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Princess Marie as Patron of the Wadden Sea Festival (Vadehavsfestival) has opened this year's festival in Tønder today, August 30, 2012.



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** ugeavisen.dk gallery: Vadehavsfestival: Prinsesse Marie slog tonen an ** translation **


** jv.dk gallery: Prinsesse Marie åbnede Vadehavsfestival 2012 i Tønder ** translation **
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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #35, 2012.
Elsker mad og music - Love food and music.
Written by Trine Larsen.

Our Marie attended the opening of Copenhagen Cooking, a ten day long food festival taking place in the Black Diamond = the National Library.
Here she was recieved by the mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, who was also to present the prizes.
One of them to chef Rene Redzepi, who arrived in the last moment on bicycle and short of breath. Got the prize and rushed off again. Apparantly a very busy man. He did however have time to say hello to Marie, before rushing out of the door.
But la charmant Marie had a belle time anyway, she was to sample all sorts of dishes. One of the dishes that got particular attention, contained ants.
These ants are bred here in DK, and in the news some time ago we, the spellbound viewers, got to see how the "ant-breeder" went out in his garden and sucked whatever number of ants that been ordered up through a hose. - I felt I should mention this, in case anyone should like to change profession.
Marie declined the ants and she told afterwards that she loves food: "And I'm also very fond of cooking". (*)

(*) Welcome to the club, Marie.
That may also explain why she feels she's in need of a personal coach.
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Princess Marie's Visit to Cambodia; October 9th-12th 2012

PROGRAM FOR VISITS TO DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN CAMBODIA

Program for besøg ved udviklingsprojekter i Cambodja - Kongehuset

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Princess Marie arriving at Phnom Phen Airport.

Billed-Bladet - Prinsesse Marie tager hul på Cambodja-besøg
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:25 AM
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Im starting to really like Marie she comes across as self assured and quietly confident. Her fashion choices have improved a lot.
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Princess Marie as Patron first visited the DanChurchAid's office in Phnom Penh yesterday, October 9:



** noedhjaelp.dk: En prinsesse kom forbi ** translation **


And here are some nice large pics from the official website:


** kongehuset.dk: Besøg i Cambodja **
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:51 AM
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And we have a gallery of our Marie at the opening of Go4Bunker in BT: Se billederne: Prinsesse Marie på job i Cambodja | www.bt.dk

The Danish company deliver products to the oil industry. Cambodia is a country that very much needs an economical push forward.

Notice the first picture. It must be a nice change for Marie to, for once, be the tallest.
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Notice the first picture. It must be a nice change for Marie to, for once, be the tallest.
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I forgot to add that the gallery of the official website is regularely updated as usual.

By now pics of Marie's visits to the Cambodia Women's Crisis Centre and to the organizsation Mith Samlanh (that helps vulnerable children, young people and their families through prevention work in local communities), that have both taken place today, October 10, have been added. So it's worth checking it again!





** hellomagazine: Mary and Marie fly solo on international power engagements **
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Here's a nice video of Marie's visits yesterday:



** avisen.dk video: Prinsesse Maries første møde med fattigdommen **
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:31 PM
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A gallery of Marie in Cambodia: Se billederne: Prinsesse Marie på job i Cambodja | www.bt.dk

The picture with the girl is particularly charming.

In the clip Iceflower kindly posted our Marie emphasized the importance of the work that is being done to help the poor.
- And it is. Women who seek refuge at the crisis centre are often the victims of long time abuse and they litterally have no other place to go. Their own families may not want them back, as they are a burden, if they are poor or in other cases because their families have lost face because the women have "abandoned" their husbands. That is often the case in villages.
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On the final day of the DanChurchAid journey Princess Marie has visited the slums outside Phnom Penh.



** BB: Video - Prinsesse Marie i Phnom Penhs slum ** translation **


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Our Marie was on the 19.00 news on TV2 last night: TV 2 Nyhederne - Video
You'll find the short clip here.

She says in Danish, while pouring water over the little girl: "You are so sweet".
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Newscom has some photos of Princess Marie's visit.

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Thanks, Dbarn67

Minimum makeup and minimum jewellery. Practical and appropriate when you visit people who are very poor and it was "The worst I have ever seen", said our Marie.
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Here's a short article about Marie's journey that also includes some more pics:



** svenskdam.se: Marie besökte slumkvarter i Phnom Penh ** translation **
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To say that our Marie's visit to Cambodia is well covered would be an understatement!
I'll start out with an unusually strong interview and add a general summary of the trip later.

