Princess Mary opens Australian War Memorial in Copenhagen

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has unveiled a new Australian War Memorial in Copenhagen.

She attended the event at Churchill Park on Thursday and was joined by Australian AMmbassador Mary Ellen Miller for the unveiling.

Princess Mary placed a wreath with a ribbon decorated with her monogram on the monument.

The memorial reads: "This stone stands in memorial to Australian servicemen of the first and second world wars who are at rest in Danish soil. Their valiant sacrifice stands testament to the common devotion to freedom and democracy that our nations share.

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"They shall not grow old as we are left to grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.

"Lest we forget."

The memorial was developed and funded by the Australian Embassy in Copenhagen as the Australian army and service personnel helped liberate Denmark during WWII.

This was after the country was invaded by German forces despite declaring Denmark as neutral.

Australian forces joined the British in freeing Denmark from German occupation.

Princess Mary also attended a World Health Organisation meeting to discuss the toll of the coronavirus pandemic.

She participated via video link and spoke of the "uncertainty, worry and sadness" of recent months.

"I am sure that you, as I, have experienced uncertainty, worry and sadness in recent months, as we try to find meaning in rapidly changing events, as we are unable to follow the familiar patterns of daily life, and as we are prevented from spending time with friends and loved ones," Royal Central reports the royal as saying.

"For many, the psychological, emotional, social and economic costs of the pandemic will be felt for years to come," she added.

This article originally appeared on Over60.