The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Copenhagen between Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd February on a working visit with The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.
This is the first time The Duchess will be bringing the work of The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood to the international stage. The Centre aims to drive awareness of and action on the extraordinary impact of the early years. On this trip, it will learn from Denmark’s example as a country widely recognised as a world leader in its approach and investment in early childhood development.
During the visit, Her Royal Highness will spend time learning about 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. 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.
Throughout the visit, The Duchess will have the opportunity to meet with a broad range of people including children and families, leading researchers, representatives from academia, and those working in the early education sector.
The visit will also pay tribute to the historic ties Britain shares with Denmark and will celebrate the joint Jubilees taking place in each country this year: The Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, marking seventy years on the British throne, and The Golden Jubilee of Margrethe II, making fifty years on the Danish throne.
Her Royal Highness will receive an official welcome to Denmark from Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II on the second day of her trip. The meeting is a timely reminder of the long-standing relationship between the two Royal Families and will coincide with The Platinum and Golden Jubilees being enjoyed this year. The Duchess will also join Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and visit a project supported by the Mary Foundation, founded in 2007 by the Crown Princess, to protect vulnerable women and children from domestic violence.
Denmark is a beacon of best practice with its approach to early childhood as well as consistently ranking near the top of countries with the happiest people in the world. The Duchess is looking forward to visiting the country, learning from the Danish people, and continuing to build on the already close friendship between the two countries.