European School Copenhagen, Visits

Princess Marie visits the European School Copenhagen

Today, Princess Marie visited the European School’s new building in Copenhagen.

The School was created in 2014 and they moved into the new building at Carlsberg Byen in October. Princess Marie works closely with the school since 2014 and she was already the one who officially opened the school back then. But back in 2014, there were only four classes and the school was in a rented building. Now the school has its own building with more classes and it is the first public international school in Denmark. About the school’s admission system, Copenhagen Municipality stated that: “Everyone can apply for admission to the school, which is without parental payment. There are a primary school, middle school, schooling, and high school. There is no waiting list or payment for admission. The places are divided according to a number of criteria, where among other things EU workers’ children and foreigners residing in Denmark to work are prioritized, but the school is also for local children. “

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The school aims to  “build bridges between cultures – not least through the knowledge of foreign languages. Besides high academic standards, we attach great importance to developing our pupil’s social competencies. Curiosity, respect, collaboration and empathy are central values in the daily life of our multicultural school.”  The school is a division of the internationally renowned Sankt Annæ Gymnasium (SAG), with a shared board and principal to ensure that it is solidly anchored in the Danish educational system. The school now has 15 classes divided into two languages sections, English and Danish. In August 2019,  eight new classes are scheduled to open: two new kindergarten classes, two new “Secondary 5” classes, and four new classes in the new French language section. 

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The new school building has been constructed by BAM Denmark in cooperation with Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Nord Architects and the consulting engineers EKJ. It has “seven floors, including two underground levels, with a total area of 14,000 sqm. The building is divided into a primary and secondary education and will accommodate 1,100 students. It includes teaching and practice rooms, an auditorium, a sports hall, and other facilities. ” Here are photos of the stairs in the school:

Princess Marie collaborates with European School Copenhagen to help strengthen the knowledge of the school’s educational programs and other activities, as well as participate in special events and activities, both nationally and internationally. It made sense for Princess Marie to collaborate with the school as she had an international schooling herself. Indeed, she studied in Switzerland before studying for four years in the USA. Princess Marie is also working with the SDU (the University of South Denmark) on programs welcoming international students.

When Princess Marie arrived into the building, she was greeted by children waving flags and she posed with them for a few photos. Princess Marie also made a speech before cutting the ribbon in order to officially inaugurate the new school building.“I am delighted for the students, parents, and staff, that you now have your own school here in Carlsberg City,” she said During the ceremony, children sang ‘We Are The World’ by Michael Jackson.

After the ceremony, Princess Marie met two young students who showed her a scientific experiment which led to Marie asking if she should wear a helmet for protection during the experiment.

You can see a video here. It looks like this event was a lot of fun for everyone involved.

For this event, Princess Marie wore a black knit turtleneck with a new Baum und Pferdgarten skirt.

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She paired the outfit with recycled accessories: her Zara navy suede booties , first worn in January, and the Tara Jarmon Flore bag she debuted last June in Bornholm.

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I believe her gold hoop earrings are new but I haven’t seen any good enough photos to identify them. She also wore a black long coat but there aren’t any good photos of it either so far.

We’ll next see Princess Marie on Tuesday when she’ll attend DanChurchAid’s Christmas festivities as Patron.

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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.

 

Stop Spild Af Mad, Visits

Princess Marie visits FoedevareBanken (Danish Food Bank)

On Tuesday, Princess Marie visited FoedevareBanken – the Danish Food Bank- in Copenhagen, as part of her involvement in the fight against food waste in Denmark. The NGO’s motto is “From Food Waste to Meals” (‘Fra Madspild til Maltid’)

FoedevareBanken is a nonprofit organization fighting food waste and food poverty in Denmark. The Danish Food Bank fights food waste while ensuring better food to socially disadvantaged people in Denmark: “On the one hand, huge amounts of food are discarded on a daily basis in the food sector. This means a waste of resources and it causes a great strain on the environment. On the other hand, some of the most disadvantaged people in our society are often denied the opportunity for a daily and nutritious meal, which is of vital importance to their health.”

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Princess Marie was received by Karen-Inger Thorsen, Managing Director John Køppler and Project Manager Marie Uldall. During the visit, she visited the Food Bank’s warehouse and was given an introduction to how the Food Bank and the organization’s 250 volunteers handle surplus food from industry and food producers and allocate it to schools organizations for socially disadvantaged in Denmark. They also have stores in Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Kolding. The organization doesn’t receive food that is over the consumption date but food that – for many different reasons-can not be sold. This may be due to errors on the label, seasonal items, overproduction, short date or other conditions.

Princess Marie also had the opportunity to see a van being filled with a lot of sweets that were going to be delivered to socially disadvantaged people later in the day. She also met some of the volunteers who spoke about their work at the Food Bank.

 

The Danish Food Bank was founded as a voluntary association in January 2008. Thus the organization is the first initiative amongst the Nordic countries to not only reduce food waste systematically and on a large scale, but also provide healthy food to socially disadvantaged people. The Danish Food Bank only receive food from the food sector and warehouses: ” We receive a fresh surplus of food from producers, warehouses, and wholesales. 6 days a week our volunteers collect and redistribute the food to organizations working with socially disadvantaged kids, young people and adults. Our work is made possible due to the support from the many volunteering people and organizations supporting us; food donors wanting to donate their fresh surplus food, organizations wishing to receive food, volunteers offering their labor and time and last, but not least businesses and private citizens supporting The Danish Food Bank financially or with knowhow.”

