Gala Dinner

Princess Marie attends Gadens Born’s charity gala

On Saturday evening, Princess Marie attended Gadens Born’s charity gala in Copenhagen.

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© Maiken Kestner/Gadens Born

Gadens Born was founded in 2012 by Pia Lindell Qwist after a visit to India when she saw how bad street children’s living conditions were there: “Gadens Boern fights to improve the living conditions of homeless children in Kolkata, India, by supporting initiatives within education and care. The objective of Gadens Børn is to provide homeless and destitute children access to opportunities and tools they can use to change their present conditions and potentially also their future. […] We primarily rely on the hard work of volunteers, and we always try to keep our administrative expenses to an absolute minimum. Even though we are a small organization we work hard to make a big difference. Help us help others.”

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The foundation’s main focus is social outreach at Sealdah Station, the second biggest railway station in Kolkata, where a lot of children live with or without their parents:”A large number of street children live at the station – some with their parents and others without but true for most them is that they are not publicly registered with a birth certificate. That means that they are not able to attend the local government schools or receive other government services. Some have been thrown out of home while others have run away due to different reasons,  often involving physical violence, addiction or sexual assault. […]We seek them out and offer them food, health checks, clothes, activities and love, and care.”

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Gadens Born also created the Aasha School (‘Aasha’ means ‘hope’ in Hindi). It has 150 students enrolled from the local area. The school offers one daily vegetarian meal, adult contact & care, one monthly excursion, and education that builds on caring relations. (You can read more about the school here). They also help mothers with food, birth preparations, and medical check-ups.

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© Maiken Kestner/Gadens Born

Upon her arrival, Princess Marie was greeted by Pia Lindell Qwist’s daughter Mynthe. Princess Marie was sitting at the main table with Pia Lindell Qwist and Lars Stolte, the Chairman of the Board. During the charity gala, an auction of gifts given by Danish companies was held to help raise money for the foundation and it was very successful as they have raised one million Danish Kroner (≈ $155,600). You can donate to Gadens Born here.

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© Maiken Kestner/Gadens Born

After the auction, singers Alex Ambrose and Barbara Miranda performed. About Princess Marie attending the gala, Pia Lindell Qwist said: “I am deeply grateful that HKH Princess Marie will participate in our charity gala. It’s really a show of all the work our volunteers do to make a difference for the street children in India.”

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© Maiken Kestner/Gadens Born

You can see a video of Marie’s arrival here.

For this charity gala, Princess Marie wore a new black sequin top which she paired with black velvet pants. I believe the top could be a sequinned bodysuit by Michael Kors. If it is indeed her top, it’s her first item from the main Michael Kors line after buying from the less expensive Michael Michael Kors line so it’ll be interesting to see how her relationship with the brand develops.

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She paired the outfit with her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ black glitter pumps and an old UFO clutch from 2008.

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Marie also wore her Christine Hvelplund cross ring and new earrings that I haven’t managed to identify yet.

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© Maiken Kestner/Gadens Born
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We’ll next see Prince Joachim and Princess Marie on Tuesday when they’ll join the royal family to attend the Opening of Parliament.

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Syddansk Universitet, Visits

Princess Marie in Kolding to meet with Barack Obama and visit the ‘The Splendour of Power’

On Friday, Princess Marie was in Kolding to attend a special conference with President Barack Obama at the University of South Denmark.

 

 

 

Former President Barack Obama took part in a moderated Q & A conversation for an audience of business leaders, university students, and local dignitaries during the ‘ A conversation with President Barack Obama’ event. The event was by invitation only, and Princess Marie works closely with the University of South Denmark to develop new programs for international students, so it is natural that she was invited.

Princess Marie had the opportunity to meet with Barack Obama backstage and they took a photo. Afterward, Marie left SDU and went to Koldinghus where she had lunch with the director Thomas C. Thulstrup and the director of the French jewelry house Mauboussin, Olivier Galtié.

