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The Earl and Countess of Wessex mark Eid by volunteering at Shah Jahan Mosque


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The Earl and Countess of Wessex have been volunteering at the Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking to celebrate Eid. The couple also recorded a message to show their support for the Muslim community and thank them for their help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a video posted to the Royal Family Twitter account on Saturday, Edward and Sophie were seen standing outside the Shah Jahan Mosque.

“We’re delighted to be here at the Woking Mosque and we’ve been learning how the community have been really holding out the hand of friendship to everybody in the Woking community supporting people through this crisis,” Sophie says. “We thank you so much for all of the efforts that you’ve made.”

Then Edward says, “Yes, we owe a huge thank you to everyone for all you’ve been doing across the whole community. And we wish you an Eid Mubarak.” 

“Eid Mubarak,” Sophie repeats.

The mosque has been working with local churches, businesses and community members to prepare and deliver food parcels to those in need and has distributed over 700 parcels so far during the pandemic.

“The Earl and Countess of Wessex were warmly welcomed back to Woking and we were delighted with their help getting much-needed supplies out to those most impacted by the crisis,” said Shahid Azeem, High Sheriff of Surrey in a statement.

“We were also proud to share our story and to show them the remarkable, collaborative effort being undertaken by the entire community here.”

During their visit to the Shah Jahan Mosque, Edward and Sophie also met with Imam Hafiz Hasmi and his wife, Kawther Akhtar, the leaders at Surrey Faith Links who work to promote good relations within faith and community groups throughout the United Kingdom.

Sophie has been volunteering in Woking throughout the pandemic. In April, she visited the Woking Foodbank to package food parcels and baby supplies to those in need. She later visited St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey on International Nurses Day to prepare food packages for the healthcare workers there.



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