Throwback post – Earl & Countess of Wessex’s visit to Prague in March 2013

Next moth (19-20th May), The Countess of Wessex as Global Ambassador of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, will undertake a visit to Prague, Czech Republic. There is not much to share yet, but HRH’s programme is being organised by the Czech Award and the British Embassy in Prague.

The two-day visit of Her Royal Highness will include, amongst other events, the presentation of Gold Awards and a visit to a Prague secondary school that takes part in the Czech programme of The Duke of Edinburgh´s International Award. The Countess of Wessex plays a valuable part in raising awareness of the Award and the impact that it has on young people and their communities around the world.

Her Royal Highness visited the Czech Republic two years ago with her husband, HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, himself a Gold Award holder and Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. During next month’s visit, The Countess will be meeting Award participants and supporters at a number of events. Source.

In honour of the upcoming visit, I have decided to do a throw-back post, and share details of TRH’s visit to Prague back in March 2013.

The Earl & Countess of Wessex’s Visit to Prague 12-14th March 2013

12th March – Day 1
The Earl and Countess of Wessex that morning departed from Heathrow Airport, London, for the Czech Republic and were received upon arrival in the afternoon at Václav Havel Airport Prague by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic (Her Excellency Miss Sian MacLeod). Their Royal Highnesses later called upon The President of the Czech Republic at Prague Castle.

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© Archiv KPR; click on pic to view full gallery from the visit.

TRH’s were also invited to take a tour of the Prague Castle (Czech: Pražský hrad) which is the official residence and office of the President of the Czech Republic. Located in the Hradčany district of Prague and dating back to the ninth century, the castle has been a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are kept within a hidden room inside it.

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© Archiv KPR; click on pic to view full gallery from the visit.

I have visited Prague once and it is a magificent city. If you’ll ever get a chance, do see it. You will be enchanted.

© me 🙂 From my visit back in 2010, view at the Prague Castle (Pražský hrad)

The Earl and Countess of Wessex subsequently visited Lobkowicz Palace Museum, Lobkowicz Palace, Prague. The Lobkowicz Palace is the only privately owned building in the Prague Castle complex, is home to the highly acclaimed The Lobkowicz Collections, The Lobkowicz Palace Café, Midday Classic Concert and Museum Shop, as well as numerous elegant venues for private functions. The Museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the history of Europe through the unique perspective of The Lobkowicz Collections and the Lobkowicz family. Set in 22 beautifully appointed galleries, the Museum displays a selection of some of the finest pieces from The Collections, including many of international significance.

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© René Volfík, courtesy of UK in Czech Republic – British Embassy Prague, click on pic to view full gallery

Their Royal Highnesses that evening attended a Dinner given by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic at the Residence in Prague. I haven’t located pictures from this event.

Outfit & jewellery:
Alexander McQueen crepe circle coat-dress with Alexander McQueen blush bootleg trousers.
Heavenly Necklaces citrine drops, bangle & bracelet. All sold out.
Tanner Krolle clutch-bag from 2005 or so.
Jimmy Choo Agnes pumps in blush.

13th March 2013 – Day 2
His Royal Highness, Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation, that morning attended a Reception at Czernin Palace for young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in the Award.

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Author: PixelPromo, © DofE Award Czech Republic. Click on pic to view full gallery.

The Countess of Wessex that morning visited the Sue Ryder Care Home. Domov Sue Ryder is a public benefit, Not For Profit organisation. The organisations primary activity is in providing social and care services for seniors. The Domov currently provides two registered social and care services and two related services.

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courtesy of Domov Sue Ryder via Their Facebook, click on pic to view full gallery from the visit.

Sue Ryder (1923 – 2000) was one of the exceptional figures of the 20th Century, a woman who dedicated her life to the relief of suffering and whose legacy lives on in the work of the organisations she established across Europe and in southern Africa and, together with her husband Leonard Cheshire, across Asia and in Australasia.

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courtesy of Domov Sue Ryder via Their Facebook, click on pic to view full gallery from the visit.

“Soon after the fall of the Communist regime during the “Velvet Revolution” in 1989, Lady Sue Ryder initiated a new attempt to found a Sue Ryder Home in Prague. A Czech branch of the Sue Ryder Foundation was registered in 1994 and several months later the Foundation has been successful in a selection procedure to operate the site of Michelský dvůr, the current site of Domov Sue Ryder. When Lady Ryder visited Prague in 1995, she became very fond of the historical premises despite their almost derelict condition.” Full history, here.

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courtesy of Domov Sue Ryder via Their Facebook, click on pic to view full gallery from the visit.

When she was offered a peerage in 1979, Sue Ryder took a long time deciding whether or not to accept. She finally did so, realising that the House of Lords could provide her with a useful platform. She took the title Baroness Ryder of Warsaw [Warsaw is a capital of Poland] because, she explained, of her “great admiration, respect and love for the Polish people. I feel I belong to Poland.” Source: Telegraph.

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courtesy of Domov Sue Ryder via Their Facebook, click on pic to view full gallery from the visit.

The Countess has taken a tour of the home, greeted customers, founders and supporters of the Home. At the conclusion of HRH’s visit, she was given a hand sewn grandmother of the project Grandmother and grandfather Sue Ryder. 

