Opening of the Cardiac Hybrid Suite and Children’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scanner at Leeds Children’s Hospital by HRH

Yesterday in the morning (26th March), The Countess of Wessex as Patron of Leeds Children’s Hospital, opened the Cardiac Hybrid Suite and Children’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scanner at Leeds Children’s Hospital. HRH was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire (Mr. Edmund Anderson).

photo courtesy of Leeds Children’s Hospital shared via Twitter

After Leeds Children’s Hospital on Facebook:

Yesterday we were delighted to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex to officially open our brand new MRI and Cardiac Hybrid Suite.

Funded by generous donations from our charity partners Leeds Cares and Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, the new theatre suite has created a dedicated environment for children’s cardiac surgery and neurosurgery.

photo courtesy of Leeds Children’s Hospital shared via Twitter

The new theatre complex will improve the care provided to young patients with complex congenital heart disease, and those undergoing neurosurgery by supporting the internationally recognised work of our expert teams.

The cardiac hybrid theatre allows cardiac surgeons and cardiologists to perform surgery at the same time which means the skills of both specialists can be employed together, reducing treatment time for patients.

photo courtesy of Leeds Children’s Hospital shared via Twitter

The intra-operative MRI scanner allows scans to be done during neurological surgical procedures. This means surgeons will be able to see straight away how much of a brain tumour has been removed rather than scanning at a later date to discover that additional procedures may be required.

As a result, young patients will need fewer general anaesthetics, MRI scans and surgical procedures.

photo courtesy of Leeds Children’s Hospital shared via Twitter

The new theatre suite links directly to existing theatres in Clarendon Wing thanks to work undertaken by Leeds-based contractor BAM Construct UK.

Leeds Cares is the charity partner of Leeds Teaching Hospitals – helping to provide exceptional healthcare. Leeds Cares supports all the causes and appeals currently raising money for Leeds Teaching Hospitals. You will find more details by clicking here.

photo courtesy of Leeds Children’s Hospital shared via Twitter

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund supports children and adults born with congenital heart disease across Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. Working alongside the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit at Leeds General Infirmary, charity is funded by generous donations from the general public, corporate supporters and by the amazing efforts of the fundraisers.

photo shared via Twitter by Major General Paul Nanson (@ArmyComdtRMAS) – nurse Chantelle Whelan received the QARANC Talbot-New Cup from HRH

In the afternoon, Her Royal Highness, Colonel-in-Chief of Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, attended the Chief Nursing Officer Symposium to discuss the Corps’ past and future at Defence Medical Services in Lichfield, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire (Mr. Ian Dudson). HRH handed out prizes to those recognised for their outstanding work over the last year. Tiny article can be found here.

Outfit & jewellery:
Custodi double-breasted brushed wool coat by S MAX MARA.
Baker polka-dot wrap-around silk dress by Diane Von Furstenberg.
“S” necklace.
Leeds Children’s Hospital pin/badge.
Clutch by Sophie Habsburg.
Suede pumps by Prada.

Reception at Guildford Cathedral to celebrate the Centenary of the Women’s Royal Army Corps Association

Yesterday in the afternoon (22nd March), The Countess of Wessex attended a Reception at Guildford Cathedral to celebrate the Centenary of the Women’s Royal Army Corps Association. HRH was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey (Mr Michael More-Molyneux).

photo shared by Surrey Lieutenancy (@SLieutenancy) via Twitter

The Women’s Royal Army Corps (WRAC) was the corps to which all women in the British Army belonged from 1949 to 1992, except medical, dental and veterinary officers and chaplains, the Ulster Defence Regiment which recruited women from 1973, and nurses (who belonged to Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps).

photo shared by Women’s Royal Army Corps Association via Facebook

The WRAC was formed on 1 February 1949 by Army Order 6 as the successor to the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) that had been founded in 1938. For much of its existence, its members performed administrative and other support tasks. HM The Queen Mother became Commandant in Chief of WRAC in 1949.

photo shared by Women’s Royal Army Corps Association via Facebook

In October 1990 WRAC officers employed with other corps were transferred to those corps and in April 1992 the WRAC was disbanded and its remaining members transferred to the Corps they served with. For detailed history of WRAC organization, click here.

