The Countess of Wessex has been getting a lot of coverage lately—which is awesome. Yesterday, Sophie visited Frimley Park Hospital where she nearly died giving birth to Lady Louise in 2003. Sophie suffered a placental abruption at 36 weeks which caused her to lose a lot of blood. Marcus Setchell delivered her via an emergency cesarean one month early. Lady Louise was taken to St George’s Hospital’s neonatal unit in London for two weeks.
Sophie was at the hospital to open the new neonatal unit. It was the first time she had been back since she gave birth to her son, James, Viscount Severn, in 2007. The unit was funded by the Frimley Park Hospital Charity’s Saving Tiny Lives Appeal.
In her speech, Sophie said: “Thank you for inviting me here, it is good to be back in happier circumstances. On behalf of the thousands of families you have helped I would like to say thank you and congratulations on raising the money for this fantastic facility. The service you provide is paramount and can literally make the difference between life and death, I can attest to that. It is rare to have the opportunity to thank people for the huge difference they have made at an important time in your life so I am so pleased to be here and to be able to say thank you in person.”
Sophie broke down in tears during her speech. At which point all the photographers put down their cameras out of respect, only raising them once she had gained her composure. What a lovely thing for them to do. I can’t even imagine how much emotion Sophie would have been feeling being back there. I get teary thinking about Sophie’s tears.
I think it’s wonderful that Sophie opened the new neonatal unit at the hospital where her children were born and that saved her life. It’s so much more meaningful.
As for fashion, Sophie wore a Valentino Pink Wool Drill Cocoon jacket ($2450), a Roland Mouret Benwell dress ($2369), and Jimmy Choo pumps (~$500). She also wore citrine earrings which I love (yellow is my favorite color).