Today on the 8th February, The Countess of Wessex attended the Westmorland County Show AGM in Milnthorpe, Cumbria. Following her attendance in today’s Society’s Annual General Meeting, the Countess was voted in unanimously as President of the Westmorland Agricultural Society for 2018. Christine Knipe, Chief Executive of WAS, said: “As part of her role as President, the Countess of Wessex will be attending this year’s County Show which will take place on Thursday 13 September 2018. An already popular event will be made even more special this year with a Royal visitor.” For more information, please visit this press release.
|photo Westmorland County Show & Agricultural Society via Facebook|
Westmorland County Agricultural Society was founded in 1799 and became a registered charity in 1996. It is dedicated to promoting the understanding and prosperity of agriculture, horticulture, conservation, forestry, rural crafts and allied industry. Westmorland County Show is voted as one of the UK’s favourite Shows and enjoyed by over 30,000 visitors every year. The show won Tourism Event of the Year in the Cumbria Tourism Awards in 2015. The Countess of Wessex charmed the 30,000-strong crowds at 2013’s county show as its first ever royal VIP guest. For more info please check this article.
|photo via Carlisle Mencap Facebook feed – click on pic to be redirected & view full gallery|
Afterwards, as Mencap’s Patron, The Countess visited Carlisle Mencap in Carlisle. It was started in 1968 by parents of children with learning disability. 2018 is their 50th anniversary. After website: We are locally managed and funded, not a branch of the national organisation although we do work closely with them on many of our projects. We are a membership organisation and have over 150 members made up of people with learning disabilities, carers and other interested parties.
|photo via @Sunbeams Music Trust Twitter feed|
Also today, The Countess officially opened Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music Centre in Penrith, Cumbria. Sunbeams was founded by Cumbrian born Harpist and singer Annie Mawson in 1992 to improve the health and wellbeing of people with special needs through the creative power of music. The Charity provides therapeutic ‘music for life’ and ‘music for dignity’ music sessions in over 40 project venues, to 1,400 disabled and disadvantaged people every month. Our team of specialist Community Musicians deliver sessions at Care Homes; Day Centres; Special Schools; Hospices; Out-of-School Clubs and other Community Venues.
|© The Royal Family via Twitter|
The Centre was opened in 2016, after years of planning & fundraising. This groundbreaking building has a state-of-the-art recording studio, therapy rooms and performance hall. You will find more information here & here. That’s all I was able to find for now. Post will be updated if anything else will pop up.
Outfit & jewellery:
UFO navy coat, dates back to 2010.
New, GABRIELA HEARST Bourgois fit-and-flare wool and cashmere-blend midi dress worn with blouse.
Paloma’s Sugar Stacks citrine earrings by Tiffany & Co.
Hermes Constance charm in rose gold set with 65 diamonds.
It looks like Sophie also has a Fitbit Alta™ Fitness Wristband.
Louis Vuitton Nocturne GM Black Epi Leather Shoulder Bag.