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The Earl and Countess of Wessex mark the Platinum Jubilee in Cyprus

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex are making their first official visit to Cyprus where they have taken part in celebrations for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Edward and Sophie met members of the British Cypriot community at a Jubilee reception hosted by the British High Commissioner in Nicosia.

The celebration also marked The Queen’s birthday. Beneath trees decked with Union Jack bunting, the Earl and Countess chatted with dozens of people as a band played.

The couple had arrived in the Republic of Cyprus earlier in the day and were officially welcomed by the President, Nicos Anastasiades, and his wife, First Lady,  Andri Moustakoudi.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex listened to the national anthems in front of a guard of honour before posing for official photos with their hosts.

The three day visit to Cyprus is focused on the ongoing ties of friendship between the two countries. The Earl and Countess will also visit British Forces based on the island.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.