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Denmark

Princess Benedikte accepts new patronage


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Princess Benedikte of Denmark and Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg has agreed to become a patron of the association Hellebro, which helps young, homeless and vulnerable people between the ages of 18 and 29.

Her Royal Highness most recently visited Hellebro in December 2020 and was able to greet the residents, users of the drop-in centre and Hellebro’s staff.

Since 2015, Hellebro, in collaboration with public assistance units, foundations, volunteers and the business community, has helped young, homeless and vulnerable people between the ages of 18 and 29-years-old. The association offers a holistic effort that includes the young people’s stay at the daycare centre, access to temporary residence, the opportunity for jobs at the association’s office hotel and rehabilitation training in drop-out homes.

Hellebro is a non-profit association that is run in close collaboration between 30 volunteers, a youth council that acts as a student council, the management, the board and an advisory board. The association’s professional and volunteer employees work to help the approximately 80-100 young daily users get on well in life.

Just around Christmas, there is always a particular focus on the homeless and vulnerable. Still, the problem is significant all year round, and that is why the association Hellebro’s work is so important. Hellebro is looking forward to welcoming the association’s new royal patron when she will hopefully visit again soon. It has not yet been announced when the Princess will visit Hellebro, but it is expected that the Princess will visit them in the near future.

Princess Benedikte is now the patron of a total of 34 organisations and associations. This includes the Danish Alzheimer’s Association, the National Association for Cerebral Palsy, the Ballet’s Friends, the Danish Riding Association, the Association of Horse Protection and Fredensborg Castle Church’s Girls’ Choir, just to name a few.

Princess Benedikte is the daughter of King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark. She is also the sister of Denmark’s current monarch, Queen Margrethe II. Through her marriage, Benedikte is also a German Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.