The Purple Princess: Mary Attends Presentation of 2017 Christmas Seal
Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary launched the 2017 Christmas Seal on Friday November 3rd during a luncheon at the Copenhagen Town Hall.
She was joined by illustrator, author and musician Michael Wettendorff – the designer of this year’s stamp series – and children who have stayed in the Julemærkefonden’s children’s homes for the launch. The Crown Princess then listened to speeches given by the children, detailing the reasons why they spent time receiving treatment in the homes and what they learnt from their experiences.
Princess Mary donned an ensemble clearly in preparation for the winter season, a rich plum blouse and skirt, accessorised with a pair of cream snakeskin pumps.
The first Christmas Seal was released in Denmark in 1904, and bore a likeness to Queen Louise, the deceased wife of the-then King Christian IX. The King had approved the idea of the Christmas Seal. Records show that over 4,000,000 stamps were sold in the first year; and by 1910, enough money had been raised to build the Kolding Christmas Seal Sanatorium, which houses ill children.
Hundreds of children spend time at the homes run by the foundation each year, where they learn about healthy diets (most of the residents are overweight), and get help to improve their self-esteem.
Crown Princess Mary has been patron of the Julemærkefonden since December 2004.Denmark
Tagged Children, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Health, Patronage.