Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, Visits

Princess Marie attends Folkekirkens Nødhjælp’s Christmas event as Patron

Today, Princess Marie attended Folkekirkens Nødhjælp’s Christmas reception in Copenhagen. Folkekirkens Nødhjælp organizes each year a reception to thank every partner of the Fondation. Princess Marie is Patron of DanChurchAid since 2011 and has attended the reception every year except in 2015. 

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Secretary-General Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen made the welcome speech and gave an insight into the Folkekirkens Nødhjælp’s work. Afterward, the audience had the opportunity to hear Annette Heick’s recalling of her humanitarian trip to Malawi as Ambassador with her husband, the famous television cook Jesper Vollmer, and their two sons Eliot and Storm. There they visited families who have received help via Give a goat project. 

The Give A Goat project is a very touching project where Danes can buy gifts such a school bench, a goat or a solar lamp. After they bought it, they receive a voucher or a gift card and the physical gift is sent to a poor family who needs the gift. In the case of the goat, once the goat has babies, the first baby is given to another poor family so the initial gift actually helps more than one family. You learn more about the project here.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, the Papaya choir performed South African songs. The choir was introduced by former Folkekirkens Nødhjælp Secretary-General, Christian Balslev-Olesen, with words about the legacy of Mandela.

Princess Marie wore the Hugo Boss ‘Illora’ dress that she first wore in November 2017 for a Christmas event in Paris, France.

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She also wore her Elise Gug black jacket. (You can see a photo of Marie’s departing the event with the jacket on here) Marie wore this jacket only once in public, it was in 2012 for Christmas at Mogeltonder.

© Elise Gug

She also wore her Sergio Rossi black suede ankle boots, new earrings and possibly a new clutch.

© Farfetch

We’ll next see Princess Marie on Thursday when she’ll attend Christmas festivities at Voergaard Slot

Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, H.C. Andersen Børnehospital, Interviews, Visits

A research seminar on allergies at H.C Andersen Children Hospital and a new campaign against land mines for Princess Marie !

Today, Princess Marie was in Odense to visit the H.C Andersen Children Hospital. Princess Marie works closely with the hospital since 2013 and she makes a lot of visits each year, the latest one being a private visit in December 2017.


Princess Marie first visited the Asthma School. Nurse Anne Marie Bro Hofbauer explains: “The purpose of Odense Asthma School is to give the children a greater understanding of the disease and the medicine they receive, but also to show them that they can do much more than they think. They can run longer and jump higher than they thought. Most importantly, they live a very ordinary and active life, just like all other children and young people. We try to help them.”




The project aims to teach both children and parents about asthma but also how to move and do sports when you have asthma with the collaboration of students from the University of South Denmark.



After this meeting, Princess Marie attended the research seminar about asthma and allergies.



Four presentations took place :

  • “Allergy to nuts – but which ones?” by chief physician Josefine Gradman
  • “Can a ‘grass tablet’ prevent asthma?” by Professor Susanne Halken
  • Presentation of the Odense Asthma School of Nurse Anne Marie Bro Hofbauer
  • “Participation in trials – viewed from the parents’ point of view” by Bente Lassere, parent of children who participated in the research project GAP


Finally, Princess Marie visited Ællingen which is a playground for children from 6 to 12 years old run by young volunteers from Red Cross Hungary. Ællingen is opened two afternoons a week for all children, whether they are patients or relatives of a patient. Ællingen aims to give the children independent and fun experiences independent of illness, diagnosis and parents.




Princess Marie wore a new IRO jacket today! The ‘Awa’ jacket is a belted wool-blend jacket with leather trims on the inside. It is not the first time Marie has worn this French brand. She wore another IRO jacket in 2015.

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She wore a black short sleeve top with black trousers and UFO black ankle boots that she first wore last year. Her snakeskin bag is also new.

In other news, Princess Marie as Patron of DanChurchAid is taking part in their campaign for the removing of landmines and unexploded munitions. She filmed a video message to support their work :

Here is the translation of her message: DanChurchAid is focusing on the important work of clearing mines. Every year, more than 2000 people die from landmines and unexploded ammunition. But mines do not kill people only. Landmines maintain millions of men in poverty and prevent reconstruction and development. Landmines make it impossible to cultivate the earth and thus provide food to thousands of families.Landmines prevent children from giving safe to and from school. They prevent children from playing freely and just being children.
That is why I support the efforts of the DanChurchAid in removing land mines with the victims and the teaching of how to avoid landmines.”

She wore a new turtleneck top from By Malene Birger. It features a side slit so I really hope Marie will wear it again so that we can see it fully!

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We’ll next see Princess Marie on Monday when she will attend the launch of new teaching materials against food waste by the Copenhagen Municipality.

Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, Visits

Princess Marie attend DanChurchAid’s Christmas concert

Today, Princess Marie was in Hillerod to attend DanChurchAid’s Christmas Concert at Fredensborg Castle.
DanChurchAid organizes each year a reception to thank every partners of the Fondation. Princess Marie is Patron of DanChurchAid since 2011 and has attended the reception ever since.

This year , DanChurchAid choose to hold a concert instead of the reception in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation as well as the 400th anniversary of the consecration of the Chapel of Fredensborg Castle.

Princess Marie was welcomed by the Secretary-General of DanChurchAid Birgitte Qvist-Sorensen and was joined by DanChurchAid’s ambassador such as Hilda and Keld Heick and Laura Bro.

During the concert, the Bishop of the Diocese of Copenhagen made a speech and Princess Marie lit a candle.

After the concert, a private reception was held so that Princess Marie could meet and talk with the Fondation’s partners.

Princess Marie wore her Giambattista Valli pink coat she first wore at Christmas last year with a black turtleneck top.

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She accessorized with her Jimmy Choo black boots first worn in 2015 and the Carlend Copenhagen ‘Aicha’ clutch she first wore two days ago.

© Jimmy Choo

©Carlend Copenhagen

Her earrings are UFO but first worn in 2012 at Princess Athena’s christening and her brooch look new to me but there isn’t any good enough close up to be sure of that.

We’ll next see Princess Marie on Friday as she’ll take part in the World AIDS Day events as Patron of AIDS-Fondet.