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Crown Princess Mary attends Christmas reception for Mary Foundation

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.

Jette Løntoft speaking with the Crown Princess and director Helle Østergaard is one of the fund’s many affiliated experts who have made a major contribution to the development and dissemination of LæseLeg. Photo: Steen Brogaard/Mary Foundation

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.”

The Mary Foundation works with a number of Greenlandic partners who are crucial to our joint efforts in the country. Here the Crown Princess and Helle Østergaard speaks with Ellen Kristiansen, Henrik Sørensen and Kirsten Ørgaard from Dandelion Centre, which is part of the project Kattunneq. Photo: Steen Brogaard/Mary Foundation

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.

Motor is the Fund’s regular partner when it comes to the visual line and identity here speaks Crown Princess with Carsten Michelsen, Julie Wick and Flemming Thomsen from the agency. Photo: Steen Brogaard/Mary Foundation

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.

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