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Title: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: danifaul on December 12, 2010, 03:45:42 am
Edward
http://i2.tinypic.com/sm62dc.jpg
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/52103294/Tim-Graham-Photo-Library
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/52098650/Tim-Graham-Photo-Library
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/3240357/Hulton-Archive

Sophie
http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/329/sophie19932an.jpg
http://i1.tinypic.com/v45ws0.jpg
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h222/lisa-xy/sophie/Unbenannt11.jpg
http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/448/2004hunting2ez7.jpg 2004
http://i5.tinypic.com/167a5ar.jpg

Edward  and Sophie
http://img95.imageshack.us/img95/8377/2000brunei8qo.jpg 2000
http://i1.tinypic.com/s123p0.jpg
http://i2.tinypic.com/t6vuoy.jpg 1999
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/52098545/Tim-Graham-Photo-Library 1999
http://i4.tinypic.com/10e3gie.jpg 1995(?)
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/52114722/Tim-Graham-Photo-Library 2003
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/52109998/Tim-Graham-Photo-Library 2001

pics of the final rehearsal of their wedding:
http://i2.tinypic.com/t9bghf.jpg
http://i2.tinypic.com/t9bgqh.jpg

Wedding: 1999
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/52017773/AFP
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/106930915/AFP
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/99158629/WireImage

Lady Louise
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/52117213/Tim-Graham-Photo-Library 2003
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/71537977/Tim-Graham-Photo-Library 2006
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/87412117/Getty-Images-Entertainment 2009
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/88467966/Getty-Images-Entertainment 2009

Viscount Severn
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/78594684/Tim-Graham-Photo-Library 2007
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/87411635/Getty-Images-Entertainment 2009
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/87412284/Getty-Images-Entertainment 2009

family:  :flower:
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/1663098/Getty-Images-Entertainment
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/52107541/Tim-Graham-Photo-Library 2002
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/52110819/Tim-Graham-Photo-Library 2001
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/52105871/Tim-Graham-Photo-Library 2000


Title: Events of the Earl of Wessex and Countess of Wessex
Post by: Alexandrine on December 17, 2010, 06:05:55 pm
Countess of Wessex.at a special ceremony, promoted soldiers from the 5th Battalion the Rifles (5 RIFLES) based in Paderborn Germany_14/12/2010.

http://4.t.cdn.belga.be/picture:24262855:preview:watermark?v=12ce98166e0

http://2.t.cdn.belga.be/picture:24262866:preview:watermark?v=12ce98166e0

http://2.t.cdn.belga.be/picture:24262860:preview:watermark?v=12ce98166e0


Title: Re: Events of the Earl of Wessex and Countess of Wessex
Post by: Alexandrine on January 19, 2011, 05:40:31 pm
Sophie, Countess Of Wessex Meets Readibus Service Users In Reading (http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=108146872&EditorialProduct=Royalty)

Sophie Countess of Wessex meets users of the Readibus service, the day before her 46th birthday on January 19, 2011 in Reading, England.

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/108148003/Getty-Images-Entertainment

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/108148023/Getty-Images-Entertainment


Title: Re: Events of the Earl of Wessex and Countess of Wessex
Post by: Earth Angel on January 19, 2011, 08:35:11 pm
Sophie looks lovely! And she has the common sense to cover her legs with tights! On the other hand, Kate chooses to go bare-legged in the middle of Winter. She just looks entirely cheap & tawdry compared to Sophie's sophistication!


Title: Re: Events of the Earl of Wessex and Countess of Wessex
Post by: serene grace on February 14, 2011, 05:27:26 am
 :thumbsup: Sophie looks very nice. 


Title: Happy Birthday to Edward
Post by: karla64 on March 10, 2011, 04:33:00 pm
Happy Birthday.. :cake-girl: :box: :bday-bash: he is 47 year old now..


Title: Re: Happy Birthday to Edward
Post by: YooperModerator on March 10, 2011, 04:57:03 pm
 :bday-bash:
Congrats to him!


Title: Re: Pictures of The Wessex Family
Post by: YooperModerator on March 10, 2011, 04:58:40 pm
I'm making this a sticky, post all you Wessex pic's here!


Title: Re: Pictures of The Wessex Family
Post by: Nighthawk on May 10, 2011, 02:13:44 pm
Prince Edward May 10, 2011

Royal Reception for Films Without Borders - Exclusive
http://www.gettyimages.ca/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=113861792&EditorialProduct=Royalty#


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on July 10, 2011, 05:24:55 pm
Royal visitor in Ribble Valley today

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/9128170.Royal_visitor_in_Ribble_Valley_today/

Sophie Countess of Wessex to support Warrington Disability Partnership

http://www.thisischeshire.co.uk/news/9111536.Royal_visitor_to_grace_disability_week/

DAD event wins royal seal of approval

http://www.thisischeshire.co.uk/news/9127258.DAD_event_wins_royal_seal_of_approval/

Countess to tour P&O ship

http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/captain-greybeard/2011/07/countess-to-tour-po-ship.html

Countess of Wessex praises ‘planting in the playground’ at Tufnell Park Primary School

http://www.islingtontribune.com/news/2011/jul/countess-wessex-praises-%E2%80%98planting-playground%E2%80%99-tufnell-park-primary-school


Title: Soldier Sophie puts on army uniform as she meets troops training for the frontli
Post by: Alexandrine on August 15, 2011, 09:22:37 pm
Soldier Sophie puts on army uniform as she meets troops training for the frontline in Afghanistan

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2026353/Soldier-Sophie-tries-army-uniform-meets-troops-training-frontline-Afghanistan.html#ixzz1V8BcneEM


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on October 19, 2011, 07:26:46 pm
Smiling Sophie charms the crowds in Devon
http://www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk/story-13599327-detail/story.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on November 07, 2011, 05:12:45 pm
Prince Edward to return to Malta
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20111107/local/prince-edward-to-return-to-malta.392705


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on December 02, 2011, 04:17:29 pm
Prince Edward treads the boards

http://www.halesowennews.co.uk/news/worcestershire/9398816.Prince_Charming_treads_the_boards/


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on January 17, 2012, 05:30:18 pm
Royal visit to Lakeview School

http://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/education/royal_visit_to_lakeview_school_1_3427390#.TxWqtZRv7t4.twitter


Title: Countess of Wessex visits Wokingham today
Post by: serene grace on February 08, 2012, 06:32:34 pm


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:flower:   Countess of Wessex visits Wokingham today

February 08, 2012


Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex is paying a visit to Wokingham this morning - opening the town's new fire station and cutting the ribbon on a new centre at an Earley primary school.

Sophie will begin her whirlwind tour of the borough at Hawkedon Primary School to officially open the school's new family and foundation centres.

The EarleyBird and Hawkedon Foundation Centre is a voluntary pre-school which has been working with Hawkedon on establishing a purpose built unit since 2006.

The family centre  provides a base for the breakfast and after school club, self-help parent groups and community meetings. The school also organises its own courses for parents.

After touring the school and meeting pupils and staff, Her Royal Highness will head to Wokingham fire station in Denton Road to officially open the town's new station.

It has been operational since last year, however today is a chance for the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service to celebrate the facility with an official opening ceremony.

The £1.5 million station is the first new fire station to be built in Berkshire in 20 years

http://www.getwokingham.co.uk/news/s/2107923_countess_of_wessex_visits_wokingham_today


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex visits Wokingham today
Post by: Nymph on February 17, 2012, 01:01:19 pm
Side note, but I like her more natural hair style, she seems more at ease with herself and it shows in her more relaxed hair styling.  Kate on the other hand seems nervous and up-tight and her hair is so fake looking and controlled in it's prettiness.


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex visits Wokingham today
Post by: Yooper on February 17, 2012, 02:30:37 pm
^Agreed.  She looks normal, approachable, and genuine.  WK is always thinking about one thing: WK.


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex visits Wokingham today
Post by: serene grace on February 17, 2012, 04:06:30 pm
I agree.
Even though the press has always given Sophie a hard time, I think she's been very good as a working royal. She always seems natural, approachable and she seems truly interested in the event and people.


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex visits Wokingham today
Post by: MOSAIC on February 17, 2012, 06:24:03 pm

I agree with everything said about Sophie.  Natural with people, in her own demeanour, in what she wears, and how her hair is done.  I've read that the Queen considers her a very safe pair of hands and that says it all.
No wonder she and Edward are sent to represent the Queen at royal functions abroad, and I believe she is accepted by them.   :loveshower:


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex visits Wokingham today
Post by: Acornia on February 18, 2012, 02:33:41 am
None of the usual fanfare that surrounds Kate, I like it  :thumbsup:

So will this count as 2 engagements? One for the school and another for the fire station?


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex visits Wokingham today
Post by: meememe on February 18, 2012, 02:42:49 am
This would have counted as two engagements because she visited two places and did two things.

She doesn't get the fanfare or coverage of Kate because she is only married to the third son, currently 7th in line to the throne and within the next few years surely to drop further down the pecking order.

Kate will only progress up the pecking order over the years - wife of 2nd in line, wife of heir, wife of King and then back down again (assuming she outlives William).


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex visits Wokingham today
Post by: YooperModerator on February 18, 2012, 01:10:11 pm
hmm maybe we should make a working list for the other royal as well
if we have one for Kate and willy why not for the others?


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex visits Wokingham today
Post by: Jane23 on February 24, 2012, 08:40:17 pm
I like her she is a beautiful gracious woman no wonder He Majesty The Queen loves her  :newyear:.


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex visits Wokingham today
Post by: Yooper on February 24, 2012, 11:50:23 pm
^^Good idea, Akasha!  This is the kind of thing that I have always admired about the British Royalty.  And now I just think of them, since WK, as a bunch of losers and let's start a revolution already.

It would be good medicine to see that some are doing something to further the cause of their country that supports them financially and emotionally!!!!


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex visits Wokingham today
Post by: Jane23 on February 25, 2012, 02:23:10 pm
I know that Prince Charles his sons and their wives with get press and popular attention for obvious reasons but what bothers me about the relationship between Prince Charles brothers and the press is that the brothers never get any credit for what they do right but God help them if the press finds something wrong with what they are doing suddenly they are "important" and are front page news  :sly: like the case of Sophie and the "bloody" jewelry (roll eyes) .


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex visits Wokingham today
Post by: Tatiana on February 28, 2012, 11:15:14 pm

   Rolling one's eyes ...  ??? :dontknow:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on March 08, 2012, 01:59:55 pm
The Earl and Countess of Wessex meet guests after arriving at English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda
The Earl and Countess of Wessex meet guests after arriving at English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda, 6 March 2012.
© Government of Antigua and Barbuda

http://www.flickr.com/photos/48877431@N05/6961407959/


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: YooperModerator on March 25, 2012, 12:36:47 am
Yeah so I just did the maths..

What the Wessex did up until now:
They started on 11th of January and have 147 engagements! (including their oversea jubilee trip) between the two of them in just 31 working day's, (remember we are only at day 85 of this year's calendar).
That's an average of nearly five appointments a day or 2.5 per person :thumbsup:
And they are not even the real top gun in the firm.... :eyes:
Waisty should be ashamed..


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on March 29, 2012, 04:51:57 pm
http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/local-west-yorkshire-news/2012/03/29/little-ellie-kaye-captivates-royal-visitor-sophie-countess-of-wessex-at-castle-hill-school-fantastic-pictures-86081-30648490/#.T3R32zzPlY8.twitter


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on March 29, 2012, 04:59:25 pm
That's so sweet.  :flirt:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: YooperModerator on March 31, 2012, 12:56:10 pm
 lol how cute :sigh:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Yooper on March 31, 2012, 04:43:29 pm
Oh, how charming!  :thumbsup: It actually brought a tear to my jaded eye.  Thanks for sharing. 


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss_Sonya on April 14, 2012, 06:47:12 am
Pic of Lady Louise http://i2.bunte.de/img/gen/N/M/HBNMimeT_571x322.jpg


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on April 14, 2012, 06:58:21 am
She's a sweetheart. Looks so much like Pr.Edward and the Queen, with a dash of Sophie.

Sophie has been doing a stellar job as a working Royal this past decade, it's ashame the major UK press pretends she doesn't exist, until they want to say something mean about her.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: MOSAIC on April 14, 2012, 11:30:50 am

I think they can't really find anything mean to say about Sophie or Edward, so, as you say SG they just pretend she doesn't exist, typical bullying press, and they are mean spirited. 
The Queen adores her, as does Princess Anne and her family and they are the ones who count, not the nasty press or anyone else.Also the Queen knows she can send them to represent her at continental royal weddings, anniversaries etc.  That says a lot, they are a safe pair of hands.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: YooperModerator on April 14, 2012, 12:19:58 pm
Yup I think it's same thing for Anne.
They can't say anything bad about her so they act as if she's not there at all!
(That or they just don't have the gut's to bash her :tehe: I believe she's quite the force to reckon with if she pissed off! lol)

I think it's a silent agreement of some kind: Anne does a lot of work for the firm, makes hardly any waves (unlike Andrew) and in return the press leave her alone.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: thtregoddess11 on April 14, 2012, 03:22:02 pm
^ I think you might be on to something there, as I was thinking the same... :goodpost:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on April 25, 2012, 06:11:10 pm
http://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/News/Areas/Maidenhead/Countess-of-Wessex-visits-Norden-Farm-25042012.htm

Films Without Borders Inaugural Launch

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=143225522&EditorialProduct=Royalty


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on May 09, 2012, 11:08:29 pm
http://www.bracknellnews.co.uk/news/crowthorneandsandhurst/articles/2012/05/09/59416-countess-visits-charity/


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Nymph on May 10, 2012, 06:13:03 pm
Sophie needs to sort out her varying degrees of blonde and darker roots, a slightly more golden tawny color would be more flattering overall for her.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on May 21, 2012, 12:43:04 pm
http://svenskdam.se/2012/05/sophie-hade-heldag-med-louise-och-james/

So they did go to Windsor Horse show


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: rogue on May 21, 2012, 12:48:57 pm
This is the first time i have seen a clear pic of James, he is adorable and Louise looks cute.Its nice to see Louise being 12 , because when i look at some of the kids in my family , they all look like they are ready to hit the town.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Leila on May 21, 2012, 01:34:21 pm
http://svenskdam.se/2012/05/sophie-hade-heldag-med-louise-och-james/

So they did go to Windsor Horse show
:thankyou:

I suppose Louise's arm has healed. I don't remember how long ago she broke it.  :dontknow:
Nice to see them.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: YooperModerator on May 21, 2012, 05:30:26 pm
hm her last images were from April 8th,(easter service) she broke it a few day's later I believe.
a regular cast is for about six weeks, no?
that would fit!


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Leila on May 21, 2012, 05:48:01 pm
Six weeks, yeah.
Six weeks since easter already....  :o


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on June 07, 2012, 06:29:35 pm

Sophie, Countess of Wessex attends Founders Day at The Royal Hospital in Chelsea with the Chelsea Pensioners.


Photos
http://markcuthbert.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/sophie-countess-of-wessex-attends-founders-day-at-the-royal-hospital/



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on June 07, 2012, 06:34:25 pm
I don't like the hats she is wearing recently.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on June 08, 2012, 06:47:20 pm
Countess of Wessex Attends Founder's Day At The Royal Hospital Chelsea

http://www.gettyimages.es/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=146016545&EditorialProduct=Royalty


Title: Prince Edward and wife Sophie controversial visit
Post by: Nighthawk on June 12, 2012, 03:17:08 am
Prince Edward and wife Sophie look relaxed as they touch down in front of Rock of Gibraltar for controversial visit
 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2157719/Prince-Edward-wife-Sophie-look-thrilled-touch-Rock-Gibraltar-controversial-visit.html#ixzz1xXclWGJp


Title: Re: Prince Edward and wife Sophie controversial visit
Post by: berlin on June 12, 2012, 05:16:31 pm
Wish the Argentinians and Spanish would get over it!  (Falklands and Gibralter respectively.)


Title: Re: Prince Edward and wife Sophie controversial visit
Post by: rogue on June 12, 2012, 07:05:39 pm
I assume its the govs that want them back and not the citizens and Spain is being hypocritical .....

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Spanish territory also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the African coast, and two autonomous cities in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, that border Morocco. Furthermore, the town of Llívia is a Spanish exclave situated inside French territory.


Title: Re: Prince Edward and wife Sophie controversial visit
Post by: Alexandrine on June 12, 2012, 07:18:40 pm
Gibraltar (or the Falklands) is not exactly the same as the rest of the territories you mention and that is not my opinion but the UN (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_list_of_Non-Self-Governing_Territories).

I don't give a damn about Gibraltar and I doubt really anyone does. But I don't like how the Gibraltar gov behaves toward the spanish gov, though it's also the fault of the spanish govs as they have let them do whatever they want to. When Gibraltar was given as peace offering to the UK they didn't include the sea but now they consider that it's theirs plus an area of land that the spanish gov let them use.

That's another thing I don't like but still that's the fault of the spanish gov.

P.S: I still wonder who thought to add the baleares to that list or even the canary islands... though if we did what morocco wanted we should give them all the south part of spain because they conquered it during 700 hundreds years.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: side chair spectator on June 16, 2012, 03:34:54 pm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/9332015/Theyre-the-new-Firm-favourites-the-Earl-and-Countess-of-Wessex.html

Some observers believe that though Sophie gamely tolerates her position at the back of the royal queue, there are moments when she feels overlooked. “Take her recent tour of the Caribbean with Prince Edward. It was a gruelling 14-day engagement, representing the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as part of the Jubilee celebrations. They worked every day and… nothing. There was barely a mention in the British press that they’d gone, and absolutely no coverage even though as a couple they worked their socks off.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: anobserver on June 16, 2012, 05:04:27 pm
We notice you, Sophie!  :flower:

That is so sad, though. It's really no wonder no one shows any warmth to Kate when she gets all the credit for just turning up somewhere and any and every mistake she makes is spun or overlooked.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on June 16, 2012, 05:29:39 pm
Sophie should get more acknowledgement.  kisss  It would take a hundred or more Kate's to make one Sophie.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: June on June 17, 2012, 08:32:58 am
I really like Sophie, but there have been a couple of petulant displays that have disappointed me lately.

Sophie sounds haughty here. She ought to know and accept her place in this family. She needs to get over it. William is going to be King and that is that. He and his wife will always hog headlines.  :ick:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on June 17, 2012, 10:39:01 am
Sophie was correct they worked their butts off on their trip and there wasn't one story about it in the British papers. The British papers were talking about what Kate was wearing. Either the Monarchy wants to be recognized for their works or for what Kate is wearing. Myself I would rather read about them doing something with some substance. William is going to be King one day but there is someone who will be King before he is. Sophie isn't complaining about being a lesser royal but about the workers not getting recognition while the lazy people do.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: June on June 17, 2012, 10:47:17 am
Sophie was not correct to complain. It is ungracious to say the least. She ought to know the score. It just makes her look ridiculous given the REAL problems in the world.

I agree with Sophie in principle, actually, but it is inappropriate for royals to air grievances which may be leaked to the public domain. It should have been taken up with the Queen, privately.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on June 17, 2012, 10:53:27 am
Royals leak things to the press all the time. They exist off of PR that is all they do.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: June on June 17, 2012, 10:55:22 am
No worries, it's just my opinion.  :flower:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: thtregoddess11 on June 18, 2012, 08:50:25 pm
This is the first time i have seen a clear pic of James, he is adorable and Louise looks cute.Its nice to see Louise being 12 , because when i look at some of the kids in my family , they all look like they are ready to hit the town.


Louise is only 8 years old, not 12....She was born in November 2003.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on July 03, 2012, 10:26:59 pm
Video: Countess of Wessex visits Wittering

http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/education/video-countess-of-wessex-visits-wittering-1-4015172#.T_NDU_izjaw.twitter


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on July 04, 2012, 11:54:03 am
We'll fight them on the benches! Couple win an apology from Prince Edward after they are turfed out of seat for the PM

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2168432/Well-fight-benches-Couple-win-apology-Prince-Edward-turfed-seat-PM.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on July 11, 2012, 10:24:03 pm
The Earl and Countess of Wessex open Diamond Jubilee Pavilion at Brighton College.

http://southdownsliving.blogspot.fr/2012/07/earl-and-countess-of-wessex-open.html


Title: Wessex Visit Canada
Post by: Alexandrine on September 16, 2012, 04:38:43 pm
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2012/09/15/countess-of-wessex-charms-her-fans

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/prince-edward-embarks-on-his-first-ever-tour-of-the-north/article4537843/

http://www.vancouversun.com/Prince+Edward+Sophie+Earl+Countess+Wessex+kick+Canadian+tour+Ottawa/7223375/story.html

http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/09/11/prince-edward-countess-of-wessex-begin-seven-day-visit-to-canada/

http://www.forterietimes.ca/2012/09/15/countess-of-wessex-charms-her-fans

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Video+Countess+Wessex+visits+Canadian+Museum/7231655/story.html video


Title: Re: Wessex Visit Canada
Post by: berlin on September 17, 2012, 01:16:13 am
Thanks Alexandrine.  Wish the DM would show coverage.


Title: Re: Wessex Visit Canada
Post by: YooperModerator on September 17, 2012, 01:25:01 am
Wow He's been to Canada more often then HM! :thumbsup:
but I think most of these visit were working trips not like the bigger state visits his mum and older brother did.
hence the silence in the press.
Yet for some reason I don't think the... Wessexes...Wesaxions? mind the lesser press attention


Title: Re: Wessex Visit Canada
Post by: Alexandrine on September 18, 2012, 03:32:41 pm
Royal Trip Report: The Wessexes in Canada

http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com.es/2012/09/royal-trip-report-wessexes-in-canada.html

Sophie's fashion


Title: Re: Wessex Visit Canada
Post by: mrharrywales on September 21, 2012, 03:56:04 pm
Sophie is lovely.

so Akasha, when they go on working trips they aren't supposed to get attention??? :- :- :-

Why not if they are doing something good fir the country?? :- :-


Title: Countess of Wessex attends Fashion event hosted at Harvey Nichols
Post by: serene grace on October 17, 2012, 02:49:50 pm
http://www.gettyimages.no/detail/news-photo/sophie-countess-of-wessex-attends-an-event-hosted-by-poppy-news-photo/154166825

http://happyandglorious.net/2012/10/15/4-engagements-1-day-hrh-the-countess-of-wessex/harvey-nichols-wool-week-installation-launch-2/



Title: Re: Countess of Wessex attends Fashion event hosted at Harvey Nichols
Post by: berlin on October 17, 2012, 11:10:41 pm
Ugh, silly Katie Nicholls calling Edward a "Count" when there's no such thing in the UK! 
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Other guests at the drinks party included the Count and Countess of Wessex who were keen to meet the new generation of wool designers with creations on display. 
http://katie.nicholl.mailonsunday.co.uk/2012/10/harvey-nichols-celebrates-wool-week-.html


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex attends Fashion event hosted at Harvey Nichols
Post by: serene grace on October 17, 2012, 11:14:35 pm
She probably refuses to admit that Edward has the same titles as William(Kate's husband)....(Prince, Duke)  :tehe:


Title: Countess of Wessex Embarrassed By Poppy Picture
Post by: Alexandrine on October 26, 2012, 09:53:17 pm
Countess of Wessex Embarrassed By Poppy Picture

http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/royal_family/Sophie+Wessex-263627.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on November 02, 2012, 07:23:58 pm
Purple reigns in royal wardrobes as Countess of Wessex follows Queen's lead wearing the shade (and Pippa's a fan too)

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2226924/Purple-reigns-royal-wardrobes-Countess-Wessex-follows-Queens-lead-wearing-shade-Pippa-fan-too.html#ixzz2B5wPmRcc
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Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: rogue on November 02, 2012, 10:39:50 pm
They had to thrown in Pippa  :wopedo: Can't wait for the day that family crawls back where they came from.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Acornia on November 03, 2012, 12:00:47 am
Sophie looks gooood


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on November 03, 2012, 02:46:50 pm
Sophie look fabulous. She really reminds me of Diana sometimes.

Why the Daily Mail had to put Pippa in the story is beyond me,  but it shows their obsession with the Middleton's. Commentors are starting to write that the DMail is insanely obsessed with the Middleton's and Kate.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2226924/Sophies-hug-little-Sophie-The-Countess-Wessex-gives-cute-year-old-cuddle-visit-Army-medics.html
I LOVE these photos.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on November 07, 2012, 03:08:10 am
http://www.newmyroyals.com/2012/11/sophie-countess-of-wessex-in-chievley.html
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex  visit to Priors Court School in Chievley, Berkshire.

I like Sophie because she is a natural instead of a fake everything.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on November 07, 2012, 08:50:35 pm
I love this coat


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on November 07, 2012, 10:43:10 pm
http://blog.hotmonarchy.com/post/35185858996/her-royal-highness-the-countess-of-wessex

She looks nice.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on November 08, 2012, 11:51:08 am
Sophie behaves and looks royal. The Firm should get down on their knees and thank her every day.


