Polfoto 11-09-2003 The Countess of Wessex is moved to tears today, September 11th 2003 as she listens to a meningitis sufferer tell how she coped with losing her limbs to the disease. Six months pregnant Sophie, was attending the launch of the Meningitis Trust's Support for Life Appeal, in central London. She listened intently to the speech by Olivia Giles from Edinburgh, who had her arms amputated from below the elbow and her legs from below the knee after contracting meningococcal septicaemia 18 months ago.See PA story ROYAL Wessex. PA Photo:John Stilwell/WPA
IBL - Mandatory Credit: Photo By TIM ROOKE/REX FEATURES SOPHIE COUNTESS OF WESSEX SOPHIE COUNTESS OF WESSEX AT 'THE LAUNCH OF SUPPORT FOR LIFE APPEAL', INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS, LONDON, BRITAIN - 11 SEP 2003 MENINGITIS 427853/ROO
www.ibl.se - Mandatory Credit: Photo By REX FEATURES SOPHIE COUNTESS OF WESSEX SOPHIE COUNTESS OF WESSEX VISITING 'PECKHAM SETTLEMENT' LOCAL COMMUNITY PROJECT AND NURSERY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, LONDON, BRITAIN - 22 SEP 2003 428808/IJO
Originally posted by Binny@Oct 10th, 2003 - 3:08 am Hi Danjel,
I understand that a boy will have the title 'Viscount' - as in David, Viscount Linley , and a girl the title 'Lady' as in Lady Rose Windsor.
This will only be true IF HM The Queen issues Letters Patent depriving the child of his/her right to the style, dignity and title of HRH Prince/Princess of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. As a male-line [legitimate] grandchild of HM The Queen, any such child is accorded these styles and titles by right of birth.
Anyways, the title of Viscount or Lady would only be courtesy titles for thier child. The style, dignity and title of "HRH Prince/ Princess" would actually be said child's "legitimate" titles.
Of course, HM could issue the Letters Patent any time and give them any title she wanted the child to have. That is her perogitive.
13 OCTOBER 2003
Her hands clasped loosely beneath her increasing bump, and a serene smile on her face, the Countess of Wessex was every inch the blooming mum-to-be at a memorial service for military staff slain in the Iraq war. She was accompanying the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, as well as the royal couple's four children.
Sophie, who at 38 will be one of the oldest first-time mothers in recent royal history, looked well and happy as she paused for a moment in the autumn sunshine outside St Paul's Cathedral last week. It was a rare appearance for the countess, who is expecting her baby in December.
She and husband Prince Edward were devastated when she suffered an ectopic pregnancy in December 2001. At the time medical experts warned that Sophie might not be able to conceive without fertility treatment, and while the countess remained upbeat –"I'm obviously very sad, but… there will be other chances" – she later underwent a course of IVF. In the end, however, she conceived naturally.
1.Polfoto 13-10-2003 The Countess of Wessex receives a bouquet of flowers from ballet dancer Naomi Cook, Monday 13 October 2003, during her visit to the Central School Of Ballet in London where she is due to become Patron. PA Photo/Stefan Rousseau/PA/Pool
2,3.Polfoto 13-10-2003 The Countess of Wessex with ballet dancers, Monday 13 October 2003, during her visit to the Central School Of Ballet in London where she is due to become Patron.
4-6.Polfoto 13-10-2003 The Countess of Wessex with ballet dancer, Sarah Kundi, Monday 13 October 2003, during her visit to the Central School Of Ballet in London where she is due to become Patron.
7.www.rexfeatures.com - SOPHIE COUNTESS OF WESSEX VISITING CENTRAL SCHOOL OF BALLET WHERE SHE IS A PATRON, LONDON, BRITAIN - 13 OCT 2003
14 OCTOBER 2003
The Countess of Wessex put her best foot forward on Monday for a visit to the Central School of Ballet in London. And the 38-year-old, who is a patron of the renowned academy, looked to be thoroughly enjoying herself as she watched some of the students in rehearsal.
Sophie, who is a long-standing ballet fan, was noted for her dancing skills when she attended Kent College for Girls in Pembury.
These days the royal is taking it easy, however, as she's expecting her first child in December. The new arrival will mark the realisation of a dream for Sophie and Prince Edward, who have been trying for a baby for several years.
The couple were left devastated in 2001 after Sophie suffered an ectopic pregnancy and a later course of IVF treatment yielded little success. In the end, however, she and her husband conceived naturally.
23 OCTOBER 2003
Royal motherhood is obviously a subject close to our readers' hearts an astounding 35,000 votes were logged in our poll to discover Hellomagazine.com's favourite royal mum or mum-to-be. The clear winner was Prince Edward's wife, and expectant first-time mother, Sophie Wessex. The Queen's daughter-in-law, whose new arrival is due in December, scooped a full one-third of the votes counted, putting her in the top spot.
However, Sophie's triumph wasn't a clean sweep popular Dutch Crown Princess Maxima, a fellow first-timer expecting in January, came in a close second, trailing just a few percentage points behind.
Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit was pipped to third place by her sister-in-law, Princess Martha Louise, who gave birth to little Maud Angelica Behn in April. Martha Louise scored the support of nearly 12 per cent of readers, five points ahead of future queen Mette-Marit, who will become a mum for the second time early in 2004.
The full results are as follows:
1. Sophie Wessex ? 33%
2. Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands ? 28.7%
3. Princess Martha Louise of Norway ? 11.9%
4. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway ? 7.1%
5. Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium ? 6.8%
6. Lady Helen Taylor ? 4.7%
7. Alexia of Greece ? 4%
8. Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco ? 2.7%
9. Princess Astrid of Belgium ? 0.9%