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Prince Joachim and Princess Marie join Crown Prince couple at Paris City Hall

Tonight, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie joined Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary at the Grand Dinner hosted at Paris City Hall to celebrate the end of a successful business visit.

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Princess Marie on her family’s new life in Paris : “It’s very exciting!”

This morning, some Danish journalists currently in Paris covering Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary’s visit to Paris caught Princess Marie walking Prince Henrik and Princess Athena to school and she spoke with them for a little while. As the video and photos feature other children, I will not post them on the blog but you can learn more about what Princess Marie said below.

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Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attend funeral service for former French President Jacques Chirac

Today, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attended their first official event since moving to Paris, France. They represented Queen Margrethe at the funeral service for former French President Jacques Chirac. Read more below.

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Princess Marie opens the new Galeries Lafayette store on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, France

Today, Princess Marie was back in her native France today to open the new Galeries Lafayette store on the Champs-Elysées.

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Commemorating WWI: Prince Joachim and Princess Marie in Braine, France

This weekend, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie were in Braine, France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

During the First World War, Denmark was neutral but 35000 Danish soldiers at the border between Denmark and Germany fought for the German army. Indeed, Southern Jutland was part of the German Empire at the time. Southern Jutland was reunited with Denmark in 1920.

 

One of the Southern Jutland cities, Haderslev, is twinned with the French city of Braine where the only Danish Cemetery in France is located. It was officially reopened by Prince Joachim back in June 2013 and 79 fallen soldiers are buried there. Considering Prince Joachim and Princess Marie both lived in Southern Jutland for years and that Marie is French, it made sense that they were the ones representing the Danish royal family at these ceremonies.

On Saturday evening, they were welcomed by Braine’s mayor François Rampelberg before attending a friendship dinner. They also attended a concert of the Slesvigske Musikkorps at Saint-Yved Church. This concert was a gift from Haderslev to Braine.

Prince Joachim said: “I am pleased that so many participants from Sønderjylland have found their way to Braine to mark this important day. It’s been five years since I was here to reopen the Danish cemetery with fallen Danish soldiers from South Jutland, and now I’m happy to return and mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. “

You can see a video here and more photos here.

On Sunday morning, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attended a church service and a ceremony at the Danish Cemetery where Joachim made a speech in French. You can listen to his speech here.

You can see a very short video here.

For this weekend of commemoration, Marie wore two fully recycled outfit. On Saturday, she wore her Azzato coat, paired with her Jimmy Choo pumps and her Bottega Veneta clutch. On Sunday, she carried the same Bottega Veneta clutch with a ufo coat that dates back to 2008.

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