New portraits of The Countess of Wessex ahead of HRH’s 50th birthday

Today, The Countess of Wessex, ahead of her 50th birthday, released two intimate portraits taken by photographer Richard Young in London, earlier this month. Even though The Countess never attracted the main headlines, she is one of the most hard working royals, very competent, and highly respected.

Hugo Vickers, a royal biographer wrote lovely article about Sophie for The Telegraph: Historically, not every member of the Royal family gives organisers an easy time, but I can testify to how well she undertakes her public duties. I once invited her [The Countess] to unveil a Jubilee Walkway panel, and her office asked if there were any people who needed to be specially concentrated on. She moved seamlessly from one to the next, having absolutely mastered the brief in advance. I have seen her participating with children when she meets them, never hesitating to kneel down to talk to them at their level. I guess she is a natural – easy to talk to, with a light touch, and fun… Over the years, there have been members of the Royal family who have quietly gone about such business and duties. The Countess of Wessex is in the mould of Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra, who, in their different, quiet ways, never failed to support the monarch of the day. Such dedication does not attract daily headlines, and nor should it. Now, almost 50, she is well integrated into the Royal family, conscientious, dutiful and, above all, supportive.” You can read full article here.

The Countess will celebrate her birthday on Tuesday but it won’t be a day off work, as she and her husband Prince Edward will attend two engagements in London. First one at Tomorrow’s People, a national charity that helps disadvantaged people get a job; HRH is a Patron. The other one, a demonstration of the avoidable blindness programme at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Its work is supported by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.

The Countess will be officially announced as the new vice-patron of the Trust after her visit. Very happy to hear about that, as HRH is passionate about eradicating avoidable blindness and is a patron of Vision 2020: The Right to Sight and a global ambassador for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. More in Daily Mail articles, here & here.

9 thoughts on “New portraits of The Countess of Wessex ahead of HRH’s 50th birthday

  1. Molly

    I will have whatever Sophie is drinking please. She looks wonderful and the images are beautiful, though I will say it again – I am disappointed it's not a family photo like Edward's 50th photo. Oh well, what can you do?!


  2. Amy

    Sophie has aged gracefully. She looks fantastic. And I do love the article by Hugo Vickers. He brought out the obvious that with no Princess of Wales and no Duchess of York (divorced) that the many Royal engagements had to be distributed amongst the remaining Royals in which one of them was Sophie. You know, I never thought about that. Well, Sophie is doing a great job. I can't wait for her birthday and reading more about her engagements that day.

    (Looking at HRH's Royal Diary, I can see Anna will be very busy trying to keep us informed! Thank you for this blog! You are doing a great job, too!)


  3. Amy

    Molly, I agree. Sophie is like fine wine — she looks better and better each passing year. And yes, I'd love to see a family photo, too — something casual and fun.


  4. I enjoyed the article too – real insight and an interesting perspective. I think it's great that HM has awarded Sophie with the GCVO to recognise her work.

    I too am very excited for Tuesday – I hope she knocks it out of the park again in something like the bright blue Roland Mouret (love that outfit) or something equally stunning she has SO many great outfits to choose from.

    I would love to know what presents she gets but maybe we'll never know…

    Interesting news also today that she has promoted her Chef to Dresser. Another sign that she is her own woman.



  5. Anonymous

    Despite the Countess of Wessex having worked as a professional in PR for many years, I think what makes her special, is her natural way of dealing with people at events. She seems to really care.

    The photos for her 50th birthday show a quiet glamour. Sophie does seem to have found an important place in the BRF. Just wish she was able to get the coverage she deserves. Yes, she is 17 years older than the DoC, but continues to be very stylish and hard working. So why can't they both get the coverage they deserve?


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