Hot on the heels of an interesting conversation in the previous post’s comments about charity and whether the royal’s involvement in charity is worth anything, here’s a post on Princess Madeleine and Queen Silvia of Sweden in New York last week. Silvia and Madeleine are involved with charity that deals with child protection from violence and exploitation–Silvia created World Childhood Foundation and Madeleine works for Childhood USA–so they were in New York last week to attend a few events with the United Nations and Global Citizen.
On Thursday, September 25, Silvia and Maddie attended the United Nations summit and spoke under the theme of “A world free from violence and exploitation against children.”
On Friday, September 26, Silvia and Maddie attended the World Leaders Forum seminar, Children in the Age of Sustainable Development, at Columbia University. Silvia gave a speech which in part said:
“We have gathered this morning to discuss the future of the world’s children, and how we collectively can ensure and promote integration of children’s rights… At the same time more children than ever before are victims of violence, including sexual violence, conflicts, forced migration, and climate change. We keep talking about preserving the planet for the future generations, forgetting about today’s children.” (you can read the full speech here)
After their stop at Columbia, Silvia and Maddie visited Washington Square Park where they met with volunteers for the “Thankyou by Childhood” campaign.
On Saturday, September 27, Silvia and Maddie attended the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park where they spoke to the crowd of over 60,000 people highlighting children’s rights. Maddie said in part, “It is fantastic to be here at Global Citizen Festival! At the World Childhood Foundation it is our belief that all children have the right to a happy and secure childhood, free from abuse and exploitation.” Global Citizen works to end extreme poverty. Childhood was one of the festival’s partners.
Maddie’s husband, Chris O’Neill, was there to support her. I love that Maddie loves Chris, but damn Chris smile more often. He looks so weird in photos because he doesn’t ever smile; it’s always this weird grimace instead.
Here’s Maddie randomly with Ryan Reynolds.
Want some royal baby cuteness to end the post? Maddie posted this photo on her Facebook page a few weeks ago with the caption, “Precious moments”. Princess Estelle with her baby cousin Princess Leonore. Leonore is all of seven months now. I love that she’s awake and alert in the photo. So cute.
Photos: Madeleine’s Facebook; Kungahuset.se; Getty