Crown Princess Mary, Current Events Part 14: May 2018 - September 2021

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Thanks, Iceflower, Roskilde and Polyesco. 😄

I see embassy security is provided by FET.

PET, the police intelligence service sometimes provide overall security assessment of Danish embassies, usually in co-operation with the local law enforcement.
FET, the military intelligence, provide physical security at embassies in more unsafe countries, or for special jobs. Like in this case looking after Mary - and the Minister for Development too for that matter.
Mary gave a little interview on the main news tonight.

The purpose of visiting the refugee camp near Eritrea was of course partly to have a look at the conditions for women and children in particular, but also a part of the Danish policy on focusing on helping refugees locally, rather having them come here - something the majority of Danish population and as such the Parliament are not that keen on, to put it mildly.
Of course seen from a point of resources and money it makes a lot more sense helping a lot more refugees in the local ares, rather than helping a limited number of refugees in Denmark for the same money.

Naturally that was not something Mary did or would ever comment on. Instead she spoke about the many impressions she has had, many people she met lived a miserable life, but she chose to focus on the positive aspects that were there as well. It's a coping mechanism I assume.
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I fear Mary will get some heat on this. Too many people are simply unable to fathom the difference between historical fashion and approving what is now politically incorrect fashion. :whistling:
I fear Mary will get some heat on this. Too many people are simply unable to fathom the difference between historical fashion and approving what is now politically incorrect fashion. :whistling:
Or they simply have no idea what this exhibition is about, like you, Muhler.
The exhibition celebrates fashion’s innovation, creativity, and the inspiration it finds in nature, but it also draws attention to the industry’s heavy footprint on the planet. Fashion’s processes and insatiable demand for raw materials come at considerable environmental cost, contributing to air and water pollution and the loss of flora and fauna across the globe. Spanning 400 years, the exhibition Fashioned from Nature shows how and why this has happened and the ways in which today’s fashion designers are rising to the challenge to create a vibrant but more responsible fashion system that respects, protects and celebrate the natural world.
So this exhibition is totally in line with Mary's patronage "Global Fashion Agenda" and I don't think that she or the museum will get heat for it.
Thank you for educating me, Ricarda.

Ignorant as I am, I was under the impression the exhibition also focused on fashion inspired by nature, using animal products (leather and wool in particular) and products from more exotic wildlife (i.e. skin, feathers and fur) over past centuries.
Some of which that in today's world is pretty politically incorrect to use. As illustrated in this photo: denmark

My point was simply that when a number of people see this photo, they conclude that the exhibition focus on fur and skin products from endangered species and since this dress has such a prominent place, Mary must approve of it. - Rather than looking at it in a historical and manufacturing context.

Of course the fashion industry beforehand was inspired by nature. People were closer to nature beforehand and you are usually inspired by what you see.
And of course the fashion industry beforehand used products from nature, that's what they had to work with.
And while the fashion industry beforehand was "ecological" as in not using too many chemicals, it sure was polluting as well! Stale urine by the barrels, rotting slush of meat, also by the barrels, being dumped out of hand in the nearest river, lake or sea. And as the factories and workshops used to be lumped together (because even by the standards of 200 years ago they stank to high heaven!) the pollution was concentrated.
That BTW is also mentioned in the exhibition.

But the real, cold cash, purpose behind this exhibition is to help enhance the PR standing of the current fashion industry.
DK has a very large fashion export (competing with our bacon export in fact) and the Danish fashion industry wish to be up front in regards to using as environmentally sound production methods as possible. It's no longer enough to outsource production to some poor country out of sight and don't be concerned about the local pollution (and treatment of employees - but pictures of dying fish and birds along rivers create more sympathy than pics of poor workers.)
There is serious money in fashion products that are certifiably manufactured with as environmentally sound methods as possible and that's where Mary comes in.
She is helping the Danish fashion industry promoting itself as being as environmentally conscious as possible. And not least by cutting back on chemicals and artificially created fabrics, in favor of materials based on animals and plants.
That means the prices will be higher - but now you can at least buy yourself a better conscious, environmentally speaking, by buying clothes that are manufactured with consideration to environment. :D

Not that this is all about export for Mary, she actually believe it's a good idea for the fashion industry to pollute less - and it is!
As illustrated in this photo: denmark

My point was simply that when a number of people see this photo, they conclude that the exhibition focus on fur and skin products from endangered species and since this dress has such a prominent place, Mary must approve of it. - Rather than looking at it in a historical and manufacturing context.

We can conclude that it's beads. Lots and lots of beads. And the designer is inspired by nature.
I have the distinct impression that my post was read like the Devil reads the Bible.