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex Embarrassed By Poppy Picture
Post by: jaggy on November 12, 2012, 10:01:14 pm
I just saw the thread now and I thought by Poppy they ment the remembrance flower and saw no sense at all in the headline  :laugh:


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex Embarrassed By Poppy Picture
Post by: Acornia on November 12, 2012, 11:37:09 pm
I thought they meant the flower too!  :laugh:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on November 14, 2012, 05:51:38 pm
http://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/local/college-given-royal-approval-1-5128273


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Jane23 on November 14, 2012, 07:24:48 pm
The woman is perfection if you ask me  :loveshower:.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: rosielinks on November 14, 2012, 07:48:49 pm
Sophie is a hard worker. She doesn't get half the praise and attention she should. The photos of her with the young girl make a marked contrast to any of those with WK, who cannot appear natural or at all maternal around children. An affinity with children cannot be faked, IMO. The camera doesn't lie.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Kuei Fei on November 24, 2012, 04:23:10 am
Amazing woman.

She does plenty of engagements and has the decency to jsut go about her business.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Jane23 on November 24, 2012, 09:18:04 am
The press will never give her any credit ...she won't be Queen Consort  :bored:.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on December 07, 2012, 07:30:05 pm
http://www.newmyroyals.com/2012/12/the-earl-and-countess-of-wessex.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Acornia on December 08, 2012, 04:42:22 am
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-r31GP43lCsw/UMItAYmc__I/AAAAAAAAYv0/NSb5iLz_Co4/s640/edoris+%25285%2529.jpg
http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/481556_428580037207997_450782697_n.jpg

Who is that grey-haired guy behind Sophie and why do I find him oddly attractive?  :shy:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on December 12, 2012, 09:11:16 pm
Countess of Wessex attends a Downton Abbey dinner

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/downton-abbey/9737986/Countess-of-Wessex-attends-a-Downton-Abbey-dinner.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: mrharrywales on December 19, 2012, 06:00:10 pm
Christmas lunch at Buckingham palace

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/12/19/article-2250583-1694E4B6000005DC-77_634x401.jpg (http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/12/19/article-2250583-1694E4B6000005DC-77_634x401.jpg)



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: memyselfandroyals on December 19, 2012, 06:27:01 pm
Sophie is aging with class  :flower:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on December 19, 2012, 06:29:28 pm
 I agree; Sophie is going to be a beautiful old woman someday.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on December 21, 2012, 03:30:17 am
Christmas lunch at Buckingham palace

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/12/19/article-2250583-1694E4B6000005DC-77_634x401.jpg (http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/12/19/article-2250583-1694E4B6000005DC-77_634x401.jpg)



She reminds me so much of Diana sometimes in some photos.

She's so elegantly pretty, not trying too hard, just very pretty.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on December 21, 2012, 04:12:24 pm
I know. Both women are/were effortlessly elegant.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: memyselfandroyals on December 21, 2012, 07:01:49 pm
I agree; Sophie is going to be a beautiful old woman someday.

Christmas lunch at Buckingham palace

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/12/19/article-2250583-1694E4B6000005DC-77_634x401.jpg (http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/12/19/article-2250583-1694E4B6000005DC-77_634x401.jpg)



She reminds me so much of Diana sometimes in some photos.

She's so elegantly pretty, not trying too hard, just very pretty.


Agreed


Title: Happy Birthday Sophie
Post by: Snokitty on January 20, 2013, 01:33:37 pm
HotMonarchy ‏@HotMonarchy

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Happy birthday to Her Royal Highness, the Countess of Wessex who today turns 48!

 :bday-bash:   :cake-girl:   :bday-song:  Sophie Countess of Wessex


Title: Re: Happy Birthday Sophie
Post by: Acornia on January 20, 2013, 01:47:45 pm
Love the Twitter name  :laugh:

Happy birthday Sophie!  :bouncy:


Title: Re: Happy Birthday Sophie
Post by: Jane23 on January 20, 2013, 04:07:53 pm
 :bday-song:


Title: Re: Happy Birthday Sophie
Post by: YooperModerator on January 20, 2013, 04:19:23 pm
Congrats Sophie i wish you a good and calm year to enjoy with your hubby and kids.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on January 23, 2013, 10:55:56 pm
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Guest of Honour at the event is HRH The Countess of Wessex, who has agreed to be the Bicentenary Patron for a year of events and activities organised by the Society to celebrate this important milestone including the bicentenary Border Union Show on 26 and 27 July.

http://www.bordertelegraph.com/news/roundup/articles/2013/01/23/444266-borders-farming-community-celebrates-historic-milestone/


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on January 23, 2013, 11:03:55 pm
http://ukinmontserrat.fco.gov.uk/en/news/?view=News&id=852482182

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The Prince and his wife were invited by the Czech branch of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Foundation and the British Embassy in Prague. The full itinerary of the Royal couple is yet to be confirmed, but some engagements will include presenting international certificates from the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Foundation and the promotion of British goods and products sold in the country.

"I am very much looking forward to the visit of Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex. The visit offers a great opportunity to celebrate our rich array of excellent bilateral links with the Czech Republic, to promote the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme for young people, and to introduce the Czech Republic to The Countess, who will be making her first official visit here," said British Ambassador Sian MacLeod.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on March 06, 2013, 03:46:37 am
The DoE and The Countess of Wessex host a reception at Buckingham Palace. March 5th 2013. Source: Getty Images

http://www.gettyimages.es/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=163323704&EditorialProduct=Royalty


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Spice on March 06, 2013, 08:29:03 am
I see that PP was there too.  I wonder if HM was originally meant to be there but thankfully she gets to have some rest as she recovers.  Good to see the Wessexes stepping up to the plate and supporting HM&PP, unlike certain more senior royals...


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on March 06, 2013, 12:26:35 pm
Yes, she was going. I don't understand why Camilla didn't go or why Charles and her didn't go to the cancelled events.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on March 06, 2013, 01:08:05 pm
C&C could have split up and done the Queen's engagements but then Charles wouldn't be able to say "See how obedient Camilla is, she always walks behind me like she is a lesser human".


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on March 06, 2013, 04:47:37 pm
Prince Phillip looks so short in these photos. Does anyone know how tall he is?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on March 06, 2013, 07:13:56 pm
C&C could have split up and done the Queen's engagements but then Charles wouldn't be able to say "See how obedient Camilla is, she always walks behind me like she is a lesser human".

Very true. Everybody must bow and cater to chucky.


Title: Countess of Wessex steps in for the Queen at Buckingham Palace
Post by: serene grace on March 06, 2013, 07:32:47 pm
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The Countess of Wessex steps in for the Queen at Buckingham Palace

06 MARCH 2013
With the Queen recovering from a recent bout of gastroenteritis, it was up to Sophie, the Countess of Wessex to cover one of her mother-in-law's engagements.

The royal was the picture of elegance as she and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted British politicians at Buckingham Palace this week. Sophie chose a beautifully tailored blue ensemble for her night as hostess in the palace's splendid picture gallery.

Sophie's public relations experience, combined with a decade of royal duties, served her well as she chatted to over 150 Members of Parliament.

Bill Cash, Conservative MP for Stone in Staffordshire, reflected on the Queen's absence, saying, "We are just very sad that Her Majesty was not very well and could not be here tonight

Sources close to the stoic monarch said the Queen wanted minimal "fuss" around her short-lived sick leave. In 60 years as Britain's sovereign, Her Majesty has rarely cancelled engagements due to ill-health and the last time she was in hospital was in 2004 for a knee operation.

http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2013030611453/sophie-wessex-queen-stand-in/

Sophie is very close to the Queen and the DOE. I think the Queen or DOE probably requested her services, she has filled in before.  ???


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex steps in for the Queen at Buckingham Palace
Post by: rosielinks on March 06, 2013, 08:28:52 pm
Go Sophie. She has proved to be a very safe pair of hands. I am glad HM has someone she can trust in her absence.

She is very well disciplined and has a decent measure of warmth and intelligence.

Thank goodness.

Could not imagine Waity being up to this ever.


Title: Happy Birthday HRH Prince Edward
Post by: serene grace on March 10, 2013, 08:52:10 pm
Happy Birthday HRH Prince Edward

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Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KG GCVO (Edward Antony Richard Louis; born 10 March 1964)[2] is the third son and fourth (and youngest) child of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At the time of his birth, he was third in the line of succession to the thrones of ten independent sovereign states known as the Commonwealth realms; however, after the births of two children each to his two elder brothers, and an evolution of the Commonwealth, Prince Edward is now seventh in line to the thrones of sixteen countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Edward,_Earl_of_Wessex


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The Prince's style and title in full: His Royal Highness The Prince Edward Antony Richard Louis, Earl of Wessex, Viscount Severn, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty. The Earldom of Wessex has a distinguished royal history, the Kingdom of Wessex having played the leading role in the unification of Anglo-Saxon England. The last person to hold the title Earl of Wessex was Harold Godwinson, prior to his accession to the English throne in 1066.
 [/b] As Edward's 1999 marriage approached, experts suggested the former royal dukedoms of Cambridge and Sussex as the most likely to be granted to him. Instead, the Palace announced that Prince Edward would eventually succeed to the title Duke of Edinburgh, currently held by his father.[25] In the meantime, in keeping with the tradition of a monarch's son receiving a title upon marriage, but preserving the rank of duke for the future, Prince Edward became the first British prince in centuries to be specifically created an earl, rather than a duke.

 The Dukedom of Cambridge was later conferred upon Prince Edward's nephew Prince William, when he married Catherine Middleton in April 2011.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Edward,_Earl_of_Wessex#Titles_and_styles


Title: Re: Happy Birthday HRH Prince Edward
Post by: berlin on March 10, 2013, 08:55:44 pm
Happy Birthday!   :flower:


Title: Re: Happy Birthday HRH Prince Edward
Post by: Snokitty on March 11, 2013, 12:37:43 am
Happy Birthday Earl of Wessex    :bday-song:


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex steps in for the Queen at Buckingham Palace
Post by: CathyJane on March 11, 2013, 01:38:04 am
Go Sophie!!


Title: Re: Happy Birthday HRH Prince Edward
Post by: CathyJane on March 11, 2013, 01:39:15 am
Happy Birthday!!


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex steps in for the Queen at Buckingham Palace
Post by: serene grace on March 11, 2013, 01:46:46 am
Love her.   :flower:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on March 18, 2013, 05:29:43 pm
Mark Stewart ‏@RegalEyes

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex has been announced as London College of Fashion's first ever patron, signing a three year patronage.
During her patronage of London's College of Fashion, the Countess of Wessex will champion the college's Better Lives campaign.
Sophie will be involved in awarding scholarships, rehabilitation projects for women offenders and promoting Centre for Sustainable Fashion.

I wonder why they didn't choose Kate!  :laugh:  I bet she is pissed at Sophie now.   :snob:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on March 18, 2013, 06:36:42 pm
nice  :thumbsup:
I thought this would be something they pick Kate for


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on March 18, 2013, 07:44:42 pm
Mark Stewart ‏@RegalEyes

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex has been announced as London College of Fashion's first ever patron, signing a three year patronage.
During her patronage of London's College of Fashion, the Countess of Wessex will champion the college's Better Lives campaign.
Sophie will be involved in awarding scholarships, rehabilitation projects for women offenders and promoting Centre for Sustainable Fashion.

I wonder why they didn't choose Kate!  :laugh:  I bet she is pissed at Sophie now.   :snob:

Yes quite interesting. It's great they chose Sophie, she will work much harder for them.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on March 18, 2013, 08:16:27 pm
Yes, it was perfect for Kate. We still don't know her new ones, do we?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Acornia on March 18, 2013, 11:03:56 pm
Chic enough for a countess! The London College of Fashion gets the royal seal of approval as Sophie Wessex becomes its first ever patron
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2295335/The-London-College-Fashion-gets-royal-seal-approval-names-Countess-Wessex-patron.html

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex has been named the London College of Fashion's first ever patron and will lend her support to the College's 'Better Lives' campaign, which aims to use fashion to change the world, reduce the industry's environmental footprint and help those in need.

I think Kate would have LOVED to be the patron, but being seen as a FASHION patron (no matter how good the causes may be) would just annoy the public more.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on March 19, 2013, 01:00:25 am
Chic enough for a countess! The London College of Fashion gets the royal seal of approval as Sophie Wessex becomes its first ever patron
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2295335/The-London-College-Fashion-gets-royal-seal-approval-names-Countess-Wessex-patron.html

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex has been named the London College of Fashion's first ever patron and will lend her support to the College's 'Better Lives' campaign, which aims to use fashion to change the world, reduce the industry's environmental footprint and help those in need.

I think Kate would have LOVED to be the patron, but being seen as a FASHION patron (no matter how good the causes may be) would just annoy the public more.

I bet Waity and Willy had a fit about Sphie 'stealing' this away from Waity.  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Freya on March 26, 2013, 02:03:14 pm
I recently read that the current Chancellor of Bath University is retiring that that Prince Edward is taking his place. This will mean that PE will present degrees at the degree awarding ceremony. IMO this appointment should have gone to someone who at least obtained higher A levels that a C and two D's. How he got into Cambridge beggars belief.

It amazes me how these royals obtain places at University with such low A level passes. Even with 4 A's at A level a student from an state school would have to take an entrance exam but these Royals just walk in. I am a strong believer in meritocracy and this is wrong on every level.

I don't dislike Edward but he has not really excelled and anything. Quite the reverse.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: mysha on March 26, 2013, 07:48:39 pm
They seem to work so hard, Sophie is pretty . Not sure why the press do not publish more pictures in the papers and mags.
I met Prince Edward in Newcastle ( Australia ) Earthquake concert in the 80's, he was lovely and polite and asked sensible questions


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on March 26, 2013, 08:50:16 pm
The Countess of Wessex becomes President Elect of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNPvFBo48uc

http://www.royalcornwallshow.org/index.php/media-services/press-releases/372-royal-opening-for-new-hall

http://www.royalcornwallshow.org/tamaAdditions/pressReleasePhotos/index.php5?img=pr1313.jpg




Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on March 29, 2013, 12:30:29 am
http://www.newmyroyals.com/2013/03/the-countess-of-wessex-attend-dinner.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: buflesse on March 29, 2013, 12:56:26 am
I recently read that the current Chancellor of Bath University is retiring that that Prince Edward is taking his place. This will mean that PE will present degrees at the degree awarding ceremony. IMO this appointment should have gone to someone who at least obtained higher A levels that a C and two D's. How he got into Cambridge beggars belief.

It amazes me how these royals obtain places at University with such low A level passes. Even with 4 A's at A level a student from an state school would have to take an entrance exam but these Royals just walk in. I am a strong believer in meritocracy and this is wrong on every level.

I don't dislike Edward but he has not really excelled and anything. Quite the reverse.

Back in the day in A Level grades weren't really considered as an issue when it came to Oxbridge and it wasn't uncommon for people to go there with low grades (although being royal was obviously the main factor). Since then it's changed a bit and I think the reason why William didn't apply to Oxford or Cambridge was because he knew he wouldn't get in


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Acornia on March 29, 2013, 05:18:06 am
Wow, Sophie looks really good in Snokitty's link!  :flower:

buflesse, I agree. I also think Oxbridge wouldn't bend over backwards to accommodate him or to get him to stay, unlike what St. A did.


Title: Prince Edward to visit the U.S.A. a few days after Pr. Harry.
Post by: serene grace on April 01, 2013, 11:53:25 pm
http://www.royalcentral.co.uk/otherroyals/prince-edward-to-visit-america-days-after-prince-harry-5382


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His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex is to visit the United States of America just days after Prince Harry Royal Central has discovered.
 

With Prince Harry to visit the United States from 9th-15th May this year, excitement is already building in anticipation for the 28-year-old 3rd-in-line to the throne in America, with His Royal Highness set to visit places such as New York and Washington DC.
 
Now, Royal Central has discovered that the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward (The Queen’s youngest child and 3rd son) is to visit America from 21st May to the 24th May, only days after Prince Harry visits.
 
The Royal website states, ‘The Earl of Wessex, from 21st- 24th May, will carry out engagements in the United States of America.’
 
At the moment, the website says nothing more than this, though more will be announced closer to the date.
 
It is not known whether His Royal Highness will complete the engagements alone or whether he’ll be accompanied by his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex or their children.
 
- See more at: http://www.royalcentral.co.uk/otherroyals/prince-edward-to-visit-america-days-after-prince-harry-5382#sthash.hb9lzHXc.dpuf


Title: Re: Prince Edward to visit the U.S.A. a few days after Pr. Harry.
Post by: Adeline on April 02, 2013, 12:38:34 am
I wonder why they're doing this just a few days after Harry's trip? I doubt any of the British press will stay, and the US press won't cover it. I guess maybe its something really important?  :dontknow:


Title: Re: Prince Edward to visit the U.S.A. a few days after Pr. Harry.
Post by: serene grace on April 02, 2013, 06:28:38 am
The US press will cover it but only in local news most likely, it will probably just be on a local level wherever he is visiting. When Edward and Sophie visited California years ago it was only covered locally in California press and when they visited Palm Beach years ago, it was covered in Florida papers, but since Edward is arriving just after Harry it will get a bit more notice perhaps?

Prince Edward is visiting for his father. Edward is doing work for the DOE awards sheme or one of the DOE charities, I think is what some are saying, but not sure yet?

IMO Almost everyone seems to work harder than Pr. William, even if the press never gives the others credit.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on April 02, 2013, 07:25:29 am
I recently read that the current Chancellor of Bath University is retiring that that Prince Edward is taking his place. This will mean that PE will present degrees at the degree awarding ceremony. IMO this appointment should have gone to someone who at least obtained higher A levels that a C and two D's. How he got into Cambridge beggars belief.

It amazes me how these royals obtain places at University with such low A level passes. Even with 4 A's at A level a student from an state school would have to take an entrance exam but these Royals just walk in. I am a strong believer in meritocracy and this is wrong on every level.

I don't dislike Edward but he has not really excelled and anything. Quite the reverse.

Back in the day in A Level grades weren't really considered as an issue when it came to Oxbridge and it wasn't uncommon for people to go there with low grades (although being royal was obviously the main factor). Since then it's changed a bit and I think the reason why William didn't apply to Oxford or Cambridge was because he knew he wouldn't get in

I *despise* how the press ignores Edwards work for the Crown. He works way harder than William on Royal duties, but the public still seems to think he doesn't do much(the press ignores all his duties basically and he and Sophie are busy every week working on Royal duties. )
 Also how does that person even know what his grade level was, Edward taught school down in Australia. I've read he is very bright, very intelligent, but he was just never a very athletic. He hated being in the marines, but from what I gather, he was a intelligent guy.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on April 02, 2013, 09:12:43 pm
I recently read that the current Chancellor of Bath University is retiring that that Prince Edward is taking his place. This will mean that PE will present degrees at the degree awarding ceremony. IMO this appointment should have gone to someone who at least obtained higher A levels that a C and two D's. How he got into Cambridge beggars belief.

It amazes me how these royals obtain places at University with such low A level passes. Even with 4 A's at A level a student from an state school would have to take an entrance exam but these Royals just walk in. I am a strong believer in meritocracy and this is wrong on every level.

I don't dislike Edward but he has not really excelled and anything. Quite the reverse.

Back in the day in A Level grades weren't really considered as an issue when it came to Oxbridge and it wasn't uncommon for people to go there with low grades (although being royal was obviously the main factor). Since then it's changed a bit and I think the reason why William didn't apply to Oxford or Cambridge was because he knew he wouldn't get in

I *despise* how the press ignores Edwards work for the Crown. He works way harder than William on Royal duties, but the public still seems to think he doesn't do much(the press ignores all his duties basically and he and Sophie are busy every week working on Royal duties. )
 Also how does that person even know what his grade level was, Edward taught school down in Australia. I've read he is very bright, very intelligent, but he was just never a very athletic. He hated being in the marines, but from what I gather, he was a intelligent guy.

And seems to be a better dad than his brothers, at least so far. I always thought Edward was the most intelligent of Liz's kids.


Title: Wessex's To Attend Princess Madeleine's Wedding
Post by: Snokitty on April 18, 2013, 03:46:19 pm
Joe Little ‏@MajestyMagazine 1m
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The Earl & Countess of Wessex will attend the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden with Christopher O'Neill in Stockholm on 8 June.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on April 19, 2013, 03:37:12 am
http://www.newmyroyals.com/2013/04/countess-of-wessex-visits-greenfield.html

http://www.newmyroyals.com/2013/04/the-countess-of-wessex-visits-royal-mint.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Jane23 on April 19, 2013, 11:42:48 am
Sophie = Perfection!!!  :flirt:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on April 19, 2013, 12:42:31 pm
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5XXnbxnkkEI/UXAaDVM5vzI/AAAAAAAAvgk/E-MXvbNjNns/s1600/64100_10151610245268523_1945139934_n.jpg
Is Sophie expecting?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on April 19, 2013, 02:23:12 pm
She looks more pregnant than Kate does.   :laugh:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on April 19, 2013, 03:14:26 pm
Maybe she is!!  :tehe:


Title: Re: Wessex's To Attend Princess Madeleine's Wedding
Post by: CathyJane on April 19, 2013, 03:17:34 pm
I wonder if Sophie will wear her zipper dress she wore to Easter services.  :tehe:


Title: Re: Wessex's To Attend Princess Madeleine's Wedding
Post by: Alexandrine on April 19, 2013, 04:16:37 pm
it's white tie, so tiaras and gala dresses...  :flower:


Title: Re: Wessex's To Attend Princess Madeleine's Wedding
Post by: serene grace on April 19, 2013, 06:29:13 pm
I like seeing Sophie in her tiara's at the European weddings.

I like the one with the aquamarine or blue topas in the center.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on April 19, 2013, 06:34:23 pm
http://www.newmyroyals.com/2013/04/countess-of-wessex-visits-greenfield.html

http://www.newmyroyals.com/2013/04/the-countess-of-wessex-visits-royal-mint.html

She looks very pretty. I like that she doesn't wear much makeup, still looks quite pretty and polished.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on April 19, 2013, 06:42:56 pm
ITA Has anyone noticed that the royals and the press have started showing more of Sophie lately?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: rosielinks on April 20, 2013, 11:58:44 am
Yes they have. She has been wearing more daring clothes - eg Easter at the church in the blue dress.

The photos above though are really lovely. She looks like she is engaging with people and enjoying herself. She appears to be listening and connecting with the public. Her expressions are charming. She looks natural.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Freya on April 20, 2013, 04:40:57 pm
^

This article may be dated but I have only just come across it.

http://www.hottershoes.com/en/info/The-Countess-of-Wessex

Good to see Sophie supporting British companies. Not many shoe makers left in the UK now. She seems genuinely interested and I bet she will wear those boots because although Hotter are not fashion shoes they are extremely comfortable.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on April 24, 2013, 11:32:34 pm
Royal Central ‏@RoyalCentral 19m

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BREAKING NEWS: The Earl and Countess of Wessex are to visit Romania from 24th - 26th June.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on April 25, 2013, 03:06:29 am
http://www.newmyroyals.com/2013/04/sophiecountess-of-wessex.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on May 01, 2013, 02:55:07 am
TheBritishMonarchy‏@BritishMonarchy
On 1 May: The Countess of Wessex - will visit Earthworks, Hixberry, St. Albans, Hertfordshire. http://www.royal.gov.uk/LatestNewsandDiary/Royaldiary/MRFFutureengagements.aspx?MRF=CW …



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Freya on May 01, 2013, 07:28:05 am
^
She will be in the County where I live on the 7th May.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on May 01, 2013, 02:32:14 pm
watching videos of the inauguration, I found this one of the wedding of Max and WA

http://nos.nl/koningshuis/video/9098-gasten-van-koninklijke-afkomst-op-de-bruiloft-van-maxima-en-willemalexander.html

Sophie and Charles attended together, a bit weird


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: mysha on May 01, 2013, 06:07:49 pm
Eddy was there but not mentioned.Eddy was behind Chuckles and Duchess of Wessex


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: YooperModerator on May 02, 2013, 02:20:41 am
I know akward... lol


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on May 02, 2013, 11:15:00 pm
http://www.newmyroyals.com/2013/05/the-countess-of-wessex-visits-st-albans.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on May 07, 2013, 05:14:10 pm
http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/397724/Countess-of-Wessex-pays-tribute-to-war-heroes-as-she-unveils-the-Bevin-Boys-memorial
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Sophie, 48, was pictured at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Staffordshire, this afternoon where she met with several former minors - known as Bevin Boys.

The memorial is officially named after the 48,000 young men who joined regular miners down the coal mines in the dangerous, but vital work to keep supplies of coal flowing during the war.

Wearing a multi-coloured patterned dress with a white blazer and nude heels, the Countess uncovered the memorial - which was draped in a Union Jack flag.

It sure is a multicolored dress


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Freya on May 07, 2013, 05:37:42 pm
I live not very far from the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas and it has been a beautiful warm and sunny day. I bet Sophie enjoyed her visit.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Jane23 on May 07, 2013, 06:51:44 pm
Great pictures of the perfection that is Sophie!!!  :flirt: If only my man could meet someone like her...it would be perfect!!!


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: mysha on May 07, 2013, 08:58:31 pm
Class and glamour in HRH Sophie. Love the hug and it brought tears to my eyes


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: buflesse on May 07, 2013, 10:33:55 pm
What a lovely, warm, down to earth and hardworking person.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Jane23 on May 08, 2013, 09:07:43 am
^   :sigh:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Anne-Elliot on May 08, 2013, 01:00:36 pm
Oh, such a moving ceremony, I can understand why Sophie was in tears & I'm so glad she attended the event rather than cold fish Wasty.  She did a fine job!

