Official biography from the Royal Court's website
Madeleine, Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, was born on June 10, 1982.
She was baptised on August 31, 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 July 14, 1977 and Prince Carl Philip, born May 13, 1979.
In accordance with the 1979 Act of Succession, which entered into force on January 1, 1980, Princess Madeleine is third in the line of succession, following Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip.
Princess Madeleine attended the Västerled parish preschool in 1985. She then continued her junior level at Smedslättsskolan in Bromma. In the autumn 1989 she continued on to intermediate level at Carlssons School in Stockholm.
In the autumn 1998, Princess Madeleine started studying at Enskilda Gymnasiet for senior level, following a social science programme. She matriculated in the spring of 2001.
Language and Law
Princess Madeleine spent time in the United Kingdom in the autumn of 2001 for English language studies. During the spring 2002, she attended a course in law, took a course in computer science and received ECDL certification (European Computer Driving Licence).
Architecture and Design
In the autumn 2003, Princess Madeleine attended a work experience/trainee program focusing on architecture and design. The purpose of the program was to provide concrete, practical knowledge in architecture and furniture design as well as modern and contemporary art.
Since the spring 2003, Princess Madeleine has studied at the University of Stockholm. She has completed courses in art history, ethnology and history. One of her main course essays focused on Drottning Victoria (1862-1930) and the establishment of Solliden Palace on the island of Öland. In January 2006 she will complete her studies at the University and go to New York for a trainee program at the UNICEF
In August 2005, Princess Madeleine presented the "Min Stora Dag" (My Big Day) volunteer prizes at the foundation's five-year anniversary.
She went on a full day field trip in September to her duchy with visits to the Hälsingland Museum and presented the "Gold Rider" prize in Hudiksvall.
In September she also presented the Her Majesty The Queen's Prize at the Taby Racecourse.
Picture by Pressens Bild via the Royal Court
Princess Madeleine, with other members of the Royal Family, takes part in the celebration of Sweden´s National Day, The King and The Queen´s birthdays, the Nobel festivities, other official representation and state visits.
Due to the fact that she is studying full time at the University of Stockholm, The Princess is limited to the number of other official duties in which she can partake.
Interest in Art
In the autumn 2003, The Princess presented a major design prize at Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, amongst others. In the spring 2004, she inaugurated the “Treasure from Rumania " exhibition at the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities.
Europa Nostra Award
During autumn 2004, The Princess made her second official visit to her duchy, this time to Hälsingland. She visited a number of farms of culture historic interest and presented the European cultural heritage prize Europa Nostra to one of them.
Since June 2005, The Princess has been patron of Europa Nostra in Sweden. Europa Nostra is a European organisation whose purpose is to preserve European culture heritage.
In the autumn 2005, The Princess took part in a historical building seminar in Gävle and visited the “Folk Art" exhibition at the HälsinglandsMuseum in Hudiksvall.
Min Stora Dag
One of Princess Madeleine's primary engagements is in the foundation Min Stora Dag, which in English means My Big Day. The foundation works to make sure that the wishes of children in long-term hospital care come true. In her role as Patron of the foundation, she visited Huddinge Hospital, Uppsala University Hospital and the Linköping University Hospital.
The Princess is also interested in social issues. On several occasions she has visited the Clare Parish in Stockholm, which works with the homeless and underprivileged.
Since childhood, Princess Madeleine's great interest has been horses and riding.
In conjunction with the declaration of Princess Madeleine's majority, she was presented 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 support and encourage youth involved in horse riding. “Pony Rider of the Year with trainer in Gävleborgs province" and “Gold Rider" are both awards that were distributed for the first time in 2001 by Princess Madeleine.
The Princess is also very interested in art, culture, dance and theatre as well as social issues.
Like her sister she likes spending time outdoors in nature. She enjoys long walks and skiing.