The Earl and Countess of Wessex with The Duke of York announced as Vice Presidents of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

On the 25th April, it has been announced that The Duke of York joined The Earl and Countess of Wessex as new Vice Presidents of the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Their Royal Highnesses were photographed in the private grounds of Windsor Castle earlier this week as they posed for an official photo to commemorate their new roles, with two of The Queen’s Highland ponies, Lomond and Jubilee, who will take part in RWHS Pageant that will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria.

photo © Steve Parsons/Press Association shared by The Duke of York (@TheDukeOfYork) via Twitter

For the first time in its 76 year history, Royal Windsor Horse Show announced the appointment of three Royal Vice Presidents; HRH The Duke of York and TRHs The Earl and Countess of Wessex who will play a significant part in the event which takes place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle from 8 – 12 May. They join HM The Queen, Patron of the Show, and its President HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Simon Brooks-Ward, show director, said:

We are thrilled and honoured to announce our three royal vice presidents. Their active interest and participation in Britain’s largest horse show will be appreciated by all on the showground.

RWHS is located in the private grounds of Windsor Castle, the only time of year the grounds are opened up to the public. The annual Show combines the highest level of sporting action with an unforgettable shopping and gastronomic experience, and a host of thrilling live entertainment.

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Additional title for Prince Edward and The Countess – The Earl and Countess of Forfar.

The Queen has been pleased to grant The Earl of Wessex the additional title of Earl of Forfar – press release:

The Earl of Wessex is Patron of a number of Scottish charitable organisations, such as The Edinburgh International Festival, the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and Badminton Scotland.

As Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, HRH has supported the non formal education of thousands of young people in Scotland and holds annual Gold Award presentations at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

In 2014 The Earl was Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, The Queen’s personal representative to the Assembly.

Their Royal Highnesses will use the title The Earl and Countess of Forfar when in Scotland.

The Earldom of Forfar was created in 1661 and became extinct as a title in 1715. It was a subsidiary title to the Earl of Ormond and was a title held by the Douglas Family.

The 1st Earl of Forfar (1653 to 1712) was Archibald Douglas. His son, also Archibald Douglas, became the 2nd Earl of Forfar (1692 to 1715). The 2nd Earl took the title at the age of 20 and died without issue leaving the Earldom, part of the Peerage of Scotland, extinct.

Forfar is the county town of Angus with a population of just over 14,000. It is the principal county town nearest to Glamis Castle, the seat of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne. It was this family of which the late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was part.

Sunday Service at St. Mary Magdalene Church

On the 30th December HM The Queen took part in the Sunday Service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. This time HM arrived to the church accompanied by her Lady-in-Waiting, while members of her family walked the short distance.

Again we saw The Wessex family, including The Earl and Countess of Wessex with Lady Louise (Viscount James was absent). We also saw, Princess Royal and her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence. There weren’t many photographers that day, so not sure who else attended.

Like mentioned above photographic coverage was poor, Daily Mail did manage to publish few pics of the Wessex family, and you will find those by clicking here. Sadly I don’t have any that I could use on my blog.

Outfit & jewellery:
Fedora most likely by Jane Taylor.
Loewe Collarless V-neck coat.
Some black boots.

2018 Christmas at Sandringham for The Wessex Family

At last, after a looong week I was able to update every entry on my blog. I needed a break, honestly I was certain I won’t be able to do this again. But your messages, understanding and other factors, made me re-think my decission. I know it will be hard. LP starts a half year long tour in January, so I will have plenty on my plate, but we shall see. Maybe I will manage to work it out somehow.

© Geoff Robinson Photography – courtesy of photographer

But let’s get back to the Royals. On the 25th December we saw united family front of royals attending Christmas Mass at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. The Wessex family arrived altogether, walking side by side, shortly after the ‘fabulous four’. Sophie looked elegant as always in her new, bespoke coat by Suzannah and another bespoke creation from her favourite milliner, Jane Taylor.

© Geoff Robinson Photography – courtesy of photographer

Lady Louise looked very pretty in her beige coat and beautiful animal print beret hat also by Jane Taylor (wouldn’t mind owning one myself as well), while Viscount James seemed to refuse wearing any coat whatsoever. I was wondering what wacky tie Prince Edward wore for this occasion, but whatever he has chosen, sadly it was hidden underneath his thick shawl.

