She is the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. She has two older siblings, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip.
She was baptised on 31 August 1982 at the Palace Church and was given the names Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine.
She is the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. She has two older siblings, Crown Princess Victoria, born 14 July 1977 and Prince Carl Philip, born 13 May 1979.
In accordance with the 1979 Act of Succession, which entered into force on 1 January 1980, Princess Madeleine is third in the line of succession, following Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip.
In 1998, Princess Madeleine began her senior level studies at Enskilda Gymnasiet, following a social science programme. She graduated from upper secondary school in the spring of 2001.
Language and Law
Architecture and Design
Since spring 2003, Princess Madeleine has been studying at the University of Stockholm. She has completed courses in Art History, Ethnology and History. One of her main course essays focused on Queen Victoria of Sweden (1862-1930) and the establishment of Solliden Palace on the island of Öland.
In January 2006 she completed her degree at the University. Later in 2006 she returned to the University of Stockholm to pursue postgraduate studies in Organisation and Leadership, in order to deepen her knowledge of international humanitarian work.
The second stage of the Princess's long-term educational programme began in January 2006 with work experience at the headquarters of UNICEF in New York.
While there she worked with and learned more about issues relating to humanitarian work, which she had prepared for by studying Ethnology and Modern History.
The Princess focused on areas of work including children in institutional care; children in areas of conflict and vulnerability; and sexually exploited children.
In the autumn of 2006 The Princess began work at the headquarters of the World Childhood Foundation in Stockholm. She is continuing her Master's degree in Organisation and Leadership alongside this work.
She went on a one-day field trip to her duchy in September 2005, visiting the Hälsingland Museum and presenting the "Golden Rider" prize in Hudiksvall.
In the same month she also presented "Her Majesty The Queen's Prize" at the Taby Racecourse.
Official Duties in 2006
She has also participated in the follow-up stage of projects in the Bronx in New York, including a project offering educational programmes for young mothers who have been sexually abused and a project on trafficking.
The Princess's work with Childhood in autumn 2006 includes some project follow-up overseas, including visits to projects in Ukraine and St Petersburg.
Princess Madeleine, along with other members of the Royal Family, participates in the celebration of Sweden's National Day, The King and The Queen's birthdays, the festivities surrounding the Nobel Prize Ceremony, and other official events and state visits.
Due to the fact that she is studying full-time at the University of Stockholm, The Princess is limited as to the number of other official duties in which she can participate.
Interest in Art
Europa Nostra Award
Since June 2005, The Princess has been patron of Europa Nostra in Sweden. Europa Nostra is a pan-European federation whose purpose is to preserve European cultural heritage.
In autumn 2005, The Princess took part in a seminar on historical buildings in Gävle and visited the “Folk Art" exhibition at the Hälsingland Museum in Hudiksvall.
Min Stora Dag
Commitment to Social Issues
Since childhood, one of Princess Madeleine's main interests has been horses and riding.
At the time of the declaration of Princess Madeleine's majority she was presented with a scholarship fund by the Gävleborg province, which is made up of both the duchies of Gästrikland and Hälsingland.
The purpose of the fund is to support and encourage young people involved in horse riding. In 2001, Princess Madeleine gave out two awards for the first time - the award for "Pony Rider of the Year", for riders (and their trainers) in Gävleborg County, and the “Gold Rider" award.
The Princess is also very interested in art, culture, dance and theatre as well as social issues.
Like her sister, Princess Madeleine loves spending time in nature. Long walks and skiing are among the Princess's favourite outdoor activities.