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Artemisia 01-14-2013 12:37 PM

Earl and Countess of Wessex: Visit to Bulgaria - June 23-24, 2013
 
The Earl and Countess of Wessex are scheduled to visit Bulgaria in the middle of March.
The news was officially confirmed on Monday by the official site of the Royal Household.

The occasion and agenda of the visit, which will be wrapped up on March 16, remain unknown.
Bulgaria: Earl, Countess of Wessex to Visit Bulgaria in March - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Molly2101 01-22-2013 01:37 PM

An update on their visit and the reason why. I thought it would have been for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award but it's not.

Quote:

Prince Edward is coming to observe the process of closing down orphanages in Bulgaria and moving their inhabitants to foster families or protected homes.
Article

What an interesting reason to go, but a very good reason. I can see why Sophie is going as she has many patronages related to children with disabilities. I can sense lovely photos of them with children. I look forward to seeing this visit and I wonder how it will be received.

annaelfka 03-16-2013 05:38 PM

12 March 2013
The visit of Prince Edward and his wife Sophie Countess of Wessex to Bulgaria is unfortunately not going to happen on 14-16 March 2013 as planned because of the expected parliamentary elections.

The British Embassy is in contact with the Royal Household about possible future dates for a visit.

After:
The British Embassy in Bulgaria Postponement of the visit of the Earl and Countess of Wessex

AdmirerUS 03-16-2013 07:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by annaelfka (Post 1528171)
12 March 2013
The visit of Prince Edward and his wife Sophie Countess of Wessex to Bulgaria is unfortunately not going to happen on 14-16 March 2013 as planned because of the expected parliamentary elections.

The British Embassy is in contact with the Royal Household about possible future dates for a visit.

After:
The British Embassy in Bulgaria Postponement of the visit of the Earl and Countess of Wessex

What a year (so far) for cancellations/postponements! Egad.

Molly2101 03-17-2013 06:48 AM

That's a shame but these things happen. It likely wont happen now for a long time as most Royals' diaries are booked months in advance.

annaelfka 04-25-2013 08:53 AM

On 23rd June to 24th June, Their Royal Highnesses will carry out a series of engagements in Bulgaria.
Earl And Countess Of Wessex To Perform Many Overseas Engagements In Next Few Months

annaelfka 04-29-2013 12:22 PM

Confirmation along with a great portrait:
Timeline Photos | Facebook
http://sofiaglobe.com/2013/04/29/bri...prettyPhoto/0/

Molly2101 04-29-2013 01:38 PM

I love their picture! It is so photoshopped but its a lovely portrait of the couple. Look forward to this trip, thanks Anna.

bertie5252003 04-29-2013 01:41 PM

Yes totally agree gorgeous portrait I repeat I think Sophie is just fab thanks Anna for all the updates.

corazon 04-29-2013 02:33 PM

great portrait!!!! I think the british royal family need more official photos!!!

Molly2101 04-29-2013 03:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by corazon (Post 1545025)
great portrait!!!! I think the british royal family need more official photos!!!

So do I. I can see that photo having been their 2012 Christmas card or their card for this year.

annaelfka 04-30-2013 11:47 AM

https://www.gov.uk/government/world-...aria-june-2013

Molly2101 04-30-2013 03:51 PM

Awww Edward has had a new portrait done at the same obviously. Cute. I wish we had one with Louise and James.

Anywho, that's not relevant to this topic. I look forward to this trip. :D

Molly2101 06-23-2013 04:54 AM

I had forgotten about this visit. They are due to arrive in Bulgaria today:

Bulgaria Welcomes Britain?s Prince Edward, Wife Sophie - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgarian President to meet with Prince Edward and Countess Sophie

This visit sounds good and the idea of focusing on orphanages is great.

annaelfka 06-23-2013 02:58 PM

Arrival of Royal Couple in Bulgaria & meeting with president

https://twitter.com/HMAJAllen/status...648704/photo/1

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...3679527&type=1

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MagMil 06-23-2013 02:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Molly2101 (Post 1567407)
I had forgotten about this visit. They are due to arrive in Bulgaria today:

Bulgaria Welcomes Britain?s Prince Edward, Wife Sophie - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgarian President to meet with Prince Edward and Countess Sophie

This visit sounds good and the idea of focusing on orphanages is great.

:previous:
Thanks Molly :flowers:
They look great :smile:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3679527&type=1

MagMil 06-23-2013 03:03 PM

- DarikNews.bg

with video > http://www.vesti.bg/index.phtml?tid=40&oid=5874011

Molly2101 06-23-2013 04:53 PM

Thanks for the photo and links guys, good to see them. I wish I spoke Bulgarian!

I like the video of them arriving at the President's residence as they climb the stairs Edward goes to hold his hand out for Sophie to assist her up the steps, but she doesn't take it. :(

annaelfka 06-23-2013 05:16 PM

First time seeing video I didn't noticed that, it was only fraction of a second, it looks like she didn't notice it as well, and she was holding a bag. Don't look too much into it.

Molly2101 06-23-2013 05:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by annaelfka (Post 1567570)
First time seeing video I didn't noticed that, it was only fraction of a second, it looks like she didn't notice it as well, and she was holding a bag. Don't look too much into it.

