Today, Princess Marie, as Patron of AIDS-Fondet, attended an event in honor of World AIDS Day.
Each year, candles are lit in honor of those who lost their lives because of HIV. This event was created in 1994 by the Positive Group. The Positive Group offers support for people infected by HIV.
As Patron, Marie also received a very special donation from MAC. MAC’s campaign Viva Glam Lipstick raised 802000DKK (=$121,627) The campaign was created by the MAC Aids Fund in 1994: “Created in 1994, the passionate red VIVA GLAM Lipstick raised money and awareness for HIV/AIDS at a time when the pandemic was dramatically affecting fashion communities in particular as well as the wider world. Then and today, an unprecedented 100% of the purchase price of any VIVA GLAM product goes toward the M·A·C AIDS Fund “
Princess Marie is Patron of AIDS-Fondet since December 1st, 2012. She attends a number of events with AIDS-Fondet each year, including the annual AIDS-Fondet’s Christmas concert. However, she didn’t attend this year’s concert as she spent last weekend at Schackenborg Castle with Prince Joachim and their four children and family friends including Britt and Oskar Siesbye.
You can read the interview Princess Marie gave to Out & About on World Aids Day last year here.
Princess Marie wore a new Baum und Pferdgarten coat (with thanks to Cecile). The ‘Damara’ coat “features a double-breasted silhouette with notched lapels and front flap pockets.”
It comes from the Resort 2019 collection.
Princess Marie debuted new trousers and after looking for them for several hours, I believe they are from Peserico, Marie’s new favorite Italian brand! They are the Tailored Cropped trousers with silk inserts and they are sold out.
Princess Marie paired the outfit with a black turtleneck and her Joseph ‘Frida’ ankle boots which she debuted last October.
We’ll next see Marie on Tuesday when she’ll attend DanChuchAid’s Christmas festivities as Patron.
Princess Marie was at Trinitatis Church in Copenhagen today to attend AIDS-Fondet’s Christmas Concert.
This concert has been held annually since 1996 and Marie has attended the concert since she became Patron of the organization in 2012. She was accompanied by Susse Wold, the President of the Fondation. Susse broke her ankle recently but it did not prevent her to attend the concert.
Opera singers Jens-Christian Wandt and Andrea Pellegrini performed at the concert. Susse Wold said to Billed-Bladet that :“It was a fantastic concert”.
After the concert, Susse Wold and Princess Marie made a speech that you can read here.In her speech, she stated the importance to talk about HIV and AIDS. A reception was held afterwards.
Charles-Henri Keller, Prince Henrik’s nephew who is very close to Prince Joachim and Princess Marie ,was also there.
For this event, Princess Marie wore a new red jacket by Paule Ka with an old black turtleneck and an UFO black skirt she debuted earlier this year.
She wore her Sergio Rossi suede black ankle boots first worn in 2016 and a new black clutch and one of her favorite brooch. The clutch is the ‘Aicha’ clutch by Carlend Copenhagen.
We’ll next see Marie on Tuesday when she’ll attend DanChurchAid’s christmas party as Patron.
Today, Princess Marie was in Skodsborg to attend AIDS-Fondet’s event for the campaign “A Generation Without HIV”. Princess Marie is Patron of AIDS-Fondet.
AIDS-Fondet launched the “A Generation Without HIV” campaign aiming to prevent Ethiopian mothers to infect their children with HIV during their pregnancy, the birth or breastfeeding. Indeed , in Ethiopia, 25% of the babies born of an HIV-infected mother is infected by HIV too at birth and 100000 children live with HIV.
AIDS-Fondet works with local organizations to develop an easy method that would prevent this infection but they also work on spreading that method so that it can be efficient. This method takes into account the difficulties Ethiopian women face and try to improve their daily life and hygiene. Since the women are often poorly fed, they can’t produce enough milk to breastfeed so the organizations gives milk for the mother for the six months after the birth and then to the child for the next six months.
AIDS-Fondet also pays for the trip to the hospital for these women for the initial checkup after the birth. The Foundation also created group meetings for HIV-infected people so that they can talk about the challenges they face. Another new initiative is the father groups created so that the fathers can understand the struggle the mothers and the children face and will face in the future.
They also train the volunteer women who go from door to door to make sure every pregnant woman is tested for HIV. This method is approved by the World Health Organization and proved a 0% infection rate.
Princess Marie made a speech as Patron of AIDS-Fondet: “I stand here as Patron of AIDS-Fondet, but I’m also here as a mother. Today is an important day, for today we are here to give our contribution to the fight for a world without HIV and AIDS- a world where no children will be born with HIV. AIDS has, for decades, taken millions of parents away from their children and especially African children who have lost their mother, their father or both parents to AIDS. And too many children have been born with HIV. “
“The world has fought hard and we have won important fights against HIV and AIDS. Today, 36.7 million people in the world live with HIV and half of them have been granted treatment. In 2016, 160,000 children worldwide were infected with HIV, but back in 2010, there were twice as many children. We will celebrate these strong results! But without forgetting that we have not won the fight yet. Even though more people are being tested and undergoing treatment, still more then 17 million HIV-infected patients are left untreated. AIDS remains the primary care of death for women and young girls age 15-49 years old during their pregnancy. And Southeastern Africa remains the part of the world that is hit the hardest by AIDS. “
“As a mother of healthy children, I can only try to understand the powerlessness and sorrow of an HIV-positive mother when she gets her newborn baby in her arms with the message : You have infected your child with HIV. No mother should hear that message! But this is still true for hundreds of thousands of mothers and fathers in Africa and especially in Ethiopia, where 25% of the children are infected with HIV by their mother.”
“Today, together, we can take an important step towards a generation without HIV. Today we have the opportunity to help mothers and fathers in Ethiopia so their children are born without HIV and grow up fast, strong and dreaming of a future – like our own children. But this requires access to treatment for all HIV-positive pregnant women in Ethiopia. It requires a lot of knowledge and support for the newly-bred families. My hope, as Patron and as a mother, is that ,today, we will support AIDS-Fondet’s project in Ethiopia together. Together, we can create a generation without HIV – a world without AIDS.”
The goal of this event was to raise money for the campaign. We don’t have numbers yet but I truly hope it has been successful! If you wish to donate to the campaign , you can do it here(DKK 75 = $11/€10)
For this event, Princess Marie wore her white Emporio Armani jacket that she first wore last February with a new pink top. She also wore her favorite Christine Hvelplund ring.
I believe that her clutch is new, however it looks really similar to three other clutches she owns that are still UFOs. UPDATE: I got confirmation that her clutch is from Etui Bags! I believe she might be wearing her Sergio Rossi pumps but it is hard to tell as the photos of the shoes are not great
I would like to thank the press office of AIDS-Fondet who kindly provided me with information about the event and their campaign, as well as photos.
We’ll next see Princess Marie on Monday night when she and Prince Joachim attend Schackenborg Fond’s reception.
Today, Princess Marie met with the AIDS Fondation’s board in Copenhagen. Today is the HIV Vaccine Awareness Day and Marie is the Patron of the AIDS Fondation in Denmark. As such, she received a briefing about the HIV vaccine.
Marie and the director of the AIDS Fondation , Andres Gylling Aebelo, posed for a photo at the occasion of the Awareness Day.
Again, very few photos , but I found Marie’s new top to be the ‘Myrna’ blouse by Baum und Pferdgarten. I can’t really tell which earrings Marie is wearing, but they might be new. Post will be updated if more photos are published.