Princess Madeleine takes a quick break from her maternity leave

Princess Madeleine of Sweden has been enjoying her maternity leave since welcoming son Prince Nicolas in June. Only a select few meaningful causes have been able to take her attention away from her infant son and 22-month-old daughter, Princess Leonore.

On Thursday, the princess will take a break from her maternity leave to highlight a cause that holds a special place in her heart.

Madeleine, 33, will travel from her home in London back to Sweden, to attend the Global Child Forum at the palace in Stockholm.


Princess Madeleine and her husband, Chris O'Neill, who live in London, welcomed their son in June.

The princess moved to London in August with her husband, Chris O'Neill, and their two children. It is thought that Madeleine will return to her Sweden with Nicolas, while Chris and little Leonore will remain in the English capital.

The forum, which brings together 400 leaders from the world of government, business and civil society, is held each year to champion a better future for all children. The day will involve speeches, networking sessions, a luncheon and workshops, and this year's theme is Children’s Rights within the Corporate Sustainability Agenda.

Princess Sofia will attend the Global Child Forum with Madeleine.

Madeleine's parents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, will attend alongside their daughter and their pregnant daughter-in-law, Princess Sofia, who married their son, Prince Carl Philip, in June. The forum was launched by the king and queen in 2009.

On Wednesday, the royal family will host a gala dinner at the palace. It is not yet known whether Crown Princess Victoria, who is five months pregnant with her second child, will attend.

Baby Nicolas will most likely accompany his mother to Stockholm.

Madeleine hasn't returned to royal duties following the birth of her second baby this year. Travelling between London and Stockholm will most likely become a regular occurrence though, as she continues to support causes related to child welfare.

The princess has also been promoting the Eyes Wide Open campaign by charity Childhood on Facebook, which aims to protect children from sex abuse.

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