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Earl and Countess of Wessex to visit South Africa

The Earl and Countess of Wessex are to make an official visit to South Africa this month.

Prince Edward and wife Sophie will arrive in the country on October 4 and carry out a week-long list of engagements.


Edward and Sophie are visiting South Africa later this month.

The royal couple will be visiting in support of Edward’s involvement with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, and the South African President’s Award for Youth Empowerment Trust.

During their stay, the British royals will meet President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town and be given a tour of the Constitutional Court by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

Prince Edward will also award Natalie du Toit with an honorary MBE for her contribution to Paralympic sport.

Speaking about the award, Natalie said: “I find myself extremely humbled and honoured to be receiving this auspicious award.”

The visit to South Africa comes just weeks after Sophie, Countess of Wessex visited India and Qatar. The mother-of-two made the solo trip to support eye charity ORBIS.

During her visit, the Countess met with orphaned children and boarded ORBIS’ flying eye hospital that offers surgery to those living in poverty.

In recent years, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex have been praised for the continued charity work in support of The Queen.

The couple are parents to nine-year-old Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, aged five.

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