After the Countess stuns at her newest engagement, Sophie Wessex receives the Queen’s support.
In a recent social media message, the Queen expressed her gratitude for Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s royal service.
On Wednesday evening, the Royal Family’s official Twitter account commended Sophie Wessex’s efforts. “As Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Corps of Army Music, The Countess of Wessex today visited the Royal College of Military Music in Hampshire to open the new Higher Training Wing,” the Royal Family wrote in a post.
“HRH raised a flag to commemorate the new building’s opening and met with student Bandmasters.”
Sophie, 56, is the wife of Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest son, who is 57 years old.
She is widely regarded as a royal favorite, and the two recently started the Queen’s Baton Relay in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.
The Wessexes have filled the hole left by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure from prominent royal duties, and are increasingly recognized as vital members of the monarchy’s working group.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex were among the first visitors to the heartbroken Queen after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April 2021.
Sophie had claimed in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine in 2020 that it “took a long” for her to acclimate to what she could do as a working member of the royal family, citing her royal platform as an example.
After a successful career in public relations, she married Prince Edward in 1999.
However, her royal title brought with it a new way of life.
“The frustration was that I had to lower my expectations of what I could actually do,” she explained.
“I couldn’t just walk into a charity and say, ‘Right, I think you should do this,’ because that’s what I was used to doing in my previous job.”
“I had to take a step back and realize, OK, they want you to be the cherry on top.”
“The individual who comes in to express gratitude to their volunteers and funders, not to instruct them how to manage their communications plan.”
The Countess of Wessex has lately lent her support to attempts to increase awareness about how menopause affects women in the workplace.
She called the knock-on effects on different parts of women’s lives “tragic,” and advised women over 40 not to “slope.”