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Sophie in Sierra Leone: Day Two

The Countess of Wessex wrapped up a two-day official visit to Sierra Leone on Thursday, visiting a school in Freetown to see how girls and women are empowered through education in the West African country. Sophie’s trip, as recounted on the Royal Family website, notes that it was at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to focus on engagements “addressing sexual and…
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Sophie in Sierra Leone: Day One

The Countess of Wessex is in Sierra Leone this week, focusing on “addressing sexual and gender-based violence, supporting survivors, and championing women’s roles in peacebuilding.” The visit, which came at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, sees…
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A look back at the Countess of Wessex's life so far

The Countess was born Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones in Oxford on 20 January 1965; she was given the name Helen after her paternal aunt who had sadly died five years earlier following a riding accident. She has an elder brother, David. One of her godfathers, Thane Bettany is the father of actor Paul Bettany. The family moved to Kent when Sophie was young, and she was educated at Dulwich College…
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A Look Back at the Wessex Royal Year

It’s been a busy year for the Wessexes, with overseas tours, charity visits back home, and of course, some enthusiastic plaque unveiling and ribbon cutting from Prince Edward. We’re taking a look back at their 2019 activities and some of the stories we covered. January 2019 The Countess of Wessex kicked off the new year with a new patronage, becoming the royal patron of the…
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Who is James, Viscount Severn?

James, Viscount Severn was born on 17 December 2007, at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, to Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. He has one older sister, Lady Louise (b. 2003). James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor was born by a…
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Sophie dons army fatigues for special contest held in her honour

The Countess of Wessex paid a visit to the St John Moore Barracks in Winchester on Tuesday to watch the annual competition for the cup named in her honour. The Countess of Wessex Cup tests military regiments in various challenges for the chance to win the prize. All of the regiments or organisations that competed are ones that Sophie holds honorary military appointments with. The four…
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