Members of the Swedish Royal Family celebrated the World Childhood Foundation’s 20th anniversary yesterday in Stockholm.
Earlier in the day, Princess Madeleine and Queen Silvia attended the World Childhood Foundation’s executive meeting. The Princess, who flew into her hometown for the celebrations from her home in Florida, posted about the meeting on her Instagram account.
Her Royal Highness said, “Happy to be home and attending [the] Executive Committee Meeting at Childhood #worldchildhoodfoundation.”
In the evening, a fundraising dinner was held at Gröna Lunds restaurant Tyrol with King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl Philip in attendance.
Princess Madeleine and her friends, Katarina von Horn, Lussan Thott, Lovisa de Geer and Ingegerd von Porat, organised the dinner which also included performances by artists, an auction, and other surprises.
Ahead of the event, Paula Guillet de Monthoux, Secretary General of Childhood, stated, “It is amazing to see what impression our organization has made in two decades, and how the issue of sexual abuse against children has gone from being a taboo to something we are talking about openly – and jointly wanting to solve. That we pay attention to this with a dinner at Tyrol where money is collected for Childhood’s activities means that we can really take the initiative and do even more in the future.”
Madeleine’s husband, Chris O’Neill did not make the trip to Sweden as he stayed behind in Miami to look after their three children, Princess Leonore, Prince Nicolas and Princess Adrienne.
The Royal Court’s Chief Information Officer, Margareta Thorgren, revealed the reasoning for his absence. Regarding the King and Prince Carl Philip deciding to attend, as well, she said, “Childhood is very important for the queen. Therefore, the King wants to support and support his wife, and Prince Carl Philip also had the opportunity to come.”
Queen Silvia founded the World Childhood Foundation in 1999 with the aim of supporting at-risk children around the globe. The organisation has offices in Brazil, Germany, Sweden, and the United States. Princess Madeleine has worked with the organisation for the past decade.