The Danish Food Bank is also supported financially by foundations. Indeed, in 2013 The Danish Food Bank received 7 million euros from the VELUX FOUNDATION covering the period from 2013-2017: “The purpose of this donation was to help The Danish Food Bank expand to East Jutland, to strengthen the organization and to develop a strategy for income, thereby ensuring the organization as a financially sustainable organization.”

Princess Marie has been very involved in the fight against food waste in the past few years. She works with the Stop Wasting Food Movement (Stop Spild Af Mad), and she is Patron of the Better Food for More People – World Food Summit. She has given several interviews about the initiative and her personal experience and she also welcomed school children in her private home to teach them how to avoid food waste as much as possible.

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After her visit, Princess Marie said to Billed-Bladet: “I am very impressed that so many volunteers work here. They help to distribute food to the whole country. It is a very good organization”

About the visit, the Food Bank’s Director Karen-Inger Thorsen said: We met a very dedicated and knowledgeable princess who clearly burns for the area of ​​food waste and who was very well-prepared. A great pleasure!”

You can view a video here.

For this event, Princess Marie wore a recycled outfit. She chose her black and white Tara Jarmon clover-printed dress.

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She paired it with her favorite Carlend Copenhagen ‘Aicha’ clutch and ufo black pumps dating back to 2015.

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She wore new Christine Hvelplund alphabet earrings. She chose an A and H for Athena and Henrik, just like her Christine Hvelplund alphabet necklace. She also wore a new Hermes black leather bracelet (with thanks to Nuria for the close-up photo).

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We’ll next see Princess Marie on September 16th when she and Prince Joachim will attend the official opening of the ‘EventyrDronningen’ exhibition with Queen Margrethe.

DEMA, Visits

Princess Marie visits Beredskabsforbundet’s national event in Grasten

On Saturday, Princess Marie was in Grasten to attend Beredskabsforbundet’s national event. Queen Margrethe is Patron of Beredskabsforbundet (Preparedness League) and Beredskabsforbundet is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Princess Marie was received by Beredskabsforbundet’s President, Jan Johansen, MF (S), Beredskabsforbundet’s national manager Niels Bonde Jensen and Beredskabsforbundet’s ambassador, Countess Cath Alexandrine Danneskiold-Samsøe.

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500 members of the volunteer rescue team and youth firefighters participate in the Berndskabsforbundet’s national event in Gråsten, where they are going to thrive in disciplines that they use to save lives and help citizens in everyday life.

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The Confederation’s National Assembly is a festive and serious homage to all the volunteers who contribute thousands of rescue efforts by fires, floods and other types of accidents every year. During the National Assembly, they show what they are able to do by competing in six disciplines for adults and one for young people aged 10-16 years. This applies, for example, to fire, rescue, first aid, care and handling of injured persons.

Princess Marie herself has a contingency education since 2011 and has been affiliated with the Danish Emergency Management Agency since 2016 as a special project employee. Princess Marie stayed at the event for three hours and had the opportunity to talk to several volunteers.

The Federation’s Deputy Chief Niels Christensen, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the National Board, welcomes the fact that her Royal Highness Princess Marie visited the competition: “The Princess’s visit shines over the competition and creates attention beyond our own rows. But I am particularly pleased with the volunteers from rescue teams who participate in the National Assembly. When you are a voluntary and unpaid part of the preparedness, this recognition from the surrounding community is a large part of the fuel and motivation for the individual. And a visit from the royal house is the highest possible form of recognition.”

You can see more photos of the event here.

For this event, Princess Marie wore a new double-breasted coat with a new white blouse. I’m pretty sure the blouse is the ‘Binky’ blouse by GOAT (also owned by the Duchess of Cambridge) but this is not confirmed yet.

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She paired the outfit with old Emporio Armani striped wide leg trousers that she first wore in 2010. By my count, this is the fourth time that she has worn these trousers publicly.

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She accessorized with her Tara Jarmon bag and her Tod’s navy wedges.

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She wore the C6 by Anne Cohen ring she debuted on September 1st too.

 

 

 

 

 

She also wore the brooch she first wore at Prince Henrik’s funeral. Given the news released today about the Danish royal family fulfilling Prince Henrik’s last wishes regarding his ashes, I don’t think this is a coincidence.

Prince Henrik wanted half of his ashes to be buried in Frendensborg Castle’s gardens and the other half to be thrown in the Danish sea. Queen Margrethe made her annual cruise last week and she was in Sonderborg on Friday. After the official goodbye ceremony, people were surprised to see that the Dannebrog was not leaving. It turns out that Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, and Princess Marie arrived on the Dannebrog and were later seen waving to the crowds when the Dannebrog departed. Local newspapers Fyens Amts Avis believes that might have been the day when the family fulfilled Prince Henrik’s last wish but since the event is understandably private, they couldn’t get a confirmation.

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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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