According to reports, the Queen leant on Sophie when she lost Prince Phillip, her husband of 70 years, in April this year. Sophie has said previously that she hopes her children, who do not use HRH titles, will go to university.
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, GCVO CD DStJ (born Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones; 20 January 1965) is a member of the British royal family.She is married to Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Sophie, countess of Wessex, British consort (1999– ) of Prince Edward, the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, duke of Edinburgh. She cofounded (1996) a public relations firm, where she continued to work until a few years after her wedding. Learn more about Sophie’s life and career.
- About The Countess of Wessex
- Young People and Children
- Avoidable Blindness
- London College of Fashion
- Military Appointments
A full-time working member of the Royal Family, The Countess of Wessex splits her time between her work in support of The Queen and visits to a large number of her own charities and organisations. She has a wide range of interests which include supporting people with disabilities, the prevention of blindness in developing countries, agriculture and fashion. Much of the day-to-day working life of The Countess of Wessex is taken up with her roles as Patron of over 70 charities and organisations. Each year, Her Royal Highness undertakes hundreds of visits to schools, universities, military bases and charity headquarters in order to learn more about their work, and to highlight it to the wider world.
The Countess of Wessex has a strong personal interest in the provisions for people with disabilities and embracing opportunities for young people, championing both local initiatives such as Disability Initiative in Surrey as well as national charities such as the NSPCC. The Earl and Countess of Wessex established their foundation The Wessex Youth Trust in 1999 with a focus to help, support and advance registered charities which provide opportunities specifically for children and young people. In 2019, the Wessex Youth Trust was renamed The Earl and Countess of Wessex Trust. Having met the charity’s original objective – supporting and advancing organisations which provide opportunities for children and young people - the Trust will now broaden its charitable endeavours beyond youth focused initiatives and will focus on developing strong relationships with a selected group of charities. The Earl and Countess of Wessex founded The Wessex Youth Trust Shortly before their marriage in 199...
In recent years, The Countess of Wessex has become involved in the world of agriculture and held the position of Show President of the Royal Bath and West Show in 2010 before becoming Vice Patron in 2011. Her Royal Highness is also Patron of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO) and has been Patron of The Border Union Agricultural Society for its bicentennial year 2013. The Countess also works to support the ‘Campaign for Wool’ which was set up by The Prince of Wales and aims to promote the use of British wool.
The Countess is passionate about eradicating avoidable blindness and, as Patron of Vision 2020: The Right to Sight and Global Ambassador for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, has seen first-hand the difference organisations with the right knowledge, experience and funding can make on a global scale. The Countess has been a Global Ambassador for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) since 2003. In 2013, this role took Her Royal Highness to the Orbis flying hospital programme in India and Qatar where she saw first-hand the many global issues around preventable blindness. Following The Countess' visit to India and Qatar, Her Royal Highness wrote an article for The Telegraph to coincide with World Sight Day. In India, Bangladesh and Nepal the sight-saving organisations are focusing on Childhood blindness. In Sudan, Pakistan and Egypt the organisations are focusing on the Trachoma Elimination Programme. Her Royal Highness has drawn much a...
In 2013 The Countess became the first ever Patron of London College of Fashion, part of the University of the Arts London. Throughout the patronage The Countess will continue to champion the College's commitment to 'Better Lives' where fashion is used to drive change, build a sustainable future and improve wellbeing. One of the key areas of work within 'Better Lives' is the 'Fashion Education in Prison Project' – through which LCF works in partnership with HM Prison Service on projects working towards the rehabilitation of women offenders. The aim is to equip women with skills they can further develop during their time in prison and then use, upon release, to aid employment or education opportunities. The first of these is at HMP Holloway, which was visited by Her Royal Highness in June 2014.
In 2007, The Countess became Royal Colonel of 5th Battalion The Rifles following the reorganisation of the Infantry. Her Royal Highness regularly visits the Battalion at their base in Germany and has visited them on several occasions while on operational duties, including in Afghanistan in December 2011. The Countess of Wessex is also Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps of Army Music and of Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps and meets service personnel and their families whenever possible. In 2015, Her Royal Highness invited medical staff from the QARANC to Buckingham Palace to thank them for their work in response to the Ebola epidemic. In 2006 Her Royal Highness was appointed Sponsor of HMS Daring and, in 2008, Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Wittering. The Countess holds two military positions in Canada: Colonel in-Chief of The South Alberta Light Horse and Colonel-in-Chief of the Lincoln and Well and Regiment.
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex Is All Smiles at Golf Outing in Scotland. Prince Edward and Sophie are in Scotland at the same time as Prince William and Queen Elizabeth, who is visiting for the first ...
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- James, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor
- January 20, 1965
- Mary Rhys-Jones
- Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
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- Sophie was born Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones in January of 1965 in Oxford. She is the second child of Christopher Bournes Rhys-Jones, a retired salesman, and the late Mary Rhys-Jones, who was a secretary.
- She and Prince Edward were married at Windsor Castle in 1999. Sophie and Edward on their wedding day. In terms of royal weddings, it was a rather intimate affair.
- She is known as the Countess of Wessex. Sophie and Edward at the wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist in Sweden. On their wedding day, the Queen conferred the titles of the Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn upon Prince Edward, and so Sophie became known as Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex.
- They have two children together. Here’s the whole family at Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May. Their daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, is 15 and their son, James, Viscount Severn, is 11.
Jul 18, 2021 · Last modified on Jul 19, 2021 10:40 BST Fiona Ward The Countess of Wessex looked beautiful in a statement summer dress as she stepped out at the British Grand Prix with her husband Prince Edward.