photo shared by Women’s Royal Army Corps Association via Facebook

Yesterday, WRAC Association held a Canapes Reception in the Nave of Guildford Cathedral, in order to cement their relationship with Guildford and its Cathedral, as the Association’s ‘Mother city and church’. Reception was attended by The Countess as VIP guest.

photo shared by Surrey Lieutenancy (@SLieutenancy) via Twitter

For the Association’s Centenary Year, the Grand Reunion is being held in Southampton during this weekend. More pictures from the event will be available on WRAC website next week. For blog post about the event by The High Sheriff of Surrey click here.

Outfit & jewellery:
Custodi double-breasted brushed wool coat by S MAX MARA.
Earrings seen before, no ID.
Burberry Prorsum Camel Animal Print Silk Scarf.
Clutch bag by Sophie Habsburg Design.
Prada suede black boots.

Wellbeing of Women Reception attended by HRH

On the 20th March in the afternoon The Countess of Wessex as President of the Royal Smithfield Club attended a forum at Convocation Hall in London. According to Meat Managment article:

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photo via Meat Managment, click on pic to be redirected; L-R: David Gunner, Joint Chief Executive Dovecote Park Ltd, Heather Jenkins, former Waitrose & Partners director, HRH and William Bedell, Chairman Royal Smithfield Club.

The Royal Smithfield Club’s president HRH The Countess of Wessex has presented the Royal Smithfield Club Bicentenary Trophy which celebrates the bi-centenary of the founding of the Smithfield Club in 1798. The trophy is awarded each year to a person or organisation deemed to have made a significant contribution to the UK meat industry. Full article can be found here.

In the evening HRH attended a Wellbeing of Women Reception at Working Title Films in London. At the event, Sophie joined charities Wellbeing of Women and The Urology Foundation to celebrate raising £153,000 for men and women’s health through Hike For Hope.

Photography by John Dick, courtesy of Wellbeing of Women.

As a supporter of Wellbeing of Women the Countess presented the cheque and met with the intrepid hikers who completed their adventure at the end of last year. The Hike for Hope trekkers tackled the Simien mountain range over seven days and on the final day reached the summit after a 3.30am start and a gruelling 14-hour ascent to the top in November 17 – 28 2018.

Photography by John Dick, courtesy of Wellbeing of Women.

The trek was led by the Queen’s former Surgeon Gynaecologist and Wellbeing of Women Honorary president Sir Marcus Setchell (who recently celebrated his 75th birthday), and renowned prostate surgeon Professor Roger Kirby (68). Sir Marcus  and Roger took part in the last of their Hike for Hope Series which to date has raised £1.4 million. They were joined by friends, colleagues and supporters.

Photography by John Dick, courtesy of Wellbeing of Women.

More than a decade ago Sir Marcus Setchell, Wellbeing of Women’s Hon President, and renowned prostate surgeon Roger Kirby embarked on their first Hike for Hope in order to raise funds for both gynaecological and urological charities. Since then they have completed six treks across Jordan, Kenya, the Sinai desert, India, the Atlas Mountains and the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia. To learn more click here.

Photography by John Dick, courtesy of Wellbeing of Women.

Founded 55 years ago, Wellbeing of Women is one of the only charities finding cures and treatments across the breadth of female reproductive health, including pregnancy & childbirth, fertility, gynaecological cancers, and overlooked areas like endometriosis, PCOS and the menopause.

Photography by John Dick, courtesy of Wellbeing of Women.

Many of the routine tests and treatments that form everyday clinical practice can be traced back to charity’s work, such as the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and the importance of taking folic acid for the health of the unborn baby. Wellbeing of Women also funded Professor Henry Kitchener, who linked HPV to cervical cancer which led to the HPV vaccination program in schools, making cervical cancer preventable for the first time. Only 2.48% of publicly funded research is dedicated to reproductive health and childbirth which makes charity’s work vital.

Photography by John Dick, courtesy of Wellbeing of Women.

The Urology Foundation (that was also present at the event and took part in the trek) is the only UK charity to help improve the diagnosis, care and treatment for all urological conditions through research and education for urology professionals.

