The Countess met with the Archbishop of London

On the 13th December in the afternoon, The Countess of Wessex received Archbishop Angaelos, Archbishop of London. He tweeted afterwards, Archbishop Angaelos ن (@BishopAngaelos): “Thankful for a warm and gracious meeting with HRH the Countess of Wessex. Assured her of my prayers, and those of our community, for her tireless and genuine support of, and work for, so many.”

photo courtesy of Archbishop Angaelos (@BishopAngaelos) shared via Twitter

His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos was enthroned as the first Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London on the 18th November 2017, having served as General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom since 1999.

Outfit & jewellery:
Denver fit-and-flare crepe dress by Emilia Wickstead.
Croi Sliogan Designer Silver Drop Earrings by Martina Hamilton.
Croi Sliogan Designer Silver Shell Pendant on snake chain by Martina Hamilton.
Blazer by Alaia.
Watch by Chanel.
Some fancy leather belt.

15th Anniversary Reception for the Women in Business Committee at Buckingham Palace

On the 6th December, The Earl and The Countess of Wessex – Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (The Countess of Wessex is also a Chair of the Women in Business Committee), held a 15th Anniversary Reception and Dinner for the Women in Business Committee at Buckingham Palace.

photo courtesy of the @DofE shared via Twitter

After The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: “The DofE Women in Business Committee, chaired by HRH The Countess of Wessex, brought together business leaders, DofE supporters and Gold Award holders to celebrate its 15th Anniversary at a reception last week, and 15 young ambassadors shared their DofE experiences with guests.”

photo courtesy of the @DofE shared via Twitter

Photos are most likely from the reception which seemed to be attended only by The Countess, however The Earl did attend the Dinner.

Outfit & jewellery:
Valentino Draped dress.
Tiffany citrine studs with Heavenly Necklaces citrine detachable drops.
“S” pendant. No ID.
Black suede boots.
The DofE Brooch by Harry Collins.

Visit to the Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Sikh Temple in Southall, London.

On the 6th December The Earl of Wessex and The Countess of Wessex Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Sophie is also Chair of the Women in Business Committee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award), visited the Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Sikh Temple in Southall, London. The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited SGSSS to celebrate their new licensing to offer The DofE programmes.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex presented the licence to S.Gurmail Singh Malhi (president) who collected the award on behalf of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall. As part of Sri Guru Singh Sabha’s commitment to youth, SGSSS are now The Duke of Edinburgh registered as a licence centre to deliver the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards to the youth aged between 14-24 years old.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall (SGSSS) is the largest Gurdwara organisation outside of India, established in 1950s. It was inaugurated by The Prince of Wales in 2003. The SGSSS is the first Sikh body registered for the The DofE Award. Gurdwara, pronounced ‘Gur-Dwa- raa’ means the ‘Guru’s Door’ or ‘through the Guru’. Sikhs comes here to learn how to live a spiritual and moral life and earn Guru’s blessings.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

During their visit, The Earl and Countess watched Sikh Gatka, a martial arts presentation. Young people can participate in the activity as part of the physical section of the DofE awards. The Earl and Countess were taken on a tour of the Gurdwara in Southall. After, The Earl and Countess entered the Prayer Hall (Darbar Sahib) TRHs then paid their respects by bowing to the book of Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

Their Royal Highnesses also helped to make chapatti and heard how young people can volunteer in the kitchen as part of achieving their DofE Awards. The Earl and The Countess dropped into the SGSSS’s kitchen to meet volunteers who prepare meals there every day. THRs then met the DofE participants and those who help facilitate traditional activities for the awards at SGSSS – which is now the first Sikh body registered for the DofE.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

Their Royal Highnesses were also shown traditional instruments from a young group of musicians at the Gurdwara – and heard how the young people are working towards their DofE awards. In his speech, The Earl of Wessex said: “We want to thank you for taking on the DofE award, to be a partner with us, and to hopefully provide lots of opportunities for young people in the community.” The Countess was presented with a posy at the end of the visit, while The Earl received a traditional sword.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

For the Royal Family’s website post on the visit click here. For video coverage of TRHs visit click here. Daily Mail’s coverage is here.

Outfit & jewellery:
UFO coat that Sophie had since 2013 or so.
Bespoke dress by Emilia Wickstead, first worn to Ascot in 2016.
Headscarf, no ID. possibly gift to HRH.
UFO blue topaz/aquamarine earrings that Sophie had for many years. No ID.
Clutch by Sophie Habsburg Design.
Haven’t seen shoes.
New Apple Watch Hermès – 40mm Bordeaux/Rose Extrême/Rose Azalée Swift Leather Single Tour.

