The new issue of Point de Vue features a short interview with Princess Marie about their move in Paris, France after the summer. The interview was made during Princess Marie’s visit to Paris last Wednesday. Here is a translation of the interview:
Interviewer: Your husband, Prince Joachim, will soon improve his military training in Paris. At the end of August, you will move there with your two children. It’s a way to get back to your roots since you were born in Paris.
Marie: I never thought I would live in Paris again! I lived there until I was 10. I’ve now lived abroad for 30 years. It’s a surprise for us and a great parenthesis. My children don’t see my family a lot and they don’t know their French culture very well. Of course, I speak to them in French but I don’t think their French speaking level is good enough. (Note: In an interview to Point de Vue in 2013, Princess Marie already said that Prince Henrik would always answer her in Danish when she was talking in French and in a documentary in 2017, we could see that was still the case.) This move will be an important transition in their life and I’m very pleased about that. It’s also an amazing opportunity for my husband, who will experience a new way of life, and for his high level military career.
Interviewer: Where will you live?
Marie: We will know very soon!
Interviewer: Where are your children Henrik (9) and Athena (7) going to school? Are they going to a school that is familiar with the Danish education values?
Marie: They are going to the Bilingual School near Parc Monceau. They will follow the classes in French. The school system here is very different and I didn’t want them to experience too much of a cultural shock. This school is a great compromise because they’ll be around children from all around the world. I always had an international education and I think it’s amazing. It’s a gift to give to your children. It’s going to help them broaden their mind.
Interviewer: What will your priorities be when you’ll arrive in France?
Marie: Before anything else, I think about what’s most important: my family. Then, I think about French history and French culture. My husband and my son love history so I think we’re going to make a lot of visits! We will also immerse ourselves into the French way of life that is very different than the way of life in Nordic countries.
Interviewer: In Denmark, you are involved with people with disabilities, like autistic children or people with epilepsy. You also work with the AIDS Foundation. What engagements are you going to do in France?
Marie: I hope I can launch collaborations between France and Denmark for these causes that are close to my heart. They’re very important in both countries. The only thing that can be different is the approach we have to these causes because of cultural differences. I’m also very involved in the fight against food waste and I hope I can continue this work with the help of the Embassy. During this French parenthesis, I will continue to do what I have always done.
Interviewer: Bjarke Ingels (Note: He is the Danish architect who designed the new Galeries Lafayettes on the Champs-Elysées which Marie opened last Wednesday) is one of the Danish architects that you praise for their talent. What do you like about this project?
Marie: I find it extraordinary! I always thought Bjarke Ingels was very talented and a visionary. His designs create new ways of life. In his project for the Galeries Lafayettes, he managed to keep the history and the aesthetic of this Art Deco building while shaping it in an innovative way and using new technologies.
Interviewer: It’s a good example of collaboration between France and Denmark, a bridge between your two cultures…
Marie: I very proud of it. The Maison du Danemark has been on the Champs-Elysées since 1955. We are now lucky to have this beautiful store designed by Bjarke, so that is two references to Denmark on one of the most beautiful avenues in the world, if not the most beautiful one. I think that for such a small country, Denmark has a big influence.
Interview: Do you think the cooperation between France and Denmark needs to be strengthened?
Marie: Of course! These are different countries but with many common points. The cooperation is strengthening and it’s only the beginning.
The Bilingual School in Parc Monceau, in the 8th Arrondissement, was created in 1954 and is a private school and they welcome children from 70 different nationalities. They offer classes from elementary school to high school. The school is close to the Danish Embassy in Paris but also close to the Champs-Elysées and to the military institutions Prince Joachim will study in so we can no doubt imagine that Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and their children will live in or close to this neighborhood.
For the photo used in Point de Vue, Marie is wearing the Velvet by Graham & Spencer ‘Pomona‘ dress.