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Today, Princess Marie was in Glasgow, Scotland to attend the Scottish Autism 50th Anniversary Conference as Patron of the Danish Association for Autism.
Scottish Autism was established in 1968 by a group of parents and they are now the largest provider of autism-specific services in Scotland and a leading authority and advocate for good autism practice. Scottish Autism aims to “help those diagnosed with autism to lead full and enriched lives and become valuable members of the community they live in. We also seek to share our knowledge and expertise with parents, carers and other professionals in order to support the development of skills and strategies needed to provide the best care and support for autistic people. Building partnerships locally, nationally and internally provides us with the exciting opportunity to learn and share our knowledge of good autism practice with other countries. “
Scottish Autism’s Deputy CEO Charlene Tait is a member of the Council of Administration for Autism-Europe which is an association gathering almost 90 national and regional organizations advocating for the rights of autistic people from 30 European countries. Autism affects an estimated 50,000 people in Scotland or 1 in 100 people. In Denmark there are approximatively 70,000 people diagnosed with autism, it is more than 1 in 100.
Scottish Autism offers a wide range of support services for people with autism in Scotland: “We provide a wide range of flexible and innovative support services for children and adults across Scotland, each with a focus on improving quality of life. Central to this is recognizing that each person has a unique set of needs. We create personalized support plans which are based on an individual’s own strengths and motivations and on achieving outcomes which are meaningful to them.”
These support services include children services such as outreach support, respite, and short breaks services and education service to “take the time to build up a deep understanding of each young person, taking into account their processing and thinking style in order to maximize their learning potential. Our dedicated team of practitioners receives regular autism specific training and they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable each child and young person to have positive life experiences.”
But the association also focuses on support for adults such as supported living services which aim to help developing independence but also transition support services that aim “to assess an individual’s needs and build the skills and strategies required to enable them to move on to the most appropriate, sustainable and longer-term setting.”
Another important part of Scottish Autism’s support services is dedicated to the families in order to help them understand autism better and to help them whenever they need it but also to the professionals. Indeed the association has an advice line as well as a toolbox and training service available.
In order to celebrate their 50th anniversary, Scottish Autism organized several events all year with the big focus being this international two-day conference “Innovation in Autism Practice: The Future is Calling”.
The program of the conference was influenced by “a contemporary view that embraces autism as a developmental difference and focuses on a capacity view of the individual”. Scottish Autism also sponsored The Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC) to host an Autism Fringe which included workshops, discussions and information sharing.
Princess Marie, as Patron of the Danish Association for Autism, made the opening speech after the welcoming speech by Charlene Tait. Sadly, the Court hasn’t updated Princess Marie’s speech yet but I’ll update the post as soon as they do. We do know she talked about the value of sharing knowledge and experience as well as the importance of working together to improve the lives of autistic people.
After Princess Marie’s speech, Charlene Tait made a keynote speech called ‘The Future is Calling’.
The second keynote speech was held by Professor Roy Richard Grinker from the George Washington University called ‘Autism and the Disappearing Stigma of Mental Illness.’
Here’s a very important quote from Ruth Moyse’s seminar:
About Princess Marie attending the conference, Charlene Tait said: “We had the pleasure of meeting with Princess Marie at last year’s ‘Meeting of Minds’ autism event in Copenhagen to discuss a number of areas where Scotland and Denmark are working together in close collaboration. She is a real champion of the autism community and has been a great supporter of the joint working going on between ourselves and Autism Denmark. We look forward to welcoming her to Scotland and to hearing her speak at this year’s conference.”
Princess Marie indeed attended the Meeting of Minds conference last year in Copenhagen and I believe she will attend this year’s Meeting of Minds conference on November 29th although this wasn’t confirmed by the Court yet. This year’s theme is ‘Autism in Doubt’. According to the Danish Association for Autism’s website, some of the topics that will be discussed at the conference are :
- “Co-occurring mental disorder”
- “You don´t look autistic!”
- “What is Autism?”
- “Sex differences in boys and girls with ASD: Diagnostic criteria, stress, anxiety, and depression”
- “Aging and being autistic: Lessons (not) learned.”
After the keynote speeches at the Scottish Autism Conference, seminars started while Princess Marie left the Grand Central Hotel where the conference was held to go to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum along with Deputy CEO Charlene Tait. The museum is part of an initiative along with the other eight Glasgow museums to become more autism aware. This year they launched a new programme of early openings, autism-friendly workshops, and resources. In 2017, three of those museums already made improvements and now have trained Autism Champions to raise staff awareness, visual storyboards and pre-visit information to help plan the visit and sensory kits that can be borrowed.
At the Museum, Princess Marie met with students from the Iceberg Productions including Jason Donaldson, Daniel Page, Lee Roibrown, Emma Stanley and John Sapseed. According to Scottish Autism’s press release: “Iceberg Productions is a group of young autistic film-makers which is based at Blue Central, one of Scottish Autism’s Day Services. This project is led by John Innes and Ian Noble of the Untold Motion Picture Company. Ian and John have considerable experience in film-making, photography and sound recording and work closely with Scottish Autism, running a number of film-making taster courses for the individuals supported by the charity. The aspiration is to enable autistic individuals who are interested in film-making to be part of an in-house production company.”
One of the students, Jason, was able to interview Princess Marie and he then took a selfie with her which was shared on his school’s twitter account. Jason is a student at the New Struan School which is a day and residential school for students between 5 and 19 years old. Their vision is “to enable our pupils to become included, confident learners in the community. We know that young people with autism can be successful learners and we strive to provide the structured and supportive environment which enables them to reach their full potential. ”
When asked by Jason what was the best thing about being a Princess, Marie said : “The best thing is to be out for a day like this and meet people like those I’ve met here today in Scotland.”