Truro’s Annual Christmas Primestock Show for HRH

On the 5th December, The Countess of Wessex as President of the Truro Christmas Primestock and Produce Society, attended the Truro Primestock Show in Cornwall. Truro’s Annual Christmas Primestock Show is held in a marquee on Lemon Quay in the City Centre on the first Wednesday in December – it is now an established part of the city centre Christmas events season.

photo Edward Bolitho (@cornwall_ll) – the Lord Lieutenant, HM The Queen’s representative in Cornwall and the Lieutenancy, shared by Twitter

It is a very popular event which brings the countryside and farming right into the heart of the City and it is believed to be the only Primestock Show in Britain to be held in the centre of a city, making the Truro Show a unique event. One of tasks for HRH during her visit to the show, was to present the Prizes in the Main Ring. For tiny article about the show, click here.

Outfit & jewellery:
Armani oversized coat. Sold out.
Some sweater & trousers.
Tiffany studs with some necklace.
Brown suede boots, no ID.
Clutch bag most likely by Sophie Habsburg Design. Haven’t seen good pics.

HRH visited Cornish Gouda Company, Operation Encompass, Kreslu Police Charity and 505 (Wessex) Squadron in Cornwall

On the 4th December The Countess of Wessex started her 2-day working visit to Cornwall where HRH was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant (Colonel Edward Bolitho). In the morning Sophie visited the Cornish Gouda Company in Lanreath. The company exhibits at the Truro Primestock and Produce Show, of which the Countess is President, and Her Royal Highness saw how the small dairy farm produces cheese.

photo shared by Cornish Gouda Company via Facebook

The Dutch family (owner of the company) moved from the Netherlands in 1998 to start dairy farming, but due to years of poor milk prices the family could no longer afford to continue running the business. When youngest son, Giel, came home from college to a ‘For Sale’ sign on the farm gate in 2012, he decided he would make the business viable by diversifying the farm through the production of Cornish Gouda Cheese.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

At the age of 19, Giel founded the Cornish Gouda Company to successfully diversify the family dairy farm. Giel produces Cornish Gouda cheese by hand using traditional techniques learnt in Holland. Giel and his parents work closely together to produce the best quality milk to make Cornish Gouda an award winning cheese. Cornish Gouda Company strives for zero food miles in its supply chain, and welcome recommendations to become more sustainable and eco-friendly.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

As always, my favourite pics from that portion of the visit show HRH interacting with various animals, such as cows and even ducks. Daily Mail has tiny article, Hello as well. Afterwards, Her Royal Highness visited Bodmin Police Hub, to find out more about Operation Encompass – a police and education partnership which offers support to children and young people affected by domestic abuse.

photo by Jessica Greenhalgh shared by Torpoint Nursery and Infant School

Operation Encompass is a charitable organisation set up in 2011 by a former Devon and Cornwall police officer David Carney-Haworth and his head teacher wife – Elisabeth Carney-Haworth, the scheme puts officers in touch with trusted members of staff at their school, which has since enabled effective interventions to many thousands of children who’ve experienced domestic abuse. Its volunteers, trustees, and patrons are working tirelessly to ensure that police and schools throughout the country are able to address victims of domestic abuse consistently and coherently.

photo by Jessica Greenhalgh shared by Torpoint Nursery and Infant School

Dame Esther Rantzen and broadcaster Anneka Rice are both Patrons. Dame Esther works with various charitable causes, she also founded the charities ChildLine (HRH is Patron), promoting child protection, which she set up in 1986, and The Silver Line, designed to combat loneliness, which she set up in 2012. During that visit Sophie hugged Joanne Beverley, who’s family was a victim of abuse. Joanne’s sister (Natalie Hemming) was murdered by her abusive husband, when she finally decided to leave him and start a new life. Natalie’s story can be found here.

photography by Russell Sachs – HRH with Kirstie Hemming – the youngest patron of Operation Encompass

Natalie Hemming‘s fourteen-year-old daughter, Kirstie Hemming last month became the youngest patron of Operation Encompass. Speaking as the youngest patron of the scheme, compared to fellow patrons Dame Esther Rantzen, Dame Vera Baird and Anneka Rice, she said: “I think it’s got to have a viewpoint from all ages and from first hand experience as well.” Sophie unveiled a plaque to celebrate the setting up of a charity. New figures show that Operation Encompass helped 46,561 youngsters over 12 months across the country. For articles about that portion of the visit, click here and here.

