Sophie, Wessex
Wife of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Sophie, Wessex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex GCVO, is the wife of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, himself the youngest son of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Married in 1999, she worked in public relations until 2002 and now supports her husband in his Royal duties. The Earl and Countess have two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
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Royal visitor in Ribble Valley today - This Is Lancashire
Google News - over 5 years
Countess Sophie met with delegates from 35 countries including Rwanda, Pakistan, Madagascar and Poland to discuss the benefits of girl guiding at one of the organisation's flagship training centres in Waddington. The conference was arranged to allow
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American Foundation for AIDS Research Inspiration Gala - Albany Times Union
Google News - over 5 years
(Getty Images, Jemal Countess) Sophie Bischoff and Lizelle Salvador attend the 2nd Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala at The Museum of Modern Art on June 14, 2011 in New York City. (Getty Images, Jemal Countess) Designers Robert Tagliapietra (L) and Jeffrey
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Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
His occasional bouts of leave were spent in Cairo, at Tara, the rowdy household presided over by a Polish countess, Sophie Tarnowska. It was on a steamy bathroom window in the house that Leigh Fermor and another of Tara's residents, Bill Stanley Moss,
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Kate Middleton Will Be A Princess After All — And It's Causing Some Royal Drama! - Hollywood Life
Google News - over 5 years
William and Kate's story is told in the new issue of Vanity Fair, which points out that the couple's big decision will probably ruffle more than a few royal feathers. The mag points out that Countess Sophie of Wessex originally wanted to be a princess,
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Grace Dent's TV OD: Game Of Thrones - The Guardian
Google News - almost 6 years
I'm certain, were we ever to witness Prince Edward and Countess Sophie of Wessex chucking people to a splattery death from a high tower in a bid to take kingship off Charles, we'd be less inclined to snigger at Eddy's 1987 It's A Royal Knockout
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FILM VIEW; DIRECTORS COME TO GRIPS WITH HISTORY
NYTimes - almost 34 years
As history reinvents itself, so have filmmakers always explored ways in which to interpret those reinventions. From D.W. Griffith to Sergei Eisenstein, from Abel Gance to Cecil B. DeMille, from Erich von Stroheim to Darryl Zanuck, historical films, including two especially successful current releases, have been designed to exploit, teach, amuse,
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'NUIT DE VARENNES,' SPOT OF FRENCH HISTORY
NYTimes - about 34 years
THE great historical pageant that is Ettore Scola's ''La Nuit de Varennes'' unfolds with supreme ease. It begins with a series of casual coincidences and weaves them brilliantly into a vision of one of the most important moments in French history, a vision not the least bit limited by the specifics of its place and time. The time is the French
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sophie, Countess of Wessex
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    On 26 March 2015, she attended the reburial of Richard III of England in Leicester Cathedral.
    More Details Hide Details The Countess of Wessex has been criticised for accepting two sets of jewels from the royal family of Bahrain during an official day-long visit to the country in December 2011, as she and her husband returned to the UK from a trip to Afghanistan. She was given one set by Bahrain’s king and a second set by the country’s prime minister, Sheikh Khalifa ibn Salman Al Khalifa. Her husband, the Earl, received a pen and a watch as well as a silk rug from the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, who also gave the countess a silver and pearl cup. The value of the jewellery has not been estimated and its precise contents were not disclosed. Critics said the countess should sell the gems and give the proceeds to political protesters in Bahrain. Denis MacShane, then a Labour MP and previously a Foreign Office minister, said: “Given the appalling suffering and repression of the Bahraini people, it would be a fitting gesture for the Countess of Wessex to auction these trinkets and distribute the proceeds to the victims of the regime.”
  • 2012
    In February and March 2012, The Earl and Countess visited the Caribbean for the Diamond Jubilee, visiting Saint Lucia, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla and Antigua and Barbuda.
    More Details Hide Details Highlights of the tour included the 50th Anniversary Independence Day celebrations in Saint Lucia, a joint address from both houses of the Barbados Parliament and a visit to sites affected by the recent volcanic eruptions in Montserrat.
  • 2011
    In December 2011, the Countess of Wessex joined her husband visiting troops in Afghanistan.
    More Details Hide Details On the same trip, the royal couple visited Bahrain, and received two gifts of jewels from the Bahraini royal family and Prime Minister. Given concern about human rights abuses in Bahrain, this gift attracted controversy, with calls for the jewels to be sold, and the proceeds used for the benefit of the Bahraini people.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    The Countess returned to Frimley Park Hospital on 17 December 2007, to give birth, again by caesarean section, to her son, James, Viscount Severn.
