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Old 01-15-2015, 03:55 PM
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That would be amazing Molly! I am hoping for more new pics to celebrate Sophie's birthday :)
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I am really looking forward to seeing her on her birthday not in person mind you... and the mag is not out yet here anyway and neither is the Majesty. But I am hoping to have mine soon .. she is so fabulous
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Nice idea Anna and it's lovely to see people speak about Sophie.

With regards to their engagements on her birthday, I am looking forward to seeing them on Sophie's birthday. I have to say though, am I the only one who immediatley imagined them taking a photo of each other's eye on their phone for this - "They will meet with eye care students and take part in a presentation of "Peek", a portable eye examination kit which turns a smart phone into a comprehensive eye exam tool that takes high resolution images of the eye."

Maybe I am...

Really? Wow!! As someone both w/a degenerative eye disease and Family Members dealing w/vision issues/diseases, hearing about this use for a smart phone is awesome. For an Organization like say...Doctors Without Borders, who practise in the Third World or even Doctors in Rural Areas like the Canadian Arctic, where they aren't able to access the equipment needed in order to do even the most basic of eye testing for some of the most common eye diseases, this is beyond huge. It's going to help so many people in the future.

Is this part of the Vision 2020 charity/foundation/program Sophie is the Patron of? Even if not, it doesn't surprise me at all Sophie will be spending such a milestone Birthday trying to bring attention to the advancements in the fight against Blindness/Vision Loss. After all, this is not just an important cause worthy of the support of Members of the BRF, but as we all know also a deeply personal one for TRH too.

As I said to my Aunt and Mom once, both are dealing w/Macular Degeneration, Sophie and Edward are *our* BRF Members and I look forward to lifting a glass of Ginger Ale in the direction of the UK in honour of HRH's 50th next week. :)


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Old 01-16-2015, 09:39 AM
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Really? Wow!! As someone both w/a degenerative eye disease and Family Members dealing w/vision issues/diseases, hearing about this use for a smart phone is awesome. For an Organization like say...Doctors Without Borders, who practise in the Third World or even Doctors in Rural Areas like the Canadian Arctic, where they aren't able to access the equipment needed in order to do even the most basic of eye testing for some of the most common eye diseases, this is beyond huge. It's going to help so many people in the future.

Is this part of the Vision 2020 charity/foundation/program Sophie is the Patron of? Even if not, it doesn't surprise me at all Sophie will be spending such a milestone Birthday trying to bring attention to the advancements in the fight against Blindness/Vision Loss. After all, this is not just an important cause worthy of the support of Members of the BRF, but as we all know also a deeply personal one for TRH too.

As I said to my Aunt and Mom once, both are dealing w/Macular Degeneration, Sophie and Edward are *our* BRF Members and I look forward to lifting a glass of Ginger Ale in the direction of the UK in honour of HRH's 50th next week. :)


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My nanny has Macular Degeneration also so it's nice to see BRF members supporting a blindness charity. Sophie has done alot with Vision2020 and has travelled to a few countries to see their work abroad, and she also wrote an article for The Telegraph in 2013 about her travels for Vision2020.
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Two new photographs released of Sophie for her birthday, taken in London today appparently. I am a bit disappointed she is on her own and not with her family.

Sophie + Sophie B+W
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Nice pics, she is as always radiant.
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:28 AM
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Very nice picture, but it would've been nice to see one with her family.
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Very nice picture, but it would've been nice to see one with her family.
I am disappointed too as I really hoped there would be a nice family shot like there was for Edward's birthday. I was expecting a photo of Edward in his own for his birthday and was happily surprised by his lovely photo. We have had a few photos for Sophie's birthday so I guess we should be happy!
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Lovely photos understated and chic look gorgeous very Sophie
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Sophie is on the front cover of The Sunday Telegraph

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And here come the articles in support of Sophie.

Sophie Wessex at 50 - a countess the Queen can rely on - The Telegraph

Sophie at 50... brimming with Wessex appeal: Countess releases intimate portrait to mark milestone birthday
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A nice article in the Telegraph.
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Am I the only one who thinks Sophie looks a lot like the actress Gillian Anderson? I see it even more so in her birthday photo.

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Sophie may no longer be the second or third lady in the land, now the Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge is present, but Sophie work very hard on behalf of the royal family and beautifully support the Queen. I think she's a wonderful figure in the "Firm."
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:20 PM
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My post: HRH The Countess of Wessex: New portraits of The Countess of Wessex ahead of HRH's 50th birthday

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Really? Wow!! As someone both w/a degenerative eye disease and Family Members dealing w/vision issues/diseases, hearing about this use for a smart phone is awesome. For an Organization like say...Doctors Without Borders, who practise in the Third World or even Doctors in Rural Areas like the Canadian Arctic, where they aren't able to access the equipment needed in order to do even the most basic of eye testing for some of the most common eye diseases, this is beyond huge. It's going to help so many people in the future.

Is this part of the Vision 2020 charity/foundation/program Sophie is the Patron of? Even if not, it doesn't surprise me at all Sophie will be spending such a milestone Birthday trying to bring attention to the advancements in the fight against Blindness/Vision Loss. After all, this is not just an important cause worthy of the support of Members of the BRF, but as we all know also a deeply personal one for TRH too.

As I said to my Aunt and Mom once, both are dealing w/Macular Degeneration, Sophie and Edward are *our* BRF Members and I look forward to lifting a glass of Ginger Ale in the direction of the UK in honour of HRH's 50th next week. :)
After the visit to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to see demonstrations of the Avoidable Blindness Programme supported by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Sophie will be officially named as the new vice-patron of the Trust which supports those in need across the Commonwealth and is chaired by former prime minister Sir John Major.

In March, The Countess of Wessex will visit Dhaka region of Bangladesh in her capacity as Patron of Vision 2020: The Right To Sight, the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness.
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Sophie Wessex celebrates her 50th with a visit to a centre for tropical diseases | Daily Mail Online
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Old 01-20-2015, 04:57 PM
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HRH The Countess of Wessex: A happy birthday to the fairest of them all!

I hope I covered everything!

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I knew there would be a photo of the pair taking photos in the smart phone for PEEK!
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A celebration pic with her family would have been nice !!!!
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They did the whole family pic last year for Edward's 50th.


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Edward and Sophie make me chuckle. Sophie blowing out the candles and struggling and you can hear Edward saying, "Do you need some help?" and the look she throws him is hilarious.

I too am disappointed there was no family photo for her birthday but as Skippyboo said - they did do that for Edward's last year.
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