Family Events

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie join the Danish royal family at a concert for Prince Henrik

On February 13th last year, Prince Henrik died in his home of Fredensborg Castle. The funeral took place on February 20th and tonight, Queen Margrethe organized a concert to commemorate the one year anniversary. Surprisingly, Princess Benedikte, Countess Alexandra and Prince Henrik’s family did not attend the concert.

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The Royal Danish Academy of Music was responsible for the music tonight, aiming to reflect Prince Henrik’s lifelong interest in music. After the concert, Queen Margrethe hosted a dinner.

The royal family didn’t have any official events last week and the Crown Prince family was photographed skiing in Verbier, Switzerland so we can assume that Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, and their children were also on holidays.

You can see a video of the arrival here.

Princess Marie wore her Michael Kors sequinned top with a new black skirt.

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She paired the look with her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ glitter pumps and her ufo clutch from 2007.

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For the jewels, she wore new Christine Hvelplund earrings with her two diamonds Christine Hvelplund bracelets and a new Christine Hvelplund flower-shaped ring.

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We’ll next see Prince Joachim and Princess Marie on the 25th.

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Princess Marie attends the launch of the Danish UNESCO National Commission’s new strategy for 2019-2022

Today, Princess Marie attended the launch of the Danish UNESCO National Commission’s new strategy for 2019-2022. Princess Marie is Patron of the Commission and the Commission started working on the strategy last May in a seminar that Princess Marie attended.

 

 

UNESCO has been working on goal 4: “a good education for all” out of the 17 goals set out by the UN to ensure the planet’s sustainable development by 2030. The Danish Minister of Education said: “In more than 70 years UNESCO has worked globally for freedom of expression, respect for all human worth, good education for all and the preservation of valuable culture and natural heritage. These are values that Denmark is known for around the world. But we can not take them for granted. The world is changing rapidly, and each generation must reinvent and defend basic Democracy and freedoms. Denmark is among the best in the world to achieve the goal of a good education for all, but there are still challenges. The things we do is to get all of the conditions to complete an education, make it attractive to acquire vocational training and creating inclusive learning environments free from bullying. That can UNESCO and the World Goals help us to do better. “

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The new strategy focuses on five main strategic initiatives. For each strategic initiatives, the Danish UNESCO National Commission set out goals to ensure that they can do better in those fields between 2019 and 2022:

  • Partnerships for the future
    • show how UNESCO and the Danish UNESCO actors contribute to achieving world goals and develop cooperation with all relevant stakeholders in relation to achieving the government’s target world ambitions.
    • be a catalyst for the opportunities, skills, and ideas for new initiatives and collaborations and we will bring stakeholders together.
    • mobilize resources and seek partnerships to UNESCO-related activities in Denmark and to projects that have a global focus.
    • strengthen communication about what we do, why we do it and what we achieve
    • strengthen the partnership with the Danish UNESCO institutions like the Danish UNESCO Center (the Center for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability) and the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights and to ensure that they are a resource in implementing the strategy for working with UNESCO
    • encourage Danish stakeholders to engage in the UN Decade for Marine
  • Good education and global citizenship
    • help to ensure that all children and young people know the world goals. This will be done through the national work with education as a force for democracy and sustainable development through cooperation with relevant stakeholders, including UNESCO World undersized schools and adult education initiatives.
    • examine how UNESCO can play along with the Danish science strategy and promote the narrative that science is important for children and young people’s general education and contribute to solutions to global challenges.
    • inspiration to several Danish cities will be part of the global network of cities as UNESCO learning cities and UNESCO creative cities.
    • support and strengthen vocational schools and technical science education focusing on sustainable development. This will be done in collaboration with pupils, students, schools and universities and the parties behind the programs
    • work to ensure that UNESCO continues to provide quality data in the form of “Global Education Monitoring Report” and the results disseminated and used.
    • along with libraries, schools, and civil society to support strategic and concrete activities that promote reading  – for example in the UN reading days each year on 8 September.
    • maintain focus on the right to education for refugee and migrant children in collaboration with civil society organizations, UN and other relevant training actors.