Photography by John Dick, courtesy of Wellbeing of Women.

I also wanted to thank Sarah and Wellbeing of Women team for their swift response, providing me with images and additional information about the event – very kind of you all!

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photo: © Beaumont Photography courtesy of The Wallace Collection

Later in the evening, The Countess of Wessex as Patron of the Wallace Collection held a Dinner at Buckingham Palace. They never shared anything from their events, so I stopped asking. To my huge surprise, today – 28th March, The Wallace Collection shared one photo from this event with such information:

Celebrating the bicentenary year of Lady Wallace’s birth, our Royal Patron HRH, The Countess of Wessex hosted a gala for the Wallace Collection at Buckingham Palace. An exciting week for the Wallace and great way to end #WomensHistoryMonth!

Outfit & jewellery:
Joseph Nessie jacket. No longer available. Sophie had it for several years.
Past season Oscar De La Renta Jaquard Dress.
The Circle of Love ‘Diamond’ Stud Earrings by Heavenly Necklaces.
Watch by Chanel.

The Countess of Wessex attended a Lunch at The Caledonian Club

On 19th March The Countess of Wessex as Patron of British Wheelchair Basketball, in the morning held a Meeting at St James’s Palace. Later in the afternoon HRH attended a Lunch at The Caledonian Club in London.

Update, additional info courtesy of Susan W.:

Just to let you know that I was fortunate to give the Countess of Wessex flowers as she arrived at the Caledonian Club on Tuesday. Sophie looked very elegant in a black leather jacket over a patterned chiffon dress. Her hair was swept up to the side and held in place by a jewelled hair clip. There were no photographers outside the event due perhaps to their covering the joint visit of The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge at Kings College and later the Duchess of Cambridge at the Foundling Museum. Such a shame! I do not take photos myself.

Sophie works very hard and does not always receive photo coverage or recognition for this work ,

I was only able to find one tweet by GP Family Offices (@GPFOffices):

Thank you to everyone who attended the MedTech Lunch yesterday at The Caledonian Club. It was great to see the Countess of Wessex too!

That’s all I have.

HRH’s visit to New York – Day 2

On the second day of the visit to New York, The Countess of Wessex (in the morning) attended a Breakfast Meeting on women, peace and security at the Residence of the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations (Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce) in New York City.

photo Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt) shared via Twitter

Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt): “When women participate in conflict resolution it’s 50% more likely to succeed. Delighted to start #CSW63 by co-hosting UNSC members & NGOs with HRH The Countess of Wessex for a discussion on support for women peacebuilders.”

photo Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt) shared via Twitter

HRH and Lord Ahmad met with activists, UN experts and fellow UN Security Council members for a discussion on supporting women building peace at the grassroots level. Her Royal Highness later attended a Conference on peace, security and human rights at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

photo by UK at the UN (@UKUN_NewYork) shared via Twitter

UK at the UN (@UKUN_NewYork): “as HRH The Countess of Wessex listens to the experiences of women who defend human rights in Colombia, Yemen & Chechnya, the consensus at CSW63 was that the international community must redouble efforts to create a safe space for Women Human Rights Defenders.”

photo shared by the Royal Family

At the President of the General Assembly’s ‘Women in Power’ event, The Countess gave a speech on the challenges facing women’s participation and leadership, the role and responsibility of the UN & the Women, Peace and Security Agenda initiative, to help give women a voice. In her speech HRH said:

As I suggested to an all-male board on a recent trip, if all the seats at the table are full, you just need to pull up an extra chair.

This is my first visit to CSW and my first opportunity to see the UN in action on these issues. It has made me even more determined to use my position to break down the silence around sexual violence, and I will champion women’s full and meaningful participation in peace processes, as part of my wider support for implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

Full speech can be found here. Video of HRH’s speech is here (it starts at about 3 h 20 min.

