Sophie Wessex and the Queen: How Sophie’s sweet nickname for Queen shows exceptional bond

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 54, is Prince Edward’s wife and is said to be the Queen’s most-trusted daughter-in-law. Sophie and Edward’s marriage remains strong to this day when all the other Queen’s children have divorced. The Countess of Wessex is a dedicated royal and a patron of several of Queen Elizabeth II’s charities. At a recently royal engagement Sophie let slip the affectionate nickname she has for her mother in law.

The Countess of Wessex joined the Queen at a special Buckingham Palace reception earlier this week.

The event was held in honour of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, of which Sophie is the Vice Patron.

Sophie recently travelled abroad to Malawi, Bangladesh and India where she represented the Queen and observed the excellent work being done by the trust abroad.

The charitable foundation which will close in 2020, was set up with the goal of tackling avoidable blindness and empowering a new generation of leaders.


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Reporting back on her inspiring trip, Sophie made some moving revelations about her close bond with the Queen.

In a speech to honour the Queen at the reception the Countess said: “I feel in a way that I have been your eyes, having travelled to Malawi, Bangladesh and India to see the work of the trust first-hand, witnessing the ambitious initiatives being carried out in Your Majesty’s name, and ensuring that the intended legacy would be real and long lasting.”

Sophie went on to call the Queen as “mamma” – a clear sig of their special bond.

Sophie added: “Mama, when I have returned from my travels I have been so proud to share with you the work I have witnessed being carried out under the umbrella of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and the care of so many people working so hard to save and cure sight.”

She added: “Not top level observations, but personal experience, demonstrating to me time and again the real affection you have for all people of the Commonwealth and why that affection is so abundantly returned by them to you.”

While the gushing speech is a clearly signals Sophie’s affection for the Queen and her mother-in-law is said to make a special gesture on Sophie’s behalf whenever she visits one of her royal residences.

When the Queen stays at Balmoral or Sandringham she takes a black Rolls Royce to church on Sundays.

According to palace insiders, the Queen reserves the seat beside her for her favourites.


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A former royal equerry told the Sun: “If Sophie Wessex is staying at Sandringham then you can pretty much guarantee the Queen will ask her – usually last thing on a Saturday night – if she would like ‘a lift’ to the church.

“And the same happens at Balmoral.

“The Queen likes to be completely calm before church and she finds Sophie’s presence soothing.”

“Who gets the backseat is also one of those quirky royal ways that signals who is in favour – for example, Princess Anne may be staying at the same time, but how often do you see her in the Rolls?”

Another source claimed the Queen trusts Sophie above Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

A royal aide told the Sun: ”She is trusted and relied on by the Queen in a way I couldn’t say applied to the Duchess of Cambridge or the Duchess of Cornwall,” says a senior royal aide.

“She is like another daughter to Her Majesty, they are that close.”

They added: “The Queen is also mindful that Sophie’s marriage has survived where her other children’s relationships have failed – and she knows that is in no small way down to Sophie’s dedication – she is aware, as his Edward’s mother, what a tricky creature he can be.

“And not only has Sophie flourished as a dedicated, albeit still relatively junior member of the Royal family, she has brought up two teenagers who are well-balanced, sporty, amusing and delightful.”

Prince Edward and Sophie tied the knot at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle on June 19, 1999.

They have two children – Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

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