photo courtesy of @Kreslu shared via Facebook

Then the Countess visited Kreslu Police Charity – brand new charity, working to support injured police officers and staff in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly. Kreslu is a Cornish word for police. During her visit, The Countess met with seriously injured officers, some of the amazing fundraisers and saw the luxury hampers they provide to injured or seriously ill officers, staff & volunteers. The Countess also witnessed the donation from PC Ben James in a form a cheque, who trekked 250km over 13 days across the Arctic to raise money for Kreslu, donating £1,040! To learn more about BLUE LIGHT HIKE, click here.

photo courtesy of @Kreslu shared via Facebook

The Countess also visited RAF St Mawgan, 505 (Wessex) Squadron, where she presented special commendations to members of the Squadron. This is the 100th anniversary of the RAF and The Countess saw various training activities as well as met members of the Squadron. The South Wests RAF Reserve squadron, based in Newquay is actively recruiting ages 18-54 to join the RAF in their spare time to get paid to do #NoOrdinaryJob. Formed in 2015, 505 (Wessex) Squadron is the only of its kind in the south-west.

photo courtesy of RAF St Mawgan shared via Facebook

During her visit, The Countess was introduced to a range of equipment and vehicles available to the squadron, as part of a broader push from the Ministry of Defence to strengthen the service. HRH also got involved in a cooking lesson by making a flatbread under the guidance of Sgt Riddle. To mark her visit Sophie unveiled a plaque. For more about that portion of HRH’s visit including video reportage by Forces TV click here.

Outfit & jewellery:
STELLA MCCARTNEY Vivienne double-breasted wool-blend coat.
Scarf by Lanvin.
Navy dress seen before, no ID.
Croi Sliogan Designer Silver Drop Earrings by Martina Hamilton.
Croi Sliogan Designer Silver Shell Pendant on snake chain by Martina Hamilton.
Prada black suede boots.
Dubarry Galway Gortex Waterproof Knee High Boots, Walnut Leather.

Gala Dinner at Hampton Court Palace

29 November 2018
The Earl of Wessex, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, and The Countess of Wessex, Global Ambassador, that evening attended a Gala Dinner at Hampton Court Palace. Nothing has been shared.

30 November 2018
The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Founders, Wessex Youth Trust, held a Meeting.

Reception at Buckingham Palace celebrating ten years of ‘Better Lives’ at LCF

On the 28th  November, The Countess of Wessex, Global Ambassador of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, in the afternoon held a Meeting. Her Royal Highness as London College of Fashion‘s Patron, in the evening held a Reception at Buckingham Palace. Event hosted by HRH celebrated ten years of Better Lives at LCF, encapsulating projects that use the power of fashion to tackle issues around equality, social mobility, diversity and sustainability.

photo by Unai Mateo Lopez for LCF

At the reception The Countess spoke about her commitment to the college – which began in 2013 – and her dedication to projects such as Making for Change. HRH said: “What I love about the college is that it isn’t just about educating young people to create business opportunities, to create careers in and around the fashion industry, it also is an outward facing college and it takes its responsibilities very seriously.”

photo by Unai Mateo Lopez for LCF

To give female prisoners the chance to come out of prison with a genuine job opportunity is a wonderful thing to do, and I’m thrilled that the college is working with recovered female prisoners. So, that’s just one example. And, of course this is just one part of the Better Lives programme. That, alongside sustainable fashion, which is becoming more and more prevalent. But we still have a lot of work to do and the London College is taking its part very seriously in ensuring that students are aware of how to sustain fashion and keep it on the agenda.”

photo by Unai Mateo Lopez for LCF

Sophie also joked by saying: “I can’t claim that my track record in fashion has always been as good as it is today, but you know, we learn in time.”HRH spoke with many invited guests, including plus size model Felicity (@FelicityHayward), who tweeted afterwards: “Such an honour to be at the Palace last night to meet HRH The Countess of Wessex and to talk all things #SelfLoveBringsBeauty and sizing in the fashion industry.”

photo by Unai Mateo Lopez for LCF

Head of LCF Professor Frances Corner also spoke at the event and reflected on how far the college had come – helping fashion as a discipline to extend and expand its influence, countering traditional stereotypes of fashion as a lightweight subject and how over the past ten years, the college has redefined its agenda, placing sustainability and social responsibility at the heart of what they do. She also wrote an entry on her website with a great attention to detail on the background of the event. You will find her article at her official website, by clicking here.

photo by Unai Mateo Lopez for LCF

For full press release by London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, click here. For Royal Family’s website coverage click here. For Daily Mail’s coverage click here.

