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Crown Princess Mary at the World Economic Forum in Davos: January 20-24, 2013

HRH Crown Princess participates as a Young Global Leader of YGL Private Programme and the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, 20 - 24 January.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:00 AM
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A summary of Mary's election to the Young Global Leader org in 2012.

H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark Ŧ Partnership 2012
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:09 AM
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Ugh. Not trying to be ugly here, but imho Mary just doesn't have the gravitas
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Ugh. Not trying to be ugly here, but imho Mary just doesn't have the gravitas
Perhaps this is just the point! Danish members may wish to comment (cue Muhler!), but it seems to me that the Young Global Leaders forum at the WEF is just the venue for the Crown Princess to become less of a fashion icon and gain more intellectual weight and policy substance on an international stage. Fluff and feathers are all very nice, but have no great world changing effect. The larger questions that the Crown Princess has embraced such as bullying, social isolation and maternal health all can help make our global village a happier one, so that I for one wish the Crown Princess the best of luck at Davos!
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Ugh. Not trying to be ugly here, but imho Mary just doesn't have the gravitas
Mette Marit attended in 2010. That lowered the bar considerably.
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Right you are, Duke of Marmalade. Crown Princess Mary is no better or worse than the other Davos Forum attendees.
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Ugh. Not trying to be ugly here, but imho Mary just doesn't have the gravitas
The Forum of Young Global Leaders:
"Young Global Leaders represent the future of leadership, coming from all regions of the world and representing business, government, civil society, arts & culture, academia and media, as well as social entrepreneurs"

Sounds very much like The Mary Foundation to me...
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Who does have the gravitas?
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:57 PM
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Ugh. Not trying to be ugly here, but imho Mary just doesn't have the gravitas
Eeh, in what respect?

Would you care to elaborate, please?
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I have to agree with everything that Gerry said. And I would rather have any of our Crown Princesses doing these things than any number of Angelina Jolie types.
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Ugh. Not trying to be ugly here, but imho Mary just doesn't have the gravitas
She is perfect to send, in addition to Maxima and Mathildw.

Who would you send, Charlene?!
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IMHO I think that it is Mary in her capacity as Crown Princess and head of the Mary Foundation. She has shown a willingness to get involved with issues in Africa and closer to home in Denmark and to turn down an opportunity such as this would have been a waste and disservice to those she represents.
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Somehow, I doubt Mary's "gravitas" would be debated if she were a man. The idea that because a woman is pretty and glamorous she must not be smart or serious is very sexist.

Let's not forget that prior to her marriage Mary studied commerce and law and that she even went to graduate school. This is not a dumb woman.
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well said HRH Hermione! I agree with your post and all the others. I am dying to hear a definition of gravitas and who has it as opposed to Mary. Do we have a new troll in the Danish thread ? :-)
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I had to look it up; gravitas meaning-
serious or dignified demeanor
seriousness, solemnity, or importance
Substance; weightiness
I am all ears to hear why you may believe Mary doesn't have enough Gravitas, especially as she has in the past tackled weighty important issues with all seriousness.
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IMHO I think that it is Mary in her capacity as Crown Princess and head of the Mary Foundation. She has shown a willingness to get involved with issues in Africa and closer to home in Denmark and to turn down an opportunity such as this would have been a waste and disservice to those she represents.
exactly.
and like another poster said "the Crown Princess has embraced such as bullying, social isolation and maternal health".

i think this is great and def. an opportunity to grow, learn and make a difference
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Somehow, I doubt Mary's "gravitas" would be debated if she were a man. The idea that because a woman is pretty and glamorous she must not be smart or serious is very sexist.

Let's not forget that prior to her marriage Mary studied commerce and law and that she even went to graduate school. This is not a dumb woman.

Mary went to graduate school?
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Mary went to graduate school?
Yes, some extra work to get her certificate in marketing so she could specialize.
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Let's not forget that prior to her marriage Mary studied commerce and law and that she even went to graduate school. This is not a dumb woman.
And not especially intelligent either, IMO. I think her capacity is quite average, as is Mette Maritīs, or Angelina Jolieīs, to be honest. None of them has a previous preparation that justifies this kind of distinction. I donīt know very much about Maxima career before getting married, but a first sight she would look as the only one of the current CPīs that has a previous adequate background, and still I donīt think they have chosen her for her career.

Itīs pretty obvious to me that Mary and Mette Marit wouldnīt have that position if they werenīt princesses. I donīt think they arenīt intelligent, but the world is full of more intelligent women who arenīt part of this WEF.

I think itīs good for Denmark that sheīs going to there and I donīt find it surprising, but I understand the point of view of those who says she isnt accomplished enough
But if this forum had only accomplished enough members, we would never hear of it.
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And not especially intelligent either, IMO. I think her capacity is quite average, as is Mette Maritīs, or Angelina Jolieīs, to be honest. None of them has a previous preparation that justifies this kind of distinction. I donīt know very much about Maxima career before getting married, but a first sight she would look as the only one of the current CPīs that has a previous adequate background, and still I donīt think they have chosen her for her career.
This is good for the WEF most importantly, I disagree entirely with people who says Mary isn't intelligent. To have the career in finance and sales that she did, takes some doing.

Angelina Jolie has no 'background' for the work she does other than the fact she's popular. She brings attention to worthwhile causes and situations throughout the world, using her fame for good. What's wrong with a Princess doing the same, a Princess who actually has background and experience in the area so she can contribute to discussion which could change things.

Maxima studied at Northlands School in Argentina and worked as an investment banker before graduating with a degree in Economics from the Universidad Católica Argentina in 1995. She subsequently worked for large international finance companies in Argentina, New York and Europe. Looks pretty much the same background as Mary's.
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