On Wednesday, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie carried out their first official joint engagement since the end of their summer holidays. They were in Varde to visit Haerens Sergentskole, a military school.
Haerens Sergentskole was celebrating its 108th birthday with a full military parade. Prince Joachim attended in his quality of Colonel in the Reserve of the Army but also as a former student! Indeed, this year is also the 30th anniversary of Prince Joachim’s graduation from Haerens Sergentskole.
30 years later, it is now the turn of Prince Joachim’s eldest son Prince Nikolai to be a student of Haerens Sergentskole. Indeed, he started his two-year studies on August 1st. Prince Nikolai took part in the parade but as promised by the Court and the school, he was treated like any regular student. It must have been special for both Joachim and Nikolai when Joachim reviewed the troops and Nikolai was in the first row.
When asked by Billed-Bladet how she felt about seeing her stepson in uniform for the first time, Princess Marie said : “It was touching. We were very proud.”
Prince Joachim made a personal speech at the event, recalling his time as a student at the school during the Cold War but also giving some advice for the current student: “The eight months at school did something to us. We learned to take and bear responsibility – not just for ourselves but also for others. It is not necessarily something that is easy for a young man under the age of 20. […]It’s not wrong to fail here. We all make mistakes. But those who make the difference are those who develop and learn from their mistakes”
Princess Marie wore a new outfit for this very special but serious event. She debuted a new navy Emporio Armani blazer. Emporio Armani (and Armani in general) is definitely one of Marie’s favorite brands so it is no surprise that after a short break from all things Armani (she wore a lot of Ganni and MICHAEL Michael Kors instead), she would go back to the brand.
Marie’s new dress is the ‘Dinoma’ watercolor floral sheath dress by Hugo Boss (with thanks to Katrina for the find). The ‘Dinoma’ dress is also owned by Queen Letizia of Spain in two different prints.
Marie accessorized with her By Malene Birger navy suede and leather d’Orsay pumps and her Longchamp x Kate Moss matching clutch. The brooch she wore on her jacket is reportedly a gift from Queen Margrethe after the birth of Princess Athena in 2012. Marie first wore it at Athena’s christening.
Today, Princess Marie was in Odense for her first official event since the end of the official period of mourning after Prince Henrik’s death. She attended DM i Madkundskab 2018 at Kold College.
DM i Madkundskab (DM in Food Science) is a national competition between several classes from different schools aiming to teach children about food science.
Before the event, Bloomit posted a photo of the bouquet they had created for Princess Marie. They wrote that the requirements for the bouquet were: ” Bordeaux and no roses”. They were very proud of their design.
The competition’s theme this year was ‘Conserve your kitchen garden’ and ten classes were selected for the final which took place today. The competition is held by Madkamp, an association fighting to strengthen the position of food science teaching in elementary schools. Madkamp develops teaching materials, offers teachers courses and DM i Madkundskab is one of their initiatives.
Here is how Madskamp describes the final day: “The final day is a celebration of a party where hundreds of children, craftsmen, politicians, parents, and celebrities gather and celebrate the subject of food knowledge. In addition to the students preparing innovative dishes that can secure them the title of Denmark’s Champion in food science, the day is also packed with fun and exciting activities focused on food. For even though it is a competition, DM in food science is also about focusing on the subject and its many strengths and potentials. “
Princess Marie and the Minister for Food and Environment Esben Lunde Larsen were on hands to announce this year’s winner. The class of 6. C of Hammerslev Sct. Severin School from Haderslev. The students looked very happy when they went on stage to celebrate!
Princess Marie and Esben Lunde Larsen posed with the winners afterward :
It is the first time Princess Marie has attended this event but I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes one of her regular events in the coming years. Princess Marie is Patron of Better Food for More People as well as the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival and she also works closely with Stop Spild Af Mad, a movement fighting against food waste. You can watch the video of the full event with Princess Marie below:
For this event, Princess Marie wore her pink Emporio Armani coat she first wore in 2013 with a UFO printed top from 2014, black pants, her Carlend Copenhagen black clutch and her black Sergio Rossi suede ankle boots. Her earrings are old and unfortunately still UFOs.
We’ll next see Marie on Saturday when she’ll join Prince Joachim (and maybe Prince Henrik and Princess Athena?) at the celebration of Legoland’s 50th anniversary.
Today, Princess Marie was in Tivoli Park to spend the afternoon with children with autism and they siblings. Princess Marie is Patron of the association since 2011 and revealed in 2012 that one of her nephew had autism hence why the cause was so personal for her.
(swipe to see more photos from Kongehuset’s instagram)
On October 16th, Landsforeningen Autisme, the National Association for Autism, announced that their Patron, Princess Marie, had invited five children and their siblings to spend the afternoon with her in Tivoli Park. Tivoli Park is fully decorated for Halloween right now which promised a very fun afternoon for the children.
Princess Marie wanted to invite the siblings and families to visit Tivoli with her and the children as she knows that it can often be difficult for the siblings to feel at ease and find their place in a family where a lot of the attention can be focused on the children with autism. Billed-Bladet reports that Marie had a lot of fun with the children.
Princess Marie wore a new coat by Emporio Armani. The coat is made of mohair and has a Prince of Wales print.
She wore new black ankle boots with her Céline crossbody bag first worn in Rio in August 2016.
We’ll see Marie again tomorrow when she joins the royal family for the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
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.