Since the Royal Family is in official mourning until March 14th after the death of Prince Henrik, I thought I would keep the blog active by doing some flashback posts about Princess Marie’s past events.
On February 22, 2016, Princess Marie was on hand to officially open the WeFood store in Copenhagen with Selina Juul.
Selina Juul is the founder of Stop Spild Af Mad, the leading organization fighting against food waste in Denmark. This was Princess Marie’s first big involvement in the Danish fight against food waste.
More information about WeFood: ” WeFood sells goods that regular supermarkets can no longer sell due to overdue ‘best before’ dates, incorrect labels or damaged packaging. The products found in WeFood are still edible and safe to consume according to the Danish food legislation, but have simply lost their value to the partner donating them.” You can read more about the initiative, sponsored by DanChurchAid, one of Princess Marie’s patronage, here.
Princess Marie had the opportunity to visit the store afterward. Last year, both Princess Marie and Selina Juul gave interviews to Brazilian TV and French TV to promote WeFood and the fight against food waste. You can read about these interviews here.
For this event, Princess Marie wore her old Isabel Marant jacket with a green scarf.
She also wore her Jimmy Choo ‘Mitchell’ pumps and a new UFO clutch.
Today, Princess Marie hosts ten children in her home of Klampenborg to teach them about food waste. Prince Henrik and Princess Athena joined her for the event.
The children were selected from Helsingor school and together with Princess Marie, TV Chef Timm Vladimir and Selina Juul, they cooked a menu established by Marie and Timm.They will cook a soup made of lean beetroot with potatoes, they will bake the garden apples in the oven and they use carrot peaks to make a pesto.
The aim of this event is to show these children how to cook with simple products and how to avoid food waste.These children are future consumers and Princess Marie is ” keen to make more consumers understand that the food is being thrown belongs to the dinner table and not in the bin.”
Selina Juul, founder of Stop Spild Af Mad, said :“For the past ten years, we have helped Danes avoid food waste, so it is really positive and pleasing that HRH Princess Marie and the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival are actively involved in the fight against food waste. It is especially important to teach children and young people who are future consumers to gain a greater respect for the food.”
This event is the last of a string of events focusing on food waste from Princess Marie, continuing last year’s trend. This is clearly one of her most important causes right now and with the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival, of which she is Patron, choosing food waste as their 2018 cause, I’m sure we can expect to see more of Princess Marie’s involvement with this cause and Stop Spild Af Mad in the coming months.
August 2018 will be the peak of the campaign for the fight against food waste for Princess Marie as she will open and visit the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival ( which takes place from the 24th to September 2nd) and we can also expect her to attend the World Food Summit 2018 – Better Food For More People (on August 30th and 31st) as she is their Patron and she attended last year’s summit.
Here’s a look back at Princess Marie’s events linked with food waste :
In February 2016, Princess Marie opened Denmark’s first surplus supermarket WeFood as Patron of DanChurchAid.
In November 2016, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attended a big charity gala dinner hosted by Stop Spild af Mad and Danish People’s Aid of which Joachim and Marie are both Patrons.
In August 2017 , Princess Marie became the official Patron of the World Food Summit- Better Food for More People. She had already attended the opening dinner of the 2016 Summit but she attended the full summit in 2017.
In November 2017, Princess Marie gave two interviews about food waste, one to a Brazilian TV Channel and one with a French TV Channel with Selina Juul.
Earlier this month , she met with the World Resources Institute’s President and Board to discuss Denmark’s initiatives in the fight against food waste.
Here is why you should avoid food waste according to Stop Spild Af Mad. You can also learn how to avoid food waste traps here.
For this fun but important event, Princess Marie wore a new sweater with a customized apron!
No more events were announced for Marie by the Court so far but I’m sure some will be announced later.
A huge thanks to Selina Juul for sharing information with me !
After the first gala of the year and the 2017 review, let’s catch up with Princess Marie !
