HRH visits Thames Hospice & attends Islamic Fashion Festival Show at Windsor Castle

HRH The Countess of Wessex has opened the Sanctuary at Thames Hospice, Pine Lodge, Hatch Lane in Windsor. The Sanctuary is a new dedicated indoor and outdoor area built within the grounds of Thames Hospice in Windsor. This unique spiritual area gives visitors somewhere to reflect, think or to simply have some peace away from the Inpatient Unit.
© Simon Jessop ; courtesy of Thames Hospice, click on pic to view full gallery at their FB site
Thames Hospice is the local charity supporting people living in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire. They provide expert nursing and medical care, with emotional and practical support for adults who have illnesses from which they are not expected to recover. Our care and support extends to family, friends and carers.
print screen of lovely video of HRH’s visit to the Hospice. Click on pic to view the video.
Thames Hospice has a rich history spanning 25 years. The charity was formed following the merger of Thames Valley Hospice in Windsor and the Paul Bevan Cancer Foundation in Ascot in 2005. The two well-respected and highly regarded organisations joined together to form a new organisation in the interests of better and more seamless patient care. Learn more here.
© Simon Jessop ; courtesy of Thames Hospice, click on pic to view full gallery at their FB site

// Jacqueline Clark, Thames Hospice CEO, said: “It was an honour to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex back to Thames Hospice to officially open The Sanctuary. The sun shone on what was a beautiful day to bring together our distinguished guests, volunteers and staff, and celebrate our wonderful new facility.” To read full article about that special day go the Thames Hospice site.

More from Windsor Express: The Countess said: “The Queen was right when she said it was a good idea on her last visit here. It will be a place where people and their families will find peace and solace. It is wonderful that so many faiths are represented today – cancer knows no boundaries.”

Outfit & jewellery:
New DVF Marilyn dress.
Clutch by Sophie Habsburg Design
Watch – older piece, dates back to 1997. No ID.
LK Bennett Harley pumps.
Heavenly Necklaces earrings, Aqua and Green Chalcedony Double Drops. Sold out.

In the evening, The Countess as Global Ambassador of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, attended a dinner and an Islamic Fashion Festival Show at Windsor Castle, Windsor.

THE Islamic Fashion Festival [IFF] STORY
It all began on the grim day of 9/11. The world watched in horror as four commercial airliners hit U.S. landmarks. The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City collapsed, the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C. was struck and the fourth plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. There were no survivors. Approximately 3,000 men, women and children from nations around the world lost their lives on that fateful day of September 11, 2001. Al-Qaeda, the Osama bin Laden-led militant Islamist group, lay claim to hijacking the planes and the attacks.

The backlash was swift. Almost instantaneously Islam became the Number One enemy of the world. The face of Islam turned into one of terror. Muslims the world over were regarded with deep suspicion and fear. Everything involving Islam and Muslims was suspect and suspicious, no matter where they came from, who they were or how they were dressed. Islamophobia had begun.
via Shah Rezza Instagram feed, HRH at the XXI IFF in 2012

The Islamic Fashion Festival (IFF) was conceptualised and launched in 2006 with an overall objective is to win the hearts and minds of Muslims and non-Muslims alike to not hate or reject and see Islam as restrictive and uncompromising. Its aim: “To build an updated visual and cultural reference from which Islam can be related to the modern world through the creative arena of fashion divorced from political, economic and social strife”. To know the full story of IFF check their main site and links HERE. The Countess also attended the XXI IFF back in April 2012.

One thought on “HRH visits Thames Hospice & attends Islamic Fashion Festival Show at Windsor Castle

  1. Anonymous

    The first picture is so beautiful; great fashion choice, matching the building 😉 summers over so we get to see The Countess regularly now! which is one this to be happy about as autumn approaches…


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