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Princess Sofia in South Africa for Project Playground

Photo: Anna-Lena Ahlström, The Royal Court, Sweden

Princess Sofia has revealed that she is currently in South Africa to work for the organisation she founded, Project Playground. Therefore, the Princess missed the World Childhood Foundation’s 20th-anniversary celebrations, hosted by her sister-in-law, Princess Madeleine.

On Thursday, several celebrations were planned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the World Childhood Foundation. The organisation was founded by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden in 1999 with the aim of supporting children at risk around the globe. Princess Madeleine of Sweden has been working for the organisation for several years now, and in the evening, she hosted a fundraiser dinner. There she was accompanied by her brother, Prince Carl Philip, the husband of Princess Sofia.

Now it has become clear why Princess Sofia was unable to attend the dinner. The Princess was in Gugulethu, South Africa to visit the charity she founded, Project Playground. During the week, she worked for the organisation, and the Princess shared a few photos of her trip to South Africa on the Prince Couple’s Instagram account.

The Princess added: “Working this week in South Africa with team @projplayground ?” Princess Sofia opted for a casual look wearing an orange shirt and blue pants for her visits to the charity.

Only a few weeks ago, Queen Silvia, Princess Sofia’s mother-in-law, was in South Africa to visit some projects of the World Childhood Foundation but also Project Playground. It was the first time the Queen has visited the charity her daughter-in-law founded before joining the Royal Family in 2015.

The Royal Court’s spokeswoman, Margrethe Thorgren, said about the Queen’s trip: “The Queen wanted to take the opportunity to see the organisation that Princess Sofia has built up in South Africa when she was still living there. It is the first time the Queen visited Project Playground in South Africa.”

Princess Sofia co-founded Project Playground in 2010 and is now its Honorary Chairman. It appears Princess Madeleine did not mind her sister-in-law missing her party as she liked Princess Sofia’s Instagram post.

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Laura is from Belgium and has a passion for all things royal. She is Europe Correspondent for Royal Central since October 2016 and has contributed to other news websites. In her daily life she is a fulltime student in EU-politics and political communication.