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Princess Madeleine attends Swedish Church’s 10th anniversary in Florida

Sara Friberg, The Royal Court of Sweden

Princess Madeleine of Sweden undertook a rare engagement on Sunday near her home in Miami, Florida.

The Princess attended the Swedish Church in Florida’s 10th anniversary at the Scandinavian Church and Center in Davie, Florida, alongside over 200 worshippers.

Princess Madeleine attended without her husband, Chris O’Neill and their three children (Princesses Leonore and Adrienne and Prince Nicolas) on a very rainy Sunday. She was welcomed by Swedish honorary consul, Per-Olof Lööf and his wife, Åsa-Lena. Bishop Thomas Petersson, from the Diocese of Visby in Gotland, was also in attendance.

Former pastor Lennart Åström told Svendskdam about Her Royal Highness’s attendance, “We are very happy that the Princess has chosen to come here and celebrate with us; it gives a little extra festivity for our anniversary.”

The family worship service was followed by coffee and games for all ages.

The ten year anniversary of the Church of Sweden in Florida started on 2 November with a memorial cavalry with dinner prepared by Chef Lars. There was also entertainment and surprises that took place.

You can find out more about the Church of Sweden in Florida here.

Princess Madeleine and her family reside in Miami, Florida, where her American-British husband, Chris, is employed. They moved from London to Florida in the autumn of 2018, and Princess Madeleine works with the US branch of the World Childhood Foundation – the charity her mother, Queen Silvia founded in 1999. It is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Madeleine’s father recently announced that her children would no longer be members of the Royal House or have the style of “Royal Highness.” The children of her brother, Prince Carl Philip and his wife, Princess Sofia (Princes Alexander and Gabriel) also lost their “Royal Highness” status and place in the Royal House. All of the grandchildren remain in the Royal Family but will not have to undertake any royal duties as they grow up. Only the children of Crown Princess Victoria and her husband, Prince Daniel (Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar) were exempt from the change King Carl XVI Gustaf made as they are in the direct line of succession.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.