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The Countess of Wessex hears about support for vulnerable children during pandemic

The Countess of Wessex paid a visit to Childline’s offices in London on Wednesday to hear about the support the organisation is providing to vulnerable children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sophie visited in her capacity as Patron of both Childline and the National Centre for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, which helps administer Childline, and joined volunteer counsellors in talking…
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The Countess of Wessex makes religious broadcast

The Countess of Wessex recorded a reading for Westminster Abbey’s worship podcast to mark Christ’s Ascension into Heaven on Thursday. Recorded from her home at Bagshot Park in Surrey, Sophie read from the Gospel of Luke for several minutes as she contributed to this new, socially-distant project from Westminster Abbey. Sophie read from Chapter 24, Verses 44-53, which details Jesus…
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Before they were royal: The life of the Countess of Wessex

Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones was born on 20 January 1965 as the youngest child and only daughter of Christopher Bournes Rhys-Jones and the late Mary O’Sullivan at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. She has an elder brother, David. One of her godparents was the late actor Thane Bettany, who was her father’s stepbrother. Stephen Lock/i-Images Sophie grew up in Kent, to where her family moved…
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The Countess of Wessex joins Ant & Dec to officially open new NHS Nightingale Hospital in Sunderland

The Countess of Wessex was joined by television duo Ant and Dec on Tuesday morning as Her Royal Highness officially opened the new NHS Nightingale Hospital North East in Sunderland. The 55-year-old royal joined proceedings virtually via videolink from her home in Bagshot Park. In a speech to commemorate the opening, the Countess said: “Sunderland has been close to my heart for some…
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