The Countess is known for having a good relationship with the Queen, and is reportedly the monarch’s top choice to fill the gap left in duties. Royal author Phil Dampier has remarked Prince Edward’s wife is more than happy to “step up to the plate” as the family becomes understaffed in March, and insiders have suggested the bond Sophie has with the Queen will make the job easier. A source told The Sun: “Sophie’s a long-term favourite of the Queen and has been singled out as a person the Palace would like to help to ease the burden.”
Her Majesty has seemingly wasted no time in propelling Sophie into a more significant role, with the Royal Family Instagram page today paying tribute to the work the Countess has been undertaking.
A string of video clips followed Sophie throughout her day, acting as a fly on the wall to her various engagements in London and at St James’ Palace.
The Instagram account also provided its 7.5 million followers with an insight into the background of Prince Edward’s wife.
An Instagram story explained Sophie is linked to 85 charities and overseas work as well as being married to the Queen’s youngest son for the last 21 years.
The Royal Family has been rocked by a series of turbulent events recently.
Princess Anne’s eldest son Peter Philips announced he and his wife, Autumn, would be seeking a divorce after 12 years of marriage.
The Queen was also hit by a second divorce in a week, with her nephew the Earl of Snowdon, splitting from his wife Serena after a 25 year marriage.
Prince Andrew brought controversy to the family recently, as he stepped back from royal duties after scrutiny of his former friendship with deceased paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
And the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked the public when they announced they had been discussing stepping back from senior roles in the Royal Family for a number of months with Buckingham Palace.
It is hoped Sophie will provide more stability in the midst of these events and bring positive attention to the family through her roles and responsibilities.
The Countess of Wessex had a busy day ahead of her as the Royal Family Instagram followed her around.
Firstly, she visited dancers and staff at the Central School of Ballet as part of her role as patron of the institution.
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The school was established in 1982, and is one of Europe’s leading centres for dance training.
She unveiled the facilities’ new studio on the South Bank, London, named ‘The Countess of Wessex Studios’ in her honour.
Performing a quick outfit change, Sophie sped off to St James’s Palace, used as a working space by several royals.
The Countess sat for a portrait for St John’s Ambulance, a first aid and medical emergency services charity of which she has been president since 2004.
She then met with two women from the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps, and a commodore from the Royal Air Force.
Sophie, who is an honorary air commodore, meets with commandants to keep updated on their work.
The Instagram story, providing more detail, also shared a photograph of Sophie with her husband, Prince Edward, and their two children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn.
Lady Louise is 16 years old and the 13th in line to the throne. She served as a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
James, Viscount Severn is 12, joining the family in 2007.
The family have been seen on official appearances together, and James and his sister participated on their first overseas engagement in 2015, when they visited South Africa with their parents.
Harry and Meghan announced in January they would be stepping back from senior roles in the Royal Family to split time between Canada and the UK.
It has since been speculated who would be taking on the roles and responsibilities they would leave behind for their new life.
And with Sophie hiring a new private secretary and a chef for the household, it appears the Wessex family are ready to expand to a more prominent role within The Firm.
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