NB: This post has been edited to include video.
This is some of the sweetest news I’ve heard in a while. (Let’s face it: 2016 feels like it has gotten off to a pretty lousy start.)
Video courtesy Min Stora Dag.
Princess Madeleine of Sweden is the royal patron of Min Stora Dag (“My Big Day” in English), which grants special experiences to severely ill children. (It’s the Swedish version of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.) Sometimes, in addition to helping individual children, Min Stora Dag will also put together group events, such as the one today.
Princess Madeleine – joined by her daughter Princess Leonore, who just turned 2 – hosted a fairytale tea party at the Royal Palace for a handful of children from Min Stora Dag. According to People Magazine, the children were treated to juice, cake, and cookies and a show by a sleight-of-hand magician. But the best part to me is how the children were received. You can see by the video (and the photos that were shared by the Palace and Madeleine’s Facebook) that the room is decorated to the hilt, as it would be if the palace were playing host to grand dignitaries, and Princess Madeleine is dressed for a gala occasion in gown, tiara, and her Order of the Seraphim sash and star, as well as her family order. (Svensk Damtidning says Madeleine wore this same gown and tiara to the Nobel Prize Banquet back in December.) And then she sat on the floor with the kids.
This story and these pictures really brightened my day, and I wanted to share it with you all, my lovely readers. 🙂 Also, I don’t do this very often, but Make-A-Wish is a charity I am a big fan of. You can follow the links if you would like to donate to Min Stora Dag (link in Swedish) or the Make-A-Wish Foundation (USA) (International).