The Queen and Princess Madeleine speak at the ThankYou Gala

The Queen, founder of the World Childhood Foundation, gave a speech during this year's digital ThankYou Gala.

The Queen, founder of the World Childhood Foundation, gave a speech during this year's digital ThankYou Gala. Photo: Victor Ericsson/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Thursday 19 November, The Queen and Princess Madeleine spoke at Childhood USA's digital ThankYou Gala.

The digital gala was held in support of the World Childhood Foundation USA's work to prevent violence and sexual assaults against children. Childhood's vision is that every child has a right to a childhood free from sexual assault, exploitation and all forms of violence.

This year's digital gala was opened by The Queen, who welcomed the guests. In her speech, The Queen then said:

"COVID-19 has dramatically changed our lives. But also our understandings: In the beginning, many people believed that COVID was not dangerous to children.

"Unfortunately, we have learned that it is dangerous to children, but in a different sense. Isolation at home and spending more time online has significantly increased their vulnerability to sexual abuse and exploitation, both in their homes and online."

The Childhood ThankYou Award

The 2020 Childhood ThankYou Award was then presented to Jennifer Fox for her film The Tale, which highlights the global problems of sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

Support for children

During the evening, celebrities including Russell Crowe, Bryan Cranston, Forest Whitaker, Julia Stiles and Romero Britto showed their support for Childhood's work via video messages.

The Swedish artists Zara Larsson and Seinabo Sey also performed during the gala.

Princess Madeleine brought the gala to a close, emphasising the importance of Childhood's work in her speech by quoting The Queen's words: "Our work is more important now than ever before".

Find out more about the World Childhood Foundation and the World Childhood Foundation USA.external link, opens in new window