27 JANUARY 2004
With this month's week-long US tour now behind her, Princess Alexandra of Denmark returned home to continue her royal duties in Copenhagen.
The Hong Kong-born royal, who is married to Queen Margrethe's younger son Prince Joachim, had the honour of naming Chilean first lady Luisa Duran de Lagos as the newest goodwill ambassador for the upcoming Hans Christian Andersen bicentennial celebrations.
Chile's president, Ricardo Lagos, was on hand to pick up the prize – named after the famed Danish author of fairytales such as The Ugly Duckling – on behalf of his wife. The first lady, who was chosen because of her extensive charity work in her home country, was unable to attend the Christiansborg Palace ceremony, as she is still recuperating from an October operation on her trachea.
Other Hans Christian Anderson 2005 Foundation ambassadors, appointed to help promote the worldwide celebration of the writer's 1805 birth, have included Hollywood stars Harvey Keitel and Susan Sarandon, as well as Brazilian football star Pele.