HM The Queen of Sweden
Queen Silvia was born in Heidelberg, Germany, on December 23rd 1943.
She is the daughter of the late Walther Sommerlath and his Brazilian wife, Alice, née de Toledo.
Queen Silvia works actively on behalf of the disabled.
She is chairman of the Royal Wedding Fund, which supports research into sports and athletics for disabled youngsters, and of the Queen Silvia's Jubilee Fund for research on children and disabilities.
"To lose hope, particularly when you are young and have your life ahead of you, is a terrible destiny. Yet, we allow hundreds of millions of children around the world to grow up deprived of that most fundamental of human rights - the right to hope.
The common desire of our group is to defend this right. The Mentor Foundation hopes to provide the necessary bridging mechanism, by identifying and connecting individual initiatives, programmes and research centres into one single network."