"I think that everyone can contribute in their own way and do something," she said

By Diana Pearl
Updated September 08, 2015 02:45 PM
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Not even three full months after her June wedding to Prince Carl Philip, Sweden’s Princess Sofia is getting to work – and for the first time, she’s stepping out on her own.

The new royal, 30, traveled to South Africa for a solo royal visit, where she gave a speech in support of children’s rights at the Global Child Forum, an organization founded by her in-laws, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia, in Pretoria. It was her first speech abroad in an official capacity as a princess.

In the speech, which she gave in English, she discussed the Syrian refugee crisis that’s currently unfolding in Europe – and how anyone can help.

“I think that everyone can contribute in their own way and do something,” she said. “I have a great belief that every individual can make a difference and help a fellow human being.”

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She went on to discuss concluded by urging audience members to think about how they can better the lives of children.

“What action can you do as a professional and as individual person to make a positive impact on a child’s life?” she said. “As long as children suffer, we have work to do.”

The visit to South Africa and the Global Child Forum is an especially meaningful one for Princess Sofia. In 2010, she co-founded the non-profit organization Project Playground, which aims to provide children living in and around Cape Town, South Africa with support, recreational activities, programs, and other tools for healthy living.

She resigned her position as Secretary General earlier this year before her wedding, but the cause is clearly still close to her heart: She now works with the organization as an Honorary Chairperson.

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