Day 2: The Global Network of Women's Shelters' Conference

Thursday, November 5th

Crown Princess Mary attended the 3rd World Conference of Women's Shelters' in the Netherlands from November 4-5th.

Program: The Hague
  • 11:00 am. Visited the ICC's new headquarters, designed by the Danish architects schmidt hammer lassen.
  • 1:00 pm. Arrived to the World Forum in The Hague.
  • 1:30 pm. Crown Princess Mary was the keynote speaker and present at the panel discussion on strengthening global and regional networks.

On wednesday 4th the Crown Princess arrived by plane to the Netherlands where she was welcomed by Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Along with Queen Máxima, the two royal women attended the Global Network of Women's Shelters' Conference in The Hague. As I told you yesterday, the conference deals with any aspects of finding the solutions to combat violence against women all over the world. The Crown Princess has for several years worked hard to give girls and women a better life without violence. Because of her commitment, she has become member of the International Panel ICPD's High Level Task Force and as patron of the UN Population Fund and the Maternity Worldwide. Not to forget, she is the chairman of the Mary Foundation working in areas such as domestic violence against women, where there were be two workshops. This is among others why she takes part in the conference. She participated in several panel discussions, workshops and activities accompanied by Queen Máxima, but also on her own representing not all these organizations but also the small country Denmark. A couple of hours before she attended one more panel discussion at the World Forum, she paid a visit to the highly secured International Criminal Courts new buildings in The Hague which are designed by the Danish architectural firm schmidt hammer lassen. The new buildings will be put at the disposal of the staff around the turn of the year after which it will be the court for various war crimes. She also met some Danish companies working with design, architecture and construction represented in the Netherlands. She arrived to the new court buildings in great spirit despite the fact she for two busy days had tried to help world's women who have been exposed to violence, physically and mentally.

After her visit at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Crown Princess went back World Forum and for one more day, she participated in panel discussions. As Queen of the Netherlands Máxima led the first day of the conference and gave a very fine speech at the opening. Her speech is 10 minutes, here. On the 5th the Crown Princess acted as keynote speaker and for more than 20 minutes, twice as long as Máxima, she beautifully spoke, in her native language english, about why they all were gathered, her future hopes for the project and why it's so important to share knowledge and experiences to try to prevent violence again girls and women all over the world, here. I haven't had the time to watch the whole speech, but from what I've heard she is really committed and honored to be a part of such an important work. I have never been that interested in speeches as I have recently. She is a natural speaker and her words come easily.

Even after so many years following Mary I still have a hard time to tell why I love her style so much. She can wear the most funny printed piece of clothes and still look absolutely great. I think it is because of her personality -that special glow. This time she donned in a grey figure hugging dress in tweed. Differently new. I just received a link to an article about the new 007 James Bond movie, here. This has really nothing to do with Mary's attendance in the Netherlands, but actress Léa Seydoux wears the exact same dress. Everything Léa has worn in connection with this new movie are from by Prada and Miu Miu. Heaven is the one who found Mary's new tweed dream at Prada. The style of the dress reminded me of several different designers, but so far non of them have been the one I'm looking for. Tweed is the perfect fabric to wear at autumn. Everything from clothes to hair and makeup looks splendid. As the day before she wore her diamond earrings from Hartmann's and the silver Cartier watch. The black pearl bracelet is from Marianne DulongAs with the dress, the nude handbag is from Prada. If it is even possible to love anything more than her new dress, it's her powder pink t-strap Pura Lopez (fall-winter 2015/16) pumps. I know they will never be mine, but I'm allowed to dream right? These goes back to when she an event in the Danish Parliament wearing her silk dress from YDE Copenhagen, here. At that time I got obsessed trying to identify them. I searched for hours, I even contacted multiple designers to find out where her powder pumps were from. In the end I contacted Pura Lopez and we got a winner.

Dress: Prada Grey Dress w. White Collar
Earrings: Hartmann's
Bracelet: Marianne Dulong Anello Pearl Bracelet
Watch: Cartier
Bag: Prada Saffiano Cuir Double Bag, Tan
Shoes: Pura Lopez Gianella High Heel Shoes in Black Leather

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