Friday, 20 November 2020

Crown Princess Mary Continues UNICEF Work & Touches on "Finding Meaning in the Meaningless" During Speech About Grief

It's been another busy week for Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, encompassing a variety of engagements and her role as patron of the United Nations Population Fund. Mary has been serving as a member of the task force on the international conference on population and development for over a decade. The role has seen her undertake trips all over the world.

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At Roskilde Gymnasium, which is part of UNESCO's network of 62 Danish World Heritage Schools, the Crown Princess met with teachers and students. Schools involved in the initiative are encouraged to participate in effecting change and thinking outside the box.

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Mary spent time with a group of pupils who are working on a project to mark the 75th anniversary of the UN.

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From there, Mary joined the Youth People's Meeting focused on supporting vulnerable girls. The Youth People's Meeting is a democracy festival aimed at creating desire and courage among young people to interact with democracy.

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Mary wore her Prada black coat with a pair of wide-leg, grey high-rise trousers by Celine and her Shrimps turtleneck. Mary accessorised with her Cartier Love bracelet and Pure Lopez ankle boots.

To mark Children's Day, Mary participated in a live streamed conversation with Thea, Vilma and Esther and UNICEF ambassador Sofie Østergaard. Mary discussed children's rights from a global perspective touching on collective challenges facing the fight to protect our children around the world.

Mary wore her long trench coat by Fonnesbech with a crisp white blouse, colourful scarf and carried her Prada Saffiano bag.

Last but certainly not least, the Crown Princess was moved to tears as she gave a powerful speech at the 20th Anniversary of the Children, Youth and Grief Network. Mary, who lost her own mother Henrietta Donaldson when she was twenty five, said, "It is difficult, if not impossible, to find meaning in losing someone you love. But what makes sense, and something that can not be taken from us, is all we had with that person."

Mary shared a moving personal message afterwards which was posted across the royal family's social media platforms. "It was one of the harder speeches for me to make. I was more touched than I would've thought. And that's how it is with sorrow, it can hit anytime. Yesterday wasn't anytime because it was the mark of an organization that works to help children and young people through their grief and with the belief that life can become complete again, but.... in a new way. What touched me yesterday on the podium is a bit difficult to explain. It wasn't so much about my own loss, it was more about the fact that many of us...had something special in common. We shared loss and I felt the common understanding that loss gives. It doesn't require words, it's just there. And the common understanding uses Children, Youth and Grief as a central element. For example, volunteers on the Sorgline find meaning in the meaningless, when using their expensive experiences to give other young people hope. And hope is the focal point. The hope that you can learn to live with grief as a part of life and take the one you lost with you."

9 comments:

  1. A beautiful covering of this and for someone who has struggled with grief over the years - finding it strikes at unexpected moments, most moving. So glad Mary chose to speak of this and she struck a perfect balance between the personal and the universal.

    But Charlotte, I think it should be extensive not expensive experience. That may have been imported in with the translation.

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    1. Stella Winters in Pretoria SAMonday, 18 January, 2021

      Ohh to me, whether extensive or expernsive doesn't matter really. It reminds me of a comment i saw the 16th January on the DuchessKate 'Just b' blog post which read "...we need the Capital"... does it really matter? The point is Mary is such an intelligent lady

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  2. Curious why the photo of Mary lined up for the group photo with all the young women and no one has a mask in. That just looks high risk to me. They are bunched together.

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    1. They are outside which is not supposed to be such high risk. In the UK masks are for indoors, to maybe something similar applies in Denmark.

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  3. My goodness, Mary has been busy! I find the wide Celine trousers too much on Mary though I like all the accessory items! She has excellent taste. Her crisp white blouse outfit was good, liked the long coat, and she looked great in the green pant suit for the Youth and Grief Network speech. What a powerful message she gave, I didn't know she lost her own mother so young. Excellent post, thanks so much.

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  4. Mary looking fabulous in all these engagements, I think she carries off the Celine pants well they would swamp me! So touching that she can relay her own personal experience with grief and in turn help others as well as they help her. She will make an exceptional Queen one day.

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  5. Wow, what a powerful speech and very moving. My respect for her grows every day. I especially love her words in her personal message about "And that's how it is with sorrow, it can hit anytime......What touched me yesterday on the podium is a bit difficult to explain. It wasn't so much about my own loss, it was more about the fact that many of us...had something special in common. We shared loss and I felt the common understanding that loss gives. It doesn't require words, it's just there." That's truly the way it is about sorrow and the loss of a loved one. She is a very elegant and extremely articulate (in Danish no less) woman and always seems appropriate at all times. Love her hair, the cut is versatile and yet modern. I don't think she looks bad in anything, and agree that she will be an excellent Queen.

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  6. This blog is amazing, thank you writer. And God bless the royals x

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