Princess Madeleine of Sweden has been given a special honour by her mother, Queen Silvia, on the latter’s 78th birthday.
In a video released by the Royal Court, Queen Silvia announced that she had offered her youngest child the title of Deputy Honorary Chair of World Childhood Foundation, which Madeleine happily accepted.
About the new leadership role, the Royal Court said: “This means that Princess Madeleine works side by side with the Queen in matters concerning Childhood, which is part of the vision that the organisation has developed for its long-term development until the year 2030.”
Madeleine has worked with the World Childhood Foundation for many years and is a member of the board of Childhood Sweden and an honorary member of the board of Childhood USA. Currently based in the United States, Madeleine works with Childhood USA on their initiatives.
On Instagram, Princess Madeleine said: “Today I’m honoured to announce that my mother, on her 78th birthday, has invited me to take on a new leadership role as Deputy Honorary Chair of World Childhood Foundation. I’m deeply grateful for the support from the entire Childhood family and I will do my utmost to continue the foundation’s important work to fight the sexual exploitation of children.”
Queen Silvia founded the World Childhood Foundation in 1999 to protect children from sexual abuse. The organisation has three branches: Childhood Sweden, Brazil, USA and Germany. There are 115 programmes in 17 countries across the globe.