4 July 2013 - 14:13
Sophie, Countess of Wessex praised as she receives warm welcome from London school


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Sophie, Countess of Wessex was given a royal welcome by children at a special school in Haringey, North London, on Tuesday.

Sophie was presented with flowers by excited students.

Sophie was presented with flowers by excited students.

The wife of Prince Edward, was visiting The Vale School in Trulock Road, in the London Borough of Haringey.

Sophie was greeted by the children who had been excited for the Countess’ arrival. During her visit, the royal was given a tour of the school and chatted to the children who attend the London school. The mother-of-two was also treated to a performance by the school’s band.

Sophie has championed children's charities during her time as member of the Royal Family.

Sophie has championed children’s charities during her time as member of the Royal Family.

The Vale School aims to support young people with physical disabilities and special education needs.

The children had been preparing for their royal guest, and Sophie was gifted with a posy of flowers, that has been grown in the school’s garden.

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Sarah McLay, headteacher of The Vale School praised Sophie for her visit and admired her efforts to speak to every child.

The school's headteacher praised the Countess' compassion.

The school’s headteacher praised the Countess’ compassion.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Her Royal Highness and esteemed guests to our school,” Sarah said. “The Countess spoke to every student which made them feel very special.”

The Mayor of Haringey, Councillor Sheila Peacock, who attended the visit, also praised the royal’s visit “It was a really lovely occasion – all of the young people involved were absolutely buzzing and had been excited for days.”

Sophie, who last month celebrated her 14th wedding anniversary to Prince Edward, has championed children’s charities since becoming a working member of the Royal Family.

The Countess particularly supports charities relating to disabilities and communication problems with children.

See below for a gallery of Sophie’s visit to The Vale School.

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