Well, I didn't.

The link I posted was just in case someone gets their knickers in a twist thinking the material used was real animal skin/fur.
Summary of article in Billed Bladet #14, 2019.
Written by Ulrik Ulriksen.

Mary and the Danish deleagtion, consiting among others of Minister for Development, Ulla Tørnæs, visited Ethiopia for two days recently.
The main purpose of the visit was to visit Danish supported projects that aims directly at helping women and girls in earning their own money on the their own projects and/or directly help women and girls' rights, be that economically or physically - I.e. self-determination in regards to when and who to marry, if any. When to have children and how many. Prevention and so on.
Women who do not enjoy the protection of their family or at least their clan are especially vulnerable, so it's crucial, not least for their own physical safety that they become economically independent.

On the first day Mary, wearing a green shirt matching the color of Ethiopia's flag, visited a fertility clinic and a center for reproductive health in the capital Addis Ababa. They were shown around by the head of the center, that is a part of a hospital, by doctor Senait - who is well known in Ethiopia for her commitment.
Mary also met a relatively new mother, who visit the center, a 21 year old Merkab with her eleven month old son. She lives only five kilometers from the capital.

While in the capital, Mary and the delegation attended an Ethiopian coffee gettogether, that's coffee and popcorn.

The first day also included a visit to the Parliament as well as visited female entrepreneurs.
(It seems there has been a shift from micro-loans. - Many women simply ended up ever deeper in depth debt, because as we all know, businesses does not necessarily create a surplus from day one. Instead the focus is on supporting specific ideas and projects. That can be copied elsewhere.)

The first day ended at the Danish embassy, where the ambassador's nine year old son acted as flowerboy. - Physically he doesn't look East African to me, so I guess the ambassador didn't marry/adopt locally.

The second day took Mary and the delegation to Shire near Eritrea, which at present is ruled by a strict totalitarian regime, that has basically drafted half the population in order to keep people under control. That's not something that many are keen on... so there is a steady stream of refugees across the border to Ethiopia.
The neighboring country Djibouti is stabil. There is a large French garrison there - who will ensure that it remains stabil.
Upon touching down Mary got a rapturous welcome by the locals and by refugees. Security was tight though. Both Ethiopian security as well as Danish special forces. It was PET who accompanied the delegation in the capital.

Here she visited the Hitsats refugee camp and planted a tree, a Tree of Hope - alongside several other trees planted by local school children.
Ethiopia has the largest number of refugees in Africa. 2.9 million internal displaced persons. - Mainly due to internal clan hostilities but also very much because with a population that has perhaps rounded 100 million (no one really knows) resources is a huge problem as well. Ethiopia used to be a country with large mountain forests, but the trees are being cut down with all the consequences that comes from that.
Mary visited refugee families and learned how life is at the camps.
One of the Danish projects in the camp is called Catch-Up. It's a programme aimed at teenagers in particular, where they go through a pretty intensive teaching programme in order for them to catch up with the lack of schooling that was the result of them being on the run and in the initial phase of settling down as refugees. It is hoped that a number of them through Catch-Up will educate themselves further.

Mary is as you know an eager photographer and she was seen many times with her camera, not least in the refugee camp.

At an interview at the refugee camp, she explained that she use the photos to illustrate her experiences to her children and to help them understand what it to live a life that is very far from the life her children lives.

One person in particular made a big impression on Mary. Beri, a mother of three who fled from Eritrea with three children. Despite her own problems coping she has taken under her wings two children who came alone. A lot of the children in the refugee camp are alone. Either having lost their adult relatives on the way, or been separated from them or they have simply been escorted by adult relatives to the border and send on, in the hope they will get a better life - even on their own - in Ethiopia.

The visit to Ethiopia ended with a visit to the President Sahlework Zewde, who is the first east African president ever. And at present the only female head of state in Africa.
Ethiopia is an ancient country, that somehow managed to remain independent until the Italian invasion before WWII. It has been a kingdom for most of it's history.
Stuffed lions were seen in many places in the Presidential palace. Lions (and killing them, male lions that is) are a traditional symbol of masculinity, bravery, authority and not least power.

But see for yourselves here:
And last week:


As some of you may have noticed, I don't post as much these days as I use to do. That's mainly because I no longer work from home. So it's next to impossible for me to take a break and comment and post on something, there are too many distractions at work.
It also means that all the various tasks at home will have to wait until I get home. So scanning and writing summaries are, at least for the time being, a bit further down on the to-do list.

Crown Princess Mary attended the Axcel Company Day 2019 in Copenhagen today, May 14:

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The Palace has provided some photos as well:

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It would have been great to have the little ones attend this event. But perhaps they had school.

