Meeting with Dr Zsuzanna Jakab

Tuesday, April 19th

Crown Princess Mary met with WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Zsuzanna Jakab discussing the ongoing collaboration. 

World Health Organization (WHO) -Regional Office for Europe
As patron of WHO/Europe since 2005, has Mary helped raising awareness of public health issues. Status as patron the Crown Princess has attended several meeting with WHO Regional Committee for Europe, visited countries to among others develop knowledge on some of the health issues we faces, she has also written numerous of speeches and articles on the topic. This also includes patron of UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) and member of High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). You find more information here.

The European Immunization Week (EIW)
...took place from April 24-30th 2016 and is an annual celebration each April. The European Immunization Week, also called EIW, aims to raise awareness of the importance of immunization. 2016 was the year to focus on progress and challenges to eliminate measles and rubella. Read more here

A few days ago I received a tip from a dear friend who told me that Mary had attended at meeting with World Health Organization's Regional Director for Europe Dr Zsuzanna Jakab on Tuesday April  the 19th. It was vaccination, and the importance of preventing diseases with vaccination programs, which was on the agenda while discussion an ongoing collaboration such as the European Immunization Week. In the statement (link above) written by both the Crown Princess and Dr. Zsuzanna Jakab, they sum up how incredible results the European Region has obtained, among others, maintained the status as polio free. As some kind of conclusion, they two prominent women think it is now time to identify new ways to measure and communicate the full impact and of course value of vaccination, saving lives and preventing diseases in the future. This meeting took place five days before the European Immunization Week 2016 took place, from April 24-30th, which Mary and  Dr Zsuzanna Jakab mentions as a time to celebrate, to reflect on the successes of vaccination and to consider the remaining challenges we are constantly facing. With these last words I wish you happy reading, I truly enjoyed reading about thoughts, results and future wishes from both sides.

Talking about fashion, I love to see how well-dressed Mary is when she is at work also without twenty photographers and journalists following each one of her steps. Only one single photo has been published along with the statement, where she is standing next to World Health Organization's Regional Director for Europe, Dr Zsuzanna Jakab. One of her really old goodies, that silky Prada  (2004) blouse featuring a significant watercolour pattern matched with a SAND Copenhagen 3/4 sleeved jacket. Beautifully she accessorized her professional business outfit with black pearl jewellery from Dulong Fine Jewelry. A black pair of trousers and then my best guess would be some of her black pair of pumps.

Jacket: SAND Copenhagen
Blouse: Prada
Earrings: Dulong Fine Jewelry Anello Pearl Earrings DKK 19.900
Bracelet: Dulong Fine Jewelry Anello Pearl Bracelet, Big DKK 36.900
Ring: Dulong Fine Jewelry

Crown Princess Mary Scholarship 2016

Friday, April 29th
Crown Princess Mary presented this years recipients of the Crown Princess Mary Scholarship which is handed over at University of Copenhagen in Copenhagen. 

The Crown Princess Mary Scholarship
The Crown Princess Mary scholarship was established  in 2004, the same year Frederik and Mary were married, and it was a gift from the University of Copenhagen to the couple. It is given to two Australian students who have been nominated by universities and chosen by the Danish scholarship committee and award, awarded the scholarship which also are given to Danish students.

After a two days visit to Bukina Faso along with Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen, is Mary now back in Denmark again. It was two days packed with stories and impressions from local girls and women who after all the adversity has found a way to survive. The dedication and helpfulness have women have met, strengthens her to see which assures her that what she works for actually does help. She landed in Denmark on Friday and only three hours later she was on the road again, to attended the presentation of this years Crown Princess Mary Scholarship at University of Copenhagen. The scholarship has been handed over since 2004, the same year as it was established. It was a gift from University of Copenhagen to Frederik and Mary on behalf of their wedding. The Crown Princess Mary Scholarship has ever year since been given to two Australian students. With the scholarship follows DKK 10.000. These money are given as financial aid to the students while studying in Denmark. Usually it's easy to find both pictures and articles from the annual events, but this years is different. I only managed to find a few photos as well as articles. Despite the lack of photographers and journalists did Mary arrive to the University of Copenhagen in a great mood. Tempe McMiin and Winifred Knight were the two lucky students to both meet the Crown Princess and receive her scholarship. They were both very happy. In a speech Mary talked about her recent visit to Burkina Faso and how local women need the same opportunity; getting an education. At the same time she praised the two recipients for their hard work.

You really need a trained eye being able to identify what Mary wore during the presentation at the University of Copenhagen, because as I told you only a few pictures have been published in pretty bad quality. But no challenge is too difficult for me, even in a bad quality I'm able to tell you most of what she wore. Three hours before she arrived to hand over the scholarships, she walked around in sheer blouses and sunglasses. It was replaced by long black trousers and a black Prada coat featuring push buttons. This she wore with her white Hugo Boss peplum. A minimalistic but stunning outfit. The black and white look is easy to copy and the shape of the two pieces -blouse and trousers- is always a winner. It is a fantastic combo, both for work and as evening wear. Mary accessorized her outfit with a black Carlend Copenhagen clutch and what I believe is her patent Gianvito Rossi pumps. Am I the only one who just adore the shape of these pumps?! Mary then added some of her favourite Dulong Fine Jewelry jewelleries; a pair of earrings, ring and a white pearl bracelet. All classy pieces. With a stylish "Mary blow out" she rocked this outfit like on one else would. 

