On 2 April, Princess Marie of Denmark sent a personal message to the Danish Association for Autism of which she is Patron on the occasion of World Autism Day.
In the message, she said: “I wish you all a good World Autism Day and thank you for the constant work you do. In these times when the focus is on the Corona crisis, other important issues can easily be forgotten but I do not forget you just as you never forget those you help.” She also thanked the association for their work and asked them to take care of themselves and each other.
On their website, the association posted a statement thanking Princess Marie for her message, saying: “We are delighted with Princess Marie’s always great commitment to the autism field – and with her personal greetings on World Autism Day. We look forward to new and good activities together with the Princess in the future.”
Princess Marie has been the Patron of the Danish Association for Autism since November 2011 and works closely with the association ever since as autism is a cause close to her heart. It is the second consecutive year she sent a message to the association on World Autism Day as in 2019, she couldn’t attend the World Autism Day Conference hosted by the association and sent a video message instead where she stated the importance of understanding autism in today’s society: “Only by accepting, acknowledging, understanding and most importantly, making space for everyone can we create a world for all. A place where each one is seen and received with acceptance and a world where no one loses, simply because everyone is winners.“
Princess Marie, her husband Prince Joachim and their children Prince Henrik and Princess Athena are currently self-isolating in their private apartments at Amalienborg Palace following their return to Denmark from France at the end of March. The children are continuing their remote learning which they had already started in France while Prince Joachim is also continuing his military training remotely as confirmed by the Danish court to Danish media.