Crown Princess Mary was named President of the WWF’s World Natural Fund in Denmark on Monday, succeeding in a role once held by her late father-in-law, Prince Henrik
The Royal House announced the news on its website Monday, saying that Crown Princess Mary will in the future “be at the forefront of the Fund’s work in preserving wildlife habitats and the diversity of nature.”
Prince Henrik was at the forefront of bringing the WWF World Nature Fund to Denmark in 1972 and maintained the presidency of the country’s branch until his death in 2018.
“We only have one globe, and we need to take good care of it and the animals if our children and the generations after them are also to have a safe and natural world to grow up in,” Crown Princess Mary said in a statement on the Royal House’s website.
“The projects that the WWF World Natural Fund works with around the world are important in our efforts to preserve our forests, coral reefs and diverse wildlife, and it is imperative that we jointly find new solutions for how humans can live in balance with nature.”
The WWF World Nature Fund website noted that Crown Princess Mary would be involved in “important work in finding solutions to the challenges the world faces in relation to nature conservation, protecting endangered species and creating more nature to the delight of the Danes.”
The news was greeted with happiness by the Fund’s Secretary-General, Bo Øksnebjerg, who said: “I am very proud that the Crown Princess has agreed to help raise awareness of the work to ensure a better future for nature and animals. With the Crown Princess as president, we can continue with unabated strength the good work that Prince Henrik started 48 years ago in Denmark.”
He continued: “The Crown Princess has an outstanding ability to bridge decision-makers, businesses and citizens, and she can contribute to important lasting changes.”