Sophie attends Reception for ICE MAIDEN as newly appointed Royal Patron

As I mentioned in my previous post, today in the evening, The Countess of Wessex attended a Reception for ICE MAIDEN at Honourable Artillery Company in London. This was HRH’s first engagement as Ice Maiden’s Royal Patron. This Patronage hasn’t been formally announced yet, so I will cover it all here. Text below is after press release, shared by The Army in London – HQ London District, here.

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Five British Army women have received Royal approval from The Countess of Wessex for their ambitious adventurous training expedition at a special sponsorship event at the Honourable Artillery Company HQ in London. ICE MAIDEN will ski coast-to-coast across Antarctica in October 2017 and will be the first ever all-female team to make the crossing. The team aims to inspire women and girls everywhere to challenge perceptions and grow their ambitions. Along the way they will also be contributing valuable data to influence scientific understanding of how the female body copes under pressure.

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Over a three month period, the ICE MAIDEN team will cover 1,700km using muscle-power alone. Each team member will drag a pulk and battle temperatures of -40C and wind speeds of over 60mph. They will carry all the supplies and equipment they need to survive for up to 600km, with only two resupply points on route. During their expedition they will also conduct cutting edge medical research into how the female body copes with extreme endurance in polar environments.

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The genesis of this epic challenge came from one of the team leaders attending a male polar explorer’s talk, where he inadvertently threw down the gauntlet when he claimed a woman would struggle to cross the Antarctic. Thus ICE MAIDEN was born, with the primary aim of empowering women and inspiring a new era of female adventurous spirit, conquering things they never thought possible.

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From over 250 Army women who initially applied, the team has been down-selected to seven members. Five who will make the journey and their support team. The selection and training process to date has already achieved their aim. Those who haven’t been selected have returned to their units with a new sense of self belief and confidence, whether they have been inspired to run and lead their own adventurous expeditions, proactively change their lifestyle or embrace their own personal challenges. Everyone who comes in contact with this incredible team is engendered with the palpable ICE MAIDEN spirit, including HRH The Countess of Wessex, who is the expedition’s Royal Patron.

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At the launch tonight HRH said: “Having already demonstrated enormous passion and commitment through the tough selection process this incredible team has developed into a tight-knit, driven and courageous group who I know will face head on the challenges which lie ahead. I am confident that their skills, professionalism and perseverance will ensure the best possible chance of success. These women will not only be setting new records through their endeavours, but will also be carrying out valuable and ground-breaking medical research which will have far reaching future applications, at the same time as being an inspiration to women and girls everywhere”.

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Adventurous Training (AT) such as this, which promotes the Army’s core values, through the conduct of arduous outdoor activities with exposure to hardship and danger, is formal, publicly-funded military training. Participation in AT is an integral aspect of military training which enhances an individual’s ability to withstand the rigours of operations. Access to all levels of AT is open to all servicemen and women, including the injured and disabled who are able to participate through the Battle Back initiative.

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I am very happy to see HRH as Patron of this expedition, we all know The Countess inspired many women (myself included) with her Diamond Challenge. I am looking forward to this expedition and wish Ice Maidens not good luck but strength and perseverance in their challenge.

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Outfit & jewellery:
Emilia Wickstead coat, from 2011.
Valentino fitted scallop dress, dates back to 2013.
Amrapali diamond earrings.
Beauchamps of London, Codrington Clutch – Navy Python Print Calf Suede.
Prada Suede pointy toe pump in navy.

2 thoughts on “Sophie attends Reception for ICE MAIDEN as newly appointed Royal Patron

  1. Anonymous

    Sophie sparkles at every function and charity she attends .. She looks lovely as always .. Terrific and interesting update Anna ..
    Pamela

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