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Crown Princess Mary makes her first official appearance of 2021 with a searing message

The Danish royal is ready to tackle another year.

By Jess Pullar
Crown Princess Mary has kicked off the year with a stirring message for followers of the Danish Royal Palace.
Sharing an image of Mary working from her residence in Denmark, our first glimpse of Mary in 2021 proved just because she's not as publicly present these days doesn't mean she's no less busy.
Using a web camera, Mary looked hard at work as the Danish Palace elaborated on her current project.
The caption referenced Mary's virtual meeting with the ICPD25 High Level Commission, established by the UN Population Fund.
"The Commission was set up to work to ensure that women and girls have the necessary knowledge and tools to ensure that they can control their own bodies and thus their own lives," The Palace explained.
"The meeting today focused on the work of ensuring that every pregnancy is desired, that every birth is safe and that no one is exposed to gender-based violence or harmful customs such as girl circumcision or child marriage.
"These are major challenges that require focus, commitment, investment and a common strong will. Especially now that COVID-19 has rolled the development back in so many areas," the caption continued.
"We know that COVID-19 reinforces existing challenges. For example, 25 million unsafe abortions are performed worldwide each year, and due to COVID-19, another three million women are expected to have an unsafe abortion this year."

The post concluded to explain that gender-based violence statistics are also worrying.
"We heard that the increase in some places was up to 40 percent ... There is a lot to be done to create a better world," the caption roughly translated to.
Princess Mary's work for females in less fortunate circumstances across the world has been substantial. (Getty)
Mary's work for women and girls, particular in the realm of education, has been substantial over the years.
She has travelled far and wide, working to bring better opportunities and support for women in less fortunate circumstances and third world countries.
While she has been unable to be on the ground in person over the past 12 months due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Mary has continued to work hard from her Danish base, virtually holding meetings and helping work tick along in the background.
Opportunities for travel were limited for the Danish royals last year. (Instagram)
The Danish royal spent the festive season quietly with her family in Denmark.
We're used to seeing images of the royals out and about over the Christmas break, with images and video depicting the royals' winter vacations.
This year, things were understandably different, though no less special, no doubt.
Now, as Mary cracks on with work for the year, we're looking forward to seeing what else is to come.

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