© Geoff Robinson Photography – courtesy of photographer

HM The Queen arrived to church with The Duke of York, while his daughters decided to walk. Prince Charles along with Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge arrived hand in hand with The Duke and The Duchess of Sussex. Peter Phillips walked with his both daughters, Savannah and Isla. Autimn Phillips (in a stunning green coat-dress by Clare Mischevani) arrived with Princess Beatrice.

© Geoff Robinson Photography – courtesy of photographer

Newlyweds, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank walked shortly afterwards, followed by The Wessex family, and Princess Royal with her husband Sir Timothy Laurence. Last ones to arrive were Zara and Peter Phillips. This year we haven’t seen The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess of Cornwall. For coverage of that day you may want to check the Daily Mail, click here.

Here, I would like to give my huge thanks to Geoff Robinson (News Photographer based in Cambridge), who each year, since we’ve known each other (online) is sharing his royal Christmas pictures with me – thank you!

Outfit & jewellery:
New, Jane Taylor Millinery bespoke wet look velvet cocktail hat with vintage veil.
New bespoke blue cashmere coat by Suzannah.
Erdem Paisley Vine-print silk-crepe de chine dress.
New, CHAiNGING Berlin Earrings | g o l d by Lucia Odescalchi.
Black suede pumps by LK Bennett.
New pochette (#lunatic #caviar #snake) by Sophie Habsburg.

Sunday Mass for The Wessex family & HM The Queen

On the 23rd December HM The Queen, accompanied by her youngest son Prince Edward, her daughter-in-low, The Countess of Wessex, and her granddaughter, Lady Louise attended Sunday Mass at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham.

photography Paul Marriott (@marriottphotos1), photo posted with kind permission from photographer

Both The Queen and The Countess of Wessex looked lovely in their elegant attires. According to the Sun article, ‘the service was conducted by Sandringham rector, the rev Canon Jonathan Riviere who said prayers “for the aged and little children”.

The congregation joined in the singing of carols Once in Royal David’s City, Away in a Manger, Silent Night, While Shepherds Watch Their flocks by Night and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. To read full article, click here. For Daily Mail coverage click here.

Outfit & jewellery:
Oversized coat which Sophie had for quite some time, never ID’d.
Hicks & Brown Suffolk Fedora in Camel (Pheasant Feather Wrap).
Tiffany citrine studs.
Some gold necklace.
Denver fit-and-flare crepe dress by Emilia Wickstead.
Clutch bag by Sophie Habsburg Design.
Prada – Suede Ankle Boots.

Sophie and Louise at the International Horse Show at London Olympia

On the 21st December, The Countess of Wessex accompanied by her daughter, Lady Louise, attended the International Horse Show at London Olympia. Judging from the few pics released by the PA Agency, Sophie & Louise attended day five of the show and she and her daughter observed The FEI Driving World Cup Presented By Dodson & Horrell.

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I have searched internet for a long time but I cannot find a single “official” word on HRH’s participation in this event, perhaps she and Louise were there privately, since Lady Louise herself is learning a carriage driving, it’s a passion she inherited after her grandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh. For coverage of the event, check Daily Mail article by clicking here.

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Olympia is the only UK Show to host all three FEI World Cup Qualifiers in Dressage, Show Jumping and Driving. Each performance includes an equestrian competition along with a variety of displays from around the World. Held in the Olympia Exhibition Centre, the London International Horse Show celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2007 as ‘one of Europe’s oldest equine competitions’.

Outfit & jewellery:
Sweater possibly by Max Mara.
Gabriela Hearst Spencer Skirt
Hippo splat necklace by Patrick Mavros.
Some black boots.

HM The Queen hosted an annual Christmas lunch for the Royal Family

On the 19th December, HM The Queen and The Duke of Ediburgh hosted an annual traditional Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace for the members of royal family. We saw many familiar faces including The Wessex family. The Countess of Wessex arrived accompanied by her daughter, Lady Louise.

While the Earl of Wessex drove in a separate car accompanied by his son, Viscount James and James’ nanny. Next to Prince Edward was seated some man, possibly new private secretary to TRHs, Alex Stonor, but I am not sure. For images from that event visit The Sun article, by clicking here.

PS. Many of you couldn’t wait until Lady Louise will get her braces, the wait is over, she is already wearing them. Here’s to the speedy process of getting that perfect smile!

Outfit & jewellery:
Possibly Single-breasted wool-blend coat by Vince.
Some scarf seen before.
Tiffany citrine studs.