Video (at end of page) : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2321059/Sophies-tears-Bevin-Boys-finally-honoured-keeping-home-fires-burning-Second-World-War.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Freya on May 08, 2013, 02:34:39 pm
I wish we could have Edward and Sophie instead of Charles and Camilla.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: rosielinks on May 08, 2013, 09:00:02 pm
Ed and Sophie do seem to have the royal vibe plus some warmth and genuine feeling.

They are a good asset to HM. Fair play to Sophie in particular for carrying out so much without much fanfare (I do think HM is grateful though and gives Sophie her time).


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on May 12, 2013, 12:26:58 am
http://www.newmyroyals.com/2013/05/royal-windsor-horse-show-2013.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on May 12, 2013, 03:26:21 pm
Sophie's so proud as Lady Louise enjoys a day horsing about in Windsor

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2323354/Sophies-proud-Lady-Louise-enjoys-day-horsing-Windsor.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on May 12, 2013, 06:22:46 pm
Very sweet.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: windsor2 on May 13, 2013, 12:20:47 am
Did you guys notice that the press called her Prince Andrew's wife on the DM homepage.  :laugh:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on May 13, 2013, 04:58:09 pm
 :- :o Some Idiots at the DMail , their mistakes are becoming a joke. The public always corrects them in the comments-sections.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: tequiero on May 16, 2013, 04:45:44 pm
The Countess of Wessex in Paris

14 May: The Countess of Wessex  attended a performance of the Central School of Ballet at the residence of the British Ambassador to France in Paris

http://www.newmyroyals.com/2013/05/the-countess-of-wessex-in-paris.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Freya on May 16, 2013, 05:50:28 pm
I bet Kate would have liked that visit.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on May 19, 2013, 12:15:32 am
http://kongehuset.dk/materialemappe/gallerier/2013/april-juni/officielle-billeder-fra-hh-prins-nikolais-konfirmationen/hh.+Prins+Nikolais+konfirmation-3.img

@Royal_bean
The Earl and Countess of Wessex were in Denmark for the Confirmation of Prince Nicolai, the Earl's godson, today  http://kongehuset.dk/materialemappe/gallerier/2013/april-juni/officielle-billeder-fra-hh-prins-nikolais-konfirmationen/hh.+Prins+Nikolais+konfirmation-3.img …


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: mysha on May 19, 2013, 12:31:47 am
Where is Sophie in that pic and also Mary ?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on May 19, 2013, 12:48:39 am
I wondered the same?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on June 05, 2013, 10:29:02 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2335669/Sophie-Wessex-windswept-vision-white-arrives-Queens-coronation-celebrations.html
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London's notoriously windy weather almost got the better of the Countess of Wessex as she arrived at Westminster Abbey for the Queen's coronation celebrations.

Sporting a stunning white lace dress with a scalloped hem by favourite designer, Bruce Oldfield, and a beautiful white picture hat by milliner, Jane Taylor, the Countess looked elegant, although she struggled to keep her headgear in place.

But despite the unhelpful breeze, the wife of Prince Edward looked in good spirits as she made her way into the cathedral alongside her cheerfully grinning husband.

Except Sophie has a slip on underneath and I imagine underwear also.




Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on June 05, 2013, 11:21:37 pm
Sophie's very attractive, way better looking than Kate. IMO



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on June 19, 2013, 03:08:17 pm
Richard Palmer ‏@RoyalReporter 35m

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex are off to Bulgaria, Romania, and Slovenia next week on official duties.

I think these two travel more than the others do. They need to think about the cost and stop it.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on June 20, 2013, 05:23:12 am
Sophie's very attractive, way better looking than Kate. IMO



Younger looking too.  8)


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on June 24, 2013, 04:35:57 am
Edward & Sophie in Bulgaria

http://www.newmyroyals.com/2013/06/prince-edward-and-sophie-countess-of.html

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Prince Edward and his wife Sophie meeting with  President Rosen Plevneliev.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on June 25, 2013, 03:44:06 am
I don't like that white dress, not appropriate.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: buflesse on June 25, 2013, 04:41:55 am
At least it's a respectable length, although I see she's copying WK's nude heels (they look like the exact same pair) and shiny nude tights.  bignono


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on June 25, 2013, 08:49:22 pm
Sophie is trying to be edgy now. She used this dress for the coronation mass and both times it looks inappropriate.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: rosielinks on July 03, 2013, 12:40:29 pm
I don't think Sophie should try to do edgy. She is more a classic English rose.

She looks best in understated clothes in pale colours. No frills, belts, over sized lapels or wacky bits.

She has quite a short pear-shaped body so she needs to use fine fabrics in clean lines.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on July 04, 2013, 03:09:36 am
Countess of Wessex receives warm welcome from London school

Sophie, Countess of Wessex was given a royal welcome by children at a special school in Haringey, North London, on Tuesday.
 
The wife of Prince Edward, was visiting The Vale School in Trulock Road, in the London Borough of Haringey.

Sophie was greeted by the children who had been excited for the Countess’ arrival. During her visit, the royal was given a tour of the school and chatted to the children who attend the London school. The mother-of-two was also treated to a performance by the school’s band

http://www.royalcentral.co.uk/otherroyals/countess-of-wessex-receives-warm-welcome-from-london-school-10879


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Jane23 on July 04, 2013, 08:36:13 am
I agree she sometimes overdoes it these days could be a middle age crisis blooming ... you know trying to prove she is still a good looking woman ... I agree that she looks her best when she keeps it simple !!!


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: MOSAIC on July 04, 2013, 09:59:00 am

Lovely woman, impeccable taste in clothes, usually.  IMO the worst was the outfit she wore to the Luxemberg wedding in October last year.  Let's hope she gets over it quickly. 


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: simplyme on July 04, 2013, 10:37:25 am
 :hello:

i love this family are my fav members of british royal family! kisss kisss kisss

like me so much  as they are growing their children :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on July 08, 2013, 03:01:20 pm
http://markstewartphotographyltd.tumblr.com/post/54913402055/the-countess-of-wessex-shows-shes-a-natural-with

The Countess of Wessex shows she’s a natural with butterflies & babies at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on July 08, 2013, 10:51:08 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2358302/Sophie-Wessex-Emilia-Fox-open-Hampton-Court-flower-show.html

Fresh-faced Sophie Wessex looked summery and chic as she opened the butterfly display at Hampton Court Palace today.

Sophie, 48, arrived to open the Plant Heritage Marquee and the show's main display, the Butterfly Dome with Eden, which is Britain's biggest ever butterfly show.

The Hampton Court flower show, Britain's largest at 34 acres will attract over 600 exhibitors this year and opens to the public tomorrow.




Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Jane23 on July 08, 2013, 11:58:09 pm
^   :loveshower:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Tatiana on July 13, 2013, 07:01:30 am

  Sophie had a couple of scandals but seems to have weathered them .. thanks to Brenda


   http://www.therevcounter.co.uk/attachments/general-mayhem/22468d1347636012-kate-middleton-topless-sophie-rhys-jones.jpg


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: buflesse on July 13, 2013, 10:52:39 am
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2358302/Sophie-Wessex-Emilia-Fox-open-Hampton-Court-flower-show.html

Fresh-faced Sophie Wessex looked summery and chic as she opened the butterfly display at Hampton Court Palace today.

Sophie, 48, arrived to open the Plant Heritage Marquee and the show's main display, the Butterfly Dome with Eden, which is Britain's biggest ever butterfly show.

The Hampton Court flower show, Britain's largest at 34 acres will attract over 600 exhibitors this year and opens to the public tomorrow.




She looks really understated. She makes sure it isn't all about her.


Title: HRH Prince Edward celebrates Jersey Mace anniversary
Post by: Fly on the wall on July 19, 2013, 07:28:11 pm
Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, will visit Jersey in September to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Mace.

King Charles II presented the mace to Jersey on 28 November, 1663 in gratitude for his happy experiences in the island during his years in exile.

His Royal Highness will visit for two days, including a special States sitting in the Royal Square.

As part of celebrations, islanders will get the chance to meet Prince Edward as he greets youth and community groups.

His Royal Highness is the Master of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners and will visit private gardens and host an official dinner for gardeners.

The Earl of Wessex, the Queen's third son and fourth child, will be in Jersey on 16 and 17 September.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-23317568


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on July 25, 2013, 01:05:30 am
http://www.newmyroyals.com/2013/07/sophie-countess-of-wessex.html

Quote
The Countess of Wessex meets with Members of the British Wheelchair Basketball Team at the Cottage Sports Centre  in London


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex Embarrassed By Poppy Picture
Post by: CrystalEve on August 14, 2013, 11:37:45 pm
Oh dear was she  :shy:? I feel a quote about to spring forth here.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
― John Wooden


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex Embarrassed By Poppy Picture
Post by: terrajoule on August 15, 2013, 04:25:44 am
 :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex Embarrassed By Poppy Picture
Post by: CrystalEve on August 15, 2013, 12:19:47 pm
:thumbsup:

 :thankyou:


Title: Re: Countess of Wessex Embarrassed By Poppy Picture
Post by: YooperModerator on August 18, 2013, 02:25:24 pm
I kinda understand (being only 5f tall myself)  :tehe:
Standing next to a pro model on 9 inch heels would make me a bit wary as well   lol
It would look weird, she would barley reach up to Poppy's nipples in that pic  :laugh:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on September 18, 2013, 05:49:06 pm
http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/430422/Sophie-Countess-of-Wessex-supports-charity-mission-in-Calcutta

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ORPHANED street children from the slums of Calcutta gave the Countess of Wessex a warm welcome today when she arrived in India on a mission in support of a charity restoring sight to the blind.


Title: Sophie, Countess of Wessex supports charity mission in Calcutta India
Post by: serene grace on September 18, 2013, 10:57:58 pm
Quote
Sophie, Countess of Wessex supports charity mission in Calcutta

ORPHANED street children from the slums of Calcutta gave the Countess of Wessex a warm welcome today when she arrived in India on a mission in support of a charity restoring sight to the blind.


At a welcoming ceremony in the city, Prince Edward's wife, Sophie, posed for pictures with children from Future Hope, a charity founded by Englishman Tim Grandage that provides education for vulnerable young people and helps them move into training and paid work.

Sophie, 48, is undertaking a week-long visit to India and Qatar in support of sight-saving charity ORBIS.

Tomorrow she will visit the charity's Flying Eye Hospital, a converted DC-10 plane that flies into poverty-stricken areas to perform surgery and teach international volunteers and local doctors how to undertake operations to save people from blindness.  
http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/430422/Sophie-Countess-of-Wessex-supports-charity-mission-in-Calcutta?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daily-express-royal-news+%28Daily+Express+%3A%3A+Royal+Feed%29

Sophie works hard for the Monarcy.


Title: Re: Sophie, Countess of Wessex supports charity mission in Calcutta India
Post by: MelissaRose on September 18, 2013, 11:13:29 pm
Good on you Sophie!  :gogirl:


Title: Re: Sophie, Countess of Wessex supports charity mission in Calcutta India
Post by: CathyJane on September 19, 2013, 02:44:33 am
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Sophie, Countess of Wessex supports charity mission in Calcutta India
Post by: Fly on the wall on September 19, 2013, 05:08:12 pm

Chris Jackson‏@ChrisJack_Getty
Sophie, Countess of Wessex met patients and watched a corneal transplant on the converted flying eye hospital pic.twitter.com/iaT5GAZI3t
https://twitter.com/ChrisJack_Getty/status/380668882400182272/photo/1


Title: Re: Sophie, Countess of Wessex supports charity mission in Calcutta India
Post by: serene grace on September 20, 2013, 01:05:21 pm
She really is Excellent in her Role.
Nice seeing her doing this royal work.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: buflesse on September 20, 2013, 09:01:22 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2426638/Sophie-Countess-Wessex-scrubs-hospital-visit-India-ORBIS-charity.html

Sophie Countess of Wessex scrubs up well for hospital visit in India


Title: Pr.Edward & Sophie map future at head of Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Post by: serene grace on September 30, 2013, 02:13:37 pm
Quote
Edward and Sophie map out future at head of Edinburgh awards

PRINCE EDWARD, the Queen’s youngest son, and his wife Sophie are being lined up to take over the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the world’s leading achievement prize for young people.

Edward, the Earl of Wessex, is due to inherit the title of Duke of Edinburgh on his father’s death and is expected to continue the work Prince Philip started when he founded the scheme in 1956.


The award is given to young people, aged 14-24, for completing activities such as voluntary community work, developing skills and fitness and going on expeditions......................
.....................
http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/National/royalwedding/article1320605.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2013_09_28


Title: Re: Pr.Edward & Sophie map future at head of Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Post by: True Brit on September 30, 2013, 02:30:16 pm
I think these two will do a very, very good job here. It's a shame they aren't in line to inherit the throne as their low key way of doing things IS what the monarchy needs.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on October 27, 2013, 02:01:37 am
Sophie Wessex carries out official duties as world awaits Prince George's christening


23 OCTOBER 2013 Sophie, countess of Wessex has been busy carrying out official duties in Bristol as London awaits the christening of Prince George.

The mother-of-two, who is Prince William's auntie, was pictured visiting the NSPCC Service Centre. She is not attending the christening due to its 'intimate' nature.

http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2013102315265/sophie-wessex-bristol-not-attending-christening/


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on October 27, 2013, 01:41:24 pm
Glad the press covered her royal duty that day. Sophie looks great.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on October 28, 2013, 05:55:17 pm
Sophie, Countess of Wessex to host Doctor Who party at Buckingham Palace

DAVID Tennant and Matt Smith are in for a treat as they'll get the chance to party at Buckingham Palace next month.


The pair are said to be on the guestlist for a special Doctor Who 50th anniversary event which is being thrown by Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.

The 48-year-old has been a fan of the popular sci-fi show since she was a little girl, and is no doubt going all out to celebrate it's 50th anniversary.

According to the Daily Telegraph, past, present and future Time Lords will be at the party which is expected to take place on November 18 - which is a few days before Doctor Who reaches it's milestone birthday on November 23.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/439703/Sophie-Countess-of-Wessex-to-host-Doctor-Who-party-at-Buckingham-Palace


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on October 28, 2013, 09:11:38 pm
My invitation must be lost in the mail because I really really really want to go to this!!! I even got my tiara out of the freezer.  :tehe:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: gingerboy24 on October 28, 2013, 10:30:39 pm
Are the rf that hard up  -  are they renting out BP?  First of all a football match for wimpo, and now a Dr. Who party for Sophie.  Maybe they are thinking of turning BP into a theme park in central London.  The rf seem to be slipping lower and lower.  :cookie:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on October 29, 2013, 03:41:02 am
Yes they are.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on October 29, 2013, 11:25:42 pm
http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/439703/Sophie-Countess-of-Wessex-to-host-Doctor-Who-party-at-Buckingham-Palace

Kate will be ticked off she didn't get to host a party where celebs are in attendance.



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on October 30, 2013, 01:45:55 am
I can hear the screaming from here!  :tehe:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Val on October 30, 2013, 09:50:23 am
Are the rf that hard up  -  are they renting out BP?  First of all a football match for wimpo, and now a Dr. Who party for Sophie.  Maybe they are thinking of turning BP into a theme park in central London.  The rf seem to be slipping lower and lower.  :cookie:

gingerboy24 - they are most certainly desperate and also cunning.  They are homing in on all of the things that are popular with the public, Willy's connection to football the most obvious.   There are millions of Dr Who fans out there right from the first episode.  What next - One Direction for the Christmas Party or Strictly Come Dancing from the palace ballroom etc etc?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: gingerboy24 on October 30, 2013, 01:04:39 pm
Agreed Val.  Shudder to think how low they are going to sink, seem to drop down by the week.   :laundry:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on November 02, 2013, 12:32:59 am
Sedgemoor Brownies and Guides welcome Countess of Wessex

 YOUNG Brownies and Guides from Sedgemoor had a brush with royalty when they met Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

The Countess landed by helicopter near Wedmore to officially open Girlguiding Somerset's £400,000 residential lodge at Somermead last Wednesday.

The lodge provides residential stays for up to 24 young people and their leaders at any one time, and members of six Somerset groups, including Puriton Brownies and Wedmore Guides, were there when the Countess, who is the President of Girlguiding, arrived.

http://www.burnhamandhighbridgeweeklynews.co.uk/news/10770070.Brush_with_royalty_for_Sedgemoor_Brownies_and_Guides/


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Yooper on November 02, 2013, 04:26:16 am
I can hear the screaming from here!  :tehe:

I, too.   lol


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on November 02, 2013, 01:50:44 pm
Sedgemoor Brownies and Guides welcome Countess of Wessex

 YOUNG Brownies and Guides from Sedgemoor had a brush with royalty when they met Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

The Countess landed by helicopter near Wedmore to officially open Girlguiding Somerset's £400,000 residential lodge at Somermead last Wednesday.

The lodge provides residential stays for up to 24 young people and their leaders at any one time, and members of six Somerset groups, including Puriton Brownies and Wedmore Guides, were there when the Countess, who is the President of Girlguiding, arrived.

http://www.burnhamandhighbridgeweeklynews.co.uk/news/10770070.Brush_with_royalty_for_Sedgemoor_Brownies_and_Guides/

 :thumbsup:  I like that she has worked with the Girl Guides for years and use to be one. She's really good with young people at these events.
She's a hardworking royal. I really like what she does in her role.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on November 18, 2013, 05:28:47 pm
Nice to meet Who: Sophie Wessex meets FOUR Doctors (and a couple of Daleks) at reception to mark show's 50th anniversary
 Four Time Lords in total - Matt Smith, Tom Baker, Peter Davison and John Hurt - were in attendance
They were accompanied by two versions of the Tardis, a pair of Daleks and even K-9 the robot dog


The Daleks invaded Buckingham Palace as stars of Doctor Who past and present attended a reception to mark the 50th anniversary of the show.

 
Four Time Lords in total - Matt Smith, Tom Baker, Peter Davison and John Hurt - were in attendance at the event hosted by the Countess of Wessex.

 
Props from the show, including two versions of the Tardis, a pair of Daleks and K-9 the robot dog, were set up in the Palace’s Bow Room


Smith, whose stint as the Doctor ends this year when he will be replaced by Peter Capaldi, said he was 'really thrilled' to be invited along and admitted that part of him regretted quitting.

 
He said: 'You know, just seeing all my old friends who I work with, they’re all here, and the kids having a good time and the actors...



'It’s a great job but I left, so no point crying over spilt milk, is there?'

 
The actor also said he would not rule out a return on another anniversary: 'Who knows, in another 50 years, if they let me come back, I will, and as of Christmas Day it falls to Peter and I wish him all the best.'

 
Matt Baker, who played the fourth doctor, said the show's appeal was down to the fact the character was not a 'do-gooder' but could be 'naughty', 'cynical' and 'very silly' and said it was the highlight of his career

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2509351/Sophie-Wessex-meets-FOUR-Doctor-Whos-reception-mark-shows-50th-anniversary.html



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on November 18, 2013, 08:24:25 pm
Ah heck my invitation didn't arrive. I'm so jealous!!


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on November 18, 2013, 10:04:36 pm
She looks great.  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Pr.Edward & Sophie map future at head of Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Post by: cate1949 on December 07, 2013, 05:40:19 pm
I think the DoE awards are just fantastic and it is encouraging to see that two hard working royals will be taking over so we can be sure the awards will continue.  Shame that Ed and Sophie do not get more acknowledgement - but perhaps that is why they are so good at what they do - they aren't seeking that acknowledgement


Title: Re: Pr.Edward & Sophie map future at head of Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Post by: Spice on December 07, 2013, 10:20:25 pm
^ ITA, good post.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on December 09, 2013, 06:43:41 pm
Royal Patronage for Remus Horse Sanctuary



The Remus Horse Sanctuary is delighted to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex as their Royal Patron.

The Countess of Wessex visited the Sanctuary in July, as part of the Sanctuary’s 30th year celebrations, where Her Royal Highness met the many animals and staff, volunteers and supporters at the Sanctuary.

Sue Burton, Founder & Manager of the Sanctuary said The Countess of Wessex is a very warm lady and was genuinely interested in our work and the welfare of the animals.” we were thrilled when she kindly accepted our invitation to be Royal Patron of the Sanctuary. We were delighted to meet Her Royal Highness and to be able to show her all our animals and for her to see the work that we do.

It was fantastic for our volunteers and members who have worked so hard over the last 30 years to get the Sanctuary to where it is today, to be recognised for their sterling work and efforts.
http://www.remussanctuary.org/blog-entry/royal-patronage-remus-horse-sanctuary
http://www.brentwoodgazette.co.uk/Royal-visit-Remus-horse-sanctuary/story-19509103-detail/story.html

http://www.brentwoodgazette.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276429/Gallery/images/19509096/5050721.jpg
http://www.brentwoodgazette.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276429/Article/images/19509103/5050737.jpg
http://www.brentwoodgazette.co.uk/pictures/Sophie-Wessex-Remus-horse-sanctuary/pictures-19509096-detail/pictures.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Yooper on December 09, 2013, 09:26:23 pm
I can't help it.  I just love her!   :flower:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: YooperModerator on December 10, 2013, 06:40:50 am
 :AWW: that fluffy donkey from the last link is beyond cute. :flirt:


Title: Happy Birthday James Viscount Severn
Post by: Nighthawk on December 18, 2013, 12:35:41 pm
Happy Birthday James Viscount Severn: Sophie Wessex's boy is adorable at six
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It's been a good year for royal babies. But the older youngsters are also a source of joy within the family too - especially James Viscount Severn, the son of Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward, who celebrates his sixth birthday on 17 December.
http://ca.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2013121716190/jame-viscount-severn-birthday/

 :bday-song: :box:  hope you had a wonderful Birthday


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on December 22, 2013, 10:52:55 pm
Prince Edward and his family  attended the Christmas Meeting at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot .
http://www.newmyroyals.com/2013/12/the-earl-and-countess-of-wessex.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on December 23, 2013, 01:29:42 am
http://ca.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2013122216274/sophie-wessex-presents-racing-trophy/
What a nice family.
Sophie and Edward look so nice together.
The children are certainly growing. Louise is getting tall and she looks a lot like The Queen when young , but with blonde hair and Edward.

Lady Louise's eye no longer look crosse, when the camera is on her, both eyes appear straight, IMO.
Little Viscount is so cute.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: berlin on December 23, 2013, 03:47:37 am
I read somewhere that Louise wears an eyepatch when not out in the public.  So I guess the non-surgical method worked greatly!  I'm so happy for Louise.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on December 23, 2013, 04:15:26 am
Louise is all Edward


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on December 23, 2013, 11:12:01 am
And the Queen.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: serene grace on December 23, 2013, 11:22:48 am
Yup, combination of both.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on December 23, 2013, 01:07:50 pm
And Lord Severn reminds me of pictures of Prince Charles when young. Luckily for little James however, he doesn't have the ears of his uncle.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Jane23 on December 23, 2013, 02:13:30 pm
She is all Liz !!!  :flirt:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on January 13, 2014, 06:52:03 pm
Royal Central ‏@RoyalCentral
Lady Louise, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, has had a successful operation on her eye late last year, Hello! Magazine reports.



Royal exclusive: Lady Louise Windsor undergoes eye surgery
 The Queen's youngest granddaughter Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor has undergone successful eye surgery, HELLO! magazine has learnt.


Since Louise was born prematurely via an emergency Caesarean section, the ten-year-old has suffered from exotropia — a condition that turns the eyes outwards. Fortunately the charming young girl can now see normally, following the operation.

Royal watchers first noticed the difference in Louise's appearance when she accompanied her parents Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex for a day's racing at Royal Ascot last December.

Likewise, wellwishers who greeted the royal family outside Sandringham's St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas morning noted the change.

http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2014011316497/lady-louise-windsor-eye-surgery/


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on January 13, 2014, 10:22:32 pm
 :thumbsup:
The succesfull surgery will help her become more socially confident.
Little Louise will look everyone straight into the eye from now on!
IMO the only thing she needs in the next couple of years is braces.
Edward better get a shotgun to guard his porch when she grows up. :tehe:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Pepe Le Skew on January 15, 2014, 06:29:55 am
She is a beauty of a little girl!  And maybe they'll spring for a new coat and some shoes that look less nursery school.  Love this family, but realize she will be a little lady soon.   

 :flirt:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Little light on January 16, 2014, 12:08:21 am
The family always look happy to me. And Sophie gets better looking with age. A classy lady.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on January 16, 2014, 08:42:30 am
Totally unlike WK.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: FortressODaveBarry on January 20, 2014, 05:29:25 pm
Happy birthday, Sophie!  :box:

http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2014012016592/sophie-wessex-birthday-49th/

Although I'm cringing at the part where they claim she, Camilla and Kate are who HM counts on for support. No points for only getting 1 out of 3 right  :o


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Nighthawk on January 21, 2014, 06:25:05 pm
Happy B-late Birthday Countress

20 facts about the Countess of Wessex
http://ca.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2014012016603/sophie-countess-wessex-facts-birthday/
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11. In 2013, the Countess carried out 228 official royal engagements.

