This is most interesting!
Afsløret i at overdrive besøgstal: Mary har trukket sig fra modemesse - Royale | www.bt.dk
Mary has pulled out as patron for the CIFF at the Bella Centre. The official reason is that the court "will ensure that she has a role that will support the fashion industry more broadly".
In itself that's an unusual step.
However Berlingske Business, which must be considered very serious and reliable, has recently revealed that CIFF has inflated the number of visitors, from 11.500 to 20.000.
- In other words they lied. Not only to the public and the court, but also to sponsers, advertizing agencies, public funding and others who might be interested. In the business world reliabillity and credibillity is everything - especially when you get the royal seal in the form of a DRF patron.
The manager at CIFF, Kristian Andersen says: "We miss her, but she has not had an any influence on our business, she has been the icing on the cake.
It's been a great pleasure for me to show the Crown Princess around at the fair when she's been here and I'm sure I'll meet her again elsewhere".
Mary has declined to comment further on the matter.
You can read the details here: Modeugen fabrikerer nyt skønmaleri - Detailhandel | www.business.dk
In fact inflating the figures has been consistent for several years and despite the management, when found out, stating it was a mistake and they would ensure the right figures will be published.
- I guess we can now expect the CIFF to deflate...
ADDED: The origial article from Berlingske about Mary pulling out: http://www.business.dk/detailhandel/...fra-modemessen
That took place in August 2014, shortly after it was revealed for the first time that the figures had been inflated.
Berlingske also writes that the fair has been marred (in recent years at least) by mismanagement and internal squabble.
Mary will not pull out as patron for Designers Nest though.
Another BT article about Mary ditching CIFF: Eksperter om Mary-exit: Kongehuset vil undgå skandale - Danmark | www.bt.dk
The "experts" Lars Hovbakke Sørensen and Trine Villemann has commented. And I find myself in the novel situation of actually agreeing with Villemann! Lars Hovbakke Sørensen is serious.
Trine Villemann says: "It's very unusual and it happens very rarely that the royals drop their protections. Usually they do it when they become elderly, but with a crown princess in her prime it is very unusual and it is difinetely a signal that Mary and Amalienborg (the court) will not tolerate that mess".
Lars Hovbakke Sørensen adds: "It's clearly inappropriate for the royals to be entangled in this and that's probably part the reason why they pull out, even though it will naturally not be the official explanation they will offer. It would hurt their reputation if they were linked to such a case.
I think it's been a good decision to pull out from the protection, because if the DR is to be the rallying point of the people , then it's importatnt that there can be cast no doubt of the things they are involved with".
Trine Villemann: "I often think they make poor decisions in the royal chambers but this choice is absolutely correct. A royal house and a crown princess cannot be the figurehead for such a mess.
The Crown Princess is a fashion icon and she is time and time again named as the best dressed by various magazines, so it's a loss (for CIFF) of prestige but also over time a loss in regards to money/revenue".