Posts Tagged ‘Countess of Wessex’

Edward points gun over son’s head, Charles tries to block media, William attend Tusk Trust Awards

You know how people get on Prince William‘s backside when he supports the fight against the illegal wildlife trade only to then go boar/pheasant/deer hunting? Well people get on Prince Charles‘ backside, too, about his love of blood sports, all the while campaigning for the environment. Blood sports aren’t just for Charles and William, the entire British Royal Family likes hunting. And now Prince Edward‘s love of the sport has gotten himself into trouble as well.

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Royals at Remembrance Sunday

The second Sunday in November is Remembrance Sunday in the UK and commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and servicewomen in the two World Wars and later conflicts. The Queen led the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall remembering those who died during conflicts. A two-minute silence was observed at 11 AM before the Queen, other royals, and politicians laid wreaths at the Cenotaph. There was a parade of service personnel and military bands, and a 10,000 strong march of servicepeople and civilians. A member of the choir fainted during the ceremony. The choir boy was attended to by first aides and was okay.

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Kate and Sophie watch Order of the Garter ceremony; Prince George attends first polo match

Garter Day was yesterday, and the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Countess of Wessex all came out for the Order of the Garter ceremony/procession at Windsor Castle.  Kate and Sophie were spectators.  The others are actually in the Order.  Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was due to attend, but she had sinusitis and stayed home (Get well soon, Camilla).

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex gets emotional during visit to hospital that saved her life during birth of Lady Louise

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.

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, shows off her hockey prowess

The Countess of Wessex was out and about yesterday (March 11), visiting the England hockey team at Bisham Abbey National Sports Center in her role as Patron of England Hockey—she’s been patron since January 2007.  Sophie talked to the staff and players and got in on the action by playing a bit with player Shona McCallin.  From the pictures, Sophie seemed to really be enjoying herself, which is great to see.  She was presented with an England Hockey jersey.

The men and women’s England hockey teams will compete in the Hockey World Cup in the Netherlands in June and in the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in August.

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Prince Edward and Sophie visit primary school on his 50th birthday

To celebrate his 50th birthday Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex visited Robert Browning primary school in Walworth, London to observe work being carried out by Kidspace, a charity preventing childhood bullying, who received money from the Wessex Youth Trust. The Wessex Youth Trust is a charity set up in 1999, after the Wessex wedding, that has granted £1.3 million to 154 charities since it’s inception.

Prince Edward and Sophie

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Edward and Sophie took a private jet on holiday: scandal or no big deal?

Call Olivia Pope, y’all, it’s the Edward and Sophie private plane SCANDAL!  Lol, just kidding.  But this article is trying to make it a big deal.  It even compares Edward and Sophie to William and Kate and says how great Will and Kate are because they took a budget airline the last time they went skiing and Edward and Sophie hired a private jet to take their family on vacation to Switzerland.

I was thinking about this, and if it were Will and Kate, we’d all probably be pissed at them for wasting money and blah blah blah.  Yet with Edward and Sophie, I’m kind of just meh about the situation.  So either I should chill when it comes to the Cambridges or I need to be more upset when it comes to the Wessexes (grammatically, is that how I pluralize Wessex?).  I don’t want to be a hypocrite like William.  So here it goes… how dare you Wessexes for taking a private jet to fly your family on vacation!  *Shakes fist in the air*

In all seriousness, I wonder who pays for their private jet and security.  I don’t think the public pays for their security.  Wasn’t it taken away from them and the Yorks and others a while back?  I guess someone pays out of pocket for that.  They get money from the Queen to fund their offices for their charity work and royal duties—the Queen’s money she pays them with comes from the Duchy of Lancaster, which technically is owned by the state and the Queen is paid from the revenue profits.  I guess the Queen pays for them to live and work.  It’s not like they have any other income.

