National heritage: Danish princess visits to review Unesco’s work

Published: May 12, 2012

UNESCO MISSION: Princess Alexandra at the Lahore Fort. PHOTO: PR

Danish Princess Alexandra arrived in Pakistan on Friday to review work being done to protect Pakistan’s cultural heritage. A press release issued by the Danish embassy on Friday adds that Princess Alexandra has been working with Unesco for many years to promote world heritage across the world and has visited Pakistan twice before.

Speaking about her visit, the princess shared that through her work, she has had the great privilege to be able to visit Pakistan on many occasions. “My first visit was in 2007, and I have always been met with the outmost hospitality and warmth and I am profoundly grateful for the kindness I have experienced while visiting Pakistan.”

She added, “In the past, I have been able to witness an immense determination and great efforts to make changes and improvements, which is particularly noteworthy in view of the difficult circumstances in which Pakistani people live.”

The main objectives of these missions have been to assist the authorities in identifying measures that need to be taken to adequately protect and conserve cultural heritage.

Danish Ambassador Uffe Wolffhechel expressed great enthusiasm about Princess Alexandra’s visit. “We are indeed excited to having a member of the Danish royal family visit Pakistan. This doesn’t happen every day.”

On the need for a monarchy in the 21st century, the ambassador said, “Peaceful changes may explain why Denmark is still a monarchy. The royal family never interferes with politics and performs their duties in a popular way. Many members of the royal family also hold normal civil jobs.”

Published in The Express Tribune, May 12th, 2012.

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