On Monday 7 April, The Queen received the Der Friedenstein prize in recognition of her work with the World Childhood Foundation. The prize was presented during a ceremony at Friedenstein Castle in Gotha, Germany.
In her speech of thanks, The Queen spoke of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as the most important tool in the work to help the many children in the world who are mistreated. The Queen also spoke about the work of the World Childhood Foundation and mentioned the Global Child Forum, which was due to take place on Friday when 300 people would come to the Royal Palace of Stockholm to discuss children's rights.
The Queen is the founder and Honorary Chair of the World Childhood Foundation. The work of the World Childhood Foundation is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and is religiously and politically independent. The foundation has offices in Sweden, Brazil, Germany and the USA, and supports around 100 projects in 17 different countries.
The Der Friedenstein prize has been presented since 1997 by the Gotha Cultural Foundation. The prize recognises individuals who work for peace and humanity. The prize is awarded at a ceremony in Gotha, in the German state of Thuringia.