Princess Benedikte, the younger sister of Queen Margrethe of Denmark and older sister of Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, is currently in India on a visit in her capacity as patron of the Olave Baden-Powell Society. She arrived in the country on 12 November and will conclude her trip on 16 November.
The programme for Her Royal Highness includes attending a board meeting of the Olave Baden-Powell Society in Pune, India. She will also attend a welcome reception for all the new members who have joined the society, as well as various lectures during her stay. The Olave Baden-Powell Society supports the Association World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) throughout the world. WAGGGS is a worldwide voluntary association of Girl Scouts.
Princess Benedikte will visit with different local Girl Scout groups and participate in other activities for the organisation. Many of the programmes will take place at the Sangam World Centre, which is only one of five WAGGGS centres across the world.
On her last evening in India, Her Royal Highness will attend a gala dinner where she will award the Princess Benedikte Award to this year’s recipient.
The Olave Baden-Powell Society was founded in 1984, and it was then that Princess Benedikte became a patron alongside her mother, Queen Ingrid. They were contacted after the creation of the society to request their royal patronage. After Queen Ingrid passed away in November 2000, Princess Benedikte made sure to continue her role as their royal patron.
According to the society’s official website, the purpose of the Olave Baden-Powell Society was “to provide a reliable source of income for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts which would enable the organisation to plan well into the future and develop the programmes and services which it offers to its members around the world.”
The Girl Guides and Girl Scouts are in 146 different countries with over ten million girls participating.