14 July 2013 - 08:00
The Countess of Wessex: The Monarchy’s Rising Star


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HRH Sophie Countess of Wessex Chats with Soldiers of 5 RiflesShe has long been a favourite of The Queen, but not until recently has the world begun to take notice of The Countess of Wessex. Born Sophie Rhys-Jones, the future Countess enjoyed a fairly ordinary childhood. Along with her older brother David, the Countess was raised in Kent. She attended Dulwich College Preparatory School before moving on to Kent College School for Girls. She completed her education at West Kent College. After completing school, the Countess went on to found RJH public relations. She met her prince at a tennis event in 1993 and they married six years later. In 2003, her daughter, Lady Louise Windsor was born, followed by a younger brother James, Viscount Severn in 2007. She is a full-time Royal and is a patron of organisations such as The Girl Guides, The Central School of Ballet, England Hockey, The National Autistic Society and Wessex Youth Trust. She has seven honorary military appointments as well as a Dame Grand Cross of the Victorian Order. The Countess’s interests are horses, walking, military history and spending time with her children.

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Perhaps Queen Elizabeth has taken a shine to the wife of her youngest son because she will one day become the Duchess of Edinburgh, a title once held by the Queen herself. Or maybe it is the fact that out of her four children, the marriage between Sophie and Edward is the only one that has withstood the test of time.

On every single tiara, there is a support behind each gem. With her family solidly behind her, Sophie can shine like a gem.



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  • Bella

    Sophie is pretty awesome. Though Prince Philip will always be my favourite royal, Sophie is up there and does a great job and dresses really well. What are her honorary military appointments?

  • Eric Jackson

    i think that they will become the work horses like the duke and duchess of kent used to be, and like pricess alexandra and the other royals i met princess alexandra in bermuda several years ago

  • Daisy Duck

    14 years – that’s a long time to be a rising star. Must mean she has made more than 10 engagements in the last year. Good on you Sophie. You were born to work.

    BTW, where did the uniform come from? Has she joined the armed forces?

  • LBJC

    She’s the smartest of all former commoners. Had a successful career and didn’t wait on anyone.


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