiold-Samsøe.

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500 members of the volunteer rescue team and youth firefighters participate in the Berndskabsforbundet’s national event in Gråsten, where they are going to thrive in disciplines that they use to save lives and help citizens in everyday life.

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The Confederation’s National Assembly is a festive and serious homage to all the volunteers who contribute thousands of rescue efforts by fires, floods and other types of accidents every year. During the National Assembly, they show what they are able to do by competing in six disciplines for adults and one for young people aged 10-16 years. This applies, for example, to fire, rescue, first aid, care and handling of injured persons.

Princess Marie herself has a contingency education since 2011 and has been affiliated with the Danish Emergency Management Agency since 2016 as a special project employee. Princess Marie stayed at the event for three hours and had the opportunity to talk to several volunteers.

The Federation’s Deputy Chief Niels Christensen, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the National Board, welcomes the fact that her Royal Highness Princess Marie visited the competition: “The Princess’s visit shines over the competition and creates attention beyond our own rows. But I am particularly pleased with the volunteers from rescue teams who participate in the National Assembly. When you are a voluntary and unpaid part of the preparedness, this recognition from the surrounding community is a large part of the fuel and motivation for the individual. And a visit from the royal house is the highest possible form of recognition.”

You can see more photos of the event here.

For this event, Princess Marie wore a new double-breasted coat with a new white blouse. I’m pretty sure the blouse is the ‘Binky’ blouse by GOAT (also owned by the Duchess of Cambridge) but this is not confirmed yet.

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She paired the outfit with old Emporio Armani striped wide leg trousers that she first wore in 2010. By my count, this is the fourth time that she has worn these trousers publicly.

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She accessorized with her Tara Jarmon bag and her Tod’s navy wedges.

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She wore the C6 by Anne Cohen ring she debuted on September 1st too.

 

 

 

 

 

She also wore the brooch she first wore at Prince Henrik’s funeral. Given the news released today about the Danish royal family fulfilling Prince Henrik’s last wishes regarding his ashes, I don’t think this is a coincidence.

Prince Henrik wanted half of his ashes to be buried in Frendensborg Castle’s gardens and the other half to be thrown in the Danish sea. Queen Margrethe made her annual cruise last week and she was in Sonderborg on Friday. After the official goodbye ceremony, people were surprised to see that the Dannebrog was not leaving. It turns out that Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, and Princess Marie arrived on the Dannebrog and were later seen waving to the crowds when the Dannebrog departed. Local newspapers Fyens Amts Avis believes that might have been the day when the family fulfilled Prince Henrik’s last wish but since the event is understandably private, they couldn’t get a confirmation.