Sophie Wessex’s patronages in FULL: New royal duties

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has had to step up her royal duties since the departure of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew from royal service. The Countess of Wessex has admirably filled the gap and here are some of the many royal duties she undertakes.

Despite being a mum of two, the Countess of Wessex is a full-time working member of the Royal Family.

She devotes her time to supporting the Queen in her royal duties and to the huge number of charities she supports.

Much of her day-to-day working life is taken up with her roles as patron of more than 70 charities and organisations, the full list of which can be seen here. 

Every year she conducts hundreds of duties visiting schools, universities, military bases and charity headquarters to highlight their work to the wider world.

The Countess of Wessex is among the hardest working of the royals.

Despite much of her work going under the radar in comparison to other members of the family, Sophie undertook the sixth-highest number of royal engagements in 2020.

Despite the lockdowns, the Countess of Wessex carried out 86 engagements and seems to have ramped up her commitments this year.

Her husband, Prince Edward, undertook more royal duties than Prince William in 2020.

He carried out 126 engagements in comparison to his nephew’s 104.

What new roles has the Countess been given this year?

Due to the departure of the Sussexes and Prince Andrew as senior royals, the Countess has been handed a number of new patronages this year.

Her latest role as part of the Queen’s new team of ‘key’ royals, is patron of the Guide Dogs charity.

She takes over the role from the Queen’s cousin, Princess Alexandra, who held the role for more than 60 years.

Another patronage the Countess of Wessex acquired this year was as patron of Oscar International, a charity in Mumbai which helps children from underprivileged communities.

The Countess has also become a patron of Wellbeing of Women this year among various other royal patronages and duties handed to her.

What causes does the Countess support?

The Countess has a huge variety of patronage’s, but she has a strong personal interest in supporting those with disabilities and young people.

The Royal Family’s official website reads: “The Countess of Wessex has a strong personal interest in the provisions for people with disabilities and embracing opportunities for young people,

“Championing both local initiatives such as Disability Initiative in Surrey as well as national charities such as the NSPCC.”

The Earl and Countess of Wessex have always passionately supported young people.

They founded The Wessex Youth Trust together shortly before they married in 1999.

In particular, Sophie passionately supports campaigns to eradicate avoidable blindness.

This cause is no doubt close to her heart due in part to her own experience.

The Countess of Wessex has said she was inspired to support charities for the visually impaired after seeing her own daughter, Lady Louise, suffer from sight problems.

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