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.