 :thumbsup: good on her....shame that most of what she's done is not news worthy enough unlike others in this royal house


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on January 21, 2014, 10:53:33 pm
It is a shame. She would make a great queen consort.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stargazer on January 21, 2014, 11:06:47 pm
 :thumbsup:Exactly!


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on January 21, 2014, 11:41:09 pm
Sophie, Countess of Wessex visits the head of Girlguiding to 5th Brownies Frimley in Surrey
The Countess of Wessex, brought cheer and smiles to a group of young girls on Wednesday when she visited 5th Frimley Brownies in Surrey.
 
The royal spent time chatting to the excited youngsters and taking part in the group's activities before taking a break to enjoy a cupcake.
 
During her visit, mother-of-two Sophie was shown the commemorative badges the Brownies had received to mark Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding and the birth of their son, Prince George.

http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2014011616546/sophie-countess-wessex-frimley-brownies-visit/


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on January 21, 2014, 11:59:06 pm
Go Sophie!!!!


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: FortressODaveBarry on January 22, 2014, 12:26:35 am
^That is one of the few times I've seen the royals eating food in public, aside from someone carrying around a glass of wine or William or Charles taking a taste bite for the cameras at some food company type engagement. Or maybe I haven't been looking hard enough :tehe:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Nighthawk on January 22, 2014, 11:29:06 pm
Countess of cool! Sophie Wessex brings up-to-date edge to her elegant white coat with a trendy snakeskin clutch
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2544025/Countess-cool-Sophie-Wessex-brings-date-edge-elegant-white-coat-trendy-snakeskin-clutch.html#ixzz2rAmkt9qs


Title: Prince Edward to visit Jamaica
Post by: Nighthawk on January 26, 2014, 11:00:30 am
Prince Edward to visit Jamaica
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20140125/lead/lead2.html
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Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and his wife, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, will make an official visit to Jamaica from March 2-5.

The prince will be in the island for the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards ceremony. He is the international trustee and chairman of the international council, the operating authority which controls the programme and standards in 140 countries.


Title: Re: Prince Edward to visit Jamaica
Post by: FortressODaveBarry on January 26, 2014, 10:55:12 pm
Next week: "Kate and William asked Edward if they could join the Jamaica trip. It sounded like a worthy cause and Kate felt ready to rejoin the work force as a working mum. But mean old Edward said no! Can you believe that ? Like, why would you not want the future Queen of England to come and promote your charity ? PS We snapped one picture of Edward doing something fun in Jamaica. THIS TOTALLY PROVES HE WASN'T THERE FOR THE CHARITY"


Title: Re: Prince Edward to visit Jamaica
Post by: Fly on the wall on February 07, 2014, 02:28:23 am
CCOL . i bet Harry wish it was him going  :tehe:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on February 13, 2014, 10:06:47 pm
'What's in your handbag, ma'am?': Sophie Wessex quizzed by inquisitive little girl, six, on visit to children in care charity PACT

 
Countess of Wessex showed contents of handbag to Nicheala, six
 Sophie was visiting Parents and Children Together, in Oxforshire today
 Helped bury a time capsule celebrating 100 years of charity
 Also attended ceremony in Dorchester Abbey
 Yesterday visited London clinic for patients of Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)
 Sophie is Patron of the Charity DEBRA
 Today Duchess of Cornwall visited H.M. Prison Coldingley in Bisley
 The royal was learning about literacy schemes within the prison



Along with asking her age, prodding a woman as to what's inside her handbag is considered one of the most forward things you can ever ask a lady.


Nonetheless, the Countess of Wessex was more than happy to tell - and even show - one inquisitive six-year-old what was inside hers during a visit to the charity PACT, Parents and Children Together, at Dorchester Abbey in Oxfordshire today.
 
When little Nicheala asked the countess what was inside her tiny red baguette clutch, Sophie began to take out the contents, revealing an assortment of make-up and face creams, including some Trish McEvoy products.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2558550/Whats-handbag-maam-Sophie-Wessex-gets-quizzed-inquisitive-little-girl-visit-to.html





Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Nighthawk on February 13, 2014, 10:11:43 pm
what a cute little girl....was sweet of Sofia to show her instead of brushing her off like some other royals would do

thank you fly for this article


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Nighthawk on February 20, 2014, 04:54:54 am
SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Private jet for Edward and Sophie
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2563492/SEBASTIAN-SHAKESPEARE-Private-jet-Edward-Sophie.html#ixzz2tppMTX1J
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Prince William flew on the budget airline easyJet when he and Kate returned from their last ski trip in the Alps.

But his uncle Prince Edward and aunt Sophie prefer to travel tycoon-style — this week, the Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived by private jet at St Moritz in Switzerland.

While the Royal Family have been urged to use scheduled flights to save money and reduce their carbon footprint, Edward, Sophie and their two children, Lady Louise Windsor, ten, and James, Viscount Severn, six, are said to have been the only passengers on the plane, apart from a pair of minders.
The family apparently did not travel light. They were driven away in a convoy of two Range Rovers, two vans and another car. It is not known who paid for the private jet.

Edward, 49, has his office funded by the Queen’s income from the Duchy of Lancaster, the monarch’s hereditary landed estate. In 2002, the Queen paid Edward and Sophie £250,000 to end their controversial business careers and spend more time on charity work and help lift the burden of duties on HM and Prince Philip.

The one-off payment was described as ‘compensation’ for the loss of earnings in their careers in TV production and PR.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: cate1949 on February 20, 2014, 05:13:11 am
great coomens for sophie in the articles - but huh - a private jet?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on February 20, 2014, 01:18:52 pm
I very much doubt this and besides, not always royals have a say in their travelling arrangements. If the government f.e. feels that a regular flight has safety issues, a private plane is taken.

BTW I have once sat in the same flight as Sophie and Edward. It was an Easy Jet flight so obviously the couple also takes regular, and very cheap!, flights.

As for the timing...Carole whispering a few things to the DM? Afraid that people will realise that Sophie is much more valuable for the country and RF than WK?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: rosielinks on February 20, 2014, 01:32:32 pm
Wouldn't put it past The Viper.

Sophie, a commoner (nasty expression) has stepped up to the plate and is now a hard-working and reliable member of The Firm. She was asked by HM to mentor Waity - but of course, Waity did not want any advice. I could see why Carole would be irritated by Sophie's continued quiet success. It's Sophie and Edward who go to all the European royal events - I could see Carole wanting Waity on that roster.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on February 21, 2014, 11:59:35 am
Dream On Viper! It's not going to happen!


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on March 01, 2014, 05:36:56 pm
Six Barbadians can now add the Duke Of Edinburgh’s Gold Award to their other accomplishments to their belt.

Honoured yesterday evening at Government House, the awardees were presented with their certificates by the Earl of Wessex Prince Edward in a ceremony, witnessed by Governor General, Sir Elliott Belgrave.

The recipients are Kimberley Benjamin, Nya Greenidge, Fabian Norville, Jamar Odwin, Chloe Walker and Zakiya Worrell.

In praising the awardees, Prince Edward said that it was heartening to see that the Duke Of Edinburgh Awards programme was “alive and well”, especially since it was the 50th anniversary after the awards were introduced in Barbados.
http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2014/02/28/duke-of-edinburgh-awardees/


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on March 01, 2014, 08:45:09 pm
http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/462499/Sophie-Countess-of-Wessex-looks-chic-as-she-meets-schoolchildren-in-Barbados

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During a 90-minute tour, Sophie, Countess of Wessex was greeted by a choir of schoolchildren singing Michael Jackson's hit Heal The World.

The blonde haired royal visited two academies for disabled children during her visit, the Ann Hill School and the Irving Wilson school.

Stopping to chat with schoolchildren and their teachers, Sophie smiled as the choir sung Jackson's hit single.

After their performance the kids presented Sophie with a small gift.

The token included a photograph, a handmade necklace, some ceramic wind chimes and a leather coin purse.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on March 02, 2014, 10:10:33 pm
Richard Palmer ‏@RoyalReporter 2m
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Prince Edward, patron British Paralympic Association, has cancelled a trip to the Sochi Paralympics amid Russian aggression in Ukraine.
The Earl of Wessex has cancelled a planned trip to Sochi from March 11 to 14 on the advice of the British Government.


Title: Re: Prince Edward to visit Jamaica
Post by: Snokitty on March 02, 2014, 10:29:03 pm
http://jis.gov.jm/prince-edward-countess-arrive-working-visit/
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His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex arrived in the island, today (March 2), for a four-day Working Visit.

They were met on arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport, in Kingston, by Chief of State Protocol, Ambassador Elinor Felix; British High Commissioner, His Excellency David Fitton; Custos of Kingston, Hon. Steadman Fuller; Custos of St. Andrew, Hon. Marigold Harding; Inspector General, Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Colonel Daniel Pryce; Principal Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse, and other officials.

After being escorted to the airport’s VIP lounge  for a brief private session, Their Royal Highnesses were taken to the Caymanas Golf and Country Club, in St. Catherine,  for the Duke of Edinburgh Cup Golf Tournament, reception, lunch and prize giving ceremony.

During their stay in Jamaica, Their Royal Highnesses will participate in activities related to the Duke of Edinburgh Award.


Title: Happy Birthday Edward
Post by: Snokitty on March 08, 2014, 09:02:39 am
http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/463715/Prince-Edward-at-50-A-retrospective

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PRINCE EDWARD will be 50 on Monday. It is hard to believe the Queen’s youngest child – who is said to be her favourite – has reached half a century.

So will he look back on his life as he blows out his candles and think: “Thank God that’s in the past!”

After all, Edward’s life has always been one long struggle to be a royal with a difference.

Like his two brothers he attended Gordonstoun boarding school in northern Scotland with its spartan regime of cold showers, nonexistent radiators and lots of yomping in the heather. Prince Charles called it “absolute hell”.

Edward liked it more, was head boy and went off to Cambridge University with a C and two D A-level grades (eyebrows were raised as three As was the usual minimum requirement), the fourth of only five members of the Royal Family in history to have taken a degree.

 :bday-song:


Title: Re: Happy Birthday Edward
Post by: CathyJane on March 08, 2014, 04:12:14 pm
Happy birthday to Eddie


Title: Re: Happy Birthday Edward
Post by: Snokitty on March 09, 2014, 07:30:27 am
http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/463849/How-Prince-Edward-found-a-friend-in-Jesus

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ALWAYS the baby of the Royal Family, the Earl of Wessex reaches his half century tomorrow. We highlight 50 of the most important days of his life


Title: Re: Happy Birthday Edward
Post by: Countess of Holland on March 09, 2014, 09:45:16 am
He seems to be the most down-to-earth of the bunch. Sure he is not perfect, but if we are put under such press scrutiny, no one is (I know I won't stand the test :tehe:).


Title: Re: Happy Birthday Edward
Post by: Snokitty on March 09, 2014, 02:56:19 pm
Royal Central ‏@RoyalCentral 1h

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A photo of Prince Edward is to be released by Buckingham Palace tomorrow to mark his 50th birthday. It was taken by Millie Pilkington.


Title: Re: Happy Birthday Edward
Post by: Snokitty on March 09, 2014, 05:54:38 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2576792/The-Queen-Prince-Phillip-arrive-prince-Edwards-50th-birthday.html

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The Queen and Prince Philip were dressed to the nines as they arrived for Prince Edward's 50th birthday in a car today.

The Earl Of Wessex, who is the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's youngest son, turns half a century tomrrow and celebrations are being held at his family home in Bagshot Park, Surrey.

The Queen wore bright red lipstick and a pearl necklace and matching earrings with to go with her cream coat.

Other guests pictured arriving include Lord Linley and Tim and Lady Helen Taylor, who is a first cousin once removed of the Queen.

Prince Edward's family, including wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, and children Lady Louise, 10, and six-year-old James, Viscount Severn, are expected to attend.




Title: Re: Happy Birthday Edward
Post by: Snokitty on March 09, 2014, 10:51:07 pm
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BiUbVBDCQAA0U1-.jpg

Peter Hunt ‏@BBCPeterHunt 17m

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Buckingham Palace has released this picture to mark Prince Edward's 50th birthday tomorrow.Pix Millie Pilkington pic.twitter.com/8egZGTUHPL


Title: Re: Happy Birthday Edward
Post by: Jane23 on March 10, 2014, 11:05:25 am
Beautiful picture !!!  :flirt:  :bday-song:


Title: Re: Happy Birthday Edward
Post by: Snokitty on March 10, 2014, 02:43:48 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2577363/Happy-birthday-Prince-Edward-Royal-celebrates-half-century-alongside-Sophie-Wessex-walkabout.html

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He celebrated his half century yesterday with a party attended by the Queen and other ROyals.

But today Prince Edward showed no signs of heavy night as he arrived bright and early at a primary school today.

The Queen's youngest son and his wife, Countess of Wessex, paid a visit to Robert Browning primary school in Walworth, London to see work carried out by Kidscape, one of the charities to receive money from the Wessex Youth Trust, the charity the couple set up shortly before their marriage in 1999.


Title: Re: Happy Birthday Edward
Post by: RoyalWatcher on March 10, 2014, 02:49:06 pm
Happy Birthday Edward!

Very nice family photo!


Title: Re: Happy Birthday Edward
Post by: Fly on the wall on March 10, 2014, 03:25:47 pm
Sophie really gets down low for the kids

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/03/10/article-2577363-1C2B015400000578-185_634x487.jpg


Happy b- day Edward


Title: Re: Happy Birthday Edward
Post by: gingerboy24 on March 10, 2014, 03:53:28 pm
Nice little article about Prince Edward's birthday.  Can't believe queenie's youngest is 50.

http://katemiddletonreview.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/prince-edward-and-sophie-visit-primary-school-on-his-50th-birthday/


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on March 11, 2014, 09:21:59 pm
Sophie Wessex hits the hockey ground...but does her sporting prowess match up to school captain Kate's?
 Sophie visited to the England woman's hockey team in Buckinghamshire
 She has been Royal Patron of England Hockey since 2007


The Duchess of Cambridge made quite a scene when she joined the England Hockey team for training in her vibrant pink skinny jeans - which went on to sell out - in 2012.
 
And today, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, attempted to give her fellow Royal a run for her money in the sports stakes.
 
Sophie paid a visit to the England woman's hockey team at Bisham Abbey, Buckinghamshire and while she wasn't was captain of the 1st 11 at Marlborough College, she still proved she was a good sport as she got involved with a game.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2578342/Sophie-Countess-Wessex-hits-hockey-pitch-does-sporting-prowess-match-school-captain-Kates.html

Sophie did it better



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on March 16, 2014, 09:08:36 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2582057/My-kingdom-horse-Royal-family-day-Windsor-Prince-Edward-Countess-Wessex-watch-children-horseback.html
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Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and their children enjoyed a Royal family day out in the sunshine as they rode horses around the Queen's Windsor home.

The prince's 10-year-old daughter Lady Louise looked every inch the confident horsewoman as she went without a saddle to ride bareback around the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Her younger brother James, six, was led around by a stablehand as Edward, sporting pair of brown riding boots, walked alongside another horse and proud mother Sophie watched on.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Yooper on March 16, 2014, 09:36:27 pm
It seems like a normal, royal family event but I wonder why the DM chose such unflattering photos of everybody.  The children look downright sullen.  Interesting.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on March 16, 2014, 11:09:07 pm
To make Waity look good?   :angry:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Yooper on March 16, 2014, 11:11:29 pm
^I wouldn't be surprised.  Unfortunately.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Jane23 on March 17, 2014, 12:11:53 am
Lovely family !!!  :flirt:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: cate1949 on March 17, 2014, 06:32:43 am
the comments again are brutal - seems nothing even the well liked royals do now a days gets positive comments - very negative remarks all around


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on March 18, 2014, 10:03:28 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2583624/Sophie-Wessex-breaks-tears-opens-neonatal-unit-hospital-saved-life-gave-birth.html
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Sophie the Countess of Wessex made an emotional return to Frimley Park Hospital, where her two children were born, to officially open its new neonatal unit today.

The 49-year-old Royal, whose children, Louise, 10, and James, seven, were both born there, paid an hour-long visit to the hospital, where she met with mothers, fathers and babies.

The new unit is a direct result of the hospital's fundraising efforts. They managed to raise £150,000 in the Saving Tiny Lives campaign, which was reinvested into its special care baby unit, which welcomes fifteen new babies a day.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: buflesse on March 18, 2014, 10:55:24 pm
She's wonderful.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on March 19, 2014, 12:37:42 pm
Sophie Countess of Wessex in tears as she re-visits hospital where she nearly died

PRINCE Edward's wife Sophie broke down in tears today when she opened a neonatal unit at the hospital where she nearly died giving birth.


The Countess of Wessex was overcome with emotion as she made a speech thanking staff at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey for helping to keep her and her daughter Lady Louise Windsor alive in November 2003 when she was rushed there eight months pregnant and dangerously ill from blood loss, forcing the Queen's gynaecologist Sir Marcus Setchell to perform an emergency caesarean.

"Thank you for inviting me here, it is good to be back in happier circumstances," she said.

"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."
http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/465586/Sophie-Countess-of-Wessex-in-tears-as-she-re-visits-hospital-where-she-nearly-died


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Yooper on March 19, 2014, 03:34:04 pm
She's awesome. ^


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on March 19, 2014, 06:14:13 pm
Busy lady...today she was in Ipswich.

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/heart_centre_opening_1_3454107?storyId=1.3453355.1395238514

This week alone, Sophie has done more than Kate this entire year...well, except vacationing, the only think WK is good at.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on March 27, 2014, 06:13:41 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2590822/Would-madam-like-sprinkles-A-stylish-Sophie-Wessex-beams-tucks-ice-cream-whipped-nervous-six-year-old-school-visit.html
 :thumbsup:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on March 28, 2014, 12:07:10 am
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2591094/Awkward-moment-Edward-Prince-keeps-straight-face-viewing-ancient-artifacts-tour-exhibition-Roman-sexuality.html

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Prince Edward managed to keep a straight face as he was shown a display of ancient artifacts during a tour of an exhibition on Roman sexuality.

The Earl of Wessex paid a visit to Brading Roman Villa on the Isle of Wight, an evacated site dating back to the mid first century, which now hosts a gallery and museum.

During his trip to the site, the Queen's youngest son was shown around a new exhibition, featuring a number of pieces on loan from the British Museum - entitled Roman Sexuality: Images, Myths And Meanings.

During his tour with the Villa's curator Dr Mike Bishop, the Prince came face to face with a number of eye-catching items including a large terracotta phallus, and the world famous Warren Cup which recently featured in BBC series History Of The World in 100 Objects.

The ancient drinking vessel is decorated with two male same-sex acts, and is thought to be from the first century AD.

The cup is named after its first modern owner, collector and writer Edward Perry Warren, and was acquired by the British Museum in 1999.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on March 29, 2014, 06:34:33 am
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2591888/A-chalet-fit-queen-Prince-Edward-returns-Victorias-wooden-cottage-took-nine-children-learn-normal-life.html?login#readerCommentsCommand-message-field
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Many of us would find looking round our great-great-great-grandmother's house a bit of a drag - if she wasn't Queen Victoria.

Prince Edward has returned to a modest cottage which the monarch used to teach her nine children about 'normal' life, including cooking, growing vegetables and selling the spoils at market prices (albeit to Prince Albert).

The Swiss chalet at Osborne House, Queen Victoria's private home on the Isle of Wight, was where her children spent up to five months a year catching butterflies, having tea parties and operating a steam engine.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited today after English Heritage finished a £1.7million conservation project at the cottage.

Almost a mile out of sight of the grand home, secreted away near Queen Victoria's private beach, the children would be left to their own devices there for days on end.

It was built for them in 1854 and joined only by the caretakers Mr and Mrs Warne, plus occasionally their governesses, they used it to learn skills used by people up and down Victorian Britain - not that they would ever need them.

Project historian Andrew Hann told MailOnline: 'The children, particularly the girls, did a lot of cooking - they cooked cakes and biscuits and other treats which were then served to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

'They also did gardening and grew maize, carrots and all the things you would expect.

'Their vegetable patches were arranged by age, with Princess Victoria's at the far left and Princess Beatrice's at the far right. They were all exactly the same size and Prince Albert would buy the vegetables back off them at market prices to teach them the value of money.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on March 29, 2014, 03:02:22 pm
I love the picture of the two standing on the balcony sharing a laugh. You can tell that they are happy together and are, besides partners, also good friends.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snokitty on March 29, 2014, 06:40:44 pm
^  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: YooperModerator on April 01, 2014, 05:15:24 am
^And how.  :thumbsup: 


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on April 01, 2014, 08:53:05 pm
Very much so!


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: YooperModerator on April 01, 2014, 09:40:58 pm
Does anybody know more about the Project English Heritage?  Do they also involved themselves in maintaining or renovating other historical buildings?  What a fascinating photo tour of Albert and Victoria's retreat. 


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on April 16, 2014, 11:51:58 pm
There's no prize for third place! The sun shines on Sophie Wessex but her horse fails to make the grade at Newmarket
 The Countess of Wessex co-owns a bay thoroughbred colt named Zilber
 Zilber finished the Alex Scott Maiden Stakes at Newmarket in third place
 Countess and Zilber's co-owner, the Countess of Derby, both watched race
 Despite the result, both appeared to enjoy the day and glorious sunshine

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2606106/The-sun-shines-Sophie-Wessex-horse-fails-make-grade-Newmarket.html



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on April 17, 2014, 01:11:33 am
Sophie looks great! I wish she would go back to her shorter hair style though.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on May 08, 2014, 06:31:14 pm
The Countess of Wessex is chic in camouflage as she visits the 5th Rifles ahead of their deployment to Afghanistan

Dressed in a chunky camouflage jacket and a pair of skinny khaki trousers, Sophie Wessex cut an unusually martial figure as she toured an army base in Salisbury.
 
Although more often found looking elegant in a perfectly cut jacket and neat pair of heels, the Countess of Wessex appeared to enjoy the experience, beaming broadly as she was shown how to use a metal detector by troops.
 
The 49-year-old was visiting the 5th Battalion The Rifles, as they completed the final stages of a training exercise ahead of their deployment to Afghanistan next month
Sophie Wessex is the Royal Colonel of the 5th Rifles, a ceremonial appointment designed to boost the ties between the regiment and the royal family
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2623431/Sophie-goes-commando-The-Countess-Wessex-chic-camouflage-visits-5th-Rifles-ahead-deployment-Afghanistan-month.html









Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: rosielinks on May 08, 2014, 08:37:08 pm
Great pictures. She looks as if she is connecting with these people and enjoying herself.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on May 13, 2014, 02:08:21 am
Today Earl & Countess of Wessex visited St. George's Music Centre in Bristol. St George’s Bristol is one of the country's finest concert halls, based in the city’s West End. The venue boasts superb acoustics and a unique atmosphere that attracts the world's best artists.
http://hrhcountessofwessex.blogspot.co.uk/


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: cate1949 on May 13, 2014, 02:37:45 am
okay - nude shoes again - Mary of Denmark, Marit from Norway Victoria from Sweden Charlene from Monaco and now Sophie - all in nude shoes.  Virus.  Nude shoes virus. 


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on May 13, 2014, 07:23:01 am
At least weare only seeing nude shoes instead of being subjected to nude something else as in nude body parts. Let's be thankful for small favors.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on May 13, 2014, 08:59:27 pm
Yes please.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on May 20, 2014, 08:51:30 pm
Gif


The Earl and Countess of wessex joking around with each other

http://queenlilibets.tumblr.com/post/86312740573/their-royal-highnesses-the-earl-and-countess-of


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: rosielinks on May 21, 2014, 08:19:39 am
Thanks Fly, great gifs.

They actually seem to like each other. Very heartwarming.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on June 25, 2014, 10:45:47 pm
Right royal party! Countess of Wessex helps the Brownies celebrate their 100th birthday
THE Countess of Wessex today invited 50 lucky Brownie members to enjoy a tea party fit for a princess at Buckingham Palace.

Sophie, along with her daughter Lady Louise Windsor, who is herself a Brownie, helped the thrilled competition winners celebrate the group's 100th birthday in style.

The Countess, who is President of the Brownies, looked relaxed and content in blue print trousers and a navy blouse complete with a gold Brownie logo.

Her daughter seemed excited to be part of the celebrations and proudly displayed her impressive amount of Brownie badges.
The sun shone as the winners enjoyed playing giant games of Jenga and Connect Four on the Palace lawns.

They even had the chance to play tennis with professional player Laura Robson.

The sports star is not taking part in this year's Wimbledon due to injury, meaning that she was free to attend the tea party.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/484839/Sophie-of-Wessex-helps-the-Brownies-celebrate-their-100th-birthday




http://countessofclothes.tumblr.com/post/89872004412/hrh-the-countess-of-wessex-with-her-daughter-the
http://onemoreblogaboutroyals.tumblr.com/post/89876652401


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Kit on June 25, 2014, 11:56:21 pm
Looks like she's following Waity's lead.  Perhaps she should have chosen a less revealing blouse that did not show her bra the second she leaned over. 

I just don't understand why these royal women find it so difficult to dress appropriately and modestly.  It's not a huge deal but she's spending the day with impressionable young girls and she's supposed to be a role model.  Dress like a teacher for events involving children not Waity!



