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.
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.
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.
She also wore her Sergio Rossi black suede ankle boots, new earrings and possibly a new clutch.
We’ll next see Princess Marie on Thursday when she’ll attend Christmas festivities at Voergaard Slot
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.
After the first gala of the year and the 2017 review, let’s catch up with Princess Marie !
On January 4th, Princess Marie , as Patron of the Danish Emergency Management Agency and one of their special projects assistant, met with Dutch experts to learn about their initiatives to prevent fires and flooding and protect the population.
Since it was an unannounced event I don’t have any other details about the event. Marie wore her Isabel Marant jacket first worn in 2016.
Another important news for Princess Marie ! It was announced on January 3rd that Princess Marie had accepted to be an Honorary Member of the Association of the Dane of Horseshoe (Danish Galop) was founded in 1859 by Crown Prince , later King Christian IX. The tradition is that the Monarch is the Patron of the association. Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Prince Joachim already were honorary members and the association said they were delighted and honored to welcome Princess Marie.
They also announced that Princess Marie will attend a day at the Danish Galop Flagships in the Spring.
Today, Princess Marie is making her first official visit to Washington D.C ! She met with Andrew Steeler , the President and CEO of the World Resources Institutes to talk about the fight against food waste and how Denmark was involved in it.
Since the meetings were private , we don’t have any official photos but I reached out to the World Resources Institute for more information and here is what they told me :
” Denmark is well-known as a global leader in the field of sustainable development. WRI is therefore delighted to have the opportunity to host a visit by Minister of Food and Environment Esben Lunde Larsen, HRH Princess Marie, and Lars Bo Møller, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Danish Embassy in Washington. The Danish delegation will meet with WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer and WRI’s senior leadership to exchange ideas on how to address urgent global issues at the nexus of development, environment and human well-being that are the focus of WRI’s work: food, forests, water, energy, cities and climate. In addition, the minister will share Danish perspectives on such sustainable development challenges in an address and Q&A session with WRI staff.
The Danish delegation and WRI leadership will also discuss progress in a new initiative, Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals (P4G), led by a group of countries that includes Denmark, Chile, Ethiopia, Kenya, Korea, Mexico and Vietnam, along with leaders from business and international organizations. Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, and other government leaders launched P4G at the UN General Assembly in New York last September. It aims to foster innovative public-private partnerships to accelerate progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WRI hosts the P4G secretariat.
The World Resources Institute is a global think-and-do tank with more than 700 experts and other staff, half in Washington and half in international offices in the big emerging markets of the developing world: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico. WRI also has regional hub offices for engagement in Europe (in The Hague) and Africa (in Addis Ababa). WRI follows a three-fold approach to solving urgent global problems: Count It (research and analysis to define problems and identify solutions); Change It (close engagement with governments, businesses and civil society partners to implement, test and adjust solutions) and Scale It (fostering innovative global coalitions to reach tipping points where new and better approaches become the new normal).
WRI collaborated with Denmark in the creation of the Food Loss and Waste Protocol, the global standard for measuring and reducing food loss and waste. The protocol is now being adopted by leading food companies and governments to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which aims to cut food loss and waste by half by 2030. Currently about one quarter of the calories produced for human consumption are never eaten. Reducing food loss and waste can help to reduce the environmental footprint of food production and reduce global hunger. ” (NB: Selina Juul worked with the WRI on the Food Loss and Waste Protocol, she’s one of their Champions)
After the meetings, Princess Marie attended an official dinner at the Danish Embassy in Washington.
UPDATE: The Ministry of Food and Environment posted a photo of the Danish delegation !
Princess Marie wore an UFO outfit first worn in November 2013 and what seems to be her favorite Sergio Rossi ankle boots first worn in 2016.
This visit ties nicely with an event Princess Marie will host on January 18th. She invited children to cook with her in her home at Klampenborg in order to teach them about food waste and how to avoid it. Princess Marie has worked closely with WeFood’s and Stop Spild af Mad’s founder Selina Juul over the years and I hear that great things are to come! You can learn more about Stop Spild af Mad here.
We’ll next see Princess Marie next Tuesday when she will visit Vejen Gymnasium to teach a French lesson with another teacher and next Thursday with the children in her home.
Today, Princess Marie attended the L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science 2017 as Patron of the Danish Committee of UNESCO. These awards were created in Denmark in 2007 by the L’Oreal Foundation and UNESCO. The awards exist in different countries as well.
Princess Marie has previously attended in 2013 and in 2015 . Over the years , 97 awards have been given in different countries and two recipients have won a Nobel Prize. This year’s Danish edition was special as it was the 10th anniversary of the awards in Denmark.
The awards aims to recognize women in science and push women to expose their ideas and their works. Each year, three women are chosen among the contestants to receive the awards. This year’s winners are Katrine Ter-Borch Gram Schjoldager from the University of Copenhagen, Kirsten Marie Ornsbjerg from the Chemical Institute of the University of Copenhagen and Sofia Ribeiro from the Geological Survey for Denmark and Greenland Institute. Each winner also gets 100000 kr ( = around $16,000 ) for further research.
Princess Marie gave a short speech , praising the women and saying how important it is that more and more women are recognized in their field of research even though scientific research is still a field dominated by men.
Princess Marie wore an UFO black pant suit from 2015 with a new Hugo Boss blouse.
She also wore her Sergio Rossi black ankle boots, her old JEWLSCPH earrings and her Christine Hvelplund bracelet.
We’ll next see Princess Marie on December 7, as she will attend the 80th anniversary celebrations of the Lecturer’s Order.