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Crown Princess Victoria presents Junior Water Prize

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presented the Junior Water Prize yesterday evening in Stockholm at the Grand Hotel.

The 2017 prize was given to Ryan Thorpe and Rachel Chang from the United States. They created a system, argued to be better than conventional methods, which will detect and purify water that is contaminated with bacteria and diseases like E. coli and Cholera.

Fitting with the green spirit of World Water Week, the Crown Princess wore a top and skirt by Gestuz, according to the UFO No More fashion website. Her ensemble was made up of 23 recycled plastic bottles.

It was her second day of involvement with World Water Week this year. On Monday, Her Royal Highness attended a seminar on antibiotic resistance at Folkets Hus. The Royal Court explained that the lecture was about “how the spread of antibiotic resistance threatens sustainable development globally, about the consequences and what we can do to reduce the problem.”

The Crown Princess with the two winners yesterday evening. Photo: SIWI Stockholm International Water Institute (CC BY-NC 2.0)/Flickr

After the seminar had concluded, the Crown Princess attended a meeting where global goals and water were discussed with the chairman of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson; the head of SIWI’s work on water and food issues, Karin Glaumann; and one responsible for SIWI’s work on water and pharmaceuticals, Nicolai Schaaf.

She also spoke at the event last year where she spoke about how her daughter, Princess Estelle was “very keen on swimming.” However, due to the water being unhealthy, the Crown Princess said many parents were “forced to say no when their children wanted to jump into the sea.” She added that this was an alarming sign of how the marine environment was “under great stress.”

World Water Week lasts from 27 August to 1 September in Stockholm. Later today, King Carl XVI Gustaf, as the patron, will present the Stockholm Water Prize at Stockholm City Hall.

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