Royals help kids stand up to bullying
Royal welcome … Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark at the foundation gathering. Photo: Joe Armao
WITH four children of her own, Princess Mary probably knows a thing or two about keeping them safe.
The Australian-born Crown Princess of Denmark was in Melbourne yesterday offering her contribution to child safety at a lunch for The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
Mary is the international patron of the foundation, which protects children from violence.
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark on their last day visiting in Victoria
Crown Prince Frederik and crown Princess Mary of Denmark at the Hume Global learning centre in Broadmeadows for the Alannah and Madeline foundation. 26th of November 2011 Photo: Joe Armao
Cyberbullying was the topic of discussion over the lunch, which was also attended by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, the Victorian Premier, Ted Baillieu, the television host Lisa Wilkinson and the child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg.
The foundation this year launched the eSmart program, which educates children about online safety, with the aim of rolling it out to all Australian schools.
The princess said keeping people, especially children, safe from violence was one of society’s most important responsibilities. Since last Saturday, the princess and her husband, Crown Prince Frederik, have had a week of official engagements and have been travelling with their 10-month-old twins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.
After their official tour, the royal couple will be joined by their two older children, Prince Christian, six, and Princess Isabella, four, for a family holiday in Tasmania.
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