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The Countess of Wessex learns about vital medical developments at Consortium

The Countess of Wessex tried her hand at an unexpected new role Wednesday – eye surgeon – when she performed simulated cataract surgery on model eyes whilst attending the five-year meeting of The Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium. The countess serves as Vice-Patron of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, which aims to end preventable blindness and empower young leaders. She also…
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Sophie's special message on Commonwealth Day

The Countess of Wessex has written an open letter to the people of Malawi in honour of an important milestone. “I am delighted to hear the news that it is now official: Malawi has removed the risk of trachoma across the country,” she said. Trachoma is a bacterial infection that – when left untreated – leads to eventual blindness. This contagious disease has been a prevalent…
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Why Is Prince Edward An Earl, Not A Duke?

In any Royal commentator’s books, the announcement in 1999 that Prince Edward would be made an Earl and not a Duke on his wedding day gave quite a shock. By tradition, male children of the sovereign receive a Dukedom on their wedding day, therefore making their new wife…
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The Countess of Wessex partners with Angelina Jolie to end sexual violence in war zones

“We must ensure that the silence that hides pain and suffering is turned into voices of hope and a reason to continue to act.” – The Countess of Wessex The Countess of Wessex is taking a stand against sex crimes in conflict zones, joining Angelina Jolie to work with the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI). Her involvement in the initiative, as well as Women…
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Countess of Wessex attends Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative conference

Yesterday, the Countess of Wessex attended a conference on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative at Wilton Park – the executive agency of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The initiative was launched in 2012 and according to Buckingham Palace, “has since sought to raise awareness about the extent of sexual violence against women, men, girls and boys in conflict. “Sexual…
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