Either way the CPss was in fine form as usual.
During the show Mary told about what her children likes to eat, and unsurprisingly burgers, spaghetti and meat-sauce was high on the list.
But she added they do also eat fish and vegetables.

This kind of agricultural show/fair involves livestock, poultry but also farm equipment, like tractors as well as prize products from the fields and greenhouses.
In DK that's called a "dyreskue", but how about in other languages?
German, English, American, Australian, French? - I assume it may not be called the same in all English-speaking countries.
I'm going to write a summary about this next week, so it's nice to have the correct words ready.
I am not sure if you mean the show itself or just a section of it Muhler.
We have the The Royal Queensland show, which is an annual Agricultural Show at the Brisbane Exhibition grounds, and that name was soon shortened to the Ekka.
Very popular here with great crowds attending over 10 days. Lots of arena events showing cattle, horses etc. Pavilions of artfully arranged fruit and vegetables. Best cakes and cake decorating and jams and preserves etc. Mens woodchop events, sheepdog trials etc.
And in Brisbane we have an area called sideshow alley. Where all the rides are. The big ferris wheel, dodgem cars, haunted house etc.
And of course a massive pavilion of sample bags. Once upon a time they were free, now they command ridiculous prices filled with junk and toys and other teeth rotting materials.
Every capital city has an annual Royal show. At night usually a speedway race in the arena or something similiar and of course fireworks.
I haven't been for a very long time but it was great fun when I was a kid. You have to pace yourself or else become worn out as there is a lot to see. Comfortable shoes are a must.
When it comes to food the Ekka means Dagwood dogs, fairyfloss and a wonderful large strawberry icecream in a cone with a large strawberry on top. Now after a wonderful day of culinary delights like that, and with sore feet you can go home after the fireworks happy, laden down with sample bags and a very stressed bank account.
Thanks for the vivid account, Tarlita. :flowers:

The Danish "dyrskue" must be equivalent to your Royal Queensland Show.
The main focus is on farming and everything to do with farming.
But it is not to be mistaken with a fair, with tombolas, paris-wheels and what not, even though there is a good deal of entertainment. And lots of beer and burgers to wash it all down. ;)

It is a little odd IMO to have Mary attending an agricultural show though. She doesn't strike me as the DRF members who knows most about agriculture. That would be Joachim. But when you add ecological products, it's an entire different thing! Then it makes sense to involve Mary. It's a huge export area.

At present the prices on pork is going up here in DK, because everything we can produce of pork, can be sold to China. And they take everything! Even what we usually use as fodder for animals are shipped to China.
Reason: Swine flu. The Chinese have put down a few hundred million pigs but the consumers there still want their pork, so the slaughter houses here in DK are working overtime to keep up. The swine-producers are shoveling in money and have completely forgotten to worry (something all farmers are required to do by law... both in DK and everywhere else.)
With a middle class that now constitute several hundred million the Chinese consumers are willing to pay the much higher prices for imported pork.
Not least if it's guaranteed free of any traces of disease and if it's ecological pigs, where you are informed about what the pig had for breakfast before being slaughtered as well as knowing the maiden name of the sow that gave birth to it (I kid you not) it becomes a luxury item, and luxury items are in high demand in China these years.
It's the same thing with poultry and dairy products. the Chinese are willing to buy everything we can produce, so the domestic prices for milk has gone up.
As some of you may know, the Chinese have had serious problems with milk-products in recent years, (A number of children tragically died from poor products!) so the consumers are willing to pay even extraordinary prices to ensure their children get thoroughly tested milk-products.

- But should we ever get serious cases of swine-flu or something similar here in DK, it will be a disaster for the export!

Fortunately we live in Jutland, where things can be "arranged". I scratch your back, you give me half a pig for the freezer. Receipts? That's something the Copenhageners have come up with, no need for that over here. :whistling:
So we are not short of pork and milk in our family. :D
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Thank you for that interesting insight Muhler. A little problem we have here is the insatiable demand on our baby formula only a certain type which is wheeled out of the supermakets by chinese buyers who send it off to their homeland.
It has become so bad that stores have tried to limit tins to 2 per customer. The problem is that mums who need it for their babies here find empty shelves and it has become a big problem.
Demand has been outstripping supply for awhile, but I think now they have increased the supply a great deal.
The Danish "dyrskue" must be equivalent to your Royal Queensland Show.
The main focus is on farming and everything to do with farming.

"The Roskilde Agricultural and Country Fair"

is what they use in the English version.

The last royal visit to the fair was more than 10 years ago and that time it was Mary too.
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