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The Countess of Wessex launches eye health hero award

The Countess of Wessex helped launch a new award with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness last week, recognising the role that ‘eye health heroes’ play in continuing eye health. The Eye Health Heroes Programme will become an “annual development programme to celebrate and nurture young and upcoming talent in the eye health sector,” with the goal to “provide a…
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The Earl and Countess of Wessex volunteer to package meals for NHS workers

The Earl and Countess of Wessex joined volunteers packing meals for NHS workers earlier this week as they continue their volunteering efforts throughout the pandemic. The royals joined volunteers at a warehouse for Salute the NHS, a charitable organisation that aims to prepare and deliver a million meals to NHS frontline workers. The organisation aims to “feed vital NHS front-line heroes with…
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Countess of Wessex gives speech at virtual UN panel on ending sexual violence in conflict

The Countess of Wessex joined a virtual United Nations panel on Friday afternoon on the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, speaking about how the COVID-19 pandemic is hindering survivors of sexual violence from reporting crimes and moving to safety. Sophie joined the UN’s virtual session, on the sixth annual International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, to…
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Royal Wedding Rewind: The Earl of Wessex and Sophie Rhys-Jones

On 19 June 1999, Prince Edward, the youngest son of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, married Sophie Rhys-Jones at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The two had met at a tennis event in 1993. They announced their engagement on 6 January 1999. Edward proposed to Sophie with a two-carat oval diamond flanked by two heart-shaped gemstones set in 18 carat white gold. The ring was made by Asprey…
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