Princess Madeline opened the ‘Room For Children’ at the Southbank Centre’s “Imagine” Children’s Festival at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday, 14 February.
The Room for Children is a library filled with books in English and from Nordic countries, aimed to inspire children up to 10 years old to read and discover.
The Library is different from others, according to Princess Madeleine, as it is designed from a child’s perspective. Books are categorised by themes, such as animals or characters, rather than the authors’ names or using the Dewey Decimal System.
Princess Madeleine also read to a dozen English schoolchildren during her visit.
The Princess added that she tries to sit down and read to her two children, Princess Leonore, aged 2, and Prince Nicolas, aged 1.
She said Princess Leonore previously didn’t have the patience but she wants more books, including Pippi.
On the other hand, Prince Nicolas loves books, and will probably become a real bookworm as he grows older.
Princess Madeline moved to London with her husband Chris O’Neill a couple of years ago.
Prinsessan Madeleine vid morgonens invigning av Room for Children på Southbank Centre i London. Room for Children utgår från den pedagogiska modell som utvecklats av Rum för Barn på Kulturhuset/Stadsteatern i Stockholm. Princess Madeleine at today’s opening of Room for Children at Southbank Centre, London. Room for Children is built around the concept Rum för barn developed by Kulturhuset/Stadsteatern in Stockholm. #prinsessanmadeleine #kungahuset #roomforchildren #rumförbarn #southbankcentre
According to one report, Princess Madeleine says she has started writing a children’s book, whilst she is based in London. Princess Madeleine also works for her children’s charity, Eyes Wide Open, and busy raising her two children.
However, she isn’t the first member of the Swedish Royal Family to write a book.
Her great-uncle, Prince Bertil collaborated with authors Lars Ekegren, Bo Bengtson, Uno Grönkvist to write his biography, Prins Bertil Berättar (Prince Bertil Says), which was published in 1983.
King Carl XVI Gustaf’s older sister, Princess Christina Mrs Magnuson, co-wrote a book, Days at Drottningholm, with journalist Carl Otto Werkelid and photographer Ralf Turander in 2016, which is available in Swedish and English.