Sophie, Countess of Wessex, turned 58 this Friday, January 20. The wife of Prince Edward, 58, and favorite daughter-in-law of Elizabeth II, has become the ace up the sleeve of the British monarchy and is increasingly assuming more commitments on behalf of the royal house.
The Countess, almost celebrates her birthday working. This Thursday, she opened a new laboratory at Connaught Junior School in Bagshot and visited Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot. These engagements are the first of 2023, after a record year for the royals.
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Sophie Countess of Wessex Birthday: A 2022 of Growth
Sophie and her husband, Prince Edward began to take on more representation in the British royal family during 2022. Not only in terms of commitment but also in positions.
Last March, Sophie was appointed as the new colonel-in-chief of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. The wife of Prince Edward inherited the role from her late father-in-law, Prince Philip, who held the honorary title for more than 50 years.
In April, it was a busy time for her and the rest of the royal family with the celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 96th birthday and Platinum Jubilee. That same month, Sofia and her husband traveled to some of the Commonwealth Caribbean countries to commemorate Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign.
Although for the most part the tour went well, there was no shortage of controversy, as their visit to Grenada was cancelled at the last minute. While Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, told the royals that his country intended to become a republic in the future. There were also protests against the monarchy.
A few weeks later, she was at one of the equestrian events of the Platinum Jubilee. Sofia is known for her great closeness to the queen, the same closeness the monarch shared with the countess’s children, Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14.
The death of Queen Elizabeth in September shook the royal family. Sophie became a great support and held the family together, although on more than one occasion photos revealed that she felt the same sadness as the monarch’s children.
After the formal period of mourning, the countess went straight back to work. In October, she became the first British royal to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In December, Sophie and Edward had a glittering evening at the Royal Variety Performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, where, for the first time, they were the ones representing the royal family as the evening’s guests of honor.
Everything indicates that this year Sophie will continue to set the tone. Not only her, but also her husband. Prince Edward, who was appointed as a council by King Charles III.