Throwback Thursday: Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria
Today King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia held a diplomatic reception at the Royal Palace.On a few occasions a year there is an opportunity for newly appointed ambassadors with respective to meet the King and Queen at a reception at the Royal Palace. This time it was with the respective ambassadors from Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Saudi Arabia who came to the Royal Palace at the Princess Sibylla’s apartments.
Monday, September 8 and Tuesday 9 September highlighted the World Childhood Foundation’s 15th anniversary in Stockholm. Yesterday a dinner was hosted. Today, World Childhood Foundation’s annual meeting took place. The Queen welcomed chairman Kenneth Bengtsson. They discussed the plans for the coming year. The annual meeting ended by Princess Madeleine, who talked about ThankYou village Childhood, a global initiative that aims to highlight the importance of a safe and loving childhood.
H.M. the Queen gave scholarships from the Masonic Home for Children to 35 scientists at a ceremony at Bååtska palace in Stockholm. The Queen’s Foundation is High Patron and has since 1995 participated in the annual awards ceremony.
The Foundation’s purpose is to making good and socially useful citizens support the care and education of children and youth. In addition, support may be given both to the scientific, mainly medical, psychological or educational research, which may be relevant to the Foundation’s main purpose.
Queen Silvia is having another busy day today. 30 pupils from Johannebergsgatan School in Gothenburg came to the Royal Palace to receive a diploma of the Queen. Students from Johannebergsgatan School won the Mayflower fundraising campaign. They managed to collect the amount of 166 300 SEK.
Mayflower has been around since 1907 and is the largest children’s charity. The collection lasts two weeks and then helps Majblomman children in several ways throughout the year to mitigate the effects of child poverty and economic vulnerability. This is done through direct grants to individual children, additional contributions to schools and associations, advocacy, public education, research, and summer activities.
The queen also handed out diplomas to Majblommeförening the Year, the Year Flowering companies and researchers for the year.
In an interview with Expressen today, Queen Silvia explained why she and Princess Madeleine took a last minute decision to not attend the Polar Music Prize yesterday. Her Majesty and her daughter Princess Madeleine decided to not attend because of Laureate Chuck Berry. Mr Berry is convicted of human trafficking.
Queen Silvia explains:
"Unfortunately, I was very late to hear what had happened and then I felt that for me it wasn’t ok to be there at the ceremony because there are so many people who believe in me, in Childhood and in the Princess. All these beliefs that we have are so important today. I did not want to create a scene, but I just couldn’t accept it. However, I was then at the dinner in honor of the runner. I hope that this hasn’t damaged the Polar Music Prize.”
On the question whether the King agreed, she said:
”It was a family decision and I hope that everyone respects that. I just felt that this was something I could not accept.” She added: “It was difficult because I didn’t want to spoil anything for the winners or the Polar Music Prize, but I just couldn’t attend.” “The whole family was involved. The King respects where I stand for and understands it. It was a family decision and hope that everyone respects that and understands.”
Queen Silvia participated in the “Gamlas Dag” or “the Ancient Day” that took place today. The event took place in Ekebyhov parklands Ekerö outside Stockholm. For the occasion, Queen Silvia was dressed in an old costume. This year was the sixteenth time that the Ancients’ Day was celebrated on Ekerö. The initiative was taken by the Queen and the first years it took place in Drottningholm Park. Since 2000, the event takes place in the Municipality of Ekerö.
Queen Silvia yesterday attending the dinner in honour of the winners of the Polar Music Prize
Today, some members of the Swedish Royal Family gathered for the annual Polar Music Prize. Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine didn’t attend but joined later for dinner because of their activities for the Childhood Foundation.
The Polar Music Prize is a Swedish international award founded in 1989 with a donation to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The award is annually given to one contemporary musician and one classical musician. Without any restrictions of nationality, the prize is to be “awarded for significant achievements in music and/or musical activity, or for achievements which are found to be of great potential importance for music or musical activity, and it shall be referable to all fields within or closely connected with music”. The prize has been called the “Nobel Prize of Music" in Sweden.
Queen Silvia visited one of the houses of the Silvia Home Foundation today. There she met new students who are being trained as nurses. The Silvia Home Foundation was founded on the initiative of the Queen on Valentine’s Day 1996 Silviahemmet strive to actively participate in the development of good health care of people with dementia and their families.
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Queen Silvia of Sweden speaking yesterday at the Lindau Young Researchers Nobel Laureate meeting, where she handed the Global Childhood Award to Chinese economist student Bin Wan.
Queen Silvia today attending a gala to commerorate the 15th anniversary of the World Childhood Foundation in Konstanz, Germany.
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Pretty in Pink: Today Queen Silvia of Sweden was in Konstanz, Germany for the 15th anniversary of the World Childhood Foundation. The organization founded by the Queen’s objective is a, “childhood, to safety, happiness, playfulness, and curiosity in life.”
The organization has over a 100 projects in 16 different countries, its goal is “assisting children who are at risk of or are victims of abuse, children who are in alternative care, street children, and families at risk.”
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