This Tuesday afternoon the Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Copenhagen for the beginning of her two-day tour there. During this visit, Kate will dive deeper into Denmark’s trailblazing work in the field of early years development.
The Duchess looked as elegant as ever as she stepped off the plane in a red Zara blazer as she was greeted by the British Ambassador to Denmark, Emma Hopkins.
During the visit, Kate will meet with Crown Princess Mary and Queen Margrethe of Denmark as the important early years work she has already carried out will be introduced on the world’s stage.
This is quite an exciting trip for the Duchess, as this is the first time that Kate has taken her research in early years development abroad. Just last year in June did she launch The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, and now she will be going ‘international’ with this project.
Denmark as a country is a pioneer when it comes to early development and is constantly named as one of the top five countries in the world to raise a family.
The Duchess has been researching early development and what affects it for a long time, nearly a decade, either by being a patron of organizations or starting up lots of projects on that topic, such as when she launched the greatly successful ‘Big 5’ survey or her research on how social challenges such as addiction, mental health and homelessness affect someone’s life.
When the initial announcement for this trip came from Kensington Palace, it noted that Kate would be paying special attention to how Denmark has “created an enabling culture for early childhood development, specifically how it has promoted infant mental wellbeing alongside physical health, and how it harnesses the power of nature, relationships and playful learning in the first five years of life.”
They added: “Her programme will focus on innovative initiatives and projects which support children in their growth, particularly their social and emotional development, as well as their parents and the wider communities surrounding them.”
This is the first solo trip for the Duchess since 2017 when she made a visit to Luxembourg at the request of the government. Back in 2011 was the last time that she visited Denmark. Back then she and Prince William were joined by Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik and Australian-born Crown Princess Mary to tour UNICEF’S global supply hub.
According to royal sources the Duchess will meet with Queen Margrethe on the second day of her trip, while she will meet with Crown Princess Mary for a visit to a project that works to protect vulnerable women and children from domestic violence.
The project is supported by Princess Mary’s foundation that aims to improve the lives of vulnerable women and children since 2007.