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Issue 4 Summer 2012

Double celebration for Australian Twin Registry as it announces HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark as its patron

HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

We wanted to share some amazing breaking news with our members!

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has agreed to become the international patron of the Australian Twin Registry as well as the Danish Twin Registry.

As a mother of twins – HRH Princess Josephine and HRH Prince Vincent - and with her connections to both countries, the Crown Princess is the ideal patron of the two (twin) registries, according to the ATR’s Director Professor John Hopper.

The ATR is celebrating the announcement on both sides of the world – in Australia and Denmark.

Professor Hopper met with the Crown Princess overnight 15 January at a twin research symposium in Odense, Denmark where she undertook her first official engagement in her new role.

Meanwhile in Melbourne, the ATR’s head office highlighted twin research and twins at a special media launch on 16 January.

Professor John Hopper said the Australian Twin Registry was “incredibly excited” to have the support of the Crown Princess.

“We are one of the largest voluntary twin registries in the world and our twin researchers have made a significant impact in health research since the registry began in 1981,” he said.

“We are very grateful for the Crown Princess’s patronage as we hope it will raise awareness of the importance of twin research and of the wonderful contribution of twins and researchers whose efforts go largely unheralded.

“Through her patronage, the Crown Princess very much recognizes the great contribution of our nearly 80,000 volunteer twin members - of all ages, identical and non-identical - across Australia who have registered their interest to participate in twin studies. Our vital work could not continue without their support,” Professor Hopper said.

Visit our website to learn more about the Crown Princess and her support of twin research including:

  • The Crown Princess’s message of support to the Australian Twin Registry.
  • See photos and footage of the ATR Director meeting the Crown Princess in Denmark.
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