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Several items from the Danish Royal Family were loaned to the exhibition such as Queen Margrethe’s Greenlandic Diadem, Queen Anne-Marie’s Cartier Wedding Tiara, Princess Benedikte’s Floral Tiara, Crown Princess Mary’s Midnight Tiara, and Princess Marie’s Légion d’Honneur medal.

 

 

 

More about the exhibition from their press release: “The exhibition showcases a selection of magnificent and unique Danish and European pieces to illustrate the ability of jewelry to capture our fascination and act as statements of shifting power structures over the past 750 years.”

Princess Marie debuted her new tiara created by Mauboussin on 28th August at the gala dinner hosted in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron during the French state visit to Denmark. The tiara is owned by Mauboussin, but they accepted to loan the tiara to ‘The Splendour of Power’ exhibition. They officially added the tiara to the exhibition on Friday hence why Marie and Mauboussin’s director visited.

After the exhibition, Princess Marie said to Billed-Bladet that it was a lovely exhibition. You can see a short video here.

 

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She paired the jacket with the Tara Jarmon white blouse she debuted last April to celebrate Queen Margrethe’s birthday.
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She accessorized with her favorite Jimmy Choo black suede ‘Romy’ pumps and her By Malene Birger envelope clutch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ll see Princess Marie again tonight as she’ll attend a charity gala for an NGO.

 

Visits

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie join Queen Margrethe to open the ‘EventyrDronningen’ exhibition at Amalienborg Museum

Today, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie joined Queen Margrethe to open the ‘EventyrDronningen’ exhibition at Amalienborg Museum.

‘EventyrDronningen’ (‘The Fairytale Queen’) is an exhibition based on the costumes and scenographies created by Queen Margrethe.  The exhibition will run from September 27th to May 19, 2019, at Amalienborg Museum. The Queen worked closely with the royal house curator, Elisabeth von Buchwald, and designer Shane Brox to create the exhibition.

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More about the exhibition from the Court:  “The overall theme of the exhibition is the world of adventure and visitors will, among other things, get an insight into several visual sources that have inspired the Queen over time. In addition, the Queen’s work desk and studio have been recreated, so that the visitors’ visitors can get a closer insight into the Queen’s artistic work.”

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The press release from the Museum gives us more insight into the set of the exhibition: “The first stop for the visitor is the Inspiration room, which focuses on the visual sources which have inspired the Queen’s scenographic work throughout her life. The visit continues to the room Dressing Up, where photos from private albums shed light on the Royal Family’s tradition for fancy dress. In these photos, the visitor can see some of the high points of the Queen’s childhood and adolescence, as well as life as a young adult, including spontaneous dressing up both in daily life and for parties.”

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“The next three rooms present a selection of costumes and set designs composed of the Queen’s decoupages. Here one walks through The Magic Forest, peopled with a festive mix of figures from ThumbelinaThe TinderboxThe Nutcracker, and Cinderella, before being let through the palace gates to a festive, slightly anarchic Palace Banquet with a glance at The Bleak. The visit concludes with Creativity, where the scenographer’s workbench and atelier have been recreated.”

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Since the 1980s, the Queen has worked professionally with scenography, and over the years she has contributed to many productions for The Royal Danish Theatre and The Pantomime Theatre in Tivoli Gardens such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Wild SwansLove in the Dustbin, Thumbelina, The Tinder Box, The Swineherd, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier. About her work in scenography, Queen Margrethe said: “For me, part of the thrill is to venture onto thin ice without knowing whether it will hold — it’s probably quite healthy to land in those kinds of situations now and again, where you can’t do things on autopilot”.

According to Elizabeth von Buchwald, the Royal Family’s curator, the exhibition aims to let the visitor gain a deeper insight into the creative part of the Queen’s mind”. This is why visitors can also give their creativity free rein and experiment with the technique of folding paper hats according to the Queen’s design. Last week, the Court released a very funny video of Queen Margrethe showing her technique for folding paper.

They also released a behind the scenes video of the creation of the exhibition as well as a video of the Queen seeing the exhibition for the first time.

Upon arrival, Queen Margrethe and Princess Marie received nice bouquets of flowers from a very excited little girl.

