HCA NEWS Maria Teresa Luxemburg as Honorary HCA Ambassador

HRH Princess Benedikte appointed HRH the Grand Duchess of Luxemburg Maria Teresa as Honorary Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador. The ceremony took place on October 19 at the Lux Expo exhibition centre in Luxemburg.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 15 October 2004

On Tuesday 19 October, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxemburg was appointed Honorary Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador by HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark. The ceremony was hosted by the Danish Culture Institute in Brussels and the Royal Danish Embassy in Luxemburg in association with the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation.

The ceremony took place in connection with the children's literature and educational resource fair Nouveau Salon de L'Enfant held at Lux Expo, which is the largest commercial exhibition and convention centre in Luxemburg located in the Kirchberg district.

This year the fair, which is scheduled between 15 and 24 October and is expected to draw up to 70,000 visitors, focuses on the Hans Christian Andersen bicentenary. Among the events featured is the presentation of the international exhibition on the life and work of Hans Christian Andersen created by the Odense City Museums, an exhibition of children's books with the fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen, and a lectureby Professor Anne-Marie Mai of the University of Southern Denmark on the subject of Hans Christian Andersen and the Enjoyment of Reading. HRH Grand Duchess of Luxemburg Maria Teresa is patron of the Nouveau Salon de L'Enfant.

HRH Grand Duchess of Luxemburg Maria Teresa is the first royal Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador to be appointed among a wide range of prominent Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors the world over. The Grand Duchess, who is the mother of five, has for years been committed to children's rights. She has since 1997 been UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the education of girls and women.

In connection with the ceremony, the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation and the Danish Culture Institute in Brussels presented the different Hans Christian Andersen bicentenary projects set to take place in Luxemburg in 2005.

Following her appointment as Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador, HRH Grand Duchess Maria Teresa performed a reading of one of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales to a school class from Luxemburg.