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Crown Princess Mary releases stingrays into Danish waters


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Crown Princess Mary participated in a nature event with the WWF World Wide Fund for Denmark on Wednesday, helping to release stingrays at the Kattegat Centre in Grenaa to help foster knowledge of the marine creatures.

According to the Royal House, Crown Princess Mary aided in the release of five stingrays, the first time any have been released into Danish waters. The species has been listed as threatened with extinction.

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Fra en flydebro ved Kattegatcentrets mole deltog H.K.H. Kronprinsessen som præsident for WWF Verdensnaturfonden i dag i udsætningen af fem sømrokker. ⁣ ⁣ Udsætningen af sømrokkerne skal skabe ny viden hos både forskere og fiskere, idet størstedelen af de 13 danske rokkearter i dag er truet af udryddelse. Det er første gang, at der udsættes sømrokker i dansk farvand, og udsætningen er et resultat af et samarbejde mellem WWF Verdensnaturfonden og H&M, der siden 2011 har været globale samarbejdspartnere inden for blandt andet klima og ansvarligt vandforbrug.⁣ ⁣ Hendes Kongelige Højhed blev tidligere i år udnævnt til præsident for WWF Verdensnaturfonden, der arbejder med at beskytte truede dyrearter og udbrede løsninger, der kan sikre en bedre fremtid for naturen og jordkloden. I 1972 tog Prins Henrik initiativ til at stifte WWF Verdensnaturfonden i Danmark, og frem til sin død var Prinsen præsident for organisationen. Nu har Kronprinsessen overtaget rollen som præsident.⁣ ⁣

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The WWF wrote on their Facebook page: “The Danish marine environment is under pressure. That’s why we put this project in the lake, so that we can help protect life and at the same time make the Danes more aware of the amazing natural wealth that the Danish seas have.

“We are fighting for a clean, wild and sustainable sea, where there will be room for both wild sea animals and for the fish we will live on in the future.”

This project is the result of a collaboration between the WWF World Wide Fund for Nature and H&M, two partners who work together on projects related to climate and responsible water consumption.

Crown Princess Mary also provided an update about Prince Joachim, who is recovering in France following surgery for a brain stroke in July. Her husband, Crown Prince Frederik, was in France last week to visit his brother.

“Obviously we have been in constant contact with them,” she told reporters. “My husband, as you all know, has been down to visit his brother, and he came home very happy and relieved,” that Prince Joachim was well and like his normal self and “as talkative as he always has been.”

Crown Princess Mary’s engagement on Wednesday marked her first official engagement as President of the World Wide Fund for Nature, a position formerly held by her late father-in-law, Prince Henrik.

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Jess is a communications professional and freelance writer who lives in Halifax and has a passion for all things royal, particularly the British Royal Family.