 

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  • Freedom of expression and information creating democracy
    • actively promote global monitoring of artistic expression and relate it to Danish conditions and examine how the experience of working for the safety of journalists can be transferred to artists and scholars of the same challenges.
    • work to strengthen UNESCO’s monitoring of the right to science, culture, education, and freedom of scientific research. The Danish UNESCO Chair at the University of cultural rights will generate and communicate new knowledge and insights based on UNESCO conventions and recommendations
    • seek cooperation that strengthens digital imaging and media and information knowledge that can promote the desire to participate in an informed, critical and respectful democratic conversation.
    • highlighting the importance of equal access to information and preparedness to respond to propaganda and misinformation
    • support active Danish efforts of UNESCO’s International Program for Media Development (IPDC) and set up a campaign that Denmark elected into the program expert for the period 2019-2023.
    • follow up by Danish media actors and relevant ministries to prepare a national action plan for the safety of journalists, as recommended in the “UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity”
    • engage in dialogue with relevant stakeholders, including municipalities, the potential of several refuges or other measures to ensure artistic freedom and protect persecuted artists.
  • World heritage and communities in development
    • support the Danish authorities’ ongoing work with the Danish World.
    • support networking and exchange of experiences across the World Heritage in Denmark.
    • focus on how Denmark’s World Heritage sites, living heritage, cultural values, geoparks, and biosphere reserves and city networks contribute – individually and collectively – to education for sustainable development and global citizenship.
    • bring knowledge of the world compared to Danish educational institutions including through UNESCO collections at Moesgaard Museum and distribution of UNESCO guides and educational resources through relevant channels and EMU, Denmark learning portal.
    • demonstrate the importance of being a UNESCO designation, among other sustainable tourism, local identity, and the economy. It could be done through analysis and good examples.
    • engage in initiatives that make cultural heritage – both the living and material – relevant to children and young people and puts it in a contemporary context.
    • support Denmark’s involvement in the protection of cultural property during armed conflict, including cooperation with research institutions, museums, public authorities, and other actors.
  • Equality and Inclusion across all initiatives
    • systematically integrate a gender perspective in the strategy’s action plan and equality assess all initiatives.
    • seek cooperation with Danish media actors in order to strengthen the focus on gender equality, both among media actors in content, through source selection and resourceful to stories, speakers and panelists at conferences and the like.
    • maintain UNESCO’s efforts to promote sex education in developing countries. Denmark is working actively to UNESCO’s “International Technical Guide on Sexuality Education”, used to strengthen sex education in schools.
    • strengthen the focus on sex and gender disparities on the importance of girls ‘and boys’ education practice
    • maintain UNESCO’s monitoring of global trends and challenges in relation to violence and bullying in schools based on gender, sexuality and gender identity. Denmark has joined UNESCO’s Call for Action as an important tool to promote learning environments free of discrimination both in Denmark and globally.
    • support more women to choose research road. L’OrĂ©al/UNESCO prizes to young women researchers is a recognized model to be developed, including the possibility of concluding cooperation with other UNESCO concepts.

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To launch the strategy, Princess Marie made a speech:

It is my great pleasure and pleasure to be able to participate in the launch of the new strategy for the Danish UNESCO work.

Congratulations to us. Congratulations to us that we now have a completed strategic framework for the Danish UNESCO work for the next 4 years. The work was started, as many of us were together not far from here at Blox last May. The final strategy that lies ahead of us has come to the world based on a great effort from many different subject areas and from many places in the country. It is in the spirit of UNESCO and I would like to thank you.

The UN’s 17 world goals play a central role in the strategy and world goals are not only important to us in UNESCO, but also to more and more organizations and businesses that have taken it on. The world goals are the most important conversation of our time, and I am pleased that in the Danish UNESCO work we can help carry this on to an even larger circle.