I just thought it was amusing. I seriously wish my boyfriend even ATTEMPTED to do that, even if I haven't noticed it!

MagMil 06-23-2013 05:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Molly2101 (Post 1567562)
Thanks for the photo and links guys, good to see them. I wish I spoke Bulgarian!

I like the video of them arriving at the President's residence as they climb the stairs Edward goes to hold his hand out for Sophie to assist her up the steps, but she doesn't take it. :(

:previous:
On the last video(from my post) they spoke about , that the visit of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and his wife Princess Sophie(how lovely sound this) :smile:to Bulgaria is on invitation of Bulgarian President Plevneliev.
The visit is, for they to see overview of the progress made ​​by Bulgaria in implementing the strategy for deinstitutionalization , prevention of child abandonment, foster care development, and sharing of the British experience in these spheres ....
Also they say that tomorrow they gonna meet with foster children and scout organization ...

This is almost everything they said :smile:

Molly2101 06-23-2013 05:54 PM

I love it when they say Princess Sophie, even though we know how completely incorrect that title is. I wish she was Princess Sophie...

Thanks Mag! How many languages do you speak?!

MagMil 06-23-2013 06:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Molly2101 (Post 1567578)
I love it when they say Princess Sophie, even though we know how completely incorrect that title is. I wish she was Princess Sophie...

Thanks Mag! How many languages do you speak?!

:previous:
I love it also...:flowers::flowers::flowers:
http://www3.daylife.com/photo/08Tw6y87FM9ms?q=wessex


Bulgarian is similar with my native Macedonian language and I can understand it ... btw we are neighbors countries ;)
I speak English, Serbian, Croatian and little German and Spanish...and I try to learn Swedish and French :smile:

Spheno 06-23-2013 06:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Molly2101 (Post 1567578)
I love it when they say Princess Sophie, even though we know how completely incorrect that title is. I wish she was Princess Sophie...

This title is absolutely correct for Bulgaria. Only englishspeaking people have such title form as princess Edward.
For example, wife of Grand Duke Vladimir was Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna in Russia. To call her Grand Duchess Vladimir was absolutely incorrect. In english books she is known as Grand Duchess Vladimir.
We see here cultural differences.

NGalitzine 06-23-2013 06:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spheno (Post 1567590)
This title is absolutely correct for Bulgaria. Only englishspeaking people have such title form as princess Edward.
For example, wife of Grand Duke Vladimir was Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna in Russia. To call her Grand Duchess Vladimir was absolutely incorrect. In english books she is known as Grand Duchess Vladimir.
We see here cultural differences.

Except that Sophie is English and she has never had the title of Princess Sophie since she was not born a British Princess. She is HRH The Countess of Wessex.

Spheno 06-23-2013 06:58 PM

as Grand Duchess never had title grand duchess Vladimir ;)

Ish 06-24-2013 01:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spheno (Post 1567590)
This title is absolutely correct for Bulgaria. Only englishspeaking people have such title form as princess Edward.
For example, wife of Grand Duke Vladimir was Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna in Russia. To call her Grand Duchess Vladimir was absolutely incorrect. In english books she is known as Grand Duchess Vladimir.
We see here cultural differences.

It could be argued that neither the English who call Maria Grand Duchess Vladimir, nor the Bulgarians or Russians who call Sophie Princess Sophie are correct, as neither is respecting the actual titles held or used by the individuals in question.

For what it stands, while I have seen many grand duchesses by marriage referred to by their proper titles in English (ie Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna) I have also seen many princesses by marriage referred to by incorrect titles in English (ie Princess Sophia). I don't believe it's necessarily a case of cultural differences so much as a case of not understanding (or caring) how British titles work, even within the English speaking world.

annaelfka 06-24-2013 07:11 AM

Pics from today:
https://twitter.com/UKinBulgaria/media/grid
Video
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Article in English
http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n309326

Gallery with beautiful pics from yesterday and today.
http://www.president.bg/photo-galler...sesa-sofi.html

http://novanews.bg/news/view/2013/06...2%D0%B2%D0%B0/

http://life.dir.bg/gallery.php?id=14251590&page=0

Molly2101 06-24-2013 03:18 PM

I love the video of them going around the hospital, Sophie is in her element with all the babies. You could see she was desperate to lift one up! I can imagine her thinking, "Let's take one home!"

annaelfka 06-24-2013 03:23 PM

Updated gallery!
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3679527&type=1

Mermaid1962 06-24-2013 03:30 PM

"Princess Diana" being the perfect example, although I think this arose because she was already known as "Lady Diana" and so people continued to refer to her as *Title* Diana. In reality, she was no more a princess in her own right than Sophie was before her marriage to Prince Edward; she shared the same rank as her husband.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ish (Post 1567681)
I don't believe it's necessarily a case of cultural differences so much as a case of not understanding (or caring) how British titles work, even within the English speaking world.


annaelfka 06-24-2013 05:27 PM

300 pics of Countess from her visit to Azbukari playground in Bulgaria
http://www.facebook.com/pages/%D0%94...=photos_albums

Molly2101 06-25-2013 10:27 AM

So many beautiful photos, wow! :D Sophie is just so lovely.

Little video summary of their visit:
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I love that when the children are unwrapping the presents they just hand Edward and Sophie the wrapping paper!


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