Her Royal Highness Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau received the World Without Aids Award in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday evening. She was presented the award for her “unremitting commitment” in the worldwide fight against AIDS and HIV. The ceremony took place during the Opera Gala, which is an initiative of Deutsche AIDS Stiftung.
Other award winners from last night included Michel Sidibé of UNAIDS, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, and fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.
On Twitter, Mabel said, “I am honoured and excited to receive the World Without AIDS award tonight in
#Berlin. @Aidsstiftung @GlobalFund.”
Princess Mabel, who has been involved in the fight against AIDS for 20 years, also spoke to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine about a world without AIDS – a goal that she believes the world can achieve.
After working for the Open Society Foundation in Brussels, she noticed that many across the world were just left with their fate when they were diagnosed with the disease. The Princess wanted to do something to change that, and she told the newspaper, “I realised if we did not help them, we did not get the AIDS epidemic under control. And that would mean that we could not create a fairer world, the goal of the Open Society Foundation.”
Her Royal Highness believes there is still much work left to be done. She explained, “I fear, however, that we are a little too careless, especially in Europe. Because here, despite medication, people still get infected and some die of AIDS.”
Mabel is the widow of Prince Friso, a younger brother to King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. He died in August 2013 from injuries he sustained a little over a year before when he was trapped by an avalanche while skiing in the Austrian Alps with the Dutch Royal Family.