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: cate1949 on June 26, 2014, 12:20:21 am
^ yes - nice outfit but cut a bit too low - at least she is not wearing jeggings


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on June 26, 2014, 03:06:46 am
This is true.  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on June 27, 2014, 02:22:23 pm
Looks like she's following Waity's lead.  Perhaps she should have chosen a less revealing blouse that did not show her bra the second she leaned over. 

I just don't understand why these royal women find it so difficult to dress appropriately and modestly.  It's not a huge deal but she's spending the day with impressionable young girls and she's supposed to be a role model.  Dress like a teacher for events involving children not Waity!



I am sorry but now you are looking for something to complain. I am not even sure you see her bra. You just see black; black blouse, black bra...perhaps.As for impressionable young girls...the UK has the highest rate of teen-age pregnancies, more than thousands of girls get pregnant before the age of 15 in the UK. All over the place, there are adds for lingery from Triumph etc. These girls have mothers who wear bra's (at least I hope they do).

A bra won't scar them for life. Now seeing Katy front and center without her panties on...now that is a different story.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: kolkomilko on June 27, 2014, 02:59:46 pm
Looks like she's following Waity's lead.  Perhaps she should have chosen a less revealing blouse that did not show her bra the second she leaned over. 

I just don't understand why these royal women find it so difficult to dress appropriately and modestly.  It's not a huge deal but she's spending the day with impressionable young girls and she's supposed to be a role model.  Dress like a teacher for events involving children not Waity!



I am sorry but now you are looking for something to complain. I am not even sure you see her bra. You just see black; black blouse, black bra...perhaps.As for impressionable young girls...the UK has the highest rate of teen-age pregnancies, more than thousands of girls get pregnant before the age of 15 in the UK. All over the place, there are adds for lingery from Triumph etc. These girls have mothers who wear bra's (at least I hope they do).

A bra won't scar them for life. Now seeing Katy front and center without her panties on...now that is a different story.


 :goodpost:

I do agree.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Kit on June 27, 2014, 03:34:32 pm
Not looking to complain at all. 

Like I said, it's not a huge deal but after almost 2 decades in pharma with a strict professional dress code, it's a bit inappropriate.

Perhaps it's just about perspective.  I'm raising a young daughter and living in the U.S. I am disgusted by the clothing options available.  I still remember when it was difficult to find pants that were not low rise for her when she was still in diapers.  Now she's a tween and I want her to dress like a young girl.  It's difficult to find clothing that is appropriate in a culture where even the Disney kids dress like playmates.

It's almost impossible to dress her without going the boutique route or online.  Stores like Macy's, Kohl's, and Target are full of inappropriate clothing that is too revealing.  I'm not a prude but my daughter at 5 or 7 or any age shouldn't be showing off her booty. 

So as a mother battling a culture where young celebrities dress like escorts I appreciate it when female role models dress the part.  When I tell my daughter that ladies don't show off their bits and then Sophie shows up in a revealing blouse proving otherwise, it makes my job as a parent more challenging. 

We are southerners, tradition and values are sacred.  Sophie's blouse wouldn't pass the school dress code for teachers or students.  My post wasn't picking at Sophie instead it was a gentle reminder to remember her audience when dressing for events.  Children are impressionable and model themselves after adults they look up to.  Sophie is great and needs to be more careful IMO.   


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on June 29, 2014, 05:26:21 pm
The problem with blouses is that if they are a bit loose fitting, they can fall forward a bit when leaning over. Now you can avoid that by wearing a blouse that is very tight, but frankly I think that a blouse that is tight looks trashy; like the girls are going to burst out of the blouse. I call that the Kim Kardashian-lack-of-style.

Anyway, I don't think anyone in the UK was bothered and had you not commented on it, I wouldn't even have noticed it.





Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: cate1949 on June 29, 2014, 10:46:34 pm
Kit I hear you re: clothes that are not sexualized for one's daughters - wait til you get to prom dresses - *pavement walker* dresses is what I thought they were.


I ended up making a lot of my girls clothes.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on July 04, 2014, 08:17:28 pm
 Leeds TH NHS Trust @LTHTrust .Jul 3
We were delighted to welcome HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex, yesterday to open our new children's heart ward.
https://twitter.com/LTHTrust/status/484644601085841408/photo/1


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on July 06, 2014, 11:56:21 am
An amazing picture! If only Waity had half the genuine warmth and empathy of Sophie, she would have been more popular. But Waity doesn't do genuine and she doesn't do warmth nor empathy.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: YooperModerator on July 06, 2014, 01:54:59 pm
^^You just can't fake that.  And the photo was captured by an employee making it even more special for the crew and everyone involved.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on July 21, 2014, 07:59:43 pm
Countess Baywatch: Sophie Wessex is red-hot on holiday (and Edward has a beach body too)

First Prince Charles was bemused by being described as ‘quite buff’ during his 1970s sporting heyday. Now his brother Edward has unveiled his own toned torso on a family holiday in the Med.

Edward and Sophie Wessex – who also looked impressively trim in a dazzling red one-piece swimsuit – enjoyed a day at a public beach with their children on the tiny uninhabited island of Espalmador, off Ibiza, which is famous with some visitors for its naturist beaches and mud baths.

The Countess, who turns 50 next year, has been putting in a lot of work at the gym in a bid to keep up with the glamour of the Duchess of Cambridge – and it has clearly paid off.

Sophie has dropped a dress size and shed a stone in weight after taking hour-long exercise sessions several times a week with a personal trainer.

Edward, who celebrated his 50th in March, also looked trim. He has been so impressed by his wife’s transformation that he engaged the same trainer.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2698528/Countess-Baywatch-Sophie-Wessex-red-hot-holiday-Edward-beach-body-too.html



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on July 21, 2014, 09:32:15 pm
Edward looks good and Sophie looks hot in a swimsuit at 49.
And then Edward is considered the"confused" one. :dontknow:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on July 23, 2014, 09:54:42 am
I almost fell on the floor when I read that Sophie is trying to catch up with Kate... We all know that Kate is the one who has a lot of catching up to do. And I am sure that someone like Sophie who is comfortable in her marriage, with her place in the family (she is said to be the Queen's favourite) has abolutely no reason to want to compete with Kate.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: cate1949 on July 23, 2014, 11:05:05 am
 ^exactly


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on July 24, 2014, 03:06:12 am
Absolutely!!


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on September 04, 2014, 03:40:56 am
Earl, Countess of Wessex & kids attend National Paralympic Day in London


National Paralympic Day, an innovative event combining disability sport and art, was launched in 2013 to celebrate the achievements of ParalympicsGB and inspire participation in disability sports. Today, National Paralympic Day will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, Centenary Square in Birmingham, and Chavasse Park in Liverpool. Tomorrow it will take place in Glasgow at the Braehead Centre. Thousands of people are expected to take part, try a disability sport and meet some of our great Paralympic medal winners. Here's full itinerary of today's events, including: Boccia/Goalball, Swimming and Wheelchair Basketball. People will also have a chance to  meet the athletes.
http://hrhcountessofwessex.blogspot.ca/2014/08/earl-countess-of-wessex-kids-attend.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on September 07, 2014, 04:11:13 am
Ahoy there sailor! Sophie, Countess of Wessex poses for a selfie at the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta


The Countess of Wessex today attended the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta, meeting sailors at the finish line.
Sophie looked relaxed and happy as she chatted with the young sailors, even happily posing for a selfie with one lucky young man.
The 49-year-old wore a causal outfit for the outdoor event, choosing a bold pair of bright green cropped trousers, purple T-shirt with a white dolphin design, and navy blazer.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2745160/Ahoy-sailor-Sophie-Countess-Wessex-poses-selfie-Royal-Greenwich-Tall-Ships-Regatta.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on September 07, 2014, 03:16:26 pm
Sophie and Edward are ahelluva lot more "normal" then Barbie and Baldie.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on September 07, 2014, 03:53:55 pm
 :laugh:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on September 12, 2014, 05:32:20 pm
The Sanctuary opening by HRH The Countess of Wessex
http://hrhcountessofwessex.blogspot.com/

http://youcancallmeduchess.tumblr.com/post/97306884644/thepompandthepagentry-leroyalrealm-the

she looks good


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on September 12, 2014, 09:33:37 pm
Now this woman looks like true royalty. Classic, engaged and regal. She's fabulous and quite impressive.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on September 15, 2014, 10:11:39 pm
And to think Sophie is almost 20 years older than Lazy...


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on September 17, 2014, 06:55:19 pm
I almost fell on the floor when I read that Sophie is trying to catch up with Kate... We all know that Kate is the one who has a lot of catching up to do. And I am sure that someone like Sophie who is comfortable in her marriage, with her place in the family (she is said to be the Queen's favourite) has abolutely no reason to want to compete with Kate.

There have been several reports that Sophie is trying to "keep up" with the younger royals.   While Sophie definitely has a work ethic, she has every reason to want to compete with Kate because Kate [and other youngers royals] gets the coverage that Sophie craves.  The Wessexes don't draw much attention, and Sophie is often identified in the news as Prince Andrew's wife.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on October 01, 2014, 12:11:11 am
Countess of Wessex visits Margate & Tunbridge Wells
http://www.newmyroyals.com/2014/09/countess-of-wessex-visits-margate.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: gingerboy24 on October 01, 2014, 02:07:56 pm
Lovely photos.  I read she can be a *female dog*, but she carries her public duties out very well, dressed for the occasion a high percentage of the time, and is natural with people and not forever looking for the camera to gurn at.  Why do we not see Sophie and the others at engagements, always wasty looking a mess and getting things wrong. Very unfair on the royals who work hard all the time.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on October 01, 2014, 03:09:33 pm
Let's hope Sophie never starts competing with Waity. :ick:
I can't see Sophie flashing her bits, embarrassing Edward, receiving diplomatic complaints, rolling in her lazy bed all day long while ordering another kitchen. :stop:
Keep up the good work, Sophster! :thumbsup:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on October 01, 2014, 04:55:25 pm
Countess of Wessex joins in with nursery rhymes including Humpty Dumpty as she visits musical play group in Cambridgeshire


Kneeling on a pillow, surrounded by mothers and their children, the Countess of Wessex looked perfectly at ease as she took part in a musical play session in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, yesterday.
Cuddling three-month-old Rowan Wilson-Jones, the royal laughed happily as the youngster sucked on her hand as she joined in on a sing-a-long for toddlers.
After greeting flag-waving pupils gathered in the playground of Wittering Primary School, the Countess made her way to the children's centre - which she renamed the Wittering Families' Centre.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2775656/Countess-Wessex-joins-nursery-rhymes-including-Humpty-Dumpty-visits-musical-play-group-Cambridgeshire.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Little light on October 02, 2014, 12:12:19 am
I do like the way the Sophie is happy to "kneel" down to the level of the person she is interacting with. It is refreshing. Unlike Wasty, IMHO, who refuses to do so, even for those in wheelchairs. I know,  I know, off topic.

She is a classy lady with manners and I do wish we could see more of her.

(And I never knew she was left handed either).

And  :thankyou: for the link to the photos.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on October 03, 2014, 03:33:38 pm
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Countess of Wessex joins in with nursery rhymes including Humpty Dumpty as she visits musical play group in Cambridgeshire

Kneeling on a pillow, surrounded by mothers and their children, the Countess of Wessex looked perfectly at ease as she took part in a musical play session in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, yesterday.
Cuddling three-month-old Rowan Wilson-Jones, the royal laughed happily as the youngster sucked on her hand as she joined in on a sing-a-long for toddlers.
After greeting flag-waving pupils gathered in the playground of Wittering Primary School, the Countess made her way to the children's centre - which she renamed the Wittering Families' Centre.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2775656/Countess-Wessex-joins-nursery-rhymes-including-Humpty-Dumpty-visits-musical-play-group-Cambridgeshire.html

Even I, a royal watcher who has long been attuned to Sophie's copying whichever royal gets the most press at any given time, am astounded by Sophie's blatant mimicking of Kate and George's play date in Australia.   And the photo of Sophie by the jet is reminiscent of Kate's photos with the fighter jet in Australia.    And the fact that Sophie is growing her hair long, like Kate's, is astounding.  She does not have the kind of hair that should be long.  Much too fine and thin and damaged.  But I guess she really liked the photos of George playing with Kate's long hair.    :tehe:

She's adopted the skinny jeans, spandex, wedges, nude heels.  She decided to have her photo taken playing hockey [???] which is reminiscent of Kate's photo on the hockey field right before her pregnancy with George was announced.  During the height of Cressie-mania, Sophie appeared at an engagement with her ponytail in a scrunchie.    She was photographed at Ascot jumping and flailing about, cheering for Her Majesty's horse, which is exactly what garnered publicity for Princess Beatrice the year before at Ascot.   Beatrice's excitement was genuine; Sophie's -- a year later -- seemed contrived.

Sophie is a former PR girl.   She obviously is studying who/what gets the attention and uses it.  I just think it would be better to not be so obvious.     bignono


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on October 04, 2014, 12:12:36 am
This is the first time i have ever heard her voice

Countess of Wessex Speech
Her Royal Highness, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, addresses 22 Gold winners of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZEcvf2BRuk


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on October 04, 2014, 11:44:19 am
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Countess of Wessex joins in with nursery rhymes including Humpty Dumpty as she visits musical play group in Cambridgeshire

Kneeling on a pillow, surrounded by mothers and their children, the Countess of Wessex looked perfectly at ease as she took part in a musical play session in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, yesterday.
Cuddling three-month-old Rowan Wilson-Jones, the royal laughed happily as the youngster sucked on her hand as she joined in on a sing-a-long for toddlers.
After greeting flag-waving pupils gathered in the playground of Wittering Primary School, the Countess made her way to the children's centre - which she renamed the Wittering Families' Centre.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2775656/Countess-Wessex-joins-nursery-rhymes-including-Humpty-Dumpty-visits-musical-play-group-Cambridgeshire.html

Even I, a royal watcher who has long been attuned to Sophie's copying whichever royal gets the most press at any given time, am astounded by Sophie's blatant mimicking of Kate and George's play date in Australia.   And the photo of Sophie by the jet is reminiscent of Kate's photos with the fighter jet in Australia.    And the fact that Sophie is growing her hair long, like Kate's, is astounding.  She does not have the kind of hair that should be long.  Much too fine and thin and damaged.  But I guess she really liked the photos of George playing with Kate's long hair.    :tehe:

She's adopted the skinny jeans, spandex, wedges, nude heels.  She decided to have her photo taken playing hockey [???] which is reminiscent of Kate's photo on the hockey field right before her pregnancy with George was announced.  During the height of Cressie-mania, Sophie appeared at an engagement with her ponytail in a scrunchie.    She was photographed at Ascot jumping and flailing about, cheering for Her Majesty's horse, which is exactly what garnered publicity for Princess Beatrice the year before at Ascot.   Beatrice's excitement was genuine; Sophie's -- a year later -- seemed contrived.

Sophie is a former PR girl.   She obviously is studying who/what gets the attention and uses it.  I just think it would be better to not be so obvious.     bignono


Oh please...Sophie has been attending children's hospitals, opening neonatal-wings and handing out military medals to servicemen long before Kate was even humping William.
Sophie is not trying to copy Kate, nor does she have to. Sophie is a well-respected hard-working member of the RF who doesn't get the attention she should have. Bit she knew this when she married the youngest son of the Queen and I seriously doubt she gives a rats *ss about it all.
She seems more than happy in her marriage with Edward, the bond with her two children is close and genuine as is visible in pictures from mutilple events, lastly the Invictus Games and the Commonwealth Games she attended with Louise and James.

If only Kate had 10% of Sophie's class, her style, her work-ethics and her genuinity, Kate would be much more liked and respected than she is right now.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: gingerboy24 on October 04, 2014, 02:12:11 pm
^Agree 100%,  We have never seen wasty kneeling on a cushion on the floor cuddling a baby.  I see no comparison at all to be honest.  Sophie works, wasty doesn´t  -  and the differences do not end there, they are numerous.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on October 04, 2014, 03:24:28 pm
^Agree 100%,  We have never seen wasty kneeling on a cushion on the floor cuddling a baby.  I see no comparison at all to be honest.  Sophie works, wasty doesn´t  -  and the differences do not end there, they are numerous.


Kate was at the play date in Australia on the floor with her own child.    While I agree that Sophie has often been photographed with children, it wasn't until Kate was on the floor with a child [her own] that Sophie posed on the floor with a child [not her own].   If Sophie was regularly photographed on the floor with children, then, sure, it wouldn't be unusual.   It's just the typical curious timing of Sophie.   Her photo ops are always curiously similar to other royals who have been in the news.  As if she were copying.  Not just Kate, but Diana [years ago], Beatrice and Cressida. . . whoever makes the news, Sophie is sure to follow in a similar fashion. 



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: kolkomilko on October 04, 2014, 03:40:24 pm
^  I wish Waity would study the other people's style and use it. Perhaps she would not do the same mistakes again and again. Anyway I see no comparison between them. Sophie is more clever.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on October 04, 2014, 04:18:22 pm
^Agree 100%,  We have never seen wasty kneeling on a cushion on the floor cuddling a baby.  I see no comparison at all to be honest.  Sophie works, wasty doesn´t  -  and the differences do not end there, they are numerous.


Kate was at the play date in Australia on the floor with her own child.    While I agree that Sophie has often been photographed with children, it wasn't until Kate was on the floor with a child [her own] that Sophie posed on the floor with a child [not her own].   If Sophie was regularly photographed on the floor with children, then, sure, it wouldn't be unusual.   It's just the typical curious timing of Sophie.   Her photo ops are always curiously similar to other royals who have been in the news.  As if she were copying.  Not just Kate, but Diana [years ago], Beatrice and Cressida. . . whoever makes the news, Sophie is sure to follow in a similar fashion. 



Now let's see...pictures of Sophie kneeling to speak to other children at her numerous visits:

From June 2012:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/9332015/Theyre-the-new-Firm-favourites-the-Earl-and-Countess-of-Wessex.html

From March 2012
http://www.leedsth.nhs.uk/about-us/news-and-media/news-item/article/sophie-countess-of-wessex-officially-opens-leeds-childrens-hospital/

July 2012 (scroll down a bit)
http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/9800526.Royal_joy_for_Brighton_school_pupils/?action=complain&cid=10537368

July 2011 (scroll down, the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th picture)
http://blog.tonysalephotography.co.uk/her-royal-highness-the-countess-of-wessex/

And then there is this delightfull picture from June 2013, she is not on the ground, but her love for the young ones is very visible:
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/countess-wessex-visits-new-mums-4312599

And March 2014:
http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/465586/Sophie-Countess-of-Wessex-in-tears-as-she-re-visits-hospital-where-she-nearly-died

All before Lazy Katy sat down on the ground to play with her own son (please...give the girl a statue!).


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on October 04, 2014, 08:07:07 pm
^Agree 100%,  We have never seen wasty kneeling on a cushion on the floor cuddling a baby.  I see no comparison at all to be honest.  Sophie works, wasty doesn´t  -  and the differences do not end there, they are numerous.

Kate was at the play date in Australia on the floor with her own child.    While I agree that Sophie has often been photographed with children, it wasn't until Kate was on the floor with a child [her own] that Sophie posed on the floor with a child [not her own].   If Sophie was regularly photographed on the floor with children, then, sure, it wouldn't be unusual.   It's just the typical curious timing of Sophie.   Her photo ops are always curiously similar to other royals who have been in the news.  As if she were copying.  Not just Kate, but Diana [years ago], Beatrice and Cressida. . . whoever makes the news, Sophie is sure to follow in a similar fashion. 

Now let's see...pictures of Sophie kneeling to speak to other children at her numerous visits:

From June 2012:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/9332015/Theyre-the-new-Firm-favourites-the-Earl-and-Countess-of-Wessex.html

From March 2012
http://www.leedsth.nhs.uk/about-us/news-and-media/news-item/article/sophie-countess-of-wessex-officially-opens-leeds-childrens-hospital/

July 2012 (scroll down a bit)
http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/9800526.Royal_joy_for_Brighton_school_pupils/?action=complain&cid=10537368

July 2011 (scroll down, the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th picture)
http://blog.tonysalephotography.co.uk/her-royal-highness-the-countess-of-wessex/

And then there is this delightfull picture from June 2013, she is not on the ground, but her love for the young ones is very visible:
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/countess-wessex-visits-new-mums-4312599

And March 2014:
http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/465586/Sophie-Countess-of-Wessex-in-tears-as-she-re-visits-hospital-where-she-nearly-died

As I previously stated, Sophie has often been photographed with children and you have provided links to confirm this.   However, none of these show Sophie on the floor in the middle of a playgroup -- participating as if she were one of the young mothers.   It is simply reminiscent of Kate's and George's play date in Australia is all I'm pointing out.  Curious that in all these years that she HAS been photographed with children, there is not already a photo like this, until she saw Kate's photos.   I believe that she keeps up with what gets the most press by whomever -- not just Kate -- and she mimicks it because Sophie is all about getting press for herself.

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All before Lazy Katy sat down on the ground to play with her own son (please...give the girl a statue!).

Are there any photos of Sophie cuddling HER son and not some other person's child?  There are all kinds of photos of Diana hugging, cuddling William and Harry.  Diana's love of children was obvious; so it seems that since Sophie is so good with children that this affinity would show up in photos with her own children and not just at photo ops. 


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on October 04, 2014, 08:14:53 pm
^  I wish Waity would study the other people's style and use it. Perhaps she would not do the same mistakes again and again. Anyway I see no comparison between them. Sophie is more clever.

Kate needs help, that's for sure.   And Sophie is not only clever, but cunning and calculating as well.  She is paddling as hard as she can to keep herself relevant as her husband drops further down the line, and I give her an E for effort.   :flower:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on October 04, 2014, 11:42:16 pm
Sophie and Edward, and many others,  are the backbone of the monarchy.
They are making the monarchy seen and making it relevant in many respects.
Wimpo and Waity are only about headlines, they are making the pockets of the newspaper's bosses relevant. :ick:
Even Chuck, despite all of his faults, is a hard worker and not only when the camera's are on.
Sophie and Edward deserve more credit IMO.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: YooperModerator on October 04, 2014, 11:52:30 pm
^^No double posting, please.  Kindly be mindful of that.  YM


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on October 05, 2014, 02:05:58 pm
Sophie and Edward, and many others,  are the backbone of the monarchy.
They are making the monarchy seen and making it relevant in many respects.
Wimpo and Waity are only about headlines, they are making the pockets of the newspaper's bosses relevant. :ick:
Even Chuck, despite all of his faults, is a hard worker and not only when the camera's are on.
Sophie and Edward deserve more credit IMO.

At least for now, the reality is that William and Kate draws a larger crowd and gets the headlines.   The Wessexes draw a very small number of people, have little media coverage, and often articles will identify Sophie as the wife of Prince Andrew.   Charles is a hard worker as is Anne and Andrew.  I believe they carry out more individual engagements than Edward and Sophie.   The Wessexes are very well rewarded for the appearances that they make.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on October 05, 2014, 06:01:33 pm
Oh, it is absolutely true that Anne works harder than any of her siblings. But for all the brouhaha about Willy and Waity, they royal work is beyond disappointing.

In 2013 the number of (total) engagements were, according to The Times:
Edward:258
Sophie: 133
William: 62
Kate: 44

So when it comes to people being paid more than they are worth...take a lot at Wimpo and Waity.

Anne is just heavily underpaid, als are, for example, the Gloucesters (201 engagements for the Duke, 124 for the Duchess of Gloucester).



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on October 07, 2014, 08:53:38 pm
^^
Oh, I agree that there is something odd about the Cambridges holding back.   However, when they DO venture out, they draw the crowds.   Not as large as in the golden years of Diana, but still, they are the biggest crowd magnet at least for now.  They boost the profile of the British monarchy more than any other than Her Majesty.     While the Wessexes carry out more individual assignments, they draw very few people -- just a scattering per engagement.   The media doesn't give them coverage.   So, while they may be dutiful, they're not boosting the profile of the monarchy or the charities on a scale to match that of the Cambridges.   And they never will.   If people decided they are fed up with the Cambridges, they aren't going to put Edward on the throne -- they'll just be done with the whole thing.  

Princess Anne is a category to herself as the Princess Royal.   She works, seems to enjoy it, and just gets on with it.   I don't know that I agree that she is "heavily" underpaid.   She does have a very nice estate.   The Gloucesters just carry on with their charities and helping the Queen, and aren't looking for glory.  Sophie is trying to make headlines by competing with the younger generation with the clothes and the posing.  She needs to settle down, recognize her position in the system, and be content with her lot.    


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on October 07, 2014, 09:13:18 pm
^I quite agree with your post. They also keep working because they need the money the Queen gives them. After the mess Sophie and Edward made they couldn't keep their private ventures.

Though I think that even if other royals do not draw the crowds their duties are also important. People also hear from friends/colleagues or whatever that this royal did this or visited somewhere and that also improves the image. Crowds are important but building reputation from constant work is also good. This is why Anne is good considered.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on October 07, 2014, 09:15:28 pm
The Wessexes are seen allright.
The press may not give them enough coverage but they are seen by actual people at actual events.
That is a huge boost for the organizations they work with and a valuable contribution IMO.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: AnaBolena on October 09, 2014, 02:47:28 am
IMO Kate and willy will appeal to the sycophants- Sophie and Edward will appeal to the true, mature, die hard lovers of the monarchy. 

