To Top

Sophie to go on a seven-day cycling journey in support of award

The Countess of Wessex will pull on the helmet and the trainers for a seven-day bicycle ride in support of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The journey will kick off on 19 September from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the Queen in Scotland. The Countess hopes to arrive at her destination, Buckingham Palace in London, a week later.

The 445-mile ride is part of the ‘Diamond Challenge’- a special initiative that marks the 60th anniversary of the DofE and aims to raise money funds to help transform the life of young people.

A long-term supporter of the DofE, Sophie previously admitted being both ‘’excited and apprehensive’’ about the tour.

She said: “I am both excited and apprehensive to be undertaking this challenge on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Diamond Anniversary Appeal.

“Cycling is something I only tend to do with my children and never for more than the odd hour.

“It is something I’ve always found to be one of the more testing forms of exercise physically and mentally, so cycling it had to be. I am now training hard.”

The Countess is set to be joined by a four of HRH’s regiments, including 5th Battalion The Rifles, RAF Wittering, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps and Corps of Army Music

The DofE, founded by Prince Philip in 1956, is currently run in 141 countries across the world. Its 2015/16 programme has reached 253,000 young people. It recognises adolescents who complete a series of self-improvement exercises, which include volunteering, physical and skills development and expedition. The Gold level, however, requires contestants to complete an additional residential section that involves working away from home for five days.

The award has been supported by Sophie’s husband, Prince Edward, since 1986, when he became a DofE trustee and gold winner of the award.

More in The Wessexes