Outfit & jewellery:
Black turtleneck.
New Jupiter flared floral-jacquard midi skirt by Temperley London. ID courtesy of Ashley Marie.
Tiffany studs paired with citrine drops from Heavenly Necklaces.
Hermes Constance charm in rose gold set with 65 diamonds.
LP Bennett black suede pumps.

75th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner in aid of the Defence Medical Welfare Service in Bagshot Park

On the 27 November in the morning, The Countess of Wessex as Disability Initiative Patron held a Meeting. In the evening, HRH as Patron hosted a 75th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner in aid of the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) at her private residence in Bagshot Park.

photo courtesy of the DMWS

Paul Gaffney, DMWS CEO, said: “It’s an honour for DMWS to be hosted in the home of our Patron, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex. She has already demonstrated fantastic support for the charity and is a true ambassador for our cause.”

photo courtesy of @Psgaffney19P shared via Twitter

According to the press release, The DMWS are celebrating 75 years of ‘Caring for those who Serve’. The evening was an opportunity to reflect on the service DMWS have provided to over 1 million members of the Armed Forces Community whom the charity has supported since 1943.

photo courtesy of the DMWS

A the event, Alan Titchmarsh, was reunited with DMWS welfare officer Nathan Cumberland, following the veterans garden makeover on the BBC’s ‘Love Your Garden’ show, which aired in July 2018. Alan is a host of this TV show. In this particular episode (s08202) HRH had a cameo, Sophie sent a message of support to the veteran and his family.

print screen of ‘Love Your Garden’ show

Nathan Cumberland suffered a life-changing injury in Afghanistan and had to have both of his legs amputated. He now works with Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS), based at Redenham Park, and dedicates his time to support elderly veterans at a project based in Nottinghamshire.

I wanted to add few quotes from the people who attended the event. Jason Stone (@JasonStone_DMWS): “Had the privilege of attending the @TheDMWS Caring for those who Serve Fundraising Dinner last night at Bagshot Park. Meeting Alan Titchmarsh and HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO was awesome but I have to say, hearing the inspiring stories from our service users topped it off!

Paul Gaffney (@Psgaffney19P): “A fantastic evening highlighting the work of DMWS. Many thanks to HRH Countess of Wessex for hosting the event. The dinner highlighted the fantastic work that our Welfare Officers do in supporting those who serve on behalf of the nation.” PS. Will add few more pics to my post if that will be possible.

Outfit & jewellery:
Jacket worn to several events over the last few years, not sure it was ever ID’d.
Sunshine metallic pleated skirt by Emilia Wickstead.
The Fun Hoops (earrings) by Heavenly Necklaces.

Royal Welsh Winter Fair

On the 26th November, The Countess of Wessex as Patron of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO), in the morning, attended the Royal Welsh Winter Fair at the Royal Welsh Showground, where she was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Powys (Mrs. Tia Jones).

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

First staged in 1990, the Winter Fair is now firmly established as one of the most popular attractions on the British agricultural show calendar. Leading stockmen from all over the UK compete for the top accolades in the competitions running throughout the two-day event.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

Each year the event is being organized by the The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, organization that was formed in 1904, with the first show held in Aberystwyth in the same year. The Society has come a long way since those early days and the Royal Welsh Show has become an important event in the Welsh calendar.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

HRH visited opening day of the event, and it was the second visit to the Royal Welsh Showground for the Countess, but her first to the prestigious Royal Welsh Winter Fair, having first visited the Royal Welsh Show with the Earl of Wessex back in 2003.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

Whilst at the fair, HRH The Countess of Wessex had the opportunity to visit all areas of the event including the new start-up farmers market, the Winter Fair Taste Test competitions, the homecrafts and horticulture displays and, of course, the livestock, the event’s star attraction.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

During her visit, The Countess of Wessex met young farmers making Christmas decorations and members of the agricultural academy, as well as those taking part in a Christmas Tree competition. The Countess also met people taking part in the equine show as well as those in the sheep ring. Finally, HRH presented the “baby supreme championship” in the main event ring.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

After the event, William Hanks, Honorary Winter Fair Director said: “It was a pleasure to have a visit from the Countess at this year’s Winter Fair. The five hour visit was packed full and the time soon flew by as we took in the very best that this wonderful event has to offer.”

photo courtesy of the @DunbiaGroup shared via Twitter

“Her Royal Highness has a keen interest in agriculture and her knowledge of the industry was apparent as she showed a genuine interest in all sections of the event and chatted freely with everyone she met. We very much hope she enjoyed her visit to the showground as much as we did.”

photo by @cwmfarmsalami shared via Twitter

For press release about the Winter Fair, click here. Articles about HRH’s visit can be found here and here. Gallery of pics can be found here. The most detailed article can be found here, there is also a video from HRH’s visit.

