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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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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By Malene Birger Belt
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For the jewels, Marie chose her Christine Hvelplund pendant earrings with her Christine Hvelplund ring.

Family Events, Felix, Nikolaï

Catching Up: A fashion show, a graduation ceremony, a football game and summer plans for Joachim and Marie’s family!

During the weekend, Prince Nikolai took part in his second fashion show (the first one being the Burberry Fall/Winter 2018 show back in February). He was chosen to open and close the Dior Homme Spring/Summer 2019 show in Paris by Dior Homme’s new creative director Kim Jones.

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Kim Jones explained on his Instagram that he chose Nikolai as an homage to his mother as she was Danish. Kim Jones told The Guardian: “I’m half Danish and Mr. Dior always had that thing with royalty, and so I thought it would be nice to open with a prince – quite glamorous isn’t it?””

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Prince Nikolai also took over Dior’s Instagram account and you can see the videos here and here.

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Congratulations are also in order for Prince Nikolai! He graduated from high school this week and obviously his family took part in the celebrations!

On Monday, he traditionally received the hat that marked the end of his high school studies. His parents Prince Joachim and Countess Alexandra, as well as his brother Prince Felix, were present for the small ceremony. They followed the tradition and wrote a small note inside the hat.

Yesterday, the official graduation ceremony took place at Herlufsholm High School. Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, and Countess Alexandra were once again present. It was nice to see them being so friendly to each other and they all looked very proud of Nikolai! You can see more photos here and watch a video here.

The Court announced a few weeks ago that Prince Nikolai would start a two-year formation at Hærens Sergent School in Varde on August 1st so we might see photos of his family accompanying for his first day there.

For this ceremony, Princess Marie wore a new floral printed wrap skirt by Danish brand Ganni. It is available here. Her black tank top looks new to me but I haven’t been able to find it yet.

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She also wore her favorite Zara shoes with a new yellow, blue and red clutch and her Christine Hvelplund earrings and necklace. Her sunglasses looks new to me too but I haven’t seen a good enough close up yet.

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Christine Hvelplund Earrings
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On Tuesday, while Prince Joachim was handing the Europa Nostra Prizes, Princess Marie, Henrik and Athena were with Charles-Henri Keller and Charlotte Sparre to watch the football game between France and Denmark. Charlotte Sparre is a Danish fashion designer and a big friend of Marie and Charles-Henri is the nephew of the late Prince Henrik. Charles-Henri has always been close to Joachim and Marie, even attending events with them sometimes, and he posted this very cute photo of them watching the game, each of them having the Danish and French flags painted on their cheeks!

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We’ll next see Prince Joachim and Princess Marie tomorrow for their last event before their summer holidays. They will attend the premiere of The Misanthrope at Grønnegårds Teatret. The Court’s calendar is mostly empty for July as the whole royal family is on vacation. Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, and their family haven’t taken part in the annual Graasten photoshoot for a few years now so I don’t expect them to attend this year. Although since it will be the first one without Prince Henrik, maybe they will decide to come back from their holidays in time for the photoshoot to be by Queen Margrethe’s side. Otherwise, they will probably spend the whole month of July in France, either in Cayx or with Marie’s family. If they follow last year’s pattern, the Court will maybe release one or two photos of the family during their holidays.

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As usual, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie will have a pretty busy month in August. The only events confirmed by the Court at this moment are the events part of the State Visit by France on August 28th-29th. Local newspapers have confirmed that Prince Joachim and Princess Marie will visit the military school Prince Nikolai will enroll in on August 15th to celebrate the school’s anniversary.

Princess Marie is also expected to attend several events for her patronages:

  • The Copenhagen Jewelry & Watch Show will take place from August 17th to August 19th and Marie will attend on one of the days.
  • The Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival is scheduled to take place from August 24th to September 2nd and Marie, as Patron, is expected to attend one of their events
  • The Tonder Festival will take place from August 23rd to August 26th and Marie will certainly attend one of the concerts, most likely with Joachim, Henrik, and Athena.
  • Marie is also Patron of the World Food Summit – Better Food for More People and she is expected to attend several meetings and events surrounding the forum, just like last year. It will take place on August 30th-31th so just after the State Visit from France.

