On 15 February, International Childhood Cancer Day, The Queen presented a performance of We Are One, a new song to support children with cancer.
During the ceremony at the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation's secretariat in Stockholm, The Queen gave a speech in which she said: "As many as 900,000 children from all over the world have participated in the campaign and created something unique in order to give courage, hope and faith. Together, they raise their voices in order to make adults listen. They are offering us an opportunity to understand their reality and the difficulties many of them are facing. But they also remind us that we, as adults, have the capacity to make a change in the area of childhood cancer. As patron of the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation I am honoured to present the first ever performance of We Are One."
You can read the speech in full here.
The Queen handed over the conductor's baton to choirmaster Fredrik Winberg, after which pupils from Adolf Fredrik's Music School performed We Are One for the very first time.
During the first two months of the year, the Child4Child campaign has invited children all over the world to sing along with We Are One, a song written by Christophe Beck.
The body behind Child4Child is Childhood Cancer International (CCI), an umbrella organisation for 180 children's cancer organisations in 90 countries.
The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation, a member of CCI, has been involved in the campaign and hosted the launch of We Are One. This was the first time the song had been performed in its entirety in public, and the accompanying video – directed by Johan Söderberg – was also premièred.