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  • 2006
    In 2006, the Countess also lent her support to the Born in Bradford research project, which is investigating causes of low birth weight and infant mortality.
    More Details Hide Details The Earl and Countess of Wessex are senior representatives of The Queen at foreign royal events, especially marriages of heirs apparent. In this capacity, the Countess has attended the weddings of the Crown Prince and Princess Martha Louise of Norway, the Crown Prince of Denmark, the Crown Princess of Sweden, Crown Prince Felipe of Spain (now King of Spain), the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, the 40th birthday celebrations for the Prince of Orange (now King of the Netherlands) and the Prince of Monaco's wedding and enthronement.
  • 2003
    In 2003, she became Patron of Tomorrow's People Trust.
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    Two years later, on 8 November 2003, she prematurely gave birth to her daughter, Louise, resulting from a sudden placental abruption that placed both mother and child at risk, and the Countess had to undergo an emergency caesarean section at Frimley Park Hospital, while the Earl of Wessex rushed back from Mauritius.
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  • 2002
    Subsequently, in 2002, both the Earl and Countess announced that they would quit their business interests in order to focus on various activities and official engagements on behalf of the royal family and aid the Queen in her Golden Jubilee year. Sophie met Prince Edward, the youngest son of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, at a charity event in 1993, and the two began their relationship soon afterwards. Their engagement was announced on 6 January 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Edward proposed to Sophie with an engagement ring featuring a two-carat oval diamond flanked by two heart-shaped gemstones set in 18-carat white gold. This engagement ring was made by Asprey and Garrard (now Garrard & Co) and is worth an estimated £105,000. The wedding took place on 19 June of the same year at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, a break from the weddings of Edward's older siblings, which were large, formal events at Westminster Abbey or St Paul's Cathedral. On the day of their marriage, Prince Edward was created a hereditary peer as Earl of Wessex with the subsidiary title of Viscount Severn, and the Queen declared her intention that he be elevated as Duke of Edinburgh when that title reverts to the Crown. Following their union, the couple moved to Bagshot Park, their home in Surrey. The Earl and Countess have two children:
  • 2001
    In December 2001, the Countess was taken to the King Edward VII Hospital after feeling unwell.
    More Details Hide Details It was discovered that she was suffering from an ectopic pregnancy and the foetus had to be removed.
  • 2000
    The Countess of Wessex began to take on various activities and official engagements after her wedding, with her first overseas tour being to the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details She also became patron of a number of organisations, including the SAFC Foundation (the charitable arm of Sunderland A.F.C.) and Girlguiding UK.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Married in 1999, she worked in public relations until 2002 and now assists her husband in his various activities.
    More Details Hide Details The Earl and Countess have two children: James, Viscount Severn, and Lady Louise Windsor, who are respectively tenth and eleventh in line to the British throne. Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones was born at Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, on 20 January 1965, the second child and first daughter of Christopher Bournes Rhys-Jones (born 1931), a retired tyre salesman, and his wife, Mary (née O'Sullivan; 1934–2005), a secretary. She has an elder brother, David, and was named after her father's sister, Helen, who died in a riding accident in 1960. Her godfather, actor Thane Bettany, is her father's stepbrother; both men spent their early life in Sarawak, North Borneo, then a British Protectorate ruled by the White Rajahs. Sophie was raised in a four-bedroom 17th-century farmhouse in Brenchley, Kent. She began her education at Dulwich Preparatory School, before moving on to Kent College, Pembury, where she was friends with Sarah Sienesi, with whom she subsequently shared a flat in Fulham and who later became her lady-in-waiting. She then trained as a secretary at West Kent College, Tonbridge.
  • 1996
    In 1996, Rhys-Jones launched her public relations agency, RJH Public Relations, which she ran with her business partner, Murray Harkin.
    More Details Hide Details In 2001, a News of the World undercover reporter, Mazher Mahmood (later exposed for perjury in Southwark Crown Court), posing as a sheikh, recorded the Countess making disparaging comments about certain members of the British Government and appearing to use her royal status in order to gain clientele. The comments were subsequently published in The Mail on Sunday newspaper, and then by other media outlets. Buckingham Palace released a statement saying the reported comments were "selective, distorted and in several cases, flatly untrue".
  • OTHER
  • 1965
    Born on January 20, 1965.
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