Alexandra loses a patronage
DR ensemble boss thank Countess Alexandra for a fine cooperation.
Danish Radio Choir has for 19 years had the pleasure of Countess Alexandra as a patron, but it will now put an end to. It writes BT. DR ensemble manager Kim Bohr said to the newspaper:
- The Countess and girl choir has had a really nice and fine cooperation. And the girls have been really happy for her patronage and care, but patronage is not a lifetime appointment, and we have agreed to explore new avenues.
Over the 19 years, Countess Alexandra has been a patron of the choir, she has traveled with them several times - for instance, she has been on a tour of China.
After 19 years of co-operation Countess Alexandra ends her patroness of DR choruses. According to several experts as BT have spoken with, it is highly unusual for a royal to lose a patronage. And actually, royalty expert Trine Villemann thinks that it can almost be equated with a public firing.
After Countess Alexandra's surprisingly good-bye to girls' choir, as the magazine HERE & NOW be able to report on Wednesday, she has 12 patrons back. But it is not all of them are equally pleased with her efforts.
When Countess began as patron of the Danish Association of the Blind, she was still in vogue as princess and was one of the royal family's most popular members. She always attracted a lot of journalists Association events. But it has become smaller over the years, says Vice President John Heilbrunn to bt.dk.
- We keep about once a year a meeting with her where she is both friendly and attentive. But I will say that she is not someone who takes initiatives. She is not what I would call an active, driving force, says John Heilbrunn.
He wished that they could use the Countess something more in their work.
- She's still our protector, so far as we know. One can say that the systems is such that if you have had a patron, so you can not just swap if you wish. We wanted someone who was as active as Princess Mary, it said.
Conversely, both Randers Rainforest and UNICEF Denmark satisfied with the work done by Countess Alexandra performs as their patron.
- She will be actually here on September 20 with the whole family. We gather in a rainforest in Ecuador, and it helps her to focus on, says Randers Rainforest deputy, Tina de Linde.
Looking at the calendar, it is some time ago, the countess was last swing by the Jutland rainforest. In fact, there were two years left in the calendar, on June 23, 2012, where she inaugurated the park in Denmark Randers Rainforest with her husband, Martin Jørgensen and her sons Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix, said rainforest deputy.
- We are not in touch every other week, but we communicate regularly with her, says the deputy, Tina de Linde.
Princess Alexandra opened Randers Rainforest on June 13, 1996 and was, as is the case with the Danish Association of the Blind, a frequent and active guest the first number of years. When she went from princess to Countess the visitors declined, however, strongly now to be with years of breaks in between.
It has taken long since come to terms with the Danish Association of the Blind, says vice-president, John Heilbrunn.
- We have been annoyed that we could make more use of her, but as we are well aware that she is not one that we can pull aside and talk to. She is hard to get, and when you get hold of her, it's not because she immediately ready to jump to, he says.
However, all indications are that the Countess uses significantly more energy and effort into her work as a patron of UNICEF Denmark. Here you can express great satisfaction with the Countess Alexandra.
- We have no plans to stop cooperating. Alexandra is an ongoing asset for us, and she must actually be in the next week at an event. She is also featured in our Bureau, which meets three times a year when she takes part, says Secretary General Steen M. Andersen from UNICEF Denmark.
Do yourself Countess Alexandra is not easy for himself in relation to tell the world about its patrons, and how active she is. Her personal website www.frederiksborg.eu
she received in 2007, after being banished from the royal family's own, namely closed.
But it would clarify what exactly makes the Countess of work for its protectorates, explains royal family expert, Lars Hovbakke.
- It would be something that could demystify it if there was an opportunity to see what she does for work on her website. It's never good to keep as low a profile as she does, as people begin to suspect that there is something wrong if you do not put things openly, says the assessment.
Fact: Countess Alexandra patronages
Danish Association of the Blind
Danish Parkinson Association
Danish UNICEF Committee
Tinderbox, a cultural center for children
National Association to support the Infant Mortality
Ward, The Daycare
North Sea Oceanarium
Swedish Villa Fund
The English-Speaking Union of Denmark
The law on annuities to Countess Alexandra was made after she and Prince Joachim in 2004 were separated. Parliament passed the law, according to most political parties voted for.
Since the law was passed in 2004, the amount was fixed at 1.5 million. kr, which must be adjusted twice a year in line with the wage index for state employees. Since the amount shall be increased to 2.1 mil. kr, which means 600,000 kr. ten years.
The public performance will continue to increase each year - even if Countess Alexandra has less work because of that she is no longer a patron of the same number of associations as before.