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Old 11-14-2009, 06:02 PM
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I can certainly see a resemblance to Queen Mary in the first picture from the Zimbio gallery posted above.

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Edward reminds me very much to Queen Mary. His face has the same features as hers. Does someone else perceive that way?
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Old 11-15-2009, 12:46 AM
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Does anyone know what Sophie's annual engagement tally per month/year is compared to Camilla or Anne? I am speaking post maternity leave! I sometimes wonder as looking through this thread it appears that Edward seems quite busy, but there seems less news about Sophie and her activities recently!

I am just curious!

I remember a segment in the 'Royal Family at Work' series a wonderful bit where Sophie was visiting a huge group of elderly people and she was chatting to one elderly woman and was kneeling or bending down as the old dear was seated. It appeared, that the woman was partially sighted or maybe she was blind and Sophie was trying describe the colour of her outfit and took the woman's hand and guided her fingers over the collar of her jacket as she tried to explain an aspect of the design.....I thought that was a magic moment and revealed a rather intuitive and strikingly attractive side of Sophie's manner with people.
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:43 AM
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On November 5, Countess Sophie was in Leicestershire.

She visited Menphys centre in Wigston, a charity for children
with disabilities, as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations.
And later she officially opened Gateway College. Here are a
few nice pics from the events:


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 **
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:56 AM
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The little girl in picture 2 does not seem to be too impressed with the whole thing.
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:09 AM
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The little girl in picture 2 does not seem to be too impressed with the whole thing.
I don't suppose the little mite quite understood why the strange woman wanted to be photographed with her!

Lovely pictures Iceflower....thank you for sharing them...much appreciated!

It is funny but I always thought Sophie was a bit bland.....but she has grown on me quietly and gradually over the years, and I quite like the image and persona which she projects in public. She seems to have an easiness of manner and I really like the way she seems to smile so much.....I mean really smile...not a fixed 'face-ache' smile if you all know what I mean! And she isn't at all chocolate boxy either.....
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:14 AM
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Sophie looks beautiful, the girl in the second picture looks a bit distracted.
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In the week commencing 7th November, Sophie had 6 engagements, compared with 17 for Princess Anne, and 16 for Camilla. The Duchess of Gloucester had 4 engagements and Princess Alexandra had 7 engagements.


For the record Sophie's engagements were:
7th November - attended Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance
8th November - attended the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday
10th November - presented the Tomorrow’s People Awards for Achievement at Plaisterers’ Hall in the City of London
11th November - attended a Business Leaders Lunch, and afterwards held a meeting of Childine at Buckingham Palace, and in the evening attended a dinner at the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:09 PM
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Camsterlaird - you are an absolute angel for providing such a detailed response to my query! Thank you very much! Interesting...perhaps Sophie was just having a quieter week than is generally the norm for her?!

But there was no surprise that the Princess Royal topped the chart of engagements fulfilled! She really is extraordinary...I mean talk about setting the high bench mark!
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:00 AM
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Could it be that Sophie has young children hence less activities for her compared to Pr Anne and others?
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:28 AM
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Sophie is not considered a full time working royal and is I understand, very hands on with her children. I don't think any of the royals should be judged on the amount of official engagements they participate in, otherwise we could end up with 100's of flying visits, with no substance.
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:48 AM
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Sophie is not considered a full time working royal and is I understand, very hands on with her children. I don't think any of the royals should be judged on the amount of official engagements they participate in, otherwise we could end up with 100's of flying visits, with no substance.
Good point Skydragon re:- quotas and substance! I totally see your point in that!

I did not realize that Sophie was still actively making the most of her time with the children.....as I keep forgetting that James is still not quite two!!!! Who can blame Sophie for wanting to spend as much time as she can with him before he starts going to play school!!! Make the most of it I say!!!!

The more I see of her and the more I hear about her, the more I find my regard for Sophie increasing!

It may sound like a silly question but does anyone know if Edward and Sophie have any pets....dog(s) perhaps.....I am a dog person and anyone who has a dog gets lots of brownie points from me!
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It may sound like a silly question but does anyone know if Edward and Sophie have any pets....dog(s) perhaps.....I am a dog person and anyone who has a dog gets lots of brownie points from me![/QUOTE]

Three last I heard. 2 Labs and a spaniel, Badger, Piper and Otto.
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:08 AM
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When exchange student Levi Gennrich arrived in New Zealand he never dreamt he would meet Prince Edward.
The Glenfield College student from Germany was on the Spirit of New Zealand boat on Waitemata Harbour with 40 other teenagers when the Prince came on board for a day

Prince one of the crew | Stuff.co.nz
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In the week commencing 7th November, Sophie had 6 engagements, compared with 17 for Princess Anne, and 16 for Camilla. The Duchess of Gloucester had 4 engagements and Princess Alexandra had 7 engagements.


For the record Sophie's engagements were:
7th November - attended Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance
8th November - attended the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday
10th November - presented the Tomorrow’s People Awards for Achievement at Plaisterers’ Hall in the City of London
11th November - attended a Business Leaders Lunch, and afterwards held a meeting of Childine at Buckingham Palace, and in the evening attended a dinner at the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane
In addition to the point about "quality" and not "quantity" of engagements, I wanted to point out that a week is just not a representative sample as work loads and the number of engagements carried out can vary substantially from week to week. I suspect that was a busy week for the DoC as she was on an official tour of Canada, and she usually undertakes fewer engagements in an average week.
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On Wednesday, November 18, Sophie officially opened the
new day care centre at St Rocco’s Hospice, Bewsey and
later that day also went to the charity "Brainwave" at
Birchwood, a charity that helps children with brain injuries
and genetic conditions and of which she is the patron.


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If there was more coverage, we would see much more of
her many engagements..As said before, that's really a pity.
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Old 11-22-2009, 04:09 AM
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I take your point Muriel...! It was so relevant to the tour of Canada! Thank you for your very pertinent point re: quality and quantity!
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:07 AM
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On Wednesday, November 25, Countess Sophie was in Bedfordshire
and had three events there:
She visited St John's School in Kempston, a school for children with
learning difficulties, then she has been to the MS Therapy Centre, a
centre that offers therapy, information and support for people with
Multiple Sclerosis, and the last visit Sophie has made, was one to
Happy Dogs in Clapham where dogs are trained to assist people with
disabilities of all kinds.

So a busy and surely interesting day for Sophie


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Old 11-27-2009, 02:11 PM
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Sophie certainly appears to be trying to fill her days going into Christmas. Here are several entries for her at House Wessex:
Sophie opens South Sefton college | House Wessex
Sophie visits the David Lewis Centre | House Wessex
Sophie presents Queen’s Guide Awards | House Wessex

And a few for Edward
Edward visits Britannia Royal Naval College | House Wessex
Prince to open archive centre | House Wessex
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:10 PM
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Doh....they wont open for me! (pouting a la Keira Knightley!!!!) Ho-Hum!
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No I yhink House Wessex has closed or moved so that is a same as the coverage was really good. I agree that there should be more of Sophie but anything is quite difficult.
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