Prince Joachim is scheduled to attend the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix on August 4th and 5th and we will certainly see Marie and the children there too. Joachim will also most likely attend the Copenhagen’s Goodwill Ambassadors gala dinner at the end of August. All in all, a very busy month for the couple after a full month of holidays.

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Princess Marie attends a concert at Holmens Kirke in Copenhagen

Yesterday, Princess Marie attended a spring concert hosted by the Barndrøm Association (Childhood Association)  at Holmens Kirke in Copenhagen.

The Barndrøm Association was founded in 2011, and works, among other things, to expand children’s and young people’s worldview and help them meet their potentials through art and culture.

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Princess Marie was joined by the French ambassador to Denmark, François Zimeray. He made a short speech before the concert began.

The performers were Philippe Benjamin Skow (violinist), Tanja Zapolski (pianist), Kirsten Olesen (actor), The Child and Youth Orchestra Zapolski Strygerne v / Alexandre Zapolski and Jens-Christian Wandt (opera singer). They performed works from Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Fauré, Nielsen and Tchaikovsky and the guests also heard adventures from H.C Andersen. Princess Marie seemed to truly enjoy the show.

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The ticket revenue goes to the Barndrøm Association’s work on art and cultural activities for vulnerable children and young people.

After the concert, Princess Marie had the opportunity to greet the 50 children and young people who had taken part in the show.

For this concert, Princess Marie wore the Hugo Boss ‘ Kasima’ dress she first wore in April 2017 when she received the Légion d’Honneur. She has worn it several times since.

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She carried an old UFO clutch, first worn at the Opening of Parliament in 2013, and she wore new Zara pumps ( found by Cecile!). The burgundy pumps are made of satin and they have a contrasting red heel. They are still available at €39.95 here.

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Marie chose to wear one of her favorite brooches, I believe it belongs to the family vault. She also wore her Christine Hvelplund bracelet.

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We’ll next see Princess Marie on April 30, when she’ll visit the GeoPark Children’s Art Project.

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Princess Marie co-teaches French lesson at Vejen Gymnasium

Today, Princess Marie visited Vejen Gymnasium og HF in Vejen. She was there to co-teach a french lesson for two classes of students.

Before starting,  Princess Marie told the students : ” The only way to learn French is to talk, talk and talk, always.”

Princess Marie , the teacher and the students worked on the pronounciation of French words with games and Princess Marie had two prizes for the winners , a Royal Copenhagen mug and a pen.

At the end of the lesson, Princess Marie told the reporters : ” I have never tried to teach French this way. I am very impressed by the students’s ambition to learn the French language. French is a difficult but important language”.

Vejen Gymnasium tells me that the reason of her visit is to help increase interest in foreign language education in Denmark in general and in French specifically. Lars Amdisen Bossen, the headmaster , said : ” When the Queen got married with Prince Henrik, the interest in France increased. […] In 2004, French was the largest subject in language teaching in upper secondary schools.”

Clearly, the visit made a lasting impact on the students. One of them told jv.dk: “She was simply so helpful. I did not understand everything she said but it helped when she formulated it differently” while another said : ” It’s the first time I have been taught by a Princess. She is really sweet and totally down to earth.”

You can see more photos here  and here.

Princess Marie wore a new outfit today. Her coat is the Reversible Shearling Coat from Danish brand Utzon.

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She carried her old Naledi Copenhagen clutch and her Zara ankle boots, first worn last year.

 

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I think her earrings are her old Pandora one. She also wore new rings.

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We’ll next see Princess Marie on Thursday when she will host ten children in her home of Klampenborg to teach them about food waste. You can read more about this event here.