As part of the opening, Queen Margrethe, Prince Joachim, and Princess Marie watched a short representation of The Steadfast Tin Soldier.

Afterward, Queen Margrethe, Prince Joachim, and Princess Marie toured the exhibition. The Queen also gave a short press conference at the end of the event which you can see parts of here. (You can also see some footage of the actual event).

A book called ‘EventyrDronningen’ was also released in addition to the exhibition written by Elizabeth von Buchwald and Shane Brox with photos from Kamilla Bryndum. The Court also released a video of The Queen talking about the exhibition today with some exclusive footage.

For this event, Princess Marie wore a new dress by Goat Fashion. It is her third dress from the brand since last May. This time, she chose the ‘Gracia’ tunic dress.

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This dress “has a round neck and an invisible centre back zip closure and black contrast velvet trim”. The color is described as ‘Autumnal Cartridge Green’. I can’t tell if the belt she wore with the dress is new or not.

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She paired this dress with a new black box clutch and her trusty Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ black suede pumps. I think her earrings are new but I haven’t seen any close-ups to confirm this guess.

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We’ll next see Princess Marie on Saturday when she will be in Kolding to attend a conference with Barack Obama and to visit the ‘The Splendour of Power’ exhibition.

Institutions, Nikolaï, Visits

Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, and Prince Nikolai attend Flag Day Ceremonies across the country

Today, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie were in Fredericia to attend ceremonies commemorating Flag Day. Flag Day takes place on September 5th each year and honors those who have served for Denmark and every year between 2011 and 2016, either the Crown Prince Couple or Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attended the ceremonies in Copenhagen. However, since last year, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attend the ceremonies in Copenhagen while Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attend the ceremonies in another city.

 

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie first visited Ryes Kaserne were they were received by Colonel Soren Andersen. There, they took part in a wreath-laying ceremony.

Afterward, they attended a service at St Michaelis Church before attending a military parade.

In the afternoon, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie were received at Meldahls Town Hall where they met representatives from a shelter for veterans.

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie then walked from the Town Hall to Klojhuset. This walk gave them the opportunity to meet with the crowd waiting for them.

In Klojhuset, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie took part in a lunch with veterans where one local veteran held a speech.

For the first time, Prince Nikolai also took part in the Flag Day ceremonies. Indeed, Prince Nikolai is now a student at Haerens Sergentskole in Varde and the school also had its own ceremony to commemorate the day.

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For these somber ceremonies, Princess Marie wore her Giorgio Armani Fall 2009 jacket with a new white printed dress from Peserico, an Italian brand (with thanks to an anonymous reader). This jacket is her “funeral” jacket as she only wears it to attend somber events or funerals. The last time she wore it was for Prince Henrik’s funeral.

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She paired the outfit with her new favorite combo: her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ black suede pumps and her Carlend Copenhagen ‘Aicha’ clutch. She wore the same accessories in Odense yesterday. Her earrings and her fascinator are old but sadly I don’t have any IDs for them.

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We’ll next see Princess Marie on Saturday when she’ll attend a DEMA event in Grasten.

Visits

Princess Marie officially welcomes new international students to the University of Southern Denmark

On Tuesday, Princess Marie was in Odense to take part in the official welcome ceremony of new international students at the University of Southern Denmark.

 

Princess Marie has been working with the SDU since 2009. Since she herself studied abroad and she has also learned a new culture and a new language upon becoming a Princess of Denmark, she works with the SDU to improve the experience of the new international students each year and to help strengthen the knowledge of university education and research.

After the ceremony, Princess Marie had the opportunity to meet with several students along with Principal Henrik Dam. Almost 1.000 international students from 83 different countries will spend this semester studying at SDU and Princess Marie said she was very happy to see that there were so many students interested in studying in Denmark.

Princess Marie wore a new Tara Jarmon black silk blouse. She wore the same blouse in red during the first day of the French state visit. She paired the blouse with her black Chanel skirt.

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She wore her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ black suede pumps and her Carlend Copenhagen clutch. I believe her earrings might be new but I couldn’t find a good close up of them to be sure.

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