The school even has a rabbit named Freddie and he has his own twitter account! He even congratulated Jason for his meeting with Princess Marie and said that the class had been checking Twitter all day to see if there was any photo of Jason! Jason said Marie was lovely and it looks like it was an amazing moment for everyone involved!
Princess Marie and the students posed for a photo in front of their taxis at the end of the event and Glasgow Taxis tweeted that they were honored to be transporting Marie today.
You can see a video of Marie’s day in Glasgow here.
In the evening, Princess Marie attended the evening dinner at the Grand Central Hotel which is the Hotel where she stayed. Sadly, there is only one photo so far. I believe Marie wore a new dress but I’m not sure.
In their report about the day, the Danish Association for Autism said: “The Autism National Association expresses its sincere thanks to HKH Princess Marie for the great involvement in the autism area, both nationally and internationally – and for the amazing work of the protector and in the meeting with autistic people and their families. “
For this day in Scotland, Princess Marie wore a fully recycled outfit. She chose to wear a Giorgio Armani double-breasted that she first wore in 2014 and black trousers.
She paired the outfit with her Etui Bags grey clutch and ufo pumps from 2010. In one of the photos, we can see Marie carrying a new purple tote bag but I don’t have any ID for it yet.
She wore the same outfit except for the trousers when she debuted the jacket in 2014 at an event to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Epilepsy Children Hospital of Dianalund.
We’ll next see Princess Marie with Prince Joachim this weekend in Braine, France where they’ll commemorate the end of the First World War.
Today, Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron ended their state visit to Denmark.
They spent the morning with the Crown Prince Couple before hosting a reception in honor of Queen Margrethe at the Danish Royal Playhouse in Copenhagen.
Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and Princess Benedikte attended the reception.
Princess Marie wore a fully recycled outfit. She chose to wear her Huishan Zhang ‘Keira’ which she debuted at Prince Felix’s confirmation in April 2017.
She paired it with her nude Sergio Rossi pumps and her Etui Bags nude clutch.
We’ll next see Princess Marie tomorrow when she officially opens the Better Food for More People – World Food Summit.
Today, Princess Marie was in Frederiskberg to attend her first official event since the end of her summer holidays. She was on hand to open the new Too Good To Go store with Selina Juul, the founder of Stop Spild Af Mad, and Mette Lykke, the CEO of Too Good To Go.
Too Good To Go is the world’s largest online platform for surplus food. Through the app, everyone can take action against food waste and help us achieve our vision of a world with no waste. Today almost 6 million meals have been saved and the app has 4,6 million users in eight countries. The Too Good To Go app was originally created by five young entrepreneurs and started in 2016. On 1st July 2016, Mette Lykke, co-founder of Endomondo, came on board as CEO. There are 160 employees in total, of which 50 are based in Denmark.
The app has been around since 2016 and has since grown at record speed. Today, it is possible to buy surplus food from more than 10,000 places in eight countries through Too Good To Go. TV2 reports that: ” Over the past two years, 4.6 million users have bought six million meals that were otherwise thrown out, and it makes Too Good To Go the world’s largest online marketplace for surplus food.”
Now that there are more than 10,000 businesses signed up and around 20,000 meals being saved daily through the app, it is time for the next step in the fight against food waste.
“Every year a third of all food ends up in a landfill. Almost 40% of Europe’s food waste happens before the food reaches the stores and that’s why we have created our own space where we can offer goods direct from manufacturers and wholesalers. We feel that addressing the issue higher up the chain is key in order to have a bigger impact on the food waste issue” says Mette Lykke.
Urtekram, Knorr and Santa Maria are already on the list of brands which will be available at the new store. All the products are entirely edible but, for one reason or another, they aren’t able to be sold in the supermarket because they are nearing the final date of sale, have a badly printed label or, in one way or another, do not comply with the standards of supermarkets. Urtekram’s CEO Peter Overgaard says: ”For us, it’s important to support new sustainable initiatives. Too Good To Go is making it possible for us to sell the products that have an expiry date that’s too short for the supermarket to accept”
Mette Lykke also wants the store to help change the habits we have at home regarding food waste: “The store is a pickup point but there will also be lots of help and information available on how to change habits at home. We also invite students to stop by and get help on their assignments on food waste. Our ambition is for it to become a real hub, the heart of our food waste community”
During the opening reception, Marie explained that she knew about the app and was using it too. When asked by Billed-Bladet how she learned about the app, she said it was thanks to Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix. The store was officially opened when Marie made an order from the app and received her order at the counter. Mette Lykke explained that the users of the app could still use the app as usual – ordering from the app and being delivered the meal at home- but they could also now pick up their order from the store and take part in the events that will be hosted there.
The fight against food waste has been one of Princess Marie’s biggest cause in the past few years so it’s no surprise to see her being involved in this event. She is expected to attend the Better Food For More People – World Food Summit later this month in Copenhagen as Patron.
Princess Marie chose to wear a very summery outfit for this event. Her new navy dress is from Michael Kors. It is still available in navy here and in green here. [Note: you can shop similar dresses here]
She accessorized with her nude Etui Bags clutch and old UFO earrings.
She also wore new nude pumps. I believe they might be the Michael Kors ‘Clara’ pumps (available here). She is clearly a fan of these pumps because she also wore them in red satin at the concert for Crown Prince Frederik’s 50th Birthday back in May.
We’ll next see Princess Marie on August 15th when she and Prince Joachim visit Varde’s Military School.
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 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.
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.