 

 

 

 

UNESCO is the UN body responsible for world goals 4 on a good education for all. And we are proud and happy about that. Everyone has the right to education! UNESCO’s work with world heritage is known throughout Denmark – and that is important.

Fewer people know about the Geopark in Odsherred and the Biosphere Reserve on Møn. Or for concepts such as UNESCO learning and creative cities. It is a shame … Because when a municipality engages in the opportunities and the “brand” UNESCO can offer, one will experience an increasing local commitment and pride. 

In our work, we must strengthen our knowledge of the many opportunities and potentials that exist in UNESCO. There are countless resources in the Danish UNESCO landscape. The challenge for the next 4 years is to connect them in new ways. We must strive to see new synergies and work across sectors and organizations.

 

 

 

We need to help each other strengthen the knowledge of the many tools that UNESCO offers to the member states. UNESCO’s programs and networks are an offer for everyone to engage in our common future. But it can be difficult to do alone. Therefore, the strategy aims to explore new opportunities to work across and to enter into new partnerships. In Denmark, we have seen a growing interest in UNESCO in recent years in the form of a stronger commitment at local, regional and national level. The strategy points to 5 initiatives that can lift UNESCO’s work in Denmark

Besides partnerships for the future, this is about good education and global citizenship, freedom of expression in the press, art and science as well as world heritage and local development and not least equality and inclusion. The efforts go across all UNESCO mandates. It’s ambitious and it’s great.

Our children will inherit the world after us.

Therefore, I am very pleased to read that the Danish UNESCO National Commission wants to promote an approach that recognizes young people as actors who can create change and sustainable development. We cannot do without the engagement of the young! Later today, work must be done to link concrete actions and activities to the strategy and I look forward to following the work for the next 4 years.

 

Princess Marie wore a fully recycled outfit today! She paired her Armani Collezioni jacket with her Hugo Boss dress that she debuted in 2017.

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She accessorized with her favorite Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ pumps and her Naledi Copenhagen Ostrich clutch. Her scarf is also by Naledi Copenhagen.

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We’ll next see Princess Marie on February 3rd when she’ll attend the premiere of LEGO Movie 2 with her family.

 

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The Danish Royal Family spend Christmas in Marselisborg Palace!

This year, Queen Margrethe spends Christmas with her sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren in Marselisborg Palace in Aarhus. It is the family’s first Christmas without Prince Henrik so it made sense that the whole family would be reunited. It was even better since Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix were spending the holidays with their father as they alternate between their father and their mother. (They spent Christmas with Countess Alexandra last year and Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Henrik, and Princess Athena spent Christmas in France with Marie’s family)

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As they usually do when spending Christmas at Marselisborg, the family attends two church services. On the 24th, the whole family attended the Christmas Eve service. In previous years, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik would arrive in one car, then Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, and their children would follow in another car and Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, and their children would arrive in a third car. They followed the same pattern this time but with one change: Prince Felix and little Prince Henrik went to the church in Queen Margrethe’s car so that she would not be alone on the ride from the Palace to the church.

On the 25th, Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, and Princess Marie attended the Christmas Day service. Crown Prince Frederik left early as he does not take part in the Communion, just like his father didn’t.

Princess Marie wore recycled outfits to both services. She debuted the red coat to the same Christmas Eve service back in 2013 but it is still ufo. She wore the coat with her black Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ pumps.

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For the Christmas Day service, she wore the Baum und Pferdgarten coat she debuted on December 1st and her navy Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ suede pumps.

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On the 24th, Princess Athena wore a new coat by Zara.

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We won’t see the Danish royal family until January 1st when they’ll attend the traditional New Year Gala Dinner. Queen Margrethe will make her annual speech on New Year’s Eve.

Visits

Princess Marie visits Voergaard Slot

Yesterday, Princess Marie visited Voergaard Slot in Dronninlung to attend the Christmas party and visit the “Greve Oberbech-Clausen’s adventurous journey from Bordeaux and Paris to Voergaard Castle” exhibition.

