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Countess of Wessex observes moment of silence at London Stock Exchange

On Monday, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex was one of the many members of the Royal Family who attended the Chelsea Flower Show. She perused the displays and exhibits alongside The Queen, Princess Anne, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. After Monday’s terror attack at Manchester Arena where 22 were killed and dozens injured, a more solemn Sophie visited the London Stock Exchange (LSEG) on Tuesday.

She was attending in her role as Chair of the Women’s Network Forum; she observed the Market Open ceremony, which takes place every morning at eight. The ceremony allows new companies joining the LSEG’s marketplace the opportunity to showcase their success on their introduction.

A moment of silence was observed for the victims of the attack at the LSEG’s headquarters in Paternoster Square which is near St Paul’s Cathedral.

Sophie also participated in a discussion with Unilever’s Paul Polman and businesswoman Alison Kay on gender equality. She said while addressing the room of business leaders: “Apathy could be our enemy in gender equality.” She added: “The message is clear; we are not done.”

Before marrying Prince Edward, Sophie worked in public relations; she worked at Capital Radio for four years. As a full-time working member of the Royal Family, she helps by supporting The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. Her areas of interest include supporting those with disabilities, preventing blindness in developing nations, agriculture and fashion.

After the Manchester Arena terror attack, royals from around the world posted statements of support and sympathy to social media or through their press offices. Politicians and world leaders lent their voices to the chorus of those offering assistance to the people of Manchester. The Queen, Prince of Wales and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry also published statements after the attack on Monday evening.

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