Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is looking ahead as we approach 2021. The Danish royal, who became patron of WHO/Europe in 2005, released a year-end message on the WHO Regional Office for Europe’s website reflecting on the past year. “As 2020 comes to a close, we look back on an extraordinary year in which too many have faced sorrow and heartache, and all of us have had to make necessary changes – to our plans, our expectations, our traditions and our way of life,” Mary, 48, said. “As Patron of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, I have watched with respect the unwavering professional dedication of our frontline health and care workers, whose personal sacrifice in delivering care has been nothing short of remarkable.”
The mom of four, whose son Prince Christian, 15, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, went on to thank individuals who worked to deliver care during the pandemic. “Now, in these final days of a year that many would like to forget, I would like to take this opportunity to remember and thank the nurses, doctors, care workers, therapists, midwives, pharmacists, volunteers, cleaners, receptionists, lab technicians, home helpers, and so many others who together have delivered care across the WHO European Region,” the Crown Princess said.
Crown Prince Frederik ’s wife added, “Together they have ensured the continuity of vital services under challenging circumstances. This year more than ever, their commitment and compassion in helping those in need should be recognized and applauded. It is only fitting that 2021 is now also designated as the International Year of Health and Care Workers.”
Mary concluded her message noting that there are signs of hope for the new year. “Each new year offers hope and promise and 2021 also offers signs of hope with a greater understanding of the virus and the introduction of new vaccines. I look forward to a new year in which – together with the committed staff at the Regional Office – we will continue to support the exceptional work that our health and care professionals do on so many health-related issues,” she said. “We do this to ensure health and well-being for all. I wish all of you a happy, healthy and peaceful holiday season.”