Translation of an interview in Billed Bladet #42, 2012.
Det var stærkt og chokerende - It was strong and shocking.
Interviewer: Trine Larsen.

The tears streamed down the cheeks of the Princess, who was so moved by the many shocking impressions with little sick children in the unimaginable plight and misery of poor people.
On the trip with DanChurchAid (*) Princess Marie was in front and as such saw human faiths and misery that only a few will see. Ane even though the Princess had prepared herself thoroughly before the visit, she was personally deeply moved. So much that she several times during the interview began to cry again.
- "It was very strong and shocking experiences. I had never imagined it would be so hard", said Princess Marie and added:
"Like so many others I have of course seen lots of TV and read a lot. There is after all hunger, want and misery in many places but I could never imagine how strong an impression it makes on you before you stand there. It really puts things into perspective", said the Princess quietly.
"What I experienced was really what you can call poverty. Utterly extreme poverty and injustice. These people really need help", said Princess Marie, who had been on her first trip as patron for DanChurchAid to Cambodia for with her own eyes to see the work of the organisation and the many projects.
And during those four days the Princess was in that country she was from early in the morning to late in the evening bombarded with impressions, that will for ever leave a deep mark within her.

Q: Had the Princess expected to be that moved by the experiences, before you came out here?
M: "No! No, I hadn't. Honestly, you cannot imagine how it is or how it affects you, before you have experienced it. Want and poverty in TV and papers is one thing, but it's not like that in real life. It's impossible to imagine how bad it is. In particular several of the children we have met, have moved me a lot. Their looks, when we looked at each other it went straight to my heart. Sometimes it was a sweet look, other times such a sad look", (**) said Princess Marie again with tears in the eyes.

Q: Is there something you reflect on from this trip, which you would like to continue working with when you return home?
M: "There is no doubt that I would like to help. There is no doubt that I must help. After this... but, surely I cannot just return home and sit down and pretend nothing happened. No! I cannot... Right now, I don't know how, because it's still so close, but there is such a good co-operation with DanChurchAid that we will find some way... to make the help even stronger", said the Princess enthusiastically and added:
"But I think it's impressive the work DanChurchAid is already doing. I'm very impressed and proud".

Q: What will you take home and share with your husband and family from this trip?
M: "Oh, there is so much. But I think I get a feeling of loving my family even more after having experienced all this. It's impossible to forget.
And you really want to tell (***) - not just the Danes - but the whole world that we must and have to do something for these people. This cannot be. Something must be done", said the Princess and was delighted that she through her position can help getting the message across.
"Yes, that's fantastic. And I will try and do my best - it's just so hard to believe that I... that I can really make a difference. But I would so much like to. So much", said the Princess with teary eyes, that left no doubt that she will never forget the days in Cambodia - and that she is ready to fight to give these and other people who suffer a better and more dignified life.

(*) DanChurchAid = Folkekirkens Nødhjælp. The aide organisation under the state church.

(**) Old eyes. Or worse, eyes where the spark has completely gone. No children should have old eyes.

(***) The Danish wording is actually stronger. She didn't just mean inform, it's more like yelling the message across.
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A lovely interview with Marie, thanks for posting it, Muhler.

She appears to be genuinely moved by her experience in Cambodia.
If she, as a Danish Princess, was able to bring any attention to the plight of the poor and deprived, than she achieved a lot already.
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I agree a very strong interview. Good for Marie for going
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Summary of a number of articles in Billed Bladet #41 & 42, 2012.
All written by Trine Larsen.