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courtesy of Domov Sue Ryder via Their Facebook, click on pic to view full gallery from the visit.

According to Sue Ryder Home “it was an amazing experience. Countess Sofia was stunningly beautiful, charismatic and kind. Our clients were thrilled. The reason for the visit? Sue Ryder was recommended as an exemplary model of care for the elderly in the country. At the same time of the English roots – at birth she was an Englishwoman Sue Ryder, who donated funds for the reconstruction Michelského Justice and until 2006 also supported Operation Home financially.
It was a wonderful visit, I remember it well, like it was yesterday, and I am very found of their Grandma doll!

The Earl and Countess of Wessex later visited Pod Palmovkou Theatre (Divadlo Pod Palmovkou) and viewed a rehearsal of ‘The King’s Speech’, a play about the prince’s grandfather King George VI.

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© Jana Pertáková;
courtesy of UK in Czech Republic – British Embassy Prague, click on pic to view full gallery

Outfit & jewellery:
Miu Miu Crepe jacket.
Joseph jersey A-line dress.
Lulu Guinness Poppy clutch.
Longines watch, I believe from “Le Grande Classic” collection.
Emilia Wickstead navy coat, seen many times before.
Heavenly Necklaces non-drop drops, currently sold out. 
Most likely Manolo Blahnik black pumps. 

Later in the afternoon, Their Royal Highnesses attended a Reception given by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic (Her Excellency Miss Sian MacLeod) at the Residence.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex later attended an Afternoon Tea “FASHION IS GREAT”, promoting British Trade given by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic at the Residence.

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© Dan Materna;
courtesy of UK in Czech Republic – British Embassy Prague, click on pic to view full gallery

Outfit & jewellery:

Roland Mouret Blue Solar Zip Jacket
Roland Mouret most likely Blue Bronte Dress, there are different versions of this dress.
Heavenly Necklaces Blue super studs, currently in stock.

His Royal Highness, Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation, and Her Royal Highness that evening attended a Gala Dinner at Martinicky Palace.
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© 2013 PixelPromo & © DofE Award Czech Republic via The British Chamber of Commerce Czech Republic
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Outfit & jewellery:
Emilio Pucci Boysenberry Lace Overlay One Shoulder Gown – stunning!
UFO pink clutch.
Gemstone earrings that were seen for the first time. HRH has a matching necklace. Amazing duo, sadly I couldn’t ID it.
As for pumps, most likely Jimmy Choo Agnes pumps in blush.

14th March – Day3
The Earl and Countess of Wessex that morning visited the Jedlickuv Institute School and Free Time Facility for Disabled Children in Prague, the Czech Republic. The Jedlička Institute and Schools (JÚŠ) are a specialist educational establishment for children and young people primarily with a physical disability. They were founded in 1913 and has since that time been based in central Prague at Vyšehrad. During the past 90 years it has undergone many changes but with a continuing emphasis on education and training for further application in employment even for those young people whose disability is severe.

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© Petr Hrubý; courtesy of Jedličkův ústav a školy via their Facebook. Click on pic to view full gallery, more here.

His Royal Highness afterwards visited the Prague British School, which provided each student with a broad and balanced education in a safe and supportive environment that promotes an enjoyment of learning, strong motivation and excellence.

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© Dan Materna;
courtesy of UK in Czech Republic – British Embassy Prague, click on pic to view full gallery

Her Royal Highness visited the British Council. The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations. The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this cultural relations.

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© Irena Vodáková; courtesy of British Council Czech Republic via Facebook, cluck on pic to view full gallery.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex that afternoon attended a Luncheon promoting the “Taste of Britain” given by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic (Her Excellency Miss Sian MacLeod) and Mr. Robinson at the Residence.

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© Dan Materna;
courtesy of UK in Czech Republic – British Embassy Prague, click on pic to view full gallery

Their Royal Highnesses that evening arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, from the Czech Republic.
Brigadier John Smedley and Mrs. Philippa Southgate-Sands were in attendance.
It was a very successful visit, so I am happy to see that The Countess will visit Prague again.

Outfit & jewellery:
Bruce Oldfield coat.
UFO clutch.
White dress, no ID.

DVF ‘Luni-Ann’ contrast cashmere silk cardigan.
LK Bennett Denna pumps in brown suede. 
Heavenly Necklaces citrine drops, bangle & bracelet. All sold out.

2 thoughts on “Throwback post – Earl & Countess of Wessex’s visit to Prague in March 2013

  1. Amy

    Thank you for this throwback post. (My comment is a bit late — the Star Wars trailer and celebration got in the way!)

    I had wondered whether the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Foundation existed in the USA — and yes, indeed! Prince Edward will be flying to New York in early May to do the honors! Hopefully, there will be photos of Sophie when she is in the Czech Republic in a few weeks.

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  2. yes, it does exist in USA, and many other countries!
    I've got in touch with Czech Award and British Embassy in Prague, as I wanted to use pictures in my post with permission, and they all kindly agreed, and said, that again, pictures will be shared. So, I'm hoping for good coverage, as it was back in 2013 🙂

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