Kate and Co are a flash in the pan, a pinch of salt in the sea - they gather fools now and fools will pay later whilst the Wessexes will keep on, rather like classics - you can't get rid of class.  :cookie:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on October 09, 2014, 10:58:12 am
It is like the former Queen Beatrix said: popularity is temporary. She was never bothered by the popularity numbers because se realised that teh survival of the monarchy is not based on temporary things like the popularity of one person at one specific time in history.

William and Kate are popular with a certain group of people, but that popularity is temporary and will be lost once they are getting older. And they will have gained no respect once that happens because they have done nothing to get respect.
Edward and Sophie may not be as popular (mostly because the press didn't build them up like they build up Kate), but they have garnered respect among people who have worked with them. People who are active with the charities they support, people they have met through their work, their visits etc. Edward and Sophie are the backbone of the monarchy, like the Gloucesters and Kents were before them (and still are). Not as visible as the 'golden couple' but after having suffered a hernia, I can tell you that a good backbone is more important than having a nice face or well-shaped 'girls' for the overall state of an institution.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on October 09, 2014, 12:48:04 pm
^I quite agree with your post. They also keep working because they need the money the Queen gives them. After the mess Sophie and Edward made they couldn't keep their private ventures.

Though I think that even if other royals do not draw the crowds their duties are also important. People also hear from friends/colleagues or whatever that this royal did this or visited somewhere and that also improves the image. Crowds are important but building reputation from constant work is also good. This is why Anne is good considered.

Yes, they are quite dependent upon the Queen to keep up their extravagant lifestyle.   And their "private" money from their "private" ventures was quite tied in to their royal status.   Ardent was totally propped up by investors who were friends of Philip's.  Sophie could never have started her PR company without her relationship with the queen's son.   So they've never really been "independent" career people as some like to believe they were.

And I do agree with you that the work of minor royals is also important.  Even if only ten people are there, good work always creates good will.   My point re Sophie is that Sophie is not content with being a Duchess of Gloucester and content with doing good work for its sake and to serve the monarchy.    No, Sophie is trying to compete with the A Team.   But the monarchy isn't going to live or die based upon how many plaques the Countess of Wessex unveils this month.   It all depends on Charles, Camilla, William, Kate and Harry.    If this group doesn't get it together, it doesn't matter how gracious and hard-working the minor royals are -- it will be over for all of them.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on October 09, 2014, 02:51:07 pm
I don't think so, parliament also has a say in how things are organized and I don't think they will be happy with forking out bizarre amounts of money and seeing nothing in return.
Let's face it, when HM passes away Chuck and Camzilla are elderly.
Camzilla is pretty lazy, as is Wimpo and Waity, well...you know.
That means that Harry will have to do all of this work pretty much by himself.
That IMO will never happen.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: AnaBolena on October 09, 2014, 07:16:07 pm
Since when has laziness, exhibitionism and such tasteless behaviors been classified as 'A Team'  material?  IMO W and K go beyond anything even a normal 'moral' person would accept.  But I guess that's it - each of us have our own values and will appreciate the same in others.  :tehe:  :cookie:



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on October 09, 2014, 07:24:12 pm
Since when has laziness, exhibitionism and such tasteless behaviors been classified as 'A Team'  material?  IMO W and K go beyond anything even a normal 'moral' person would accept.  But I guess that's it - each of us have our own values and will appreciate the same in others.  :tehe:  :cookie:


It's called the "Line of Succession".    Nothing to do with morals or preferences.    :king:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on October 09, 2014, 09:31:13 pm
Let's say first that I'm biased, I don't like the Wessex. I don't see how Wessex > Cambs.

I agree that Sophie tries to compete. She was quite lucky because both Diana and Fergie disappeared when she married into the family but it also made her feel entitled to a role that it was not hers.

Then we have the stupid blunder she made when she should have known better http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-35008/Queen-outraged-Sophie-comments.html

We do not know much about her because a)she doesn't sell and b) she is not divorced. If she got out of the RF I'm sure we would read many interesting things about her.

But their kids are cute.

I don't think so, parliament also has a say in how things are organized and I don't think they will be happy with forking out bizarre amounts of money and seeing nothing in return.
Let's face it, when HM passes away Chuck and Camzilla are elderly.
Camzilla is pretty lazy, as is Wimpo and Waity, well...you know.
That means that Harry will have to do all of this work pretty much by himself.
That IMO will never happen.

So true.

It also doesn't make sense how Charles want to do it.

In Norway it fits because the RF has a limited role and there is no tradition of attending every opening of an envelope like in UK.

Charles could be around 70. Not a good age to do a lot of work. Camz... at 70 will do the minimum.

Then we have the goldie couple. Will will avoid working by starting a new career who knows where. Kate will on her 8 pregnancy by that time. So no work from here.

Harry and wife/husband will not be able to do everything and Harry may continue on working in the military.

Andrew/Wessex/Gloucesters/Kent will be of a certain age.

So to sum up all work will end up being done by P. George and his seventh siblings.  :dontknow:  :cookie:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on October 10, 2014, 02:52:05 pm
Let's say first that I'm biased, I don't like the Wessex. I don't see how Wessex > Cambs.

I agree that Sophie tries to compete. She was quite lucky because both Diana and Fergie disappeared when she married into the family but it also made her feel entitled to a role that it was not hers.

Then we have the stupid blunder she made when she should have known better http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-35008/Queen-outraged-Sophie-comments.html

We do not know much about her because a)she doesn't sell and b) she is not divorced. If she got out of the RF I'm sure we would read many interesting things about her.

But their kids are cute.

^^^ Oh, thank you!  Precisely!   Sophie Rhys-Jones married into a very unusual situation with there being no Princess of Wales or Duchess of York.   Therefore, she was the Second Lady after the Queen.  It went to her head and has made her think that she should be more than she is; hence her campaign to get herself noticed since 2011.    It really is very amusing.    :tehe:

I am tickled by the fact that much was made about Sophie being the favorite since she rode in the car with the Queen at family functions.   However, Sophie has stopped riding in the car with the Queen since Kate married in; have you noticed?   Sophie saw that while she was stuck in the car, Kate was getting all the attention and photos.   LOL.   So Sophie dumped her mother-in-law and is out there hoofing it with the rest of the gang, trying to get noticed!   

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I don't think so, parliament also has a say in how things are organized and I don't think they will be happy with forking out bizarre amounts of money and seeing nothing in return.
Let's face it, when HM passes away Chuck and Camzilla are elderly.
Camzilla is pretty lazy, as is Wimpo and Waity, well...you know.
That means that Harry will have to do all of this work pretty much by himself.
That IMO will never happen.

So true.

It also doesn't make sense how Charles want to do it.

In Norway it fits because the RF has a limited role and there is no tradition of attending every opening of an envelope like in UK.

Charles could be around 70. Not a good age to do a lot of work. Camz... at 70 will do the minimum.

Then we have the goldie couple. Will will avoid working by starting a new career who knows where. Kate will on her 8 pregnancy by that time. So no work from here.

Harry and wife/husband will not be able to do everything and Harry may continue on working in the military.

Andrew/Wessex/Gloucesters/Kent will be of a certain age.

So to sum up all work will end up being done by P. George and his seventh siblings.  :dontknow:  :cookie:


I agree about a slimmed down monarchy, too.   I think the Yorks should be pulled in.    Camilla doesn't appear to be in the best health.   Who knows if Kate is ever going to get with the program.  And Harry's wife is yet to be determined.   A decision really does need to be made about the Yorks.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on October 10, 2014, 09:15:17 pm
The York girls do seem to work and haven't shown the world their lady bits, imo Upchuck needs to let them do some work for the 'firm' especially since W&W don't want to.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on October 24, 2014, 05:19:12 pm
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Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on October 24, 2014, 08:54:57 pm
 :thumbsup:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on November 03, 2014, 02:48:11 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2818364/Prince-Edward-makes-awkward-arrival-Sydney-fundraising-lunch-struggles-disembark-yacht.html



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on November 03, 2014, 06:38:38 pm
In the video he jumps off normally.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on November 04, 2014, 01:46:13 pm
^He disembarks as gracefully as anyone could off a bobbing boat.   It's just that Edward has always been a dork and will always be portrayed as a dork.   There would never have been a photo like that of Philip with that headline.     :June:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: AnaBolena on November 04, 2014, 05:49:10 pm
^ What does it really matter?  I'm lost.  Logically it just does not matter.  :tehe:

Even in the comments someone said
Quote
[I have no time for Edward or his brother Andrew, but having watched the video, he leapt lightly and easily from the boat. These are just spiteful headlines.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on November 04, 2014, 05:55:22 pm
^ As the commentor stated, it's spite.   Edward is not respected and never will be.  So, he will always be made out to be ridiculous.   That is the significance of that.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: AnaBolena on November 04, 2014, 06:13:19 pm
I hardly doubt there's been a world referendum on what everyone thinks of Edward and there never will be.  I just see Edward and Sophie as two ordinary people in a rather abnormal way of life.  Perhaps Edward doesn't care what some people think of him.  I hope not.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on November 04, 2014, 06:28:55 pm
 BritishMonarchy @BritishMonarchy
The Countess of Wessex at the opening of a new @DyslexiaAction Learning Centre in Egham #DyslexiaWeek
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1nH6dhCQAAWf09.jpg


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on November 04, 2014, 09:23:29 pm
 :thumbsup:
Dyslexia is a serious learning problem that benefits from early intervention.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on November 07, 2014, 01:03:09 am


http://www.ne-as.org.uk/News/north-east-centre-for-autism-celebrate-official-opening-with-visit-from-hrh-the-countess-of-wessex


Good cause.  . . . now if only Sophie could become patron of some hairdresser charity get some help for her stringy mop while there!    :June:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on November 07, 2014, 09:16:32 pm
LOL true.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on November 12, 2014, 01:58:47 am
HRH The Countess of Wessex (representing HM Queen Elizabeth II) at the State Funeral of the late President Sata of Zambia
http://countessofclothes.tumblr.com/post/102398303462/hrh-the-countess-of-wessex-representing-hm-queen



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: cate1949 on November 12, 2014, 06:46:00 am
she should have gone for a more conservative hat - the flambouyant British style of millinery is not universally fashionable!

The DM does take those little snipes whenever they can - yet they are said to be a pro monarchy paper - Edward looked fine getting out of the boat.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on November 12, 2014, 07:56:22 am
More pictures of Sophie arriving in Zambia. Kate should take not...no flying skirts and exposed private parts in sight.

http://hrhcountessofwessex.blogspot.co.uk/


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on November 12, 2014, 11:13:13 am
Love those outfits. :thumbsup:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on November 12, 2014, 12:30:47 pm
The comments are interesting as well; Sophie apparently wore some of the designers (like the LK Bennets) well before Kate joined the Royal Family.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on November 12, 2014, 01:52:47 pm
HRH The Countess of Wessex (representing HM Queen Elizabeth II) at the State Funeral of the late President Sata of Zambia
http://countessofclothes.tumblr.com/post/102398303462/hrh-the-countess-of-wessex-representing-hm-queen


I hope that this is photoshopped.  Surely Sophie did not wear her Ascot outfit with that oversized hat to a State Funeral?????


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on November 12, 2014, 02:58:51 pm
http://i1301.photobucket.com/albums/ag119/KikiLaShrew/Sophie/C4A2454B-CD9D-405D-8DF9-B45AFE588507_zpsompv1nl2.jpg
Sophie looking fresh and natural with only a few mimic lines at 50.
http://i.dlisted.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/duchesskategreyhair2013.jpg
Wasty at 32 could pass for an extra in The Walking Dead.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on November 12, 2014, 03:45:57 pm
Good Lord. You are so right Stephanie. Phew! I bet in real life The Faker is really rough looking. Nasty.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on November 12, 2014, 07:44:04 pm
http://i1301.photobucket.com/albums/ag119/KikiLaShrew/Sophie/C4A2454B-CD9D-405D-8DF9-B45AFE588507_zpsompv1nl2.jpg
Sophie looking fresh and natural with only a few mimic lines at 50.
http://i.dlisted.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/duchesskategreyhair2013.jpg
Wasty at 32 could pass for an extra in The Walking Dead.


http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=176&u=18650141

Quite a few more lines in this un-photoshopped version! 


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on November 12, 2014, 07:52:11 pm
Just imagine Kate in the flesh, not photoshopped.

We all know that pictures are photoshopped but it is clear that even with the photoshopping, Sophie looks more her age than Kate looks her age. Sophie looks like a well-conserved almost-50 year old. Kate looks, even with the photoshopping, closer to 40 than to 30.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snowdrop on November 12, 2014, 08:17:23 pm
CoH - "Just imagine Kate in the flesh, not photoshopped"

I'd rather not if it's all the same with you  :tehe: :flower:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on November 12, 2014, 09:49:14 pm
^
Yup, gonna pass on that one! :ick:
MH, both photo's IMO are not photoshopped.
Sophie is doing a good job, her fashion is appropriate for the occasion, mature and still feminine and on trend.
Making a contribution to keeping the contacts within the Commonwealth alive, making the monarchy seen, working on important charities AND be a mother and a wife.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: gingerboy24 on November 12, 2014, 10:11:58 pm
Actually, wasty is ugly inside and it shows on her face.  Sophie has her moments, but she has a lovely face. Give me Sophie any day, she wins hands down.  Wasty, for a 32 year old female, is a total mess.  No wonder they have to photoshp her, give her a broomstick and she would have done well on Halloween night  -  no make-up required  lol


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on November 12, 2014, 10:50:00 pm

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Sophie is doing a good job, her fashion is appropriate for the occasion, mature and still feminine and on trend.

The see-through lace skirt she wear to a state funeral is not appropriate for the occasion; nor the huge Ascot hat.    No, she is not always appropriate.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on November 13, 2014, 11:25:29 am
Well, The Faking Stalker is always inappropriate. My God, the pock marks on her forehead are like a war zone. No wonder she packs on the foundation to fill in those craters. That's a job in itself.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on November 13, 2014, 05:48:13 pm
^ Okay.  I know you think Kate is an inappropriate mess.   But just to change it up a bit, let's compare Sophie to the Queen and Anne.   Would the Queen and Anne wear a see-through lace skirt when meeting dignitaries on an official engagement?   Would the Queen and Anne show cleavage at church or on official engagements?   Is this appropriate?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on November 13, 2014, 06:54:56 pm
 BritishMonarchy @BritishMonarchy  ·  2h 2 hours ago
The Countess of Wessex and @Girlguiding unveil a special quilt made to raise awareness of @JDRFUK and type 1 diabetes
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B2VlS79CcAAqHQR.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B2VlTFkCAAAl-t-.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B2VlSoaCYAAgXA5.jpg


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on November 14, 2014, 01:46:06 am
^ Okay.  I know you think Kate is an inappropriate mess.   But just to change it up a bit, let's compare Sophie to the Queen and Anne.   Would the Queen and Anne wear a see-through lace skirt when meeting dignitaries on an official engagement?   Would the Queen and Anne show cleavage at church or on official engagements?   Is this appropriate?


No they wouldn't, otoh they wouldn't touch or hug anyone while Sophie always does.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on November 14, 2014, 03:08:50 pm
^ I'm failing to make the connection between appropriate dress and touching, unless we talking about how uncomfortable it is for Sophie to hug a child up next to her plunging neckline.  That is kind of creepy.     :shy:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on November 21, 2014, 02:03:07 am
Sophie gets stitching at London College of Fashion: Countess of Wessex joins students at the sewing machine


Sophie Wessex was at London College of Fashion to try her hand at working a sewing machine this afternoon - for the second time in seven days.

Last week saw the Countess put the finishing touches to a charity quilt during a reception for a group of Girl Guides at Buckingham Palace.

And the royal put her new found skills to good use as she tried out various techniques on an industrial machine during a sewing session.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2842669/Sophie-gets-stitching-London-College-Fashion-Countess-Wessex-joins-students-sewing-machine.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on November 22, 2014, 07:11:46 pm
^  This is a much better look for Sophie.   I really like the scarf. :thumbsup:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: KGap on November 22, 2014, 07:30:40 pm
Sophie looks smashing!!!

Her funeral outfit wasn't a winner, fashion wise, but it wasn't inappropriate.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on November 30, 2014, 12:53:23 am
Edward, what ARE you doing? Prince appears to be aiming gun perilously close to his six-year-old son on shooting trip
Peering intently down the barrel of his 12-bore shotgun, Prince Edward steadies himself and takes aim… then, astonishingly, appears to shoot over the head of his young son.

By any standards it is a startling image and evidence, it would seem, that Edward has broken one of the cardinal rules of gun safety.

Instead of shooting with his son behind him, which good practice dictates, six-year-old James, Viscount Severn – wearing ear defenders – appears to be 10ft in front, and only a few feet to his father’s side.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2854411/Edward-doing-Prince-appears-aiming-gun-perilously-close-young-son.html

well well well


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: KGap on November 30, 2014, 03:51:10 am
The angle looks off to me. Not to mention he is aiming for a bird, not the kid. Tying to stir up trouble.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: FortressODaveBarry on November 30, 2014, 03:55:05 am
Doesn't matter that he was specifically aiming for the bird and not the kid. We were taught in hunting safety class you never, ever shoot while someone else (especially a pet and a child!) aimlessly wandering around the line of fire  


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: KGap on November 30, 2014, 04:21:47 am
I realize that, but it just seems like they are trying to stir up another royal scandel.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stargazer on November 30, 2014, 06:08:04 am
It does look odd. Why pixelate his son's face? Is this to do with the Leveson inquiry? Should they be running the pictures at all?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: KGap on November 30, 2014, 06:36:48 am
I don't know what factors go into pixelating. They will pixelate some celebrity children's faces and others they leave alone.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 02, 2014, 05:46:39 pm
Edward, what ARE you doing? Prince appears to be aiming gun perilously close to his six-year-old son on shooting trip
Peering intently down the barrel of his 12-bore shotgun, Prince Edward steadies himself and takes aim… then, astonishingly, appears to shoot over the head of his young son.

By any standards it is a startling image and evidence, it would seem, that Edward has broken one of the cardinal rules of gun safety.

Instead of shooting with his son behind him, which good practice dictates, six-year-old James, Viscount Severn – wearing ear defenders – appears to be 10ft in front, and only a few feet to his father’s side.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2854411/Edward-doing-Prince-appears-aiming-gun-perilously-close-young-son.html

well well well

Well, I'm just happy to see the Wessex boy out and about.   He is hidden away tighter than Rapunzel!    Will this be the year that James will actually get to join the Family at Christmas?  Walk to church, etc?   


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Mandosiel on December 02, 2014, 06:07:14 pm
Another non-story, if you look at where Edward and James are standing. Edward is to the left of James who's standing more off to the side and on the grass and Edward is more in the mud, it may look like James was right under the barrel of his gun from a side view, but he wasn't. Media doesn't pay attention to details like that though. :looky:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 02, 2014, 11:30:33 pm
Another non-story, if you look at where Edward and James are standing. Edward is to the left of James who's standing more off to the side and on the grass and Edward is more in the mud, it may look like James was right under the barrel of his gun from a side view, but he wasn't. Media doesn't pay attention to details like that though. :looky:

I agree.  The more interesting story is why James has been so reclusive compared to other royal children. 


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Rosella on December 02, 2014, 11:57:50 pm
Another non-story, if you look at where Edward and James are standing. Edward is to the left of James who's standing more off to the side and on the grass and Edward is more in the mud, it may look like James was right under the barrel of his gun from a side view, but he wasn't. Media doesn't pay attention to details like that though. :looky:

I agree.  The more interesting story is why James has been so reclusive compared to other royal children. 

I don't think that James has been reclusive really. He has been photographed on family occasions. It's just that the Press and photographers aren't so interested in the Wessex family as they are in the more senior royals, so they don't get the publicity.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 03, 2014, 01:52:19 am
^He has been photographed on the few outings he's been on.  No Christmases, ever.  William, Harry, Beatrice, Eugenie, Zara, Peter, and I even remember Linley's tiny daughter all walking to church on Christmas morning at much younger ages than James.     


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on December 03, 2014, 07:33:47 am
The Wessex-couple are minor royals, as you always love to tell us. If the parents are 'minor royals', the children are even less than minor royals and have a bigger 'right' to privacy. It is most likely that Louise and James will have to earn their own living in, say, 20 years and will not be paid by the tax-payers. They won't have any royal role so they don't have to be nudged into a public role/ profile like the Wales-boys from a very young age.

Furthermore, when the royals get together there is a rule that 1 or 2 stay behind, and with the Cambridge wedding that was James. So if some tragedy occurs, a descendant of Queen Elizabeth II is still alive and kicking (and able to procreate...which would be harder for the Duke of York or the Princess Royal).
The idea of keeping one away from the flock isn't all that strange; at the annual State of the Union, one member who is in line for the presidency (a Cabinet Member) is kept as an undisclosed location so that if something happens at the US Capitol, there is never a power-void.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 03, 2014, 01:15:31 pm
The Wessex-couple are minor royals, as you always love to tell us. If the parents are 'minor royals', the children are even less than minor royals and have a bigger 'right' to privacy. It is most likely that Louise and James will have to earn their own living in, say, 20 years and will not be paid by the tax-payers. They won't have any royal role so they don't have to be nudged into a public role/ profile like the Wales-boys from a very young age.

Furthermore, when the royals get together there is a rule that 1 or 2 stay behind, and with the Cambridge wedding that was James. So if some tragedy occurs, a descendant of Queen Elizabeth II is still alive and kicking (and able to procreate...which would be harder for the Duke of York or the Princess Royal).
The idea of keeping one away from the flock isn't all that strange; at the annual State of the Union, one member who is in line for the presidency (a Cabinet Member) is kept as an undisclosed location so that if something happens at the US Capitol, there is never a power-void.

None of the above -- while interesting -- answers the question:   Why is James the only member of the Royal Family to never have gone to church with his family on Christmas morning?    Peter and Zara went every year at very young ages and they are more "private" than the Wessex children.

And I'm not buying the idea that James is the designated survivor if the rest of the family is blown up "King Ralph" style.     :king:

Maybe this year he will be allowed to join them.   He is seven or close to it.  He should be with his family.         :-


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on December 03, 2014, 01:33:16 pm
I am sure the Earl and Countess of Wessex will take him with them when they feel he is ready for it. Louise only joined the family 2 years ago (maybe 3, time is going so fast) so it could very well be the case that this year he will be present.

The boy might be overly active which makes sitting through a church-service harder at such a young age. And because he is who he is, more eyes will be focussed on him, so aother child might get away with a bored look or a yawn, Lord Severn might not. So for his sake and to protect him from 'Elizabeth Lauten'-types, the Wessex-couple might have decided to keep him at home.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 03, 2014, 01:58:42 pm
William and Harry were quite active and sometimes naughty yet were always in the public eye at Family functions.  There are several famous photos of Diana chastising an exuberant Harry sticking out his tongue.    :P

And of course more eyes were focused on them than would ever be focused on Lord Severn.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on December 05, 2014, 05:22:43 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2862439/Sophie-Countess-Wessex-flies-Germany-present-medals-British-troops-leave-Afghanistan.html :thumbsup:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 05, 2014, 06:06:35 pm
^ An interesting look. . . like a purple mushroom . . .

She really needs some styling advice.    :shy:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on December 05, 2014, 07:34:57 pm
I don't have a problem with the colour of the coat. Women with blond hair and fair skins often can pull off purple.

But the hat...what was she thinking? The shape and color are totally off.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on December 07, 2014, 03:45:37 pm
I think she looks great. Love that look on her. She does such a good job of interacting with people as opposed to the Potato Head Stalker.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 07, 2014, 04:24:53 pm
I think she looks great. Love that look on her. She does such a good job of interacting with people as opposed to the Potato Head Stalker.

Well, I thinks this outfit makes her look dumpy.  The hat looks like a bucket, the coat is too long.  Together they make her look short and squat.   Which she is, but she has tried so hard to be long and lean and sexy that it's surprising she'd slip up in this manner.

As far as interacting with people, I'd like to see her interact with her children. 


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on December 07, 2014, 04:44:01 pm
At least they are her children.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 07, 2014, 05:13:52 pm
Yes, she's the mother of two and it is puzzling that she seems so disconnected from them.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 16, 2014, 02:16:47 pm
Sophie is the cover for the January issue of Majesty.   That's the good news for Sophie.     :thumbsup:

The bad news (for Sophie) is, the headline advertises that she turns the big Five-Oh in a month.    :sigh:

I look forward to reading the article for Ingrid's take on the situation, as I believe Sophie's actions since 2011 prove she is quite "discontented" with her lot. 

http://www.majestymagazine.com/about.php


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on December 16, 2014, 04:14:45 pm
When I saw it I thought of you!

If there is sonething interesting please share.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 16, 2014, 04:31:42 pm
When I saw it I thought of you!

If there is sonething interesting please share.

 :hi:        I shall!


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: AnaBolena on December 16, 2014, 06:29:58 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2862439/Sophie-Countess-Wessex-flies-Germany-present-medals-British-troops-leave-Afghanistan.html :thumbsup:

A very beautiful and refreshing picture of her.  Good article as well, Stephanie.

