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Princess Marie meets with Barack Obama and visits ‘The Splendour of Power’ exhibition in Kolding

On Friday, Princess Marie was in Kolding to attend a special conference with President Barack Obama at the University of South Denmark.


President Barack Obama took part in a moderated Q & A conversation for an audience of business leaders, university students, and local dignitaries during the ‘ A conversation with President Barack Obama’ event. The event was by invitation only, and Princess Marie works closely with the University of South Denmark to develop new programs for international students, so it is natural that she was invited.

After the conference, President Obama met with the guests including Princess Marie. Barack Obama also met with Princess Marthä-Louise of Norway on Thursday during the Oslo Business Forum in which Barack Obama was a keynote speaker.

Princess Marie left the University after President Obama and went to Koldinghus to have lunch with the director and the director of the French jewellery house Mauboussin. Koldinghus is hosting an exhibition about royal jewels named ‘The Splendour of Power’ since 6th May until 21st October: “The exhibition showcases a selection of magnificent and unique Danish and European pieces to illustrate the ability of jewellery to capture our fascination and act as statements of shifting power structures over the past 750 years.”

Several items from the Danish Royal Family were loaned to the exhibition such as Queen Margrethe’s Greenlandic Diadem, Queen Anne-Marie’s Cartier Wedding Tiara, Princess Benedikte’s Floral Tiara, Crown Princess Mary’s Midnight Tiara, and Princess Marie’s Légion d’Honneur medal.

Princess Marie debuted a new tiara created by Mauboussin on 28th August at the gala dinner hosted in honour of French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron during the French state visit to Denmark. The tiara is owned by Mauboussin, but they accepted to loan the tiara to ‘The Splendour of Power’ exhibition. It was thus added recently hence Princess Marie’s visit on Friday. After the exhibition, Princess Marie said that it was a lovely exhibition.