On Tuesday, 6 December, Crown Princess Mary held a Christmas reception for the partners of the Mary Foundation in Frederik VIII’s Palace, which is one of the four palaces in Amalienborg in the Danish capital of Copenhagen.
This is an annual event that Her Royal Highness and her namesake foundation hold for those who have partnered with them over the course of the year.
The Mary Foundation and Crown Princess Mary had these partners to the Palace for “mulled wine and fritters” and to “with [them] a Merry Christmas,” according to the Mary Foundation. They also take the occasion to thank them for all the “good cooperation” over the previous year.
The Mary Foundation explained on their website about the gathering, ” It is always cosy and very rewarding to meet all the people that we work with to strengthen the community and reduce social isolation.”
Her Royal Highness mingled with the guests alongside the director of the Mary Foundation, Helle Østergaard to express their gratitude for all they’ve done to help the organisation.
There were around 100 guests at the one hour and a half afternoon reception in the festively decorated rooms of Frederik VIII’s Palace.
The Mary Foundation, which was created in 2007, has worked to fight social isolation through the development, building, and operating projects with the assistance of generous donors, companies, and NGOs.
After the wedding of Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary, the people of Denmark and Greenland raised and donated close to £123,000 (1.1 million Danish kroner) in celebration of the union as a national gift. This money was, in turn, used partially to create the Mary Foundation.