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Edward and Sophie look like they're having a lot of fun!
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Old 01-15-2020, 08:33 AM
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Old 01-20-2020, 05:42 AM
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The Countess of Wessex will visit Sierra Leone at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from Wednesday 22 to Thursday 23 January 2020.


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Old 01-20-2020, 01:27 PM
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The Countess of Wessex will visit Sierra Leone at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from Wednesday 22 to Thursday 23 January 2020.


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Presumably she will meet someone from Sierra Leone, this evening. A wonderfully timed trip.
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Old 01-20-2020, 06:06 PM
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Court Circular 13th January:
St James’s Palace

The Earl of Wessex, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, this morning held a Meeting.

Court Circular 14th January:
St James’s Palace

The Earl and Countess of Wessex this afternoon gave a Luncheon for Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenants from the Wessex region.

Court Circular 15th January:
St James’s Palace

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Founders, The Earl and Countess of Wessex Charitable Trust, this evening held a Dinner.

Court Circular 16th January:
St James’s Palace

The Earl of Wessex, Patron, the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, today attended a Luncheon at Coutts and Company, 440 Strand, London WC2, and afterwards attended a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, London W1.
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Old 01-22-2020, 10:30 AM
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This week the Countess of Wessex is visiting Sierra Leone to learn more about the important work being done to support survivors of sexual violence in conflict.

Today, made a visit to The Peace Museum, in the capital Freetown.

https://www.paimages.co.uk/headline/1423325

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Old 01-22-2020, 02:09 PM
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Here's an article about her first day in Sierra Leone:


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Old 01-23-2020, 10:17 AM
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The Countess of Wessex on her second day in Sierra Leone today, January 23:

One of her engagements was a visit to the Russell Technical Secondary School:


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Old 01-23-2020, 10:55 AM
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I'm glad that Sophie's visit to Sierra Leone is at least getting some coverage, and that some of the issues facing the country are being highlighted. I just wish it were more.
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An article from the Countess visit to Sierra Leone today


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Old 01-23-2020, 11:35 AM
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Just amazing such an important issue to highlight I only hope that Sophie's really consistent work for her charities will now receive more coverage
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Old 01-24-2020, 12:30 AM
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I am ecstatically happy that Sophie is getting support for the work she is doing - I just don't hate the horrible comments that all of these are getting. I know I shouldn't read comments and that people who don't follow the Wessex really have never cared about their work at all. But really don't people know that this was never Meghan's trip and that she had nothing to do with this charity or cant the journalist say in the article that Sophie has been involved with the charity for a number of years and has already visited the below countries on their behalf. A little bit of extra journalism is all that is required.
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Court Circular 20th January:
St. James's Palace

The Earl and Countess of Wessex this evening attended the UK-Africa Investment Summit Reception at Buckingham Palace.

Today is the Anniversary of the Birthday of The Countess of Wessex.

Court Circular 21st January:
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The Earl of Wessex, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation, this morning attended a Meeting at Marlborough House, London SW1.

His Royal Highness, Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, this afternoon held a Meeting.

The Countess of Wessex this morning departed from Heathrow Airport, London, for Sierra Leone and was received this evening at Freetown International Airport, Lungi, by the British High Commissioner to the Republic of Sierra Leone (His Excellency Mr. Simon Mustard).

Mr. Alexander Stonor and Mrs. Laura King are in attendance.

Court Circular 22nd January:
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The Earl of Wessex, Honorary Air Commodore, Royal Air Force Waddington, this afternoon received Air Commodore Thomas Burke upon relinquishing his appointment as Station Commander and Group Captain Steve Kilvington upon assuming the appointment.

The Countess of Wessex today undertook engagements in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Her Royal Highness this morning visited the Sierra Leone Peace Museum, Jomo Kenyatta Road, for a Roundtable Discussion with female members of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces on their experience of the Civil War and subsequent role of women in the Armed Forces in the peace-building and reconciliation.