I really like her work ethic.  :flower:  :flower:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 17, 2014, 10:57:36 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2877594/A-Christmas-feast-fit-Queen-Royals-including-William-Kate-Harry-descend-Buckingham-Palace-festive-lunch.html

Sheesh.  All that hard work and copying Kate, and Sophie doesn't even make the "obscure royals" list in the Daily Mail.  No mention.  No photo.   

Back to the drawing board at the PR Brain Trust at Bagshot Manor.      :tehe:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on December 18, 2014, 06:10:32 pm
nice


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on December 20, 2014, 06:19:28 pm
A very royal family day out at the races! Prince Edward and Sophie in good spirits as they enjoy a pre-Christmas trip to Royal Ascot with the kids

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2881842/Countess-Wessex-good-spirits-enjoys-pre-Christmas-trip-Royal-Ascot.html#ixzz3MSnUMgzT
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Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 22, 2014, 04:28:41 pm
^Lovely to see that James finally gets to come out of his room!   I do hope he is allowed to walk with family on Christmas Day and won't be left behind with the nanny.      :-


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on December 23, 2014, 12:18:44 pm
James has been at Ascot in December for at least two years. Furthermore, he joined his parents several times during the Olympics in London, he was at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland last August and IIRC I also saw him at the Invictus Games.

He isn't some monkey who has to be wheeled out every time the people feel like it. The people want a downsizing of the monarchy meaning that more royals will have to earn their own keep in the years to come. In order to do this, a proper education is vital so he can't miss classes all throughout the year because that will hurt his grades (unless he is absolutely brilliant but the chance of that is not big, considering the Windsor-genes).


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 23, 2014, 02:32:09 pm
^ But he IS a member of the Wessex family, is he not?  Or is there some secret we havent' been told?    ???     Did Sophie wear heels when pregnant?     :cookie:

Thus, you would expect the child to be with his family at all the family occasions the way that Peter, Zara, William, Harry, Beatrice and Eugenie always were.   It is odd that he is not.



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: AnaBolena on December 23, 2014, 07:35:27 pm
There are literally hundreds and hundreds of images of James with his mother Sophie, as well as images with both parents.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/07/26/article-2179187-143B691C000005DC-964_470x635.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/06/06/article-2155448-1376C7C9000005DC-44_634x494.jpg

http://www.hellomagazine.com/imagenes//royalty/2013121716190/jame-viscount-severn-birthday/0-83-792/james-viscount-severn--z.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/06/03/article-2153969-136E0C69000005DC-863_470x845.jpg

That's just a few because I'm sure not going to copy Google.

No pics of James - what a joke. lol


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 24, 2014, 08:10:09 am
There are very few photos of James as a google search reveals.  The same photos of him are used over and over.   And there are NONE of him at Sandringham at Christmas with his family.  Hopefully, this year he'll be allowed to join his family when they all go to church.   It's very strange.   :-


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: AnaBolena on December 26, 2014, 06:27:42 pm
^ Perhaps it's James himself who doesn't like the limelight?  After all, he's so far down the line of succession what does it really matter?  It may well be 'up to him'.  He's a young boy, and even at his young age he may not want to go and his parents just might be kind enough to permit him a more normal life.

If there IS something wrong with him I don't see it as our business anymore than I would if it were my business if there was something wrong with one of your children.  Presuming you have them, of course.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 26, 2014, 07:43:40 pm
^But rarely going to family events is NOT normal.   Staying home with the nanny while Mom, Dad and Sister meet up with the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins is abnormal.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on December 26, 2014, 10:46:58 pm
But his parents didn't go to church to 'meet' the grandparents. I am sure he was at Sandringham so he already met the entire family at Christmas Evening and probably also at breakfast.

As for going to church, I only went to the regular church service when I was 8-9. Before that I attended Sunday School. Not sure if this exists in the UK.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Rosella on December 26, 2014, 11:02:40 pm
Yes, Countess, I went to Sunday School in England, and then Church services at about 8years old. Before that I would have been too fidgety.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 27, 2014, 04:26:07 am
But his parents didn't go to church to 'meet' the grandparents. I am sure he was at Sandringham so he already met the entire family at Christmas Evening and probably also at breakfast.

As for going to church, I only went to the regular church service when I was 8-9. Before that I attended Sunday School. Not sure if this exists in the UK.

You misread my post which was:  ". . . meet up with the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins . . ."    In other words, to join the family event.  Going to church with the Queen is a family event.  James is a part of the family.  He should be there.

I began going to church as a newborn and have continued ever since.  Certainly a seven year old is old enough to go to church.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: cate1949 on December 27, 2014, 05:47:34 am
I started going to church as a toddler and so did my children but then again I had no nanny to watch them while we went to church.  It is the parent's decision so while it seems he should be old enough - it is up to them and they know him best.  Christmas is a time when young children do get over excited so perhaps they think it is best to avoid a church service when he may still be at that fidgety stage.

 


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on December 27, 2014, 11:31:23 am
We will see what is happening next year but I don't see any problem in James not being present. His parents, and James himself perhaps as well, will decide when he joins the family for the annual Christmas service.
The times James does accompany his parents, to horse races, the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, all I see is a well-brought up young man. So to insinuate that anything might be wrong with him, like Ms. Hathaway is doing, is nothing but slander.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on December 27, 2014, 01:57:23 pm
^ I cannot see the difference between speculating about James or George. Why do one deserves more evidence than the other?  ???


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 27, 2014, 02:33:24 pm
We will see what is happening next year but I don't see any problem in James not being present. His parents, and James himself perhaps as well, will decide when he joins the family for the annual Christmas service.
The times James does accompany his parents, to horse races, the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, all I see is a well-brought up young man. So to insinuate that anything might be wrong with him, like Ms. Hathaway is doing, is nothing but slander.

But I never said I thought anything was wrong with James, Countess.   I think there is a lot wrong with his parents -- particularly his mother.   She, despite the myth of her being a "perfect" royal wife and soooo good with the kiddies, doesn't seem comfortable in the company of her own children.  She is an enormously self-centered woman, it seems, intent upon gaining attention and press for herself.   Having to keep up with an active little boy while on royal family activities such as the Sandringham walk would interfere with Sophie's being able to totter along in her increasingly high heels in her fancy designer clothes and not disarrange her hair piece.   She might have to chase after him or otherwise behave like, you know, a mother.   Something that Diana was able to do with her naughty Harry and still look gorgeous.  Sophie doesn't have that ability with her own children.   But Sophie turns 50 in a month.  Her daughter is 11 and big for her age and her son is now seven and Sophie can't pretend he's still in the "nursery".   She needs to embrace her age and her stage in life (and position in the RF) and quit competing with her niece-in-law.

And yes (thank you Alexandrine) it is pretty mild stuff to discuss James' lack of appearances at family functions on a board where one couple is accused of passing off a surrogate baby as their child, not letting him appear in public and photoshopping his photos to hide how little he looks like his alleged parents.   :cookie:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on December 27, 2014, 04:15:44 pm
The only difference is that James is waaayyyy down the line of succession. At the moment he is number 9, before the end of the year he will be no. 10 when the second Cambridge-baby is born and added to the list.

If James would be a surrogate..who cares? It is not like he or his children will ever end up on the throne. In 50 years he will have the same kind of position as the Duke of Kent or Duke of Gloucester. We will see him 1-2 a year (with the Trooping of the Colour and with the Christmas Luncheon at BP if that tradition will be kept in place).
If George is a surrogate, placing him that high on the list of heirs is nothing less than treason, especially if either one of the Cambridges is not his biological parent.

The different position George and James have now and will have in the future; James will most likely be asked to make his own life and not leech of the British taxpayers, especially when Charles is keen in downsizing the monarchy and not keep all cousins on hand like the Queen is doing at the moment. George is, for all accounts and purposes, the future of the monarchy so he will always have a more prominent role in society. That that higher profile comes with bigger scrutiny is only logical.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 27, 2014, 04:55:20 pm
^James' place in the line of succession notwithstanding, James is the ONLY son of Edward and Sophie Wessex.   You would think this couple would want to take their only son with them to family functions and behave like a normal family unit.   It is odd that they do not.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on December 27, 2014, 05:47:31 pm
The name of this forum has in the name royal and gossip. Don't understand why should we differentiate depending on the line of succession. If we did then who puts the limit on who can be discusses about or not?

There are threads about the Gloucesters & Kents? Are those not appropriate? Should we only speak good things about them because they are so far away the line of succession?

As a mod and as a member of this forum since the beginning I welcome every kind of discussion if it's done in a polite and logical way. In fact I love to see that more royals than Kate and William are discussed. Even if it's about Queen Alexandra's diet or whatever.

I had hoped that the interest about Sophie would mean a more diverse discussion in the forum. Not another war. I still cannot understand why some royals are put in a pedestal.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 28, 2014, 11:45:37 am
^ It is indeed amusing and interesting how Sophie has been able to get herself put on a pedestal by some as she has one of the more interesting stories of all the royal in-laws.     There is a lot of material about Sophie out there!     :hi:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on December 28, 2014, 01:27:59 pm
Sophie has not put a wrong foot forward in many, many years. She works very hard to do the RF proud. She is very respectful of the Queen. She is a major asset to the RF.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Snowdrop on December 28, 2014, 01:45:23 pm
Sophie did have a spell when she was the bad girl of the RF but she had the sense and maturity to learn from her mistakes and move on. 


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 29, 2014, 01:33:59 am
Sophie has not put a wrong foot forward in many, many years. She works very hard to do the RF proud. She is very respectful of the Queen. She is a major asset to the RF.

Sophie is a champion kisser-upper and has been extremely lucky. 

As far as wrong feet go, just five years ago her company went bankrupt.   Did she pay back her creditors?  If not, then I would tend to think that is a wrong foot as she enjoys her mansion and perks while her creditors had to eat the debt.     

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1200621/Sophie-Wessex-1-7m-business-debt--won-t-pay.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: HennyPenny on December 29, 2014, 02:48:24 am
^^^^^ If i remember correctly(please enlighten me if im wrong), QEII paid money to get Sarah out of debt  why not help out Edward's wife?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on December 29, 2014, 03:13:51 am

New role for slimline Sophie at 50: Countess of Wessex tells of lessons she learnt from the Queen as she poses for series of photos and is interviewed ahead of her birthday


under the radar, cutting ribbons with a quiet grace and bringing up her two young children.

Now, as she approaches her landmark 50th birthday, the Countess of Wessex is about to step out into the spotlight again.

Sophie, who turns 50 on January 20, has posed for a series of portraits for Harper’s Bazaar UK showing off her recent weight loss and newly-discovered love of fashion.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2889445/New-role-slimline-Sophie-50-Countess-Wessex-tells-lessons-learnt-Queen-poses-series-photos-interviewed-ahead-birthday.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: benign on December 29, 2014, 03:47:27 am
^thanks. i like her look here and nice to hear that she acknowledge that the HM has helped her a lot. Whatever mistakes she has made, at least she works hard.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on December 29, 2014, 04:09:46 am

New role for slimline Sophie at 50: Countess of Wessex tells of lessons she learnt from the Queen as she poses for series of photos and is interviewed ahead of her birthday


under the radar, cutting ribbons with a quiet grace and bringing up her two young children.

Now, as she approaches her landmark 50th birthday, the Countess of Wessex is about to step out into the spotlight again.

Sophie, who turns 50 on January 20, has posed for a series of portraits for Harper’s Bazaar UK showing off her recent weight loss and newly-discovered love of fashion.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2889445/New-role-slimline-Sophie-50-Countess-Wessex-tells-lessons-learnt-Queen-poses-series-photos-interviewed-ahead-birthday.html

Ah, the wonders of photoshop!   :cookie:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Freya on December 31, 2014, 04:50:26 pm
Regarding the large debt then it was personally guaranteed and Barclays should have enforced it. They would have been within their rights.   


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Pense on December 31, 2014, 09:36:33 pm
...As far as wrong feet go, just five years ago her company went bankrupt.   Did she pay back her creditors?  If not, then I would tend to think that is a wrong foot as she enjoys her mansion and perks while her creditors had to eat the debt.

Just like the royal predecessors. Edw VII, as prince, didn't pay all his debts. And, he regularly visited his friends in town and in the country, running up huge expenses for his hosts who came near to or did declare bankruptcy 'entertaining' the prince. The prince joked about it as well. So, there's a precedence for not paying one's way. This behavior was a continuation of the same from Albert's predecessors. No surprises that the same things occur even now.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on December 31, 2014, 11:43:34 pm
Regarding the large debt then it was personally guaranteed and Barclays should have enforced it. They would have been within their rights.   

That depends on the legal form of the company. If the loan was given to a Ltd. or Inc. there was no personal guarantee, so the bank could not have enforced a repayment on Sophie because in case of an Ltd or Inc the owner of the company can not be forced to use their own fortune, but can be held accountable for just the money that is in the company. So if Sophie had invested 100K in the company, she would have lost that money, but if she would have a private fortune of another 100K that money would be out of reach for a bank.

And not because she is royal, but that is how business law works. It is the risk of investing in a company (and it doesn't matter if you have 0,0001% of a company or 50%) or giving loans to a company. And that is why banks want interest. If Barclays didn't do their due dilligence before giving the loan to the company because of Sophie's involvement, it is that mistake (and a big one), but you can't blame Sophie for the simple fact that someone, at the bank, didn't do their job.
Banks have massive departments that will look into the viability of company (or anyone who requests a loan) before approving a loan and based on their assessment a bank will approve a loan and decide on an interest-rate. And it seems someone didn't do their job properly.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Freya on January 01, 2015, 02:05:08 pm
COH

The debt was personally guaranteed by Sophie so Barclays could have enforced it but appear to have chosen not too.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on January 01, 2015, 03:26:02 pm
Thanks. I never knew this. Glad I don't have Barclays shares, I would have raised hell at the stockholders meeting. If someone misses a monthly payment on a mortgage, the banks are quick to foreclose, but this they let slide.
Disgusting.

Personally I would consider it my duty and honor to pay the debt back no matter what, especially since it was a personal guarantee.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on January 01, 2015, 03:40:36 pm
http://www.theroyalforums.com/9232-countess-of-wessexs-pr-firm-debt-not-fully-paid/

http://www.theroyalforums.com/9743-sophies-pr-firm-debts-officially-written-off/


Here's a little more insight into Sophie's debts.   


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Kuei Fei on January 05, 2015, 04:27:03 pm
Cute, Sophie defends the Burka:

The burka 'proves you don't have to show a lot of flesh in order to be beautiful' says the Countess of Wessex

The Countess of Wessex made the comments in Harper's Bazaar
She was speaking in her role as patron of the London College of Fashion
Said it is 'very evident' that wearers are fashionable as well as modest
The burka has long been controversial in the UK and is banned in France
Human rights groups have opposed ban, saying it is about racism instead


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2897442/The-burka-proves-don-t-lot-flesh-order-beautiful-says-Countess-Wessex.html#ixzz3NxtNwT39

How disgusting of Sophie. Is there a reason she would prefer to support such a stifling garment?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: FortressODaveBarry on January 05, 2015, 07:51:44 pm
^Is she trying to butter up someone in the Middle East for money ?  :- And I'm rolling my eyes at "fashionable outfit underneath." I remember a piece in Reader's Digest about a woman forced to wear a burka, due to her husband's abuse; the burkas people gave her had the smell of vomit and other substances inside + bits of those things  :ick:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Kuei Fei on January 05, 2015, 08:13:26 pm
Obviously Sophie is proving my point about how career women/independent types regress horribly after joining royal families. Sophie went from being a fun loving free wheeler to becoming a full blown Mrs. Baylock character and dressing her daughter like an Edwardian doll.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on January 05, 2015, 09:57:46 pm
^ you do have to regress to be part in a RF or at least you were already like that in someway if not you end up broken.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on January 10, 2015, 05:41:39 pm
http://www.gettyimages.ae/detail/news-photo/prince-edward-earl-of-wessex-and-son-james-viscount-severn-news-photo/460722122

What a stuffed shirt Edward is.   He seems so annoyed at his son behaving like a child.  I wonder if that is why James was not allowed to go to church with his family on Christmas?       ???


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on January 13, 2015, 02:52:27 pm
 Rebecca English @RE_DailyMail
The Earl and Countess will attend engagements in support of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Trust and Tomorrow's People Social Enterprise #big50
The Earl and Countess of Wessex will attend two public engagements on Tuesday January 20, the Countess's 50th birthday.


BritishMonarchy @BritishMonarchy
The Earl and Countess of Wessex will visit #Finland at the beginning of February 2015 @ukinfinland
TRH will carry out engagements for @intaward in #Helsinki and will visit #Lapland to see the Finnish military undergo Arctic training
The Earl will attend a commemoration at the site of the Battle of Bomarsund, after which the first #VictoriaCross was awarded #Finland


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on January 14, 2015, 02:18:23 pm
^Oh, good!  Sophie made sure to have a public engagement so that a big deal could be made of her birthday in front of a camera!     :tehe:

Let's take wagers on how she'll dress!   Will there be cleavage?   Will she go for the oh-so-youthful ponytail or will she get out her can of hairspray and go for the My-Hair-Is-As-Long-As-Kate's-version that she has recently adopted?

 :flower:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on January 15, 2015, 10:27:19 am
So when she would take a day off on her birthday you would blame her for 'laziness' since most people need to work on their birthday anyway. And now that she works, you blame her for seeking attention and making it all about her.

Damned if she does, damned if she doesn't.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: gingerboy24 on January 15, 2015, 11:42:39 am
Give me Sophie any day over that ugly, unattractive and lazy shemale they call lazy waity katie.  At least she gets her backside out there and does something, not just lazes around doing zilch and pretending to be "oh so busy".


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on January 15, 2015, 04:19:37 pm
So when she would take a day off on her birthday you would blame her for 'laziness' since most people need to work on their birthday anyway. And now that she works, you blame her for seeking attention and making it all about her.

Damned if she does, damned if she doesn't.

It will be all about her if she MAKES it all about her.   I.e., Anne probably works on her birthday, but she doesn't play it up and just gets on with her job.

Sophie has been on a roll since 2011 [when Kate married in] to get as much press for herself as possible.  So I am anticipating some crazy age-inappropriate hair/clothes, maybe some boobage, mugging faces for the camera, etc.   She might even find a way to cry or to kiss a pensioner.

What she SHOULD do is take her son James with her.  That would be such an unusual event, it's bound to get some press!   :hi:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on January 16, 2015, 08:18:09 pm
Well, whatever Sophie does, it will be better than anything The Faking Stalker does.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: AnaBolena on January 16, 2015, 09:04:54 pm
^^^ I think the lazy Waity is the reason this thread gains so much attention GB.   There's a reason for everything.  None so blind as.............. :-X

I won't be back posting on this thread. Period. If I've something to say about Sophie I'll find somewhere else.



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: gingerboy24 on January 16, 2015, 09:52:30 pm
^ Totally agree AB, obviously some do not appreciate Sophie, but she does work, and dress decently, unlike the other shemale.  More class in her little finger than the shemale has in her entire body.  Like you, I will not be back on this thread, I dislike to see good people being bashed all the time for no good reason.  As you said, none so blind as..............  :-X


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Mememe on January 18, 2015, 12:21:41 am


new article about Sophie.

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With her casually styled long blonde hair, Sophie, who is said to be very close to the Queen, is one of the hardest-working Royals.


Quote
The couple will also go to Finland next month, Buckingham Palace has announced.



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2914947/Sophie-50-brimming-Wessex-appeal-Countess-releases-intimate-portrait-mark-milestone-birthday.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on January 18, 2015, 04:38:25 am
Pretty heavy-handed photoshopping on that photo.  Not a wrinkle or a freckle to be seen.   :bored:

Well, she is entertaining.   I look forward to her birthday appearance.   :loveshower:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Freya on January 18, 2015, 09:46:03 am
Quote
The Daily Mail obtained records of the outstanding debts owed by RJ-H, which have since been written off. The largest debt owed was £600,000 to Barclays Bank, which stemmed from a 2004 loan taken out by the PR company in the amount of £1.5 million . The Daily Mail is reporting that £175,000 of the loan was personally guaranteed by the Countess and two other directors of the firm. This debt was one of 32 owed by the firm that was written off.

I don't know why Barclays decided not to pursue the guarantee. Banks are like that though chase after small debts whilst losing billions.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on January 18, 2015, 01:58:25 pm
It all hushed up and just went away, didn't it?   Sophie was immediately put under the Queen's protection, she became a "working" royal, and the Queen has bankrolled her and Ed ever since.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: kolkomilko on January 18, 2015, 03:15:57 pm
^ Perhaps HM has a certain reason for it just as for let the lazy duo do what they want.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Val on January 18, 2015, 08:20:41 pm
HM was extremely grateful to Sophie for marrying her wimp (and allegedly other things!) youngest son and giving him the air of a respectable married man and father.  It had to be something big to forgive Sophie for the sheik debacle when she called QE 'the old dear' and said Cherie Blair was 'horrid horrid in addition to saying she would introduce the (bogus) 'sheik' to to the RF.   Sophie has been clever enough to listen, put her head down and not put afoot wrong since.   


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on February 05, 2015, 08:43:55 pm
 Rebecca English @RE_DailyMail  · 
The Queen will give a reception to celebrate the Patronages of The Earl and Countess of Wessex at Buckingham Palace on February 10.
The Wessex reception is, I'm told,a belated 50th b/day party for the Countess and a sign of how fond Queen is of her youngest son & his wife


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on February 05, 2015, 09:45:50 pm
That's nice.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on February 10, 2015, 10:58:10 pm
Even the royals share photos on Facebook! Prince Andrew uploads picture of the Queen with Edward and Sophie at their Buckingham Palace birthday party
The Queen was a breath of spring in cold mid-February in a pale floral suit at a reception at Buckingham Palace this evening.

Her majesty was hosting a bash in honour of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who both recently turned 50, and the work they do to support a wide range of charities. 

375 guests attended the event from organisations including the National Youth Theatre, The Commonwealth Games Federation, The London College of Fashion, The Craft Guild of Chefs, The British Paralympic Association, MENCAP and the Northern Ballet.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2948033/Prince-Andrew-uploads-picture-Queen-Earl-Countess-Wessex-party-Buckingham-Palace.html




Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Mememe on February 11, 2015, 12:15:49 am
Sophie appears to walking ahead of HM in a photo within the story.  Oops!!


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: kolkomilko on February 11, 2015, 07:01:09 am
It was a nice motion from HM towards them because of their charity work. I think the lazy duo will never have any party because of the same reason.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on February 11, 2015, 07:57:40 am
A party like this with the charities of Will and Kate can be held in the gardeners shed of Buckingham Palace. No more than 10 guests top.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: kolkomilko on February 11, 2015, 08:03:11 am
^  :laugh: :laugh: :P


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Rebecca on February 11, 2015, 01:57:15 pm
The last pic in the article, with Andrew in it, is disgusting.  :ick:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on February 11, 2015, 03:47:18 pm
Looks like the cook went wild with the bobby pins again.   


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: HennyPenny on February 12, 2015, 10:30:51 pm
^^^^^^MH I am done !!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Little light on February 12, 2015, 11:01:04 pm
i've only just looked at these photos but HM does look very tired in them.

Mods, please remove if in wrong thread, thank you.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on February 13, 2015, 09:54:24 pm
^ don't worry a bit off topic doesn't matter though there are lot of threads to discuss QE health if you want.

The wessex must be happy, the queen using their party to help andrew...


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: FortressODaveBarry on February 13, 2015, 11:30:42 pm
"Looks like the cook went wild with the bobby pins again."   

 "He must be very good at coitus"-Sheldon Cooper


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on February 21, 2015, 06:44:00 pm
When I saw it I thought of you!

If there is sonething interesting please share.

 :hi:        I shall!

And, so, I've been very busy at work and have neglected to comment on Sophie's Majesty article.   But, also, I was rather surprised by the article and wanted to read it a few times before commenting.  The article was not at all what I expected -- I expected a complete tongue bath of how wonderful, hard-working, down-to-earth, elegant, mother-of-two, etc.   But it wasn't that.   I got the impression that Ingrid was damning Sophie with faint praise.   To begin with, the photos chosen for the article were not that flattering.   The cover photo was not the most flattering that could have been chosen from the many taken of Sophie over the years.   And neither were the photos inside the magazine that highlighted her thin hair, thick Buddy Holly glasses, showing her cleavage with the Brownie troop, her too-large Ascot hat at a funeral, etc.

The article itself was surprisingly lightweight.  There were the usual references to her middle-class upbringing, the queen allowing her access to the royal life when courting Edward, and how she doesn't get the recognition she'd like for her work.   But it's all just very general.   By comparison, there is an article in the same issue on Princess Anne's tour of North America in November, and the photos of Anne are flattering and show the different facets of her work, and the article is full of specific facts about what Anne does -- which is considerable.   

