Sweden's super stylish royals put on dazzling black tie display in Stockholm
Sweden's seemingly impossible glamorous royals may not be as well known as their British counterparts, but their influence remains all the same to royal watchers.
Queen Silvia and husband Karl Gustaf were joined by their youngest children Prince Carl Philip (39) and Princess Madeleine (36 at a charity event in Stockholm on Thursday night, celebrating the World Childhood Foundation's 20th anniversary with a gala dinner at Tyrol restaurant. Silvia founded the organisation in 1999 with the intention of preventing violence and sexual abuse in children and supporting youths in need and the cause has been such an important part of her reign that Madeleine flew over from her home in Miami, Florida to be there.
The mother of three often divides her time between her family home at Drottningholm Palace in Sweden with her husband Chris O'Neill's career in finance, which saw them spending the last number of years in the UK before moving to the US last year. Chris stayed at home in Florida to care for the couple's three children, while Carl Philip's wife Princess Sofia was also absent from the event, spending time with their sons Alexander and Gabriel.
The siblings were joined by close friends for the festivities last night and Carl Philip opted for a classic black tuxedo, while Madeleine chose a dazzling metallic sequin gown with a white fur jacket draped over her shoulders, sporting a new tan thanks to her new home with year-round sun.
Paula Guillet de Monthoux, the Secretary General of Childhood, said she was thrilled with the work of the organisation has achieved over the last 20 years. "It is amazing to see what impression our organisation has made in two decades, and how the issue of sexual abuse against children has gone from being a taboo to something we are talking about openly – and jointly wanting to solve," she said.
Madeleine is the youngest of King Gustaf and Queen Silivia's three children with Crown Princess Victoria next in line for the throne, followed by her two children, then Prince Carl Philip and his children. However, according to Swedish rule, you remain in line for the throne if you've attended school in the country from the age of six, which leaves two years for Leonore to potentially move home and retain her royal rights. The couple previously said they are more focused on achieving the best education and providing a happy home.
"The answer is that we do not know, and therefore we take all steps to prepare them for what we could call a normal life. A good education, for starters," O'Neill recently told Swedish magazine King. "We are in the queue for schools in London, which we need to do four years in advance, but we take a year at a time."