The Queen of Sweden visits the U.S.
HRH Queen Sylvia was in the U.S. September 21-25, participating in meetings and special events with Mentor International and World Childhood Foundation in Washington, DC and visiting the UN in New York. She met students from Cesar Chavez School in Washington, which works with the Mentor program to give youth a future without violence and drugs. While she was in DC, the Queen enjoyed a personal tour of the Ingrid Bergman exhibition at the House of Sweden and was present at the opening of the general debate of the UN General Assembly in New York. "The United Nations Special Event on Children's Wellbeing and the Sustainable Development Goals" was hosted by the World Childhood Foundation and Mentor International, with Queen Sylvia presenting a powerful speech and awards of thanks to individuals and groups that have worked toward protecting children’s rights. Mentor is a leading organization in drug prevention. Since the queen founded the foundation in 1994 with the World Health Organization (WHO), Mentor has reached over 2.5 million youth. It is also in the Middle East, South America, UK, Germany and the Baltics, and has completed projects in 70 countries through various field organizations. World Childhood Foundation was founded in 1999 and works to everyone's right to a childhood. Work is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and is religiously and politically independent. Childhood has offices in Sweden, Brazil, Germany and the US and supports approximately 100 projects in 16 countries.

Dolphins in unfamiliar territory
Residents along Sweden's southeast coast were treated to a special sight on September 22 when two dolphins were spotted in the Baltic Sea. They appeared off a dock 35 kilometers north of Kalmar, where kayaker Kerstin Möller paddled right next to them. Dolphin sightings are a rare occurrence for Sweden's Baltic coast though not entirely unheard of. Earlier this month, two bottlenose dolphins were spotted near the port city of Norrtälje, which is unusually far north. The Baltic is a rare place for dolphins because its cold, brackish water tends to makes their skin shrink. Marine biologist Tom Arnbom believes the dolphins followed a school of mackerel along Sweden's east coast. He fears the dolphins may die if they haven't made their way back south again before the sea starts to ice over.

The royal newlyweds won't be homeless
Prince Carl Philip and his bride Princess Sofia were to live in the Djurgården estate bequeathed to Carl Philip by his uncle Prince Bertil. Earlier this spring as they were updating Villa Solbacken, last lived in by his aunt Princess Lillian until she died in 2013, it was discovered that extensive renovation was needed; it would not be ready for occupancy in a long time. So the newlyweds needed another plan. They will move into Drottningens Paviljong, the Queen's Pavilion on Djurgården, so called since it was first used by Queen Desideria (queen between 1818-1844) and later Queen Sofia, spouse of Oscar II with a tenure from 1872-1907. The villa is a few kilometers from Villa Solbacken and part of Rosendals Palace. The interim villa is quite large and luxurious, largely preferred by Queen Sofia of Sweden and Norway when she spent time at Rosendals Palace (built in the 1820s for King Karl XIV Johan, the first Bernadotte). Besides Villa Solbacken, Carl Philip has an apartment in Trosa and a farm in Ökenäs. He also owns a home in Värmland which he received upon his baptism.