After a journey lasting fourteen hours Marie arrived at Phnom Penh airport to a damp heat of 30 degrees C.
With her were her LiW, Britt Siesbye and secretary general for DanChurchAid, Henrik Stubkjær. They were received by the Danish ambassador to Cambodia and Thailand, Michael H. Winther, and the local manager for DanChurchAid, Katja Levin. They were basically the persons who were to accompany our Marie on this four-day visit.
After a short breather at the hotel it was off for a work-lunch with local representatives for DanChurchAid (DCA).
Then back to the hotel for a quick shower and a new dress before it was time for a reception and later a dinner for local Danish representatives, for among other things Danish companies. (*)

Then it was off for a four-hour drive far, very far, out in the countryside to a village called Kroch, which has suffered hard from flooding. Here she was very welcome! No wonder as she was to hand out fifteen envelopes from DCA to the most needy in the village. The envelopes contained 40 $, for which they can live for more than a month.
It was explained why: “We have found out that cash do more good than for instance giving them rice. If they need medicine, they often have to sell their rice-rations, which they won’t get much for anyway. In that way they can buy rice themselves and medicine and perhaps buy some seed for the field”.
Indeed the whole village had turned out to meet and see Marie. Marie gave an improvised speech in return before she was shown around the village. Among them a couple of parents with a two month old baby girl, who has HIV. That made Marie tear up, the stories from other villagers moved
her as well. The flooding completely devastated the economy of this already poor village.

Another item on the agenda was a visit to some slum, Andong, outside the capital of Phnom Penh, one of the worst in the country. Here some 1.700 families live a meager existence without water, sanitation and electricity amidst garbage and feces from animals as well as humans. An existence without hope.
Sis years ago, these families were relocated by the government from a slum neighborhood in the capital and within a few hours placed here. Away from the capital, out of sight and out of mind. Without any compensation. (**)
Here Marie was shown around by a local human rights activist Madame Kek, whose safety is far from guaranteed. DCA has a few projects in this area, aiming at providing some work and some education for some of the poor.
The article describes Marie as walking around in the village completely numbed or paralyzed from what she saw.
She said: “It’s utterly horrible to experience. We must go home and tell everyone about this”.
She visited local homes where extended families are cramped together in single room sheds. No privacy, no water, all just lying on the same wooden bunk, raised a little over the ground. With cats, dogs and chicken walking around everywhere. With muddy streets outside, mud that is mixed with waste from humans and animals.
DCA had set up primitive workshops, where women produced jewellery from recycled paper and bags from old tires, which they sell in the city and earn a months salary of 25 $.

Back in Phnom Penh Marie visited street children. Some of these children, the fortunate ones, are taken into the care of a place like Friends House. Here children get a basic education and also learn a basic trade, some even learn languages. Including cooking and Marie indeed ate lunch at a restaurant set up by children who came from Friends House.
At Friends House Marie fell for the children in the kindergarten there and hugged all of them, saying: “Wonder if I should grab a couple of them with me home”.
Here the children can also get medical attention should they fall ill. (***)
Marie said: “Yes, I think you could see that something good is really happening for those street children. Not only do they get an opportunity for a better life, but they learn things they can use later on. We did see so many opportunities for them, a lot of activities. There were for example a beauty salon, hairdresser, machine shop and different forms of crafts (as artisans), just as the young can get an education and learn languages. It is so important to give the young hope for the future. Because without education they can’t get a job. They do have dreams and hopes like all other youths and that was nice to see. It was lovely to see them smile and nice to know that there is such a place, where they are at the same time taken good care of. Where they for instance also can get medical attention and medicine, should they become ill”.

Then she visited a crisis center for women, where there were 38 women and their children. Marie spoke to two of them. Here the women get shelter and learn a basic trade, enabling them to set up a business and take care of themselves and their children.
Marie said: “To support and help make such a center function really makes sense. That has a big, big significance and the visit made a big impression on me. The stories of the women were so cruel and shocking for me to hear, so it’s nice that they have a place where they are protected and get help. Both psychological and legal help, if they want to divorce and not least help to get an education or a job so that they can build a future for themselves and their children. Children who have often also been beaten and abused, so it’s fantastic that they find help in such a place”.

- Well, it looks like Marie really has had her baptism of fire.
I noticed no PET officers around, so I guess protection, if there was any, was local.

(*) As usual where the DRF are going, Danish commerce get some attention. Southeast Asia is very much a market that is cultivated by Danish companies, and the countries welcome investments and jobs.

(**) It gets worse. They are so poor that they cannot afford transportation to the capital where they may find some work, so now they have no work at all! Meaning that they get even poorer.

(***) For those who wish to know more about Friends House and similar projects, I can recommend the thread covering Frederik’s visit to Cambodia.


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Another nice gallery of the DanChurchAid journey to Cambodia can be found here:



** pp: Princesse Marie : Images de son périple marquant au Cambodge **
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