This year, the castle hosts an exhibition of French art inspired by the last owner Greve Overbech-Clausen’s adventurous life from France to Voergaard Slot. In 1955, he moved his collection of French cultural and art treasures from France to Voergaard Slot.

Princess Marie was welcomed at the castle by children who were attending the Christmas party and by the Chairman of the Board of Voergaard Slot and French Consul, Anker Laden-Larsen, and the Mayor of Brønderslev, Mikael Klitgaard. Marie then visited the castle and was able to see the Christmas decorations as well as the exhibition.

Anker Laden-Larsen said: “It is a great honor that Princess Marie visits Voergaard Slot. We are looking forward to telling her about Voergaard Slot’s French history and showing the Princess how Voergaard’s living rooms have been transformed into a beautiful Christmas universe”

Princess Marie said: “I am very proud to visit the castle. It’s very different and creative and very cozy. I am very impressed. I think it’s a fantastic collection of French art and culture. It’s very very nice.”

You can see a video of the event here.

Princess Marie wore her reversible gray/purple coat that she first wore last year. She paired it with her black Giorgio Armani blazer. Her boots are the Jimmy Choo ‘Glynn’ boots that she first wore in 2015.

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She carried a new clutch by Zadig et Voltaire. It is the sold out ‘Uma’ python clutch.

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Her skirt and her earrings are new but still ufo.

It seemed it was Princess Marie’s last event of the year before Christmas but I have posts planned for the rest of the month!

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Princess Marie attends Stop Wasting Food Dinner

On November 13th, Princess Marie attended the Stop Wasting Food Dinner in Copenhagen.

The international Stop Wasting Food Dinner was hosted by Selina Juul and the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Denmark Henk Swarttouw to support the fight against food waste. In addition to Princess Marie, guests included the Danish Minister for Environment and Food Jakob Ellemann-Jensen and high-level leaders from organizations and businesses. The hope is to make this dinner an annual tradition with a different embassy hosting each year.

About Princess Marie attending the dinner, Selina Juul said: “We are very thankful that H.R.H. Princess Marie will participate in our dinner against food waste – and we are very delighted for the Princess’ enthusiasm in the fight against food waste. Earlier this year in Stop Wasting Food, we had honor and pleasure to prepare a lunch with focusing on food waste at the Princess’ own home together with the Princess, the Princess’ children, and ten school children.”

The dinner consisted of a menu made out of surplus food and prepared by Dutch chef Lucas Jeffries – who works at the InStock restaurant which fights against food waste- and Danish chef Martin Jacobsen – who works at the Kadeau and the Nabo restaurants. The surplus food included imperfect fruits and vegetables and any food that would have been wasted because it did not fit the supermarkets’ expectations (sometimes just because of a misplaced tag). The guests were invited to take the leftovers home in biodegradable boxes. Princess Marie had the opportunity to see them cook after her arrival.

About the guests attending, Selina Juul said: “The people who come here for dinner, they are all very relevant to the agenda. They did not only came because they are famous and to eat some nice food. They came because they all have a relationship with the fight against food waste”

The idea of the dinner came from the Dutch Ambassador to Denmark Henk Swarttouw:  “Too much food is wasted in the world. Over 33 percent of all food produced is wasted, so I would very much like to help raise awareness about this problem and support the fight. That is why I have chosen to become an ambassador of the Stop Wasting Food Movement” he said to TV2 Lorry.

You can see a short video here.

For the event, Princess Marie wore a new Zara dress (with thanks to @JAusten). The dress features “a V-shaped opening and a matching tie detail at the neck and long sleeves with wide cuffs, a seam at the waist and a loose-fitting A-line skirt with a wide ruffle trim on the hem.”

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Here’s a closer look at the spade print:

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Marie paired the new dress with her Jimmy Choo Romy glitter pumps, an old ufo burgundy velvet clutch and her By Malene Birger belt.

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For the jewels, Marie chose her Christine Hvelplund pendant earrings with her Christine Hvelplund ring.