Yesterday, Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden bought her annual Mayflower pin at the Maltesholm School in Hässelby, Sweden, after being greeted by the General Secretary of the Mayflower Charity Foundation, Lena Holm.
Each year the purchase of a Mayflower pin goes toward disadvantaged children and ending poverty in the Scandinavian country; The Mayflower Charity Foundation is the largest children’s charity in Sweden, and the Queen is the royal patron of the organisation.
Her Majesty also bought sets of Mayflower sticker sheets for her grandchildren, Princesses Estelle and Leonore and Princes Nicolas, Oscar and Alexander. She also bought pins for her three children, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine. Her Majesty then stated, “And I have to have one for the King, too!” before buying one for her husband, King Carl XVI Gustaf.
After purchasing the ten Mayflower pins, the Queen laughed and said to the assembled Swedish media, “Now I have thought of the whole family! I know that they want to support the Mayflower as much as I do.”
She ran into slight trouble as she began to pay the students. She lacked some cash for the payment, and so, her lady-in-waiting had to lend her 200 Swedish kronor.
The pin this year was designed by an 11-year-old student at a school in Luleå named Miranda Nilsson, who explained the idea behind her work on the creation of the pin this year to Her Majesty. Queen Silvia then purchased the first pin of the year from a grade five pupil at the Maltesholm School, Zacharias Arrach.
Her Majesty added about her annual investment, “This, I think, is very nice. I always have it on my calendar!”
Public sales for the 2017 Mayflower pin begin on Thursday, 6 April.