On January 4th, Princess Marie , as Patron of the Danish Emergency Management Agency and one of their special projects assistant, met with Dutch experts to learn about their initiatives to prevent fires and flooding and protect the population.
Since it was an unannounced event I don’t have any other details about the event. Marie wore her Isabel Marant jacket first worn in 2016.
Another important news for Princess Marie ! It was announced on January 3rd that Princess Marie had accepted to be an Honorary Member of the Association of the Dane of Horseshoe (Danish Galop) was founded in 1859 by Crown Prince , later King Christian IX. The tradition is that the Monarch is the Patron of the association. Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Prince Joachim already were honorary members and the association said they were delighted and honored to welcome Princess Marie.
They also announced that Princess Marie will attend a day at the Danish Galop Flagships in the Spring.
Today, Princess Marie is making her first official visit to Washington D.C ! She met with Andrew Steeler , the President and CEO of the World Resources Institutes to talk about the fight against food waste and how Denmark was involved in it.
Since the meetings were private , we don’t have any official photos but I reached out to the World Resources Institute for more information and here is what they told me :
” Denmark is well-known as a global leader in the field of sustainable development. WRI is therefore delighted to have the opportunity to host a visit by Minister of Food and Environment Esben Lunde Larsen, HRH Princess Marie, and Lars Bo Møller, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Danish Embassy in Washington. The Danish delegation will meet with WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer and WRI’s senior leadership to exchange ideas on how to address urgent global issues at the nexus of development, environment and human well-being that are the focus of WRI’s work: food, forests, water, energy, cities and climate. In addition, the minister will share Danish perspectives on such sustainable development challenges in an address and Q&A session with WRI staff.
The Danish delegation and WRI leadership will also discuss progress in a new initiative, Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals (P4G), led by a group of countries that includes Denmark, Chile, Ethiopia, Kenya, Korea, Mexico and Vietnam, along with leaders from business and international organizations. Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, and other government leaders launched P4G at the UN General Assembly in New York last September. It aims to foster innovative public-private partnerships to accelerate progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WRI hosts the P4G secretariat.
The World Resources Institute is a global think-and-do tank with more than 700 experts and other staff, half in Washington and half in international offices in the big emerging markets of the developing world: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico. WRI also has regional hub offices for engagement in Europe (in The Hague) and Africa (in Addis Ababa). WRI follows a three-fold approach to solving urgent global problems: Count It (research and analysis to define problems and identify solutions); Change It (close engagement with governments, businesses and civil society partners to implement, test and adjust solutions) and Scale It (fostering innovative global coalitions to reach tipping points where new and better approaches become the new normal).
WRI collaborated with Denmark in the creation of the Food Loss and Waste Protocol, the global standard for measuring and reducing food loss and waste. The protocol is now being adopted by leading food companies and governments to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which aims to cut food loss and waste by half by 2030. Currently about one quarter of the calories produced for human consumption are never eaten. Reducing food loss and waste can help to reduce the environmental footprint of food production and reduce global hunger. ” (NB: Selina Juul worked with the WRI on the Food Loss and Waste Protocol, she’s one of their Champions)
After the meetings, Princess Marie attended an official dinner at the Danish Embassy in Washington.
UPDATE: The Ministry of Food and Environment posted a photo of the Danish delegation !
Princess Marie wore an UFO outfit first worn in November 2013 and what seems to be her favorite Sergio Rossi ankle boots first worn in 2016.
This visit ties nicely with an event Princess Marie will host on January 18th. She invited children to cook with her in her home at Klampenborg in order to teach them about food waste and how to avoid it. Princess Marie has worked closely with WeFood’s and Stop Spild af Mad’s founder Selina Juul over the years and I hear that great things are to come! You can learn more about Stop Spild af Mad here.
We’ll next see Princess Marie next Tuesday when she will visit Vejen Gymnasium to teach a French lesson with another teacher and next Thursday with the children in her home.