Princess Madeleine and Queen Silvia have been in NYC the past couple of days to attend meetings and charity events related to the World Childhood Foundation, which Silvia founded in 1999 and Madeleine works for since 2007.
On Monday, October 2, Silvia and Madeleine attended the World Childhood Foundation USA 2017 Thank You Gala. Madeleine wore a black lace Self Portrait “Moni Maxi Dress” and those gorgeous aquamarine and diamond drop earrings she has. Silvia wore an Alexis “Holly Long Sleeve Embellished Gown”.
Madeleine’s friend, Malin Akerman, whom I had no idea was Swedish, also attended the gala. She gave an interview to Hola US about Madeleine, saying:
“They are so down-to-earth. They are such a lovely family. Sweden is quite down to earth really. [Princess Madeleine is] absolutely lovely and is just, I hate to say a regular girl, but she’s a regular girl, who is wonderful and a little bit more poised than most of us. But she’s great. A really cool girl.”
Earlier in the day on October 2, Silvia and Madeleine attended a UN meeting called “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for Children: Collective Actions and Innovative Solutions”.
Silvia gave a speech in which she talked about the Sustainable Development Goals, why she founded Childhood, and the work that Childhood does. It’s a long speech, so I am only quoting one section – about online harassment and technology – which I thought was well put (given how many times I’ve complained about the way William speaks about technology):
“With increased access to the Internet and the omnipresence of smart phones, we are experiencing a global increase in cyber violence against children. This is, of course, a frightening development. But let’s not forget that technology can also be a powerful tool for good. It can provide access to education and healthcare. It fuels economic development and provides access to markets. It helps us to collect vital data and monitor progress.”
On October 3, Silvia and Madeleine took part in a Childhood International Council meeting with representatives from the offices in Sweden, Brazil, Germany, and the US to discuss experiences and common issues and challenges.