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Old 09-24-2013, 02:42 PM
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I did not realise her Paris dress was in fact two separate pieces of clothing. Sophie has paired the top half with lovely trousers today.

This visit has been great and I am pleased the amount of coverage it received. The Wessex's work goes unnoticed and unappreciated far too often.
I realized that today as well.
She paired Wickstead blouse with trousers she wore on first day to Czech. I'm thinking Emilio Pucci as well.
And DM article, Sophie is Robo-Doc
Sophie Countess of Wessex gets involved during Qatar technology centre visit | Mail Online
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:18 PM
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I realized that today as well.
She paired Wickstead blouse with trousers she wore on first day to Czech. I'm thinking Emilio Pucci as well.
And DM article, Sophie is Robo-Doc
Sophie Countess of Wessex gets involved during Qatar technology centre visit | Mail Online
Gotta love Sophie in 3-D glasses! The other pictures remind me of a game I played in occupational therapy- Operation. Sophie would be a pro.
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I think this visit was a big success, Countess and everyone around her enjoyed that visit, including myself. Chris Jackson did an amazing job with his pictures, and I do believe Countess did raise awarness for saving sight and helped Orbis.
Considering the lack of mainstream press coverage I doubt that the vast majority of people were even aware that she was there or that Orbis exists.

If I didn't read this forum and the CC daily I, for one, would have had no idea that she was even out of the UK.

Most people I know don't even know she exists and even on royal fora she doesn't get a lot of coverage - so if she isn't getting publicity then she isn't raising awareness.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:53 PM
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Regardless of the coverage, I think the work speaks for itself. I think Sophie has done a pretty good job on behalf of Orbis.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:27 PM
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The idea of having a royal involved is to raise awareness of the issue and so if there isn't coverage then the royal isn't really doing anything to help. Sadly for Sophie that is the case here - a great cause but no coverage=no awareness of the issue and so she isn't doing what is important - making people aware of the issue.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:07 AM
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I do share other people´s impression that the work of Sophie, Countess of Wessex is less publicised and also gets less praise and compliments than the work of other royal ladies.
Nevertheless I have always admired her because she is very professional and friendly, everywhere she goes she is greeted by people who are obviously very happy that she is visiting. Maybe her work is less "loud" and not so hyped by the media,but it does not mean it does not have any impact. I believe it is her way of doing things-discreete,well-prepared and competent.
With other ladies´s charity work I sometimes feel that the appearance of the royal lady is more important and more recognised than the work and impact of the organisation or cause she supports. When Sophie does charitable work we always hear and read about the cause and her subtle outfit choices do not shift the attention from the important issues she wants to bring to other people´s attention. On another account: Doing such visits is not only meant for producing awareness, but they are also a way for exchanging knowledge and sharing experiences between different countries and specialists who are involved in the cause.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:21 AM
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Considering the lack of mainstream press coverage I doubt that the vast majority of people were even aware that she was there or that Orbis exists.
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Most people I know don't even know she exists and even on royal fora she doesn't get a lot of coverage - so if she isn't getting publicity then she isn't raising awareness.
People are either knowing royals, or following some royals and the work they do, or know some royals but generally don't care what they do, but how they look. Or don't know who royals are, what they do, and generally don't care, most of such people think that royals are lazy and do nothing.

Countess is the person who, when she is involved in something, brings attention to the matter. I like how blauerengel put my thoughts into her words:
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I do share other people´s impression that the work of Sophie, Countess of Wessex is less publicised and also gets less praise and compliments than the work of other royal ladies.
Nevertheless I have always admired her because she is very professional and friendly, everywhere she goes she is greeted by people who are obviously very happy that she is visiting. Maybe her work is less "loud" and not so hyped by the media,but it does not mean it does not have any impact. I believe it is her way of doing things-discreete,well-prepared and competent.
With other ladies´s charity work I sometimes feel that the appearance of the royal lady is more important and more recognised than the work and impact of the organisation or cause she supports. When Sophie does charitable work we always hear and read about the cause and her subtle outfit choices do not shift the attention from the important issues she wants to bring to other people´s attention. On another account: Doing such visits is not only meant for producing awareness, but they are also a way for exchanging knowledge and sharing experiences between different countries and specialists who are involved in the cause.
You nailed IT!

Also if Countess work wouldn't be needed, people wouldn't want her, they would ask other royals to attend. I do believe she can change things in a matter, that younger royals can only learn.
Also there was press coverage, maybe not as loud as when Kate has appearence, but when she has appearence, people even don't know or remember what the event was for, they only want to know what she wore and buy clothes, to sell them later with profit.
When Sophie has appearance, we know why it was, and we always hear, how Countess was well prepered and knew the subject of the matter.
So, you can either search for bright sights of her work, or thinking in negative way, that simply doesn't change anything.
I believe in her, and I'm sure other people as well.
Frankly I lost some of my admiration to Kate, because of the hype media is creating around her. I would love to see her working and bringing attention to things that really matter.
Few links:
Countess of Wessex Joins the Flying Eye Hospital in Doha | Marhaba Qatar's Premier Information Guide
Gulf Times - Countess of Wessex visits QF

Also if you will read closely here:
http://www.orbis.org.uk/Default.aspx...4Z8tbg.twitter
her visit to India & Qatar, wasn't mainly for the press, but for the organizations she supported, she had lots of meetings and attended symposiums with lots of people, where she had to talk and raise awarness;
"HRH highlighted how life with no access to education or employment can mean a loss of independence, so by restoring sight ORBIS can also restore opportunity."
And in my oppinion she did her job. And she did it great.

Another article:
http://www.qatarisbooming.com/2013/0...tour-of-orbis/
"During a press conference that took place at OryxRotana Hotel, Al-Mass presented HRH The Countess of Wessexwith a symbolic gift as a gesture of DIA’s continued support for ORBIS. “It is an eye opening experience for the community in Qatar to witness ORBIS’ Flying Eye Hospital as it gives us the opportunity to truly appreciate the breath of work that the organization undertakes to prevent avoidable child blindness around the world. Doha International Airport is proud to continue our support toward ORBIS and its sigh-saving initiatives”, said Abdulaziz Al-Mass, Manager of Public Relations and Communications, DIA. "

More articles
http://www.ameinfo.com/qatar-foundat...-wessex-355385

http://breakingnewsdir.com/american-...news-5796.html
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Beautiful pic of Countess
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...count=1&ref=nf

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Old 10-21-2013, 08:42 AM
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Great pics of Sophie departing from her hotel in Doha:
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I love Sophie in trousers! She looks so beautiful in these photos, thanks Anna. I love how they all came to say goodbye to her.
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I love Sophie in trousers! She looks so beautiful in these photos, thanks Anna. I love how they all came to say goodbye to her.
Off topic, I'm just going to say the proportions on this suit are perfect for her. Thanks, my bad.
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Being a guest in a socially conservative country forced Sophie to wear only knee-covering skirts or full length pants. What a relief! I haven't complained about royals in short skirts for a long time--why buck the completely unstoppable trend?--but I just wanted to comment how much better a mature woman (anyone over 18, actually) looks in a skirt that covers her knees easily, whether she's standing or sitting. Baby doll length skirts are for baby dolls, not mature, effective women who go on responsible trips like this one.
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what a sweet group of pictures! i love how the doha staff got ready to wave goodbye to their visitor (not one or two, but all the team!) and how sophie took the time to say goodbye to each of them. what present did she get in that blue box? it looked like pearls to me - hopefully we will see her wearing it soon!
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