Gillian Bird (@AustraliaUN): “@KellyODwyer gets a chance at #CSW63 to congratulate HRH The Countess of Wessex on a fantastic statement on #genderequality and talk to her about women’s economic security and #WESStatement.”

photo by Gillian Bird (@AustraliaUN) shared via Twitter

The Countess of Wessex afterwards attended a Roundtable Discussion on the “Future of Women’s Leadership” at the UN Headquarters.

photo Sam Grout-Smith (@SamGroutSmith) shared via Twitter

Her Royal Highness this afternoon attended a Lunch with the Baroness Hodgson of Abinger (Co-Chairman, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security) at the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York City.

photo Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt) shared via Twitter

The Countess of Wessex later attended a Meeting with the Dr Denis Mukwege Foundation at the United Nations Headquarters. The Countess met survivors, advocates and UN representatives to learn more about what is being done across the world to support women.

photo Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt) shared via Twitter

The Countess attended a panel discussion with Tatiana Mukanire from the Mukwege Foundation. “Survivors’ voices need to be at the heart of the global effort to end sexual violence in conflict.”

photo by UK at the UN (@UKUN_NewYork) shared via Twitter – HRH embraces Tatiana Mukanire – survivor of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt): “The UK is committed to putting survivors of conflict-related sexual violence at the heart of our policy. Honoured to attend @MukwegeFound and Belgium event alongside HRH The Countess of Wessex to discuss a holistic approach to supporting survivors.”

photo by Alya Ahmed Saif Al Thani (@AmbAlyaAlThani) – HRH with Al Mayassa Al Thani

In the evening, The Countess attended a Commonwealth Day Reception to mark the 70th anniversary of modern Commonwealth. At the reception, The Countess spoke of having “huge pride in being a part of this incredible family of nations.”

As you all know, the Commonwealth is something that is close to the hearts of all members of the Royal Family. We take huge pride in being a part of this incredible family of nations headed by Her Majesty The Queen, who has been stalwart in her leadership, taking a close personal interest for many years and instilling the whole family with the same respect and interest she has shown throughout her reign.

Therefore I am delighted to be with you to celebrate such a special day.

Read The Countess’ full speech at the Commonwealth Day Reception at the Office of the Commonwealth here.

At the reception, The Countess also reaffirmed her commitment to champion women’s full and meaningful participation in peace processes.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

The Countess of Wessex later departed from John F Kennedy International Airport, New York City, for the United Kingdom.

The Countess’ visit to New York followed on from pledging support on IWD19 to further the UK efforts on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (WPS) and the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI).

Royal family’s coverage can be found here. I’m afraid HRH’s visit wasn’t covered at all by media. The coverage by Royal family is also very limited.

Outfit – not that important.

HRH attends Opening Ceremony of CSW at the UN’s Headquarters in New York

In the afternoon of the 10th March, The Countess of Wessex departed from Heathrow Airport in London, for the New York in United States of America. Mr Alexander Stonor and Mrs Angus Galletley were in attendance.

On the next day, in the morning, The Countess of Wessex attended a Breakfast Meeting at the Residence of the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations (Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce) in New York City.

Karen Pierce became the UK’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York in March 2018. She is the first woman to be given the most prestigious post in the British diplomatic service since the UN’s formation in 1945.

photo by Stroud High School (@StroudHigh) shared via Twitter

A group of Stroud High School students were invited to meet with HRH The Countess of Wessex at the UK Missìon – HRH spent 40 minutes with the students and they discussed a range of complex issues relating to gender inequality. HRH generously answered some pertinent questions, posed and stated that she wished she could have had more time with them.

photo by UK at the UN (@UKUN_NewYork) shared via Twitter

Her Royal Highness later attended the Opening Ceremony of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN’s Headquarters in New York City. CSW has been described as the UN organ promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.

photo by @BGIPU – The British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union, shared via Twitter

The UNCSW was established in 1946 as a mechanism to promote, report on and monitor issues relating to the political, economic, civil, social and educational rights of women. It was a unique official structure for drawing attention to women’s concerns and leadership within the UN.

photo by @WAGGGSdelegates –  World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, shared via Twitter

Later in the afternoon, The Countess of Wessex attended the United Kingdom’s Non-Governmental Organisation’s Reception given by the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations at the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza.

photo by @BGIPU – The British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union, shared via Twitter

Her Royal Highness later received Ms Esther Dingemans (Director, the Dr Mukwege Foundation) and Ms Elizabeth Bohard (Co-Director, Nadia’s Initiative) at the Residence of the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

photo by UK at the UN (@UKUN_NewYork) shared via Twitter

During CSW63, HRH The Countess of Wessex met with survivors and advocates working to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war with Mukwege Foundation & Nadia’s Initiative – initiatives founded by Nobel Peace Prize winners Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad.