Coat: Prada
Clutch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa DKK 8.500
Earrings: Dulong Fine Jewelry Anello Pearl Earrings DKK 19.900
Bracelet: Dulong Fine Jewelry Anello Pearl Bracelet DKK 29.900
Ring: Dulong Fine Jewelry
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Patent Leather Mid Heel Pumps DKK 2.345

Day 2: Official Visit to Burkina Faso

Tursday, April 28th

From April 27-28th is Crown Princess Mary on an official visit to Burkina Faso with focus on girls' and women's sexual and reproductive health and rights. The Crown Princess is accompanied by Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen. 1 1

From the second Mary and Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen arrived to Burkina Faso, all their attention went to those they met from organizations and to local women all shared their story with the two foreigners from Denmark. On the second, and last day, in Burkina Faso Mary and Kristian Jensen be gang the day visiting the Schiphra Center who among other things offers treatment of severe complications do to given birth. Here they were given a guided tour around the maternity ward and operating room to see under which conditions hundreds of women being helped to give birth. It was a really moved Crown Princess from Denmark who sat down and talked with some of the women who have had birth complications and which has been operated at the Schiphra Center. With a short interview with the press, Mary expressed how impressed she was of the dedicated doctors and strong women on the center. With these words, Mary and Kristian Jensen visited the Delwende Center in Ouagadougou. Here live about 250 women who is being accused of being witches. At the Delwende Center these women is protected, get a home, food etc. Lots of personal stories were shared and Mary danced to drum music. She and the Foreign Minister also attended a guided tour to see for themselves some of the activities the women at the center make: spinning of cotton, grain sorting and growing vegetables.

Before they paid a visit at ABBEF in the capital city Ouagadougou, who works to promote access to sexual and reproductive health services, especially for poor and marginalized young people, Mary and the Foreign Minister attended a lunch along with representatives on equality of women's rights in Brukina Faso. At the ABBEF youth information center Mary had an open and honest dialogue with the young people on topics like gender equality, family planning and birth control. Both Danish guests asked about wishes, future, possibilities in life etc. Especially one young man was proud to tell about his future wishes to improve his skills in some of the areas which is on the agenda at Women Deliver. According to Billed Bladet that this young man had especially one wish; to attend Women Deliver. And within seconds Mary invited him attending the conference. It was then suggested that a young lady from the center also had the opportunity to attend. This two days official visit to Burkina Faso ended with a evening reception at the Ambassador's residence. 

Earrings: Dulong Fine Jewelry
Necklace: Orit Elhanati The Abyss Necklace
Blouse: Style Butler Suzanna Blouse
Skirt: Hugo Boss Printed Maxi Skirt
Sunglasses: Prada

Day 1: Official Visit to Burkina Faso

Wednesday, April 27th

Crown Princess Mary is on a official visit to Burkina Faso from April 27-28th. She is accompanied by Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen. The visit focuses on girls' and women's sexual and reproductive health and rights. 1

This trip to west Africa, more specific Burkina Faso, was actually scheduled to take place in January earlier this year but because of a terrorist attack in the capital city Ouagadougou, it was decided to postpone the Crown Princess visit. Then suddenly I find out that Mary is on her way to Burkina Faso and is already landed when I hear about the visit. Did it also came as a surprise to you? I can not remember when a visit like this has been canceled but I truly understand the concerns there have been. I think it's good her visit is not forgotten and here we are. Mary arrived yesterday in Burkina Faso to stay there for two days accompanied by Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen. The two of them have on several occasions worked together and be on foreign visits like this which focuses girls' and women's sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as gender inequality and Denmark's development do to aid efforts in the country. Before the departure from Denmark, Kristian Jensen have expressed how pleased he is for the Crown Princess commitment to make a difference. As one of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso is supported by Denmark providing access to among others information about connected to giving birthday and pregnancies such as handling issues like gender equality and violence against women. Denmark's support to Burkinabe families goes back to 1973.

While her husband, Frederik, was visiting the Danish troops in Iraq, Mary met some of the women visiting a local health center in Korsimoro, who had come there for a consultation. With her was Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen. According to was the visit to Korsimoro followed by a visit to a nearby Kamsé village. Here Mary and Kristian Jensen were warmly welcomed and received four chickens and a goat as gifts on behalf of their visit. After a quick change of clothes, the two traveling companions attended a meeting with Burkina Fasos President which took place the presidential palace in Ouagadougou. As one of the last plans, Mary met a young mother at 15 living in Ouagadougou with her two month old daughter. With help from her grandparents, she still manage to go to school. It was simply precious to watch the meeting between the two of them, Mary and the young mother. I think a meeting like this is why Mary find it so important fighting for better and equal opportunities for women and girls. In the evening did the Crown Princess and Foreign Minister attended an official dinner on behalf of their visit to Burkina Faso. 

Because I find it less important, I will not be talking much about fashion. Still I know many of you have an interest in knowing all about it anyway. Therefor I decided to only make a reference to what I know. This you find in the bottom on the post as always. I hope you can live with this decision. 

Shades: Prada
Necklace: Orit Elhanati The Abyss Necklace
Ballet flats: Rêve Flat Suede Loafers in Gray

Dress: Julie Fagerholt Heartmade Hornsea Dress