Earl & Countess of Wessex in Edinburgh

The Earl of Wessex, Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and The Countess of Wessex carried out the following engagements in Edinburgh on 22nd May. In the morning Their Royal Highnesses attended the General Assembly at Assembly Hall. The Earl and Countess of Wessex afterwards attended a Reception for Chaplains to Her Majesty’s Forces at the Signet Library, Parliament Square.

screen cap, Earl & Countess listen to the Air Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier; click on pic to view the video

Their Royal Highnesses visited the Free Church Assembly, at the Free Church Assembly Hall, St Columba’s, Johnstone Terrace. The Free Church of Scotland is a Presbyterian and Reformed denomination. It currently has over 100 congregations in Scotland, as well as 2 in London, 5 in North America, and sister churches founded by mission work in India, Peru and South Africa. The Church also has a full-time theological college in the heart of Edinburgh for the training of ministers and other Christian workers, and sustains an extensive missionary programme relative to the size of the Church.

© courtesy of The Free Church of Scotland

During visit Prince Edward addressed the assembly: “The church can be such a powerful unifying force at times of high emotion; moments of crisis and moments of celebration, but healing this division may be a challenge, but heal it must, for the sake of the future well-being of your communities and your parishes.”

Afterwords, the Moderator (Rev David Miller) presented Prince Edward with books for his children: Ten Boys Who Changed the World & Ten Girls Who Changed the World by Irene Howat. You can see the presentation in the last five minutes of the video above. Visit starts in the last 15 minutes. Countess was presented with a posy from Mary Muir. Story on Free Church site here.

© courtesy of The Free Church of Scotland

The Earl and Countess of Wessex gave a Luncheon at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the afternoon. Their Royal Highnesses subsequently visited Richmond’s Hope, and were received by Mrs. Lezley Cameron (Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh). Richmond’s Hope was founded in April 2003 in Niddrie by Richmond Craigmillar Church of Scotland.

© courtesy of Thomas Donald

The minister of the church and its Project Worker identified the need for such a service because of their involvement with bereaved families within the community. There followed a huge effort by the people of the church and with lots of help from others Richmond’s Hope began. An unused gallery in the church was converted into a playroom. Staff were employed and trained and they began work with children. Learn more here.

© courtesy of Thomas Donald

Story about Richmond’s Hope and its plan to extend its support work accross Scotland, in The Scotsman article. You can also see a very touching picture of the Countess with little girl.

courtesy of macmorrisons via owly

The Earl and Countess of Wessex this evening attended Beating Retreat (military ceremony dating back to 16th century England and was first used to recall nearby patrolling units to their castle), before holding a Reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

 © courtesy of Loretto School, click on pic to view more pictures from the event.  
       HRH Countess of Wessex meets Hamish Lamotte, Loretto Pipe Band’s Pipe Major.           

Their Royal Highnesses later gave a Dinner at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Outfit & jewellery:
Jacket by Alexander McQueen peplum hem blazer.
Giambattista Valli White Sleeveless Dress with Paisley detail. 
Bag by Loewe, it’s one of Sophie’s favourites, it dates back to at least 1998.
Pearl earrings, wedding gift from Prince Edward, designed by himself & made by Asprey & Garrard.
Bruce Oldfield black pumps. 
Emilia Wickstead coat.
ToyWatch TB04.

3 thoughts on “Earl & Countess of Wessex in Edinburgh

  1. Melanie from California

    Anna, can you find out anything about Moderator (Rev David Miller)? Did he ever live in the United States? I do not detect much of a British accent. He pronounces a lot of words the same way and at the same pace as I do. (I am so happy that there is a blog dedicated to the Countess of Wessex. She is quite a lady).


  2. Molly2101

    I liked Edward's speech today. I have to say his public speaking ability has greatly improved over the years. Of course he does it all the time, but you can tell he has gotten a lot better over the years. Sophie is a lot better than she was as well, but that is obviously due to practice. I also noticed during Edward's speech you can see Sophie playing with her wedding rings (about 3hrs and 4 minutes in) and she does it for a long time. I always fiddle with rings. 🙂


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