The Countess of Wessex afterwards received Ms Pramila Patten (United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict) at the United Nations Headquarters.

To learn more about the Opening of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), click here, and also here.

Outfit & jewellery:
New, The Brooke Dress in Apple Green w/ Pale Blue Belt, by Aross Girl.
Some dark blue blazer.
TBU.

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.

Commonwealth Day 2019 with interview by HRH

On the 11th March 2019, people in Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe observed the Commonwealth Day. The day was celebrated with a broad range of activities, including faith and civic gatherings, debates, school assemblies, flag raising ceremonies, street parties, cultural events and a multicultural, multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey.

print screen of BBC video

The theme for 2019 is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, which offers opportunities for the people, governments and institutions of this richly diverse family of nations to connect and work together at many levels through far-reaching and deep-rooted networks of friendship and goodwill. This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth.

HRH’s letter – click on photo to read an online version of the letter

Since HRH couldn’t attend the service as she travelled to New York to take part in Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, The Countess of Wessex has written a letter to the people of Malawi – congratulating them on removing the risk of trachoma. HRH is Vice-Patron of Queen Jubilee Trust, which works across the Commonwealth to end avoidable blindness.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

Today marks two years since Queen Jubilee Trust’s Vice-Patron HRH visited Malawi to see the work of the Trust’s Trachoma Initiative in action. During her visit, The Countess met Safira, now aged 14. Like many school children across Malawi, Safira has played a significant role in the country’s efforts to eliminate trachoma by teaching her community about the dangers of the disease and how to prevent it. To learn more about Safira, and her story since meeting HRH, click here.

photo DiamondJubileeTrust (@qejubileetrust) shared via Twitter

Malawi is the first country within the Trust’s Trachoma Initiative to have reduced the prevalence of the disease to under 5% of the population – a huge milestone in its journey to wipe out the disease in its entirety. In her letter, The Countess wrote:

I am delighted to hear the news that it is now official: Malawi has removed the risk of trachoma across the country.

For millennia, trachoma has blighted the lives of millions. Slowly and painfully, people lose their sight. They become unable to leave their homes, go to work and provide for their families. Children miss school as they have to stay at home to care for their relatives. Communities are trapped in a cycle of poverty, moving from one generation to the next.

But now trachoma is preventable and treatable. With leadership and a concerted effort over several years, it can be eliminated.

Also today, an interview with The Countess of Wessex on her work to champion the elimination of avoidable blindness across the Commonwealth was aired as part of A Service of Celebration for the Commonwealth on BBC One. You will fine the video on The Commonwealth official website, click here – it’s titled Commonwealth Day BBC One feature. For video of the service attended by the Royal family, click here. For press release by the Trust on HRH’s letter, click here.

Reception at Buckingham Palace for ‘Women Peacebuilders’

Today in the afternoon, The Countess of Wessex hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for International Woman’s Day 2019 to highlight the vital role women play in building peace in countries affected by conflict.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

The reception celebrated women from all over the world working to achieve peace, and bring together survivors of conflict, representatives from Human Rights at Foreign and Commonwealth Office, charities and United Nations agencies to show support and encourage women’s role in peacebuilding efforts.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

Today was also a chance to share ideas and encourage more women to participate in peacebuilding across the world. The Countess has been learning more about this area in recent months – meeting key people working to prevent & respond to sexual violence in conflict.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

The Countess has been learning about how UK initiatives help put more women and girls at the centre of conflict resolution, encouraging women’s participation in building peace and supporting survivors of sexual violence in conflict.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

Research shows that peace agreements are 35% more likely to last at least 15 years if women are involved in negotiations. But analysis shows that between 1990 and 2017, women made up only 2% of mediators, 8% of peace negotiators and 5% of witnesses and signatories in all major peace processes.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

