From 1814-2014: 200 Years of Anniversary

February, 3rd
Photo @Agnés Colbert
As patron, Crown Princess Mary participated in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the introduction of compulsory education for Danish children.

What are we celebrating?
Back in 1814 King Frederik VI signed the low about compulsory education, at that time called "almueskolen" in Danish, also know as the primary school. The society changed and it was about time that the school was a part of any child's everyday life. Today, 200 years after, the foundation of compulsory education remains the same.

As patron and Crown Princess Mary attended the opening of the a 200 year anniversary because this year, 2014, it's exactly 200 years ago that the compulsory education was introduced in Denmark during the time when Frederik VI was king in 1814. The opening took place in Lærerstandens Brandforskinrings premises in Copenhagen. With a white bouquet of flowers Mary was warmly welcomed when she arrived earlier this morning to participate in the celebration. I think it was a great pleasure for her to be able to attend the opening. Before she entered the stage and gave her speech, the choir from Utterslev school marked the opening with one of the songs which have always been sung previously in schools across the country. A song written by Harlad Bergstedts in 1921. Many of the participants probably clearly remember the song from their own childhood. In her speech Mary pointed out how important the school is to us and how our life will develop in the future. It's here we create our first friendships and create dreams about our own future. We get tools that are fundamental for us as a human and learn how to read, write and how to count. We learn to develop ourselves in the time we go to school. She also pointed out we are good to communicate and work together which is important to maintain. Both royal speakers and politicians were all introduced with some fact about their own school which I believe was much fun for all of them. During a celebration like this, three concepts were also involved in the conversation -past, present and future. How is it possible to develop the school system we have today by learning from the past to make it a even better school system in the future? With this question the 200 year anniversary was begun. 

Photos @Agnés Colbert

Like past, present and future, it is the third time we see her in this dress and the significant blouse. Every time we see it, I think it get better and better. At first I have to admit I did not fancy the white turtleneck featuring black sleeve ends despite I love turtleneck blouses. But I have come to like it pretty much. Looks really cool with the kind of shirt dress and knee-length boots, which by the way is from Prada, a ID kindly shared with me by Kate. I have a pair of boots that are very similar to these and though they are not from Prada and had a low price compared to Mary's, I adore them. I love to wear them and try to as often as possible. The boots are just great because you can wear them day as night. The shape of the dress suit her really well, especially with the black leather belt. As the blouse it's assumed that the dress is from the French brand BCBG Max Azria (Fall 2011). But with no proof I'm only able to confirm the identity of her bicolor blouse. I think she looks very comfortable wearing this outfit. When she arrived to Lærerstandens Brandforskinrings premises in Copenhagen by one of the royal families crown cars, she was warmly dressed wearing a black Prada coat. She accessorized her outfit with a grey clutch from the Danish brand Quidam. It was found at Quidam by one of the best readers I have, Pernille! So all the classic scandinavian colours in one outfit: black, white and grey. Stylish and edgy, not at all boring. Mary rocked wearing a pair of new Ole Lynggaard earrings featuring a moonstone pendant in the most amazing dusty blue colour! The team of designers and goldsmiths at Ole Lynggard Copenhagen is truly admired by me. Their creativity and craftsmanship are incredible. I love love love their designs and why to use the nature as inspiration. Two of her diamond rings are from the same designer as the earrings. I'm pretty sure she was also wearing the golden Shamballa Jewels bracelet featuring the pink argyle diamond ball which comes from another bracelet made for her years earlier. A really nice outfit I hope we will see one day again. 

Coat: Prada
Blouse: BCBG Max Azria Bicolor Turtleneck 
Earrings: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Lotus Drop Earrings w. White Moonstone SGD$4,150
Bracelet: Shamballa Jewels  Royal Bracelet w. Argyle Pink Diamond Pavé
Rings: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Love Bands
Clutch: Quidam Grey Calfskin Clutch
Boots: Prada

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