Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Wife of Prince Edward + Earl of 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.… Read More

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1965 Birth Born on January 20, 1965.


1996 31 Years Old In 1996, Rhys-Jones launched her public relations agency, RJH Public Relations, which she ran with her business partner, Murray Harkin. … Read More
1999 34 Years Old …  Married in 1999, she worked in public relations until 2002 and now assists her husband in his various activities. … Read More
2000 35 Years Old 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. … Read More
2001 36 Years Old In December 2001, the Countess was taken to the King Edward VII Hospital after feeling unwell. … Read More
2002 37 Years Old 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. … Read More
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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.


2006 41 Years Old 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. … Read More
2007 42 Years Old The Countess returned to Frimley Park Hospital on 17 December 2007, to give birth, again by caesarean section, to her son, James, Viscount Severn.
2011 46 Years Old In December 2011, the Countess of Wessex joined her husband visiting troops in Afghanistan. … Read More
2012 47 Years Old 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. … Read More


2015 50 Years Old On 26 March 2015, she attended the reburial of Richard III of England in Leicester Cathedral. … Read More
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