Princess Madeleine comes off maternity leave for World Childhood Foundation meeting with Queen Silvia

On Tuesday, Princess Madeleine of Sweden came off maternity leave for the day to attend a World Childhood Foundation (WCF) International Council meeting alongside her mother, Queen Silvia at the Royal Palace.

International Council meetings take place several times a year with representatives from the offices of Childhood across the globe in attendance to share experiences and discuss common issues.

Princess Madeleine posted about the meeting on her official Instagram account on Wednesday saying, “Yesterday I participated in Childhoods “International Council Meeting”. I’m so proud of all the good work Childhood is doing!”

Madeleine gave birth to her and her husband Chris O’Neill’s third child, a daughter, on 9 March in Danderyd, Sweden; her name and title were announced three days later as Her Royal Highness Princess Adrienne Josephine Alice, Duchess of Blekinge.

Queen Silvia created the World Childhood Foundation in 1999. It has offices in Sweden, Brazil, Germany and the United States, and it is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It supports and implements over 100 projects across the globe. The organisation has said that its goal is “that no child should be exposed to a violent or damaging environment, but instead have the opportunity to grow up with memories of a safe and loving childhood.”

World Childhood Foundation International Council during the meeting at the Royal Palace. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck / Kungahuset.se

Princess Madeleine started working for the WCF’s office in Stockholm while studying in 2007. In the autumn of 2010, Princess Madeleine worked at the World Childhood Foundation in the United States as a project manager. When the Princess moved to London, she had to quit her job as the project manager in New York. However, she still regularly meets staff from the charity and visits gala dinners, workshops, etc. for the organisation. The Princess has also launched different campaigns such as the “Thank You” and “Eyes Wide Open”.

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