The Countess of Wessex today attended a Roundtable Discussion with representatives of Sierra Leone civil society on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence during the Civil War given by the British High Commissioner to the Republic of Sierra Leone (His Excellency Mr. Simon Mustard) at the Residence.

Her Royal Highness this afternoon attended a Meeting with His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh (Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone) and Ms. Manty Tarawalli (Minister for Gender and Children's Affairs) at State House.

The Countess of Wessex afterwards attended a Discussion at the Parliament building on women as peace-builders with women in politics in Sierra Leone.

Her Royal Highness this evening attended a Reception given by the British High Commissioner to the Republic of Sierra Leone at the Residence.

The Countess of Wessex later attended a Dinner given by the British High Commissioner to the Republic of Sierra Leone at the Residence.

Court Circular 23rd January:
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The Countess of Wessex this morning visited Russel Technical Secondary School, Tombo, Western Urban District, Sierra Leone, in support of the Department for International Development.

Her Royal Highness afterwards visited the Department for International Development-funded Tombo Health Clinic, Tombo, Western Urban District.

The Countess of Wessex this afternoon visited Aberdeen Women's Centre, Aberdeen, Freetown.

Her Royal Highness later visited Freetown (King Tom) Commonwealth Cemetery, Hernesey Street, King Tom, Freetown, and laid a wreath.

The Countess of Wessex this evening departed from Freetown International Airport for the United Kingdom.
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I am ecstatically happy that Sophie is getting support for the work she is doing - I just don't hate the horrible comments that all of these are getting. I know I shouldn't read comments and that people who don't follow the Wessex really have never cared about their work at all. But really don't people know that this was never Meghan's trip and that she had nothing to do with this charity or cant the journalist say in the article that Sophie has been involved with the charity for a number of years and has already visited the below countries on their behalf. A little bit of extra journalism is all that is required.
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Just amazing such an important issue to highlight I only hope that Sophie's really consistent work for her charities will now receive more coverage


The Countess of Wessex has been doing royal engagements for a long time. She has also done tours in the continents of Asia, Europe, and African, but doesn’t get much coverage; this has been the case with her long before Meghan joint the family.
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Old 01-24-2020, 10:40 AM
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.... so what is your point here FIJIRO .... Sophie has never received the attention that she really deserves and yes I am totally and completely aware that she has been supporting charities like this for some time .. so your addressing my statement is agreeing or making another point. With the departure of the Sussexs and believe I am very pleased all that nonsense has gone to other parts Sophie will most likely be relied upon much more for some time.
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Old 01-25-2020, 08:35 AM
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I am actually concerned about the press wanting Sophie to take on Meghan's role. Yes - she might have to take on more duties, but I don't want Sophie taken apart by the press again? Its not like people are interchangeable.
Any thoughts? maybe we should start a new thread?
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I am actually concerned about the press wanting Sophie to take on Meghan's role. Yes - she might have to take on more duties, but I don't want Sophie taken apart by the press again? Its not like people are interchangeable.
Any thoughts? maybe we should start a new thread?


The press don’t want Sophie to take on Meghan’s role. Meghan was doing less than Sophie has been doing for years.

Sophie has been viewed as “boring” by the press for years, her engagements don’t garner as near enough attention as they should and nothing like Catherine or Meghan’s engagements ever had. Evidenced by this week alone, Meghan is gone, Catherine has been out and about and not one newspaper or royal reporter has covered Sophie’s engagements.

Nothings going to change.
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hmm - does seem to be a Daily Express run campaign. Will have to wait and see.
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I think the Express has suggested it largely because there isn't anyone else - it's not like choosing the next England manager where you can give a list of a dozen names and ask everyone to vote for their preferred choice! But the Wessexes seem very happy as they are, and they clearly get on very well with the Queen, and I hope they aren't pushed into radically changing their lives just because Harry and Meghan have jumped ship. Also, the Wessexes' interests are much more traditional.


I don't think the press would turn on Sophie. Those days are long gone. She's very popular now.
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The Earl of Wessex attended the Holocaust Memorial Event at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead, Berkshire today, january 27:



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