After spending some quality time with young children at the Stenurten Forest Kindergarten in Copenhagen, The Duchess of Cambridge donned a polished outfit and headed towards the Christian IX’s Palace, Amalienborg to meet the Danish Queen Margarethe II and Crown Princess Mary.
Queen Margarethe II and Crown Princess Mary officially welcomed the Duchess of Cambridge, who is on her second visit to Denmark, her first solo visit. The Duchess of Cambridge has met Crown Princess Mary on a few occasions but it was her first solo audience with Queen Margrethe II. The visit is being described as an opportunity to further foster friendly ties between the UK and Denmark.
Both the UK and Denmark are celebrating big royal moments this year. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark celebrated her Golden Jubilee in January this year and Queen Elizabeth II of the UK marked the platinum jubilee in February this year. Queen Margrethe II is the first female monarch of Denmark since Margrethe I, ruler of the Scandinavian kingdoms in 1375–1412 during the Kalmar Union.
After meeting with Queen Margarethe II, The Duchess of Cambridge, and Crown Princess Mary walked from Christian IX’s Palace, the official residence of Queen Margrethe II to Lunch at Frederik VIII’s Palace, the official residence of the Crown Princely Couple in Amalienborg. Christian IX’s Palace is named after Christian IX, who is the great-great-grandfather of both Queen Margrethe II and Queen Elizabeth II. The King resided in the palace during his 42-year reign, and the familial bond between the two royal families thus goes back many years.
Amalienborg is a complex of four different Palaces in The Frederiksstaden district of Copenhagen serving as the residences of the Danish Royal family i.e.Christian IX’s Palace, Frederik VIII’s Palace, Christian VIII’s Palace, and Christian VII’s Palace. With the introduction of the constitutional monarchy in 1849, the royal palaces became the property of the State. Currently, the Queen herself resides in Christian IX’s Palace and the Crown Prince and Princess in Frederik VIII’s Palace. Christian VIII’s Palace has apartments for other members of the royal family, whereas Christian VII’s Palace is used for official events and to accommodate guests.
The Duchess and Crown Princess have much in common when it comes to their personalties, personal and public life. Both born commoners are in line to be the Queens of their respective countries. Both have a common passion for young children and their well-being. Catherine celebrated her 40th birthday in January this year
and Mary celebrated her 50th birthday earlier in February this year.
After lunch, Catherine and Mary will visit a women’s shelter Danner Crisis Centre- Page 2 of 2 Mary Foundation, founded in 2007 by the Crown Princess to protect women and children from domestic abuse. Princess Mary’s foundation was set up in 2007 using the funds from the 1.1 million kroner national gift that was raised by the people of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland at her wedding to Crown Prince in 2004.
From its official website,
At The Mary Foundation, we work to fight social isolation based on the belief that everyone has the right to belong. The feeling of belonging to a community where you feel acknowledged and accepted is crucial for all of us. Our social needs are fundamental to our well-being, and it, therefore, has extensive human and social consequences when a person is socially isolated. Still, far too many people experience long-term loneliness.
At The Mary Foundation, we strive to contribute to a society where everyone feels they belong. We do this by developing and managing initiatives that support the many people on the edge of society to stay in or step into the community. We promote knowledge, break down taboos and create awareness of the action areas we work with as well as potential solutions.
Danner Crisis Centre provides a temporary secure refuge behind historic walls for women under threat of violence. It works to eliminate violence against women by empowerment, and by protection, prevention, and advocacy.
1 in 3 women across the world will be exposed to physical violence or rape during her lifetime either by someone she knows – partner, colleague, friend – or by a stranger. If we include those being exposed to psychological violence, the numbers are even bigger. This means that more than one billion women and girls are exposed to violence, and all women and girls have to take precautions every day to not be part of the dramatic statistics. In Denmark, the level of physical intimate violence against women has not declined since 2005, and the same kind of violence against men has increased.
We work to professionalize the response system for violence survivors and for a global society based on equality and respect. Protection of women and children’s basic human rights is at the core of our work and belief. As one of the world’s oldest shelters with 40 years of experience, we want to contribute to the work within the field of gender-based violence (GBV) with our unique experience-based approach to the work with exposed women and children. We work to make evident the structural causes of violence against women.
There was a presentation of the Mary Foundation’s efforts for the approximately 2,000 children who come to the shelter with their mothers every year. The Crown Princess showed The Duchess how a backpack given to children at the country’s shelters creates the starting point for a discussion with the children about the difficult experiences they have had.
After the visit, Kensington Palace said, “We’ve seen both in the UK as well as here, how early childhood trauma can impact later life outcomes. And how the importance of supportive relationships, environments, and experiences are vital to helping create positive outcomes for those experiencing trauma. Organizations like the Danner Crisis Centre showcase the benefits of community support once more in building nurturing relationships“.
It was Catherine’s last engagement in Denmark. Outside the shelter, she bid farewell to Crown Princess Mary.
Then she headed for the airport, where she met with British Ambassador Emma Hopkins and her security team to thank them for their service during the visit.
A video concluding the day.
The Duchess of Cambridge was wearing a grey Catherine Walker coat. Thanks to Heaven Lee for the id.
The mid-length double-breasted gray coat features a contrasting black collar and cuff detailing.
Catherine paired the coat with her Maria Black Cha Cha earrings that she was wearing on arrival in Denmark
The Duchess was carrying her Mulberry Small Amberley Crossbody Black Soft Printed Croc Bag.
She wore her Gianvito Rossi’s ‘Gianvito 105’ Black pumps.