Thursday, 23 January 2014

The fairytale king

Fairytales are usually made up of princesses and queens and fairy godmothers.  But King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has just played fairy godfather to an Afghan teenager.  Samir, who is fourteen, has lived in Sweden for two years after a lifetime spent travelling through many different nations with his family.  And Samir is also facing challenging complications after suffering an accident.  He had a big wish - to meet the king of Sweden.  And now his dream has come true.

Making a wish come true - King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden with fourteen year old Samir who dreamed of being able to say hello in person to the monarch

Samir's wish was granted thanks to My Big Day which helps children across Sweden who face life threatening or life changing conditions to fulfil a dream to help them through difficult time.  Its patron is Princess Madeleine.  And while the king's youngest daughter is in New York preparing to give birth to her first child, her dad was in the fairytale palace where the fairytale princess grew up providing a fairytale ending for a young man whose life has challenged him in many ways.

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