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'Give Princess Leonore gifts to charity': Palace

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Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden. Photo: Kungahuset
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Sweden's Princess Madeleine has thanked all well-wishers after the birth of her daughter Leonore, asking that any gifts be made to the charities for which she works.
We are delighted to have received so many messages of congratulations in connection with the birth of Princess Leonore, and would like to extend our sincere thanks to each and every one of you," Madeleine and her American husband Chris O'Neill said in a statement on Tuesday. 
 
"We would be extremely grateful if all those who have contacted us regarding gifts to mark The Princess' birth would consider making a donation to the World Childhood Foundation or the My Big Day Foundation In this way, many people will benefit from your generosity. "
 
Madeleine's mother, Queen Silvia, founded the World Childhood Foundation in 1999 after meeting a young girl who spoke out about being sexually abused. The foundation has since allocated $80 million to almost 600 different projects. 
 
Sweden's Queen Silvia in a promotional shot for the World Childhood Foundation.
Sweden's Queen Silvia in a promotional shot for the World Childhood Foundation
 
Madeleine, the youngest of the Swedish king's and queen's children, has worked for the foundation since 2006. Her move to its New York offices followed the much-scrutinized breakdown of her engagement to be married to Jonas Bergström in 2010.
 
 
Sweden's Princess Madeleine working for the World Childhood Foundation.

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Sweden's Princess Madeleine (C) working for the World Childhood Foundation
 
The second charity mentioned in Tuesday's press release aims to make sick children's wishes come true . Madeleine is the patron of My Big Day, which has done everything from decorating a "jungle room" for an ill six-year-old girls, to helping a teenager travel to London to go to a musical. They also host group activities. 
 
Princess Leonore Lilian Maria was born at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center on Thursday, February 20th at 10.41pm local time.

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