At the reception, The Countess has met some remarkable women peacebuilders – Women Mediators across the Commonwealth (WMC) is an innovative new network of women mediators coming together to exchange and learn from each other, and to advocate for the increased representation of women in peace processes globally.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

Today’s reception was a perfect opportunity fot The Countess of Wessex to announce her commitment to champion the UK’s work on Women, Peace and Security and the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

Addressing an audience of women peacebuilders, academics, representatives from NGOs, charities & UN agencies, The Countess pledged her commitment:

As someone who firmly believes in the equality of men and women, I feel drawn to your cause and to do what I can to help raise further awareness of your work. To help give voice to women and girls who are being denied their fundamental rights as humans and are being subjected to harm and violence as a result of conflict, to promote those who seek to play a part in finding peace, and to support others as they attempt to rebuild their lives.

Therefore I am publicly committing myself to doing what I can to champion and support WPS and PSVI and make this a central pillar of my work in the coming months and years.

You will find Sophie’s speech here. The Countess of Wessex has written for the Telegraph ahead of International Women’s Day “Why I’m joining the fight to end the silence around women in conflict”, you will find that post/article here. There’s a follow up article by Camilla Tominey, on why “Countess of Wessex teams up with Angelina Jolie to end rape and sexual violence in war zones” – click here.

photo by Human Rights at FCO (@FCOHumanRights) shared via Twitter

On a private note, I’m glad HRH is taking a serious role and stand in this fight. Sophie’s speech was passionate, and I do hope that she can bring awarness to the cause. Thank you to Rebecca English for covering HRH’s recepetion, you will find more details in her article, click here.

Outfit & jewellery:
New, Victoria Beckham Abstract Print Men’s Shirt.
New, Victoria Beckham Abstract Print Pleated Midi Skirt.
Lucia Odescalchi petal earrings.
“S” necklace.
Tiffany T bracelet.
Gold chain bracelet, no ID.
Suede pumps by Prada.

Market Opening Ceremony to mark International Women’s Day 2019

Today on the 8th of March, The Countess of Wessex Chair of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Women’s Network Forum, attended the Market Opening Ceremony to mark International Women’s Day 2019 at the London Stock Exchange in London.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

After arrival, The Countess viewed the Fearless Girl statue – which was first seen in New York’s Financial District. A copy of the statue will be in the London’s Paternoster Square for six months. The bronze statue by Kristen Visbal, is a symbol of female resilience and was commissioned to encourage gender diversity in the workplace.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

Afterwards, The Countess of Wessex performed the Market Open Ceremony at the London Stock Exchange. Representatives from Founders4School (organization inspiring students by connecting them with local business leaders) also attended the opening ceremony.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

The Countess is the founder and chair of the Women’s Network Forum (WNF), which provides an opportunity for senior leaders from UK companies to discuss the challenges and issues businesses face in attracting, developing, retaining and advancing women in the workplace.

photo by Nicholas Mazzei (@Tsar_Nicholas) shared via Twitter 

Following the Market Opening, HRH and the Women’s Network Forum launched their first report into how businesses tackle gender diversity to unlock the impact of the next generation workplace. WNF’s report was presented to guests comprising of business leaders and “Next Generation” influencers in the workplace.

photo by Brenda Trenowden CBE (@BTrenowden) shared via Twitter

You will find that report buy clicking here. You will need a Linkedin account. To learn more about this event, read the London Stock Exchange press release – here. For Daily Mail’s coverage, here. Afterwards, HRH hosted a reception to support ‘Women Peacebuilders’ on International Women’s Day 2019 at Buckingham Palace. I will cover that engagement in a separate post.

Outfit & jewellery:
Custodi double-breasted brushed wool coat by S MAX MARA.
New to me blouse, cannot ID it.
High-waist wrap-effect wool-crepe midi skirt by Valentino.
Lucia Odescalchi petal earrings.
Some necklace.
Tiffany T bracelet.
Gold chain bracelet, no ID.
Clutch by Sophie Habsburg.
Suede pumps by Prada.