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The Countess of Wessex teases new official image

In the middle of a day packed with five royal engagements, the Countess of Wessex stopped to pose for a new portrait for one of the organisations she supports. Sophie has been snapped for an official photo for St. John Ambulance and she shared the promise of the new image on social media. The countess was seen getting ready for the photo session on the official Royal Family Instagram account.
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The Countess of Wessex Studios to open late February

The Countess of Wessex will receive a special tribute later this month when a building at the new premises for the Central School of Ballet is named in her honour. Sophie, who has been patron of the Central School of Ballet and its appeal to move to Paris Garden in Southwark, will visit on 27 February to view the newly-designed ‘The Countess of Wessex Studios’ and meet students, staff and…
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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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