You know, I know that Edward’s venture into TV production didn’t work out (and he apparently caused a scandal involving Will and Charles got mad) and Sophie had a scandal regarding her work in PR a number of years ago (before they both quit their jobs to focus on royal duties), but at least Sophie had a proper job before she married Edward and at least Edward tried to have a career apart from living off of his mother.  Edward gets made fun of for failing in his career venture, but at least he tried.  I respect that.  Because you know what, yes the royals take on charity work, but the Queen’s children are basically 50+ years old and living off of their mother (except Charles because he has the income from the Duchy of Cornwall)—she pays for their offices, she gives them houses, she must pay for their staff and living expenses because they don’t have any other income (I guess Anne has her horses, but I’m not sure how much they make her versus how much she spends on them, and of course she must have been given the money to buy them in the first place).  They may work hard for their charities, but they really have it pretty darn cushy.  It’s not like they are even working the same amount that a normal person works—they aren’t putting in a full 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, with 2 weeks vacation, you know.

This may not be the popular opinion, but I respect Edward having a genuine interest in something and pursuing it and trying to make something of himself apart from his family.  One could argue he used his royal connections to get ahead, and if it were the Middletons I’d be saying something nasty about it, but even with the Middleton’s grasping, famewhoring ways, everyone uses connections to get ahead in business; it’s not the worst crime in the world.  And while the Middleton’s trading on their royal connection is seen as tacky, I bet almost everyone would have done the same thing.  Hell, I said at the time (on a different blog) Pippa published her book that I would have taken the deal she did if it were handed to me—I would have written a much better book than her but that’s beside the point.  I’m not excusing Edward’s current status of living off of his mother and not working half as hard as the average worker, but at least he tried, you know.  Not everyone does.  Even the average public doesn’t always go out on that limb and try something like that.  Hell, Edward tried harder to make something of himself than Kate did.  And Sophie had a good career going before she married Edward—and shiz hit the fan.  Kate never had a career at all.  Hell, Pippa tried harder to make a career for herself than Kate did, but that’s not the point here.

Sorry this post devolved into me ranting about… I don’t even know.  I didn’t start out intending to go there.  I guess I went on the Edward and Sophie’s careers rant because the Mail article was kind of making fun of them for trying to have careers outside of the Family—and many other articles and comments have made fun of them for it—and I think it’s stupid to make fun of them for trying and failing.  It doesn’t matter that they failed, it matters that they tried.  Not everyone is willing to try.  Without meaning to get self-help-y:  Trying and failing is better than not trying at all.  I may sound like a Wessex apologist, and maybe I am, but I don’t see anything wrong with trying.

I’ll end my rant-filled post by saying it’s nice to see James out and about.  We never get to see him.  I guess the Queen doesn’t like children being around unless they can behave themselves properly, so James doesn’t go to church at Christmas or to the balcony for Trooping of the Color or anything like that.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex steps out for school visit

Today is a heavy post day.  Sorry to flood, but there are multiple things I would like to cover.  Not all of them are super long, though.  Some (most?) are quick check-ins.

I’m not expecting a ton of hits for this one, but I’m going to start with Sophie, because the Daily Mail bothered to cover her and therefore I must cover her, because she’s awesome and deserves the spotlight.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex visited the Livity School in Streatham yesterday where she met with pupils and staff and addressed officials, parents and guests.  She opened the new building, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London.  The Livity School is a primary school created in September 2001 for children with learning disabilities, physical impairments and mental conditions.

Let me not forget to mention the best part, Sophie drove herself!  How awesome is that.  Now that is down-to-earth.

Sophie wore a Proenza Schouler coat and a black dress underneath, with black pumps and a snakeskin clutch.  She looks lovely; very professional, but with some flare.  I like that.

The coat retails at £1,740.  Yikes.  Every time Kate wears a ridiculously expensive coat, I mention it, so I have to mention it with Sophie, to be fair.  The cost of the coat is ridiculous, I have never bought a designer coat, so maybe that’s just how much they cost?  I don’t know.  I’m poor so I think you can have a nice coat and not spend a semester’s worth of tuition to get it.

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