Outfit & jewellery:
STELLA MCCARTNEY Vivienne double-breasted wool-blend coat.
Blue turtleneck.
Hippo Splat pendant by Patrick Mavros. 
Patrick Mavros Sea Urchin Petite Stud Earrings in Black Diamond.
Some black boots.
Clutch most likely by Sophie Habsburg Design.

LSE Towers renaming and Prevention of Sexual Violence Initiative Film Festival attended by HRH

On the 23rd November, (in the morning) The Countess of Wessex attended the Renaming of the LSE Towers at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) after key figures in the British suffrage movement. The change of name is part of the wider activities of LSE to mark 100 years since the extension of suffrage in Britain, when the first women won the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

photo by LSE via Flickr – click on pic to be redirected & view full gallery

Formerly known as ‘The Towers’, the three buildings in London have been renamed Pankhurst House, Fawcett House and Pethick-Lawrence House after the suffrage campaigners Emmeline Pankhurst, Millicent Garrett Fawcett and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence.  The buildings are on the same site as the London headquarters of the Women Social and Political Union, founded by Emmeline Pankhurst and supported by Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence.

photo by LSE via Flickr – HRH with Dr Helen Pankhurst.

At the campus, The Countess met former LSE visiting professor and great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst (an international development and women’s rights activist and writer), and former LSE student and Feminist Campaigner – Caroline Emma Criado-Perez. Sophie also viewed a Suffragette display – “Make a Stand” – which explains more about the campaign, in the 100th year since the first women in Britain were given the right to vote.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

The “Make a Stand” exhibition, located at the school’s Atrium gallery is a display of life-sized images of 59 men and women who fought for female suffrage and are featured on the plinth of the statue for Millicent Garrett Fawcett in Parliament Square and specially commissioned by the Mayor of London to mark the centenary of some women getting the vote for the first time.

photo by LSE via Flickr – HRH with students dressed as suffragettes outside the newly named Pankhurst House in Clement’s Inn.

During her visit, The Countess also met staff and students. Sophie also spoke to the students about the Suffragette campaign as well as about issues women face today. (Young students were dressed as Suffragettes and marched through the campus). The Countess herself is involved with a number of organisations that support and celebrate women’s success in business, culture, and public service.

photo by LSE via Flickr – HRH with Caroline Emma Criado-Perez, Helen Pankhurst and Professor Julia Black.

Finally, to commemorate the renaming of the buildings, The Countess unveiled a plaque at a reception. To learn more about the event click here, to find out more about suffragettes and their movement, click here. As a trivia, Meryl Streep, back in 2015 starred in a movie titled “Suffragette”, where she portrayed Emmeline Pankhurst (though it was more of a support character to the plot of a movie). For article by Dr Helen Pankhurst about her involvement in the movie, click here.

photo by Foreign and Commonwealth Office via Flickr

In the afternoon, Her Royal Highness attended the Prevention of Sexual Violence Initiative Film Festival at the British Film Institute in London. This two day festival (23-24th November), organized by the UK Foreign Office Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI), aims to harness the power of film and cinema to help fight the discrimination so often faced by survivors of sexual violence in conflict.

photo by Foreign and Commonwealth Office via Flickr

It is also providing an opportunity for young filmmakers from conflict-affected and Commonwealth countries to fight the stigma. The PSVI Film Festival marks the one year countdown to the UK hosting the international meeting on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative, in November 2019. At the festival, thirty eight films and documentaries from around the world were screened – sharing stories of survivors and the inspiring people working alongside them.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

The event was supported by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Angelina Jolie, co-founder of this humanitarian initiative and UNHCR Special Envoy. The festival is the first of its kind to be dedicated to the issue, and it is hoped that it will help rally global action to end it.

To learn more about the event, click here. For Daily Mail’s coverage, click here.