Sophie Wessex gets Queen’s backing after Countess stuns at latest engagement


THE QUEEN has shown appreciation for Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s royal work in a recent social media post.

The official Twitter account for the Royal Family praised the work of Sophie Wessex on Wednesday evening. In a post published by the Royal Family, they relayed how “as Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Corps of Army Music, The Countess of Wessex today visited the Royal College of Military Music in Hampshire to open the new Higher Training Wing.

“HRH raised a flag to mark the opening of the new building, and met student Bandmasters.”

Sophie, 56, is the wife of the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, 57.

She has been widely hailed as a royal favourite, and the pair last week launched the Queen’s Baton Relay, ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The Wessexes have stepped into the void left by the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from senior royal duties, and are increasingly seen as key working members of the monarchy.

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The Queen has shown appreciation for Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s royal work (Image: Getty)

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The official Twitter account for the Royal Family praised the work of Sophie Wessex on Wednesday (Image: Twitter/ The Royal Family)

In the wake of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April 2021, the Earl and Countess of Wessex were among the very first visitors to the bereaved Queen.

Often using her royal platform where she can, Sophie had said in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine in 2020 that it “took a while” for her to adjust to what she could do as a working member of the royal family.

She married Prince Edward in 1999 after a successful career in public relations.

With her royal title, however, came a change of lifestyle.

Queen and Countess of Wessex

The Earl and Countess of Wessex were among the very first visitors to the bereaved Queen (Image: Getty)

She recounted: “The frustration was I had to reduce my expectations of what I could actually do.

“I couldn’t turn up at a charity and go, right, I think you should be doing this, because that’s what I was used to doing in my working life.

“I had to take a really big step back and go, OK, they want you to be the icing on the cake.

“The person to come in to thank their volunteers and funders, not necessarily to tell them how to run their communications plan.”

Sophie Countess of Wessex

The Countess of Wessex has thrown her weight behind efforts to raise menopause awareness (Image: Getty)

Most recently, the Countess of Wessex has thrown her weight behind efforts to raise awareness about how menopause can impact women in the workplace.

She branded the knock-on effects on various aspects of women’s lives “tragic”, encouraging women over 40 years old not to “slope into the shadows” but to see themselves as “fabulous.”

She encouraged employers to take a similar attitude, relating her own personal experiences of menopause.

She detailed that it would often lead her to lose her train of thought when speaking in front of an audience.

She addressed her virtual crowd: “We are fabulous in our 40s and we are even more fabulous in our 50s, 60s and 70s and we need to celebrate that and keep opportunities going for women.

“Together we can support the thousands of women out there who form the backbone of our workforce.

“We cannot let anyone leave the workplace feeling that they have got to slope off into the shadows. We have to be able to change that.”

The Countess is a patron of the charity Wellbeing of Women, which focuses on research and advocacy to improve the lives of women and girls.


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