The Countess of Wessex’s Diamond Challenge to mark The Duke of Edinburgh Award’s 60th anniversary

So, the cat is out of the bag! A while back, in October 2015, The Countess of Wessex spoke to the royal editor of Sunday Express – Camilla Tominey about her work, fashion and secret challenge to mark the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s 60th anniversary, of which Sophie is a Global Ambassador.
Photo: Cpl Jonathan Lee van Zyl, released via BBC Breakfast Twitter feed

To mark its anniversary, The Duke of Edinburgh Award has launched The DofE Diamond Challenge, inspired by the DofE Award, in which it’s asking people to take on their own adventure, personal or skill challenge. The best part is, that it’s open to anyone of any age, anywhere!

We have waited for almost 7 months to learn what it will be for HRH, and we will have to wait just a little bit longer… However tomorrow, in an exclusive interview with Louise Minchin at BBC Breakfast, The Countess of Wessex will chat about cycling, that secret challenge and her children realising their grandma is the Queen! So tune in tomorrow from 6am on BBC One.

Back in 2015 HRH said: “There are things that I would love to tell you right now but I can’t! What I will say is that it is a personal challenge like no other. At this stage I’m getting worried that I have bitten off more than I can chew. It’s going to be very physically demanding. You can come with me!”
Photo: Cpl Jonathan Lee van Zyl, released via BBC Breakfast Twitter feed

As Camilla Tominey explained in the article, ‘contrary to reports, Sophie does not have a personal trainer, but keeps fit with a combination of running, Pilates and gym work, although she does admit she can sometimes lack discipline’.

In HRH’s own words: “I’m a bit of a fair-weather runner to be perfectly honest. If it’s really freezing cold or raining outside, I look at it and think, ‘Hmmn, maybe coffee!”

What HRH’s daredevil feat to mark the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s 60th anniversary will be? We are not sure just yet, but it will all be revealed tomorrow! And after the challenge: “Well, I never did the scheme so maybe after I have done it, they’ll pin a little badge on me.”

I’m sure we all can agree that it’s the recognition the Countess of Wessex deserves.

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