Sophie Wessex has offered some heartfelt encouragement to a group of new mums at Great Ormond Street hospital. The Countess, who collapsed at her home in November 2003 before giving birth to daughter Louise four weeks early, shared the experience with other mothers who had undergone the trauma of an emergency caesarean.
"It was just a blur," she revealed. "I didn't see her for the first few days." The 40-year-old, who nearly lost her life giving birth to Lady Louise, took time to speak individually with many of the women who are facing the same worries and uncertainty she went through two years ago.
Chatting with Naomi Hickton, whose daughter Millie was born eight weeks premature, reminded the royal visitor of the distress she felt upon seeing her own little girl fighting for her life in an incubator. "It's quite frightening when you can't see them for the wires," she recalled. "But they grow bigger before you know it and you forget they were like this."
She also identified with Naomi's sense of bewilderment at seeing her baby hooked up to all sorts of machines and monitors. "You hear 'beep-beep-beep' and you think 'What on earth is that?'," she said. After the meeting Ms Hickton said she had taken some comfort from her royal encounter. "The Countess told me that Millie is actually only an ounce under what Louise was when she came home," revealed the 40-year-old.
Prince Edward's pretty wife was visiting the neo-natal unit to unveil a new statue of Neverland's Tinkerbell which has been added to the facility's well-known sculpture of Peter Pan. And the fairytale character wasn't the only little charmer who caught her attention, as six-month-old Jaya Gill seemed rather reluctant to let go of her VIP guest's finger.
1.The Earl of Wessex watches members of the Air Training Corps participate in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme during a visit to the Devon and Somerset Wing Air Training Corps with The Countess of Wessex, 20 September 2005. 2.The Countess of Wessex visits the Keech Cottage Children's Hospice near Luton, 26 September 2005. The hospice is run by the Pasque Charity which cares for terminally ill adults. The Countess's visit marked the children's hospice's fifth anniversary.
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Long live our Noble Queen,
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This is a very strange coincidence. I asked for this exact information from the Royal College of Arms and low and behold it appears on the Royal Family Website.
Here is the rest of the information.
Prior to the marriage of Sophie Rhys-Jones to Prince Edward, the bride's father, Mr Christopher Rhys Jones, agreed a new Coat of Arms for his daughter which would celebrate the Welsh heritage of the family.
Mr. Peter Gwynn-Jones, Garter Principal of Arms, who is the senior herald and responsible for Royal heraldry, said:
"In designing this coat, we wanted to include the lion which was attributed to the Welsh hero, Elystan Glodrydd, from whom the Rhys-Jones family claims descent.
"In order to achieve a coat that was both unique and simple in design, the lion was encircled by an orle, or frame, and placed on a partly coloured field. The Grant also includes a Crest consisting of a blue demi lion with a golden cross crosslet in its mouth.
"This incorporates the design used by the Rhys-Jones family over the years with the addition of the cross crosslet taken from the family crest of the family of Viscount Molesworth of which Christopher Rhys-Jones' mother was a member."
The motto is a well-known Welsh proverb which means: "Hateful the man who loves not the country that nurtures him."
Subsequently these Arms were joined with those of The Earl of Wessex, which consist of the Royal arms with a white, three-pointed 'label' depicting a Tudor rose and with Supporters (figures placed on either side of the shield depicted holding it up) granted to the Countess.
These Supporters consist of the lion Supporter of His Royal Highness and a wyvern, an heraldic beast which has long been associated with Wessex.
Sophie's mother's name was Mary O'Sullivan and HER parents were both Irish so an Irish reference in the Coat of Arms would also have been nice, especially as this link is more immediate than the Welsh one.
6 OCTOBER 2005 hellomagazine.com
The Countess of Wessex got a warm welcome of a bovine sort when she attended the Bath and West Show in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, this week. One prize-winning cow seemed particularly interested in the royal visitor, reaching forward for a closer inspection of Sophie as the pair were "introduced".
Prince Edward's wife toured the show's grounds checking out everything from livestock to quad bikes and a panto cow. She had obviously put especial thought into her choice of attire for the event - accessorising her blue-grey tweed suit with a faux cow-hide print handbag.
And while the Countess' two-year-old daughter Lady Louise didn't accompany her mum she was clearly on Sophie's mind, as at one point she admired a diminutive pair of traditional Home Counties-style wellies – just the size for her growing toddler.
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Countess of Wessex and Mr Derek Thomas. British royal HRH The Countess of Wessex being met by Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Derek Thomas CBE, when she opened a new unit at the James Butler Almshouses in Bagshot, Surrey, UK, 27/10/2005.
Today the world has embraced new royal Princesses in the form of Mary of Denmark and Maxima of the Netherlands. But it's questionable whether even these hugely popular, increasingly glamorous future Queens will ever capture the world's imagination in the same way as Diana.
As Mario acknowledges: "She really was a true Princess". -www.theroyalist.net-