Queen Silvia & Princess Madeleine Mark World Childhood Foundation in NYC
Royal mother and daughter team, Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine of Sweden, were at the United Nations today to mark the tenth anniversary of the World Childhood Foundation – a charity the Queen began to tackle issues facing many children
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The two attended a symposium on child abuse and exploitation at the UN, in which several projects that have worked with WCF were reviewed. The Foundation currently has 500 projects working in 16 countries.
Queen Silvia began WCF in 1999 after witnessing how children in other countries she has visited as Queen lived. She originally began WCF in Brazil, where Silvia spent part of her childhood since her mother was Brazilian. The Foundation eventually grew into a global charity, aiming to provide a normal childhood to those who are not living one.
Although WCF helps all sorts of children, girls in particular are its focus, since it is girls who are more likely to be victims of sexual exploitation than boys.
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Following the UN symposium, Queen Silvia spoke to the press. There, she displayed a bracelet that can be bought in support of WCF.
The Queen’s youngest daughter, Princess Madeleine, has been getting more involved in her mother’s work. She has spent the past month touring the United States on behalf of the Foundation.
Later in the evening, the royal duo attended a gala in New York to mark WCF’s 10th anniversary. Both women dressed glamorously, as they always do, and smiled proudly. They know quite well the work they do for the world’s needy children is being done.
Queen Fabiola “Needs Rest”
The Belgian royal court denied speculation Wednesday that Queen Fabiola is in poor health.
Telling the national media, the court said, “she is not ill, just tired.There is nothing wrong. She walks, moves about, but she is tired and needs rest. That is why she is not travelling or going out.”
Concern for the sister-in-law to King Albert II began when the dowager Queen did not make any appearances since July 31st, the anniversary of the death of her husband, King Baudouin.
She is not expected to make anymore appearances in the near future.
The royal court also added that Queen Fabiola is still recovering from pneumonia, which she was hospitalized for at the beginning of this year.
“Everyone needs time to recover from such a disorder, especially one lady of 81.”
Sheikh Mohammed Opens Federal National Council
Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum opened the United Arab Emirate’s 4th Federal National Council (FNC) session this Wednesday. As Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, it was the Sheikh’s duty to read aloud President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s speech, since the President was not in attendance.
Before Sheikh Mohammed read the speech, FNC speaker Abdul Aziz Al-Ghurair renewed the FNC’s pledge to ”serve the country and its citizens before Allah, the president, the vice president and the members of the Supreme Council of the Federation.”
After that, the ruler of Dubai took over to speak on Sheikh Khalifa’s behalf. The speech emphasized the UAE’s economy during the global economic crisis.
“Despite all the negative effects of the crisis, which variably hit all countries of the world, they have proven that our economy is solid and capable of absorbing its various ramifications,” the speech read. “We are confident that the steps and measures that we have taken so far will help our economy regain the initiative and continue the march of growth and construction with greater confidence and zeal.”