Princess Sofia of Sweden visits the charity that she co-founded in South Africa before she became royal
Princess Sofia of Sweden has shared a series of photos from her recent trip to South Africa, where she visited a charity that she co-founded and supports vulnerable children.
The mother of two, 35, traveled to Cape Town to meet her Project Playground colleagues, an attempt she started in 2010 with her friend, co-model Frida Vesterberg, when she was then known as Sofia Hellqvist.
The non-profit organization supports young people in need at different stages of their lives in the country.
Sofia co-founded the charity prior to her 2015 marriage to Prince Carl Philip, 40, who is in fourth place on the throne, meaning her annual visit to the project is in private.
Princess Sofia of Sweden has shared a series of photos from her recent trip to South Africa, where she visited a charity that she co-founded and supports vulnerable children
The mother of two, 35, traveled to Cape Town to meet her colleagues from Project Playground
Before their marriage, Prince Philip would have encouraged Sofia to pursue more charitable work that would help in her future royal life.
Sofia studied global ethics at the university – especially children’s rights – and she and Frida wanted to promote an organization that “really makes a difference and that takes into account all aspects of a child’s life, not just early childhood or adolescence.
The princess stepped back as director after joining the royal family and is now honorary chairman of the organization.
Project Playground has expanded its expertise and work to different areas in Sweden since the refugee crisis in 2015.
Before their marriage, Prince Philip would have encouraged Sofia to continue more charity work that would help in her future royal life
The princess shared six images on the Instagram page Prinsparet of the royal couple, including this photo of her who spoke to a local young football team
The organization saw strong similarities between refugee children and its target groups in South Africa.
Yesterday, the princess shared six images of her journey to the royal couple’s Instagram page Prince Paret, write: “Have a productive and wonderful time with my colleagues at @projplayground in South Africa.”
She added that she and Frida had the opportunity to meet Prime Minister Alan Winde of the Western Cape to discuss the work of Project Playground.
Winde seemed to be impressed by the two women and their work by tweeting: “I look forward to further involvement in the expansion of Project Playground, because it plays a fundamental role in keeping our children safe and also a meaningful social and offers personal development to responsible adults who contribute to the well-being of society. “
Sofia founded the charity in 2010 prior to her 2015 marriage to Prince Carl Philip, 40, with her friend Frida Vesterberg (pictured together)
Sofia and Frida had the opportunity to meet Prime Minister Alan Winde of the Western Cape (photo) to discuss the work of Project Playground
It is unknown whether Sofia’s husband and two young children – Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel – are traveling with her.
The royal couple are now back home and resume their royal engagement on March 3 with a board meeting for their foundation.
Princess Sofia and Prince Carl do a lot to help young victims of bullying and in 2019 published a manual for parents about internet security and tackling cyber bullying.
The princess has previously spoken about the ‘hate storm’ of online bullying she encountered after news about her relationship with the prince.
Earlier this month, Princess Sofia and her husband joined the rest of the Swedish royal family when they met in Stockholm to pay their respects to one of the king’s cousins, Dagmar von Arbin.
Prince Carl Philip (40) and his wife Princess Sofia (35) accompanied mourners at the funeral service for one of the king’s cousins Dagmar von Arbin, earlier this month in Stockholm
Dagmar, granddaughter of Prince Oscar of Bernadotte, was the oldest member of the Swedish royal family when she died shortly before Christmas at the age of 103.
The mourners in the Oscars Church were headed by King Carl Gustaf, 73, and Queen Silvia, 76, who looked solemn while expressing their respect.
They were closely followed by the eldest daughter and heir to the throne Crown Princess Victoria, 42, who walked arm in arm with her husband Prince Daniel, 46, when they paid their last respect to the deceased Countess.
Dagmar, who was born Bernadotte af Wisborg, had the title of oldest member of the Swedish royal family before she died.
Dagmar was the granddaughter of Prince Oscar Bernadotte, the younger brother of King Gustaf V.
Who is who in the Swedish royal family?
King Carl XVI Gustaf (born in 1946) and Queen Silvia (born in 1943) are the head of the Swedish royal family, also known as the home of Bernadotte.
Crown Princess Victoria, duchess of Västergötland (born in 1977), is their oldest daughter and heir to the throne. She is married to Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland, and they have Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland, born 2012, and Prince Oscar, Duke of Skåne, born 2016.
Their eldest son is Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland (born 1979). He is married to Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland, and they have Prince Alexander, Duke of Södermanland, born 2016, and Prince Gabriel, born in 2017.
Their youngest daughter is Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, born 1982, who is married to Christopher O’Neill. They have Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland, and Prince Nicolas, Duke of Ångermanland, born 2015, and Princess Adrienne, born in 2018. The couple recently exchanged London for Florida.
Princess Birgitta is also a member of the Royal Family. She is the king’s second sister and the widow of Prince Johann Georg van Hohenzollern.
Princess Margaret, Mrs Ambler, the king’s first sister, and his third sister, Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld, who is married to Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld, and Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson, who is the King’s fourth sister and married with consul general Tord Magnuson, is also a member of the royal family.
The aunts of the king, Marianne Bernadotte, Countess of Wisborg and Gunnila Bernadotte, Countess of Wisborg, are also mentioned.