Ingrid even kind of took a poke at some of the myths about Sophie such as her interest in horses and being the favored riding companion wtih the queen.   Ingrid wrote:  ". . . For the next six years Sophie did everything she could to get it right . . . she learnt to ride and trotted out nervously beside the Queen . . . "   

An interesting take from Ingrid. And not what I expected for a "milestone" article.       :-


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on February 21, 2015, 11:26:29 pm
Sophie makes an effort to do the right thing.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on February 21, 2015, 11:29:12 pm
It is odd that Sophie didn't have a birthday portrait with her children.    Instead she issued one that had her hair down around her face trying to look all sexay.    :-


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on February 26, 2015, 07:20:39 pm


Sophie is quite popular with the old dears, while the younger generations are less impressed with the young man at the end of the video saying he'd never heard of her.    :bored:

http://www.itv.com/news/channel/2015-02-24/countess-of-wessex-liberation-visit-your-thoughts/


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Rosella on February 27, 2015, 12:38:39 am
Well, it may be that he hasn't heard of Sophie Wessex. A lot of people don't keep up with individual members of the royal family IMO, and sometimes it's amazing when people don't know the name of the Prime Minister even, or care.

 I was in Ireland a few years ago and somebody (a shop owner) couldn't remember the name of the President at that time and her friends in the shop we were in couldn't either.
Sophie'll just have to keep on keeping on and at least she's appreciated by some, I guess!


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on February 27, 2015, 02:38:15 pm
^ It is indeed scary when shows do the roving reporter who asks people who current politicians are.  The ignorance is astounding.       :nervous:

It is sad for Sophie, though, that rather than being content to be a valuable (which she is to her charities) behind-the-scenes player (Duchess of Kent, etc.), she expends so much money and energy to be noticed, and, it isn't working.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on March 08, 2015, 05:44:16 pm
^ Anyone have any news of the Wessex kids?  They've been out of sight for a long while -- especially James.    I hope that Sophie will decide to bring her son to Easter service with the rest of his family!    ;)


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on March 09, 2015, 11:12:40 am
Why? So you can accuse her of trying to steal Wasty's thunder?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: india on March 09, 2015, 04:00:54 pm
Quite frankly, there is no thunder to steal from The Moronic Potato Head who appears to be coming apart at the seams from all the stress of living a complete lie which in this case is a treasonable offense.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on March 09, 2015, 04:42:23 pm
Kate's thunder or her lack thereof have nothing to do with Sophie and her children.     

Sophie has a son, age 7.   He has never been to the family Christmas service.  That is odd.  It is odd for the BRF who have historically brought their young children to church with them.  It is especially odd for a woman who is touted as being a devoted mother.   Easter is coming up, and hopefully Sophie will insist on bringing both her children to church with her.



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on March 12, 2015, 12:57:11 am
Sophie and her scraggly hair went to the Royal Cornwall Ag Show.    (Why are her fingernails blue??)

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/t31.0-8/10520575_840497162652593_8601060864975015931_o.jpg



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Kuei Fei on March 12, 2015, 03:01:33 am
Kate's thunder or her lack thereof have nothing to do with Sophie and her children.     

Sophie has a son, age 7.   He has never been to the family Christmas service.  That is odd.  It is odd for the BRF who have historically brought their young children to church with them.  It is especially odd for a woman who is touted as being a devoted mother.   Easter is coming up, and hopefully Sophie will insist on bringing both her children to church with her.

That is strange how her son is so hidden.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Rosella on March 12, 2015, 03:33:09 am
Kate's thunder or her lack thereof have nothing to do with Sophie and her children.     

Sophie has a son, age 7.   He has never been to the family Christmas service.  That is odd.  It is odd for the BRF who have historically brought their young children to church with them.  It is especially odd for a woman who is touted as being a devoted mother.   Easter is coming up, and hopefully Sophie will insist on bringing both her children to church with her.

That is strange how her son is so hidden.

James might be one of those rather twitchy sort of little boys who can never keep still. I'm sure he'll come to the service in the future.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on March 12, 2015, 05:38:15 am
^

Harry was quite twitchy.  Diana took him to church.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: meememe on March 12, 2015, 07:54:55 am
The Wessexes didn't take Louise to the Christmas Service etc until she was past 8 and they are following the same pattern with James.

Unlike Harry, who will live his life in the public eye - whether he likes it or not - the Wessex children will be able to live their lives basically under the radar with the occasional appearance at the big royal events and so can be brought to public events less often and thus grow up more in private.

I see nothing strange in not taking James past the baying crowd on Christmas Day, or whenever the royals appear in public.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on March 12, 2015, 10:44:11 am
Exactly and Edward and Sophie made this very clear in an early stage when they stated they wanted their children to be known as Lord x or Lady x and not as Prince/ Princess like the York girls.

Louise and James will have a life away from the royal scene, especially if Charles goes through with his ideas of a core royal family. In order to give them a proper chance of making it, as a private citizen, it is only decent to allow the two to have a life as normal as possible. And that includes that they shouldn't be paraded around at all times.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on March 12, 2015, 03:00:11 pm
Going to church with your family is not being paraded.   

Edward and Sophie did not decide to protect their children's privacy.   They were offered the opportunity to become totally private citizens after Sophie was caught trading on her royal status.  They hastily rejected that notion, quit their jobs and became full-time ribbon cutters because they LOVE their royal status.   

Zara and Peter are private citizens and they have always gone to church with the family from very young ages.

It is weird that the Wessex children are not allowed out very often.  I wonder why?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on March 14, 2015, 11:31:54 pm
My personal theory is that they are not "parading" the children because they want to get in Charles good graces when QE dies then we will see what path they take.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on March 15, 2015, 04:04:09 pm
The Wessex-couple has a lot of contact with the continental royals and the continental royals all protect the privacy of their children like a lion. You will see some of the children on official trips, like the Danish royal children to Greenland last year or Estelle on the road with her mother.

But especially the minor royals, like the children of Prince Laurent of Belgium, younger brother of the King, or the children of Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands, are very rarely spotted by the press.

I get the feeling that in this respect, the Wessex-couple has taken a page from the continental royal rule-book. They realise perfectly well that, no matter what Charles wants, their children will have a very minor role in the royal future, to be compared to the role of f.e. Princess Alexandra of Kent or Prince Michael of Kent, or even less if Charles indeed downsizes the RF the moment he becomes King. So they want to prepare their children for a private life, with a career and all. And the less royal exposure they have (or had), the more they will be able to grow into that private role. And I say good for them!

Part of good parenting is to prepare your children for a future, and it seems that the Wessexes are doing just that. And in the end, when Louise and James are adults, I think Louise and James will proven to be the most sane grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II, with a proper career and the ability to stand on their own two legs.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Kuei Fei on March 15, 2015, 04:09:21 pm
I've said negative things about Sophie, but she is raising her kids right, but also being smart about behaving herself. She isn't making a spectacle of herself on the world stage, treating the world like a stage where she is determined to have the starring role. She's done posing, but she isn't causing half the mess that she could be if she were even more narcissistic. She isn't acting out like Fergie or releasing routine documentaries like Camilla.

My personal theory is that they are not "parading" the children because they want to get in Charles good graces when QE dies then we will see what path they take.

Yes, they are showing Charles that they will not at all challenge him.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on March 16, 2015, 10:41:03 am
And rightly so...they have no business challenging him. He is the future monarch and once he is..his word goes in matters concerning the monarchy, in terms of who is needed for royal work and appearances. And he will have the strings to the royal purse.

The UK monarchy can do very well without young siblings trying to undermine the monarch or the heir...there has been plenty of drama in the past.

We'll see what happens in the future, but I wouldn't be surprised if it will be all about Charles and Camilla. Charles is a very insecure person and he hates it when someone else gets the attention (hence his problems with his first wife). And if he feels that Sophie is more liked by the people than Camilla, he will yank Sophie's chain and make sure Camilla will outshine all the other royals. Lord knows he realises that Waity won't be a threat in the work-department.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on March 17, 2015, 01:57:23 pm
The Wessex-couple has a lot of contact with the continental royals and the continental royals all protect the privacy of their children like a lion. You will see some of the children on official trips, like the Danish royal children to Greenland last year or Estelle on the road with her mother.

But especially the minor royals, like the children of Prince Laurent of Belgium, younger brother of the King, or the children of Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands, are very rarely spotted by the press.

I get the feeling that in this respect, the Wessex-couple has taken a page from the continental royal rule-book. They realise perfectly well that, no matter what Charles wants, their children will have a very minor role in the royal future, to be compared to the role of f.e. Princess Alexandra of Kent or Prince Michael of Kent, or even less if Charles indeed downsizes the RF the moment he becomes King. So they want to prepare their children for a private life, with a career and all. And the less royal exposure they have (or had), the more they will be able to grow into that private role. And I say good for them!

Part of good parenting is to prepare your children for a future, and it seems that the Wessexes are doing just that. And in the end, when Louise and James are adults, I think Louise and James will proven to be the most sane grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II, with a proper career and the ability to stand on their own two legs.

The Wessexes are nothing like the minor royals of Belgium and The Netherlands, however.  The Wessexes live in the largest private home of all the royal children.  They receive an allowance from the Queen to carry out official duties.  Sophie spends a fortune on her clothes and regularly releases press releases to the media to keep herself in the news.   They were given the option in 2001 to withdraw from royal life and to be private citizens and carry on with their businesses.  They refused and chose to be working royals.   There are not many similarities between Edward and Constantijn in actuality.

I think the best way to prepare children for the future is to love them and make them feel accepted by their family.  It's the best foundation.   And I think that some day James will look back at all the photos of his family going to family functions and will ask why he was never taken and why he was not allowed to be a part of the waning years of his grandmother's reign, when all the other children in the family were there.   His grandmother is the Queen, after all.  That's a part of his reality.   He can be prepared just as Peter Phillips was:  "Your grandmother happens to be a queen; you are a private citizen."   I don't know why it is so different for the Wessex children.

And, if the Wessexes goal in all this is to keep their children completely private, then they made a huge mistake by allowing Louise to be in the Cambridge wedding.   They should have politely declined, citing privacy issues and their desire to be more like the Dutch.   But it seemed to me they reveled in the attention their daughter got and basked in the reflected glow.

It's a strange situation . . . .  :-


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Kuei Fei on March 30, 2015, 04:09:34 am
The Wessexes don't seem to have any kind of real footing or anything to stand on. Sophie is oddly unstable in that she keeps infantilizing her daughter and keeping her son out of the way is quite frankly just plain wrong. Throw in how she's constantly licking the boot of HM and keeps up the passive aggressive self promotion and it's disconcerting. Louise is kept dressed in Edwardian white tights and looks like a kid from "Village of the Damned" and I do think that she's going to have issues since she's way too old to be dressed so girlishly. As for the home and income, yes, it is obscene.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Ariel on April 05, 2015, 04:13:18 pm
they should start with the hairstyle. then the clothes - preferably something that fits her and is from this century.
all this hiding her and trying to tone down her personality is going to get her to have very low self worth and possibly act out when she's older. there's too much restraint on this girl.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on April 05, 2015, 04:38:42 pm
comparing the three Louise doesn't look so bad, though yes her outfit is a bit dated for her age. Although I don't know how they make her wear this at all, when I was her age I wouldn't be caught dead in that.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: gingerboy24 on April 05, 2015, 05:29:23 pm
Mods, could you remove my post above please, thinking about it I prefer not to have posted it.  Many thanks-  :flower:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: My2Pence on April 05, 2015, 07:15:43 pm
I don't get the Sophie criticism for this.  Her son is kept out of the public eye as a minor minor minor royal. Linley and Lady Sarah act similarly with their kids. That doesn't mean James is on the autism spectrum, poorly-behaved, or being hidden as some dark secret. He'll show up when he's older, as they established that tradition with Louise. We've seen him at other public events - something with Jeeps I remember - and his behavior was nothing out of the ordinary.

We've seen Louise in everyday casual clothing at things like the Girl Guides event. Louise is wearing Dolce & Gabbana, not rags. This is Easter Sunday with a traditional grandmother.  If the great granddaughters were here, we'd see them in similiar formal outfits - even up to age 11. Marguerita Armstrong-Jones wears shorter skirts, but wears similar white tights and black shoes at formal family events. The three A's in the Netherlands wear similar clothing.



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Kuei Fei on April 06, 2015, 12:00:21 am


It's all about Sophie catering to HM's Edwardian preferences. Early in her marriage, Diana wore stuff that HM approved of until Diana took charge. As for Sophie, I think Sophie would gladly wear an Edwardian outfit if it pleased HM, but Sophie does not since she would be lambasted by the press.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Rosella on April 06, 2015, 03:08:52 am
I agree that Louise looked truly awful, not like a pre-teen in the 21st century at all. The dress looked as if it had been made out of 1950's curtain material and I just can't comprehend where that pink jacket came from. I don't know any store that would stock such a thing! Plus, I hope that Louise stops wearing white tights and black strap shoes by the time she gets into her teens or she will look truly ridiculous, poor girl. By the way, why wasn't there any attempt to properly style her hair in any modern way?

I have read that Sophie is quite an old-fashioned and rather strict mother. I do think it's her preferences that poor Louise has to follow, not the Queen's, whom she doesn't see that often. Even when Louise is out with her parents and brother there's often a rather old fashioned look about her, IMO.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on April 06, 2015, 03:02:11 pm
1.    No James.    ???    :-    ???

2.   Sophie should be visited by Children's Services to discuss how she dresses her daughter.   This pink coat was worn by Louise a couple of years ago.  Louise has grown a lot in two years.  The sleeves are above her wrists, the shoulders are too tight, and it is way too short.   The too small coat makes her too long dress look more dowdy than it should have.   And, of course, the omnipresent thick white tights and black mary janes that look so inappropriate in a pre-teen.  Does no one else in the family see how pitiful Louise looks?  The Queen?   Since she and Sophie are BFFs, can she not tell Sophie to buy her granddaughter clothes that fit?       ???   :- 

3.   And even Sophie looked less than her best today.   The Daily Mail made fun of her hat [it is one of the more ugly ones she owns], and her copying Kate's messy bun is a failure and the cook needs to stop it.    Look at the gray hair and the bobby pin just stuck in the middle, quite visible.     :dontknow:      :dontknow:     :dontknow:       It's a mess.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/04/05/23/274D7C0F00000578-3026331-image-m-13_1428271475325.jpg

4.    The comments in the Daily Mail article are increasingly questioning where James is and why is Louise dressed so badly.   Not quite the PR Sophie is aiming for.  And the headline:   Lady Louise joins the Easter parade . . . but what was that thing perched on mum's head? Countess of Wessex's featheredhat is not fly-away style winner as royals attend traditional service   is a hoot and I can only imagine the shrieks at Bagshot when that bomb was dropped at the luncheon table!    lol   lol

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3026331/A-Royal-Easter-parade-Queen-Prince-Philip-joined-St-George-s-Chapel-Windsor-traditional-service-Princess-Beatrice-Countess-Wessex.html






Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on April 06, 2015, 07:06:54 pm
Mods, could you remove my post above please, thinking about it I prefer not to have posted it.  Many thanks-  :flower:

Please do not make this an habit but this one has been deleted.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: AnaBolena on April 07, 2015, 12:10:56 am
^^

 :cookie: :- :bored: :cookie:... :-X


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: CathyJane on April 07, 2015, 01:20:11 am
Poor Lady Louise, she never looks quite right. I fear she and Soph are going to have some good fights the older Louise gets. Soph seems to want her daughter to stay a child so she herself won't appear old.  :shy:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on April 07, 2015, 01:50:30 pm
Too late for that, I fear.   Sophie is showing her age and then some.   It will be interesting to see how she handles the Louise matter now that the media is making it a story.     :bored:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: My2Pence on April 07, 2015, 02:22:06 pm
I think Sophie looks great period. That she looks like this at 50 is better than many in my experience.

I haven't seen anyone in the media fussing about Louise's clothing, merely commenting on all of the royal lady outfits as a whole.  Any particular reporters who have a problem with Louise's outfit?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on April 07, 2015, 03:22:05 pm
I think Sophie looks older than most 50 year olds I know.   She has simply been so photoshopped, people have an unrealistic picture of her.    However, the DM did not photoshop the Easter photos.   And they made fun of her hat.   And, they did not say anything directly about Louise's clothes, but they knew the readers would, which they did, as you can read from the link posted above.

This is a step away from the DM which up till now has been happy to print the stories praising Sophie as the queens' favorite daughter-in-law, jewel in the monarchy, a style queen, etc., etc.    Makes you wonder if Charles/Camilla are taking aim at the Wessexes now that Andy has been dealt with.     ???


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on May 12, 2015, 07:07:59 pm
Sophie and Andy seem to be on quite friendly terms.   She has not distanced herself at all from him since the bad PR he garnered recently.   Following Her Maj's lead, no doubt.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/05/12/15/2895D4AF00000578-3078334-image-a-56_1431439739684.jpg

Her hair looks terrible.     :thumbsdown:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: simplyme on June 15, 2015, 08:13:25 pm
Poor Lady Louise, she never looks quite right. I fear she and Soph are going to have some good fights the older Louise gets. Soph seems to want her daughter to stay a child so she herself won't appear old.  :shy:

To me they seem closer  :dontknow:

 all girls fight with their mums at some point


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on June 16, 2015, 01:43:16 pm
Louise is shy and withdrawn which is understandable considering her eye condition.   I doubt she stands up to anyone.   

Sophie is not very maternal.   With her own children, I should say.  She does a good photo op with kids when on duty.   The Wessex kids looked better groomed and James was better behaved at the Trooping on Saturday without their mother there.   Very interesting, eh?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: simplyme on June 16, 2015, 02:26:51 pm
Louise is shy, agree but I  think she will the prettiest from the queen female grandchildren


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: gingerboy24 on June 16, 2015, 08:42:58 pm
Yes, she is a pretty little girl. When you compare her withe Beatrice and Eugenie, who are both rather unattractive, she winds hands down. The two little girls of Peter Philips are very cute, and little Mia looks a cutie pie too.  Sophie reminds me very much of photos of HM when she was a similar age.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: rosielinks on June 16, 2015, 09:02:19 pm
No Sophie is far too angular in the face to resemble HM. She does look regal however with her finely drawn features and pale colouring.

Eugenie is attractive and Bea could be gorgeous if she just got her teeth filed down - they are so big. Her hair, eyes, figure and nose are good.

Louise will be very striking as she grows older. Her height, very curly hair, and old fashioned clothes are going against her at present because nobody is caring enough to make them work for her, but once she has good advice, she will be a cracker and looks to be a sensitive and deep thinker.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Tpearl on June 17, 2015, 04:04:00 am
True


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: leogirl on June 17, 2015, 05:57:27 am
It's interesting to see how much she looks like her father. I didn't really notice before because of her eye and she was younger back then (I haven't really seen much of the royals since 2011). I think she is going to be pretty once she gets past this "awkward" preteen phase. New clothes that are age appropriate (not little girl and not grown woman), style her hair, braces on and off, and a little bit of makeup.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: simplyme on June 17, 2015, 09:28:30 am
Yes, she is a pretty little girl. When you compare her withe Beatrice and Eugenie, who are both rather unattractive, she winds hands down. The two little girls of Peter Philips are very cute, and little Mia looks a cutie pie too.  Sophie reminds me very much of photos of HM when she was a similar age.
agree, a title not make princesses or a beauties :tehe:

It's interesting to see how much she looks like her father. I didn't really notice before because of her eye and she was younger back then (I haven't really seen much of the royals since 2011). I think she is going to be pretty once she gets past this "awkward" preteen phase. New clothes that are age appropriate (not little girl and not grown woman), style her hair, braces on and off, and a little bit of makeup.
still agree :thumbsup:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: simplyme on June 17, 2015, 10:16:41 am
sorry for the double post

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CHryuZyUMAEmFwL.jpg

louise with her class wacthed the parade, the other day, so nice!   :thumbsup:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Stephanie on June 17, 2015, 12:57:10 pm
Louise will be a pretty girl when she reaches her teens.
Her eye condition is hardly noticeable anymore.
She IMO needs braces though.
I think she's at that awkward age where you just don't know what to wear.
No more children's clothing but adult clothing won't fit and doesn't suit you.
I think she and her mother should go on a major shopping trip and visit different stores then they usually do.
Try on different things and find out what works for her.
Overall a likable kid, seems quit social and fun loving IMO.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: gingerboy24 on June 17, 2015, 02:50:22 pm
^Agree, she is going to turn out to be a very pretty girl I think.  She does need braces on her front teeth, no doubt about that, and I do hope her mother makes sure she gets them.  Maybe they want to want until early teens, on dental advice?  I feel sure Sophie must have looked into it, any parent with enough money to afford the dental work would want to have it done.  She is going to be a very attractive young lady as she grows older.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: simplyme on June 17, 2015, 03:53:40 pm
Cute little "princess" :thumbsup:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on June 17, 2015, 08:19:36 pm
Are there photos of the Wessex siblings interacting affectionately with one another?   There were many of the York sisters and the Wales brothers as they grew up.   And I love this one of Peter and Zara:

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/78/e5/87/78e587c65f414f18007e661cfb96798c.jpg

The Wessex siblings always seem to be separated from one another in photographs, not interacting at all.    ???


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on July 23, 2015, 04:27:31 pm
Interesting.   This article has appeared -- not in People, not in the Daily Mail -- but in a PR publication:

http://everything-pr.com/countess-of-wessex/258431/

Revisiting Sophie's blunders.   And at the end:

Maybe the Queen has just grown used to all the publicity and scandals from her children and grandchildren. But the question remains, will those creditors ever recover all of what is owed to them?

It was only a matter of time before the spotlight turned again to the Grand Wessexes in their Manor.   We'll see how this plays out.   :cookie:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: simplyme on July 30, 2015, 04:52:35 am
Are there photos of the Wessex siblings interacting affectionately with one another?   There were many of the York sisters and the Wales brothers as they grew up.   And I love this one of Peter and Zara:

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/78/e5/87/78e587c65f414f18007e661cfb96798c.jpg

The Wessex siblings always seem to be separated from one another in photographs, not interacting at all.    ???

I' m thinking you are right  :dontknow:is strange, or maybe is because they weren't like all other cousins in the spotlight for all these years


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on July 30, 2015, 10:09:36 pm
Louise was kept out of the spotlight early on because of her eyes; we don't know why James has been so sheltered.  But, yes, it is odd - the dynamics between these siblings.  They don't even behave as though they are acquainted.    :-


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: leogirl on July 31, 2015, 06:00:27 am
I think their parents are trying to make their lives as normal as possible, which is why they don't go out in public very often. The press/public know they are the queen's grandchildren and they will want to bother them with photos.

Maybe they won't be close until they're teens or adults. There is a 4-year age gap and they're not the same gender. Different interests, different friends, etc. :dontknow:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on July 31, 2015, 07:29:03 am
Agreed. My sister and I differ four years as well, I am the elder one. And we weren't close as children, my mother could hardly get us toegther for the annual Christmas picture.

Now that we are older, we get along much better and even make an annual city trip of 4-5 days together. The first time that happened, my mother almost fell of her chair. And the difference in gender is another hurdle for the Wessex-children that my sister and I didn't have.



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on July 31, 2015, 10:43:59 am
I think their parents are trying to make their lives as normal as possible, which is why they don't go out in public very often. The press/public know they are the queen's grandchildren and they will want to bother them with photos.

Maybe they won't be close until they're teens or adults. There is a 4-year age gap and they're not the same gender. Different interests, different friends, etc. :dontknow:

Edward and Sophie aren't trying for normalcy for their children any more than Princess Anne did.  Anne's children weren't even "lord" and "lady" as are the Wessex children, and Edward and Sophie have fought tooth and nail to raise their children in the largest private residence of all the royals when advisers preferred that they scale down their lifestyle.  So they don't want to be all that normal.

Plus, Anne's children are different genders, like the Wessex children, and there is a four-year age difference, also like the Wessex children.  But unlike the Wessex children, Peter and Zara appeared to be fond of one another and have a great relationship both as children and now as adults.   

The Wessex children don't appear to have a healthy relationship, in my opinion.  I wonder why?   :-


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: simplyme on July 31, 2015, 12:51:42 pm
I think their parents are trying to make their lives as normal as possible, which is why they don't go out in public very often. The press/public know they are the queen's grandchildren and they will want to bother them with photos.

Maybe they won't be close until they're teens or adults. There is a 4-year age gap and they're not the same gender. Different interests, different friends, etc. :dontknow:

I agree. They are going in different schools,  if I remember well.

The education from 70" is different from now, in some aspects is better  in other is worst


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: leogirl on August 01, 2015, 07:16:21 am
^^ Just because Peter and Zara were close as kids doesn't mean other siblings with a similar age gap are close. Sometimes, kids find something in common; other times, they prefer to keep to themselves.
Normal for a rich family, not normal for regular people. If they went out together as a family, they would be followed, photos taken, etc. Titles and large homes are part of being upper-class and rich in the UK. They still go to school and have friends, but we don't get to see photos very often. I was responding to why they are sheltered from the public eye.  :flower:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: simplyme on August 09, 2015, 06:14:44 am
http://hrhcountessofwessex.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-wessex-familys-trip-to-gatcombe-park.html

So cute and normal kids


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on August 10, 2015, 03:27:30 pm
And once again a family outing and zero photos of the Wessex siblings interacting with one another.  They're not even in a shot together.   He was playing on the slide with the Phillips girls and Louise was with Edward.

Then, everyone except James is in this shot.  Where is he?   Why is he always left out?

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Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: kolkomilko on August 10, 2015, 04:59:11 pm
They seem to be a happy family. It is good to see two royal families together.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: gingerboy24 on August 10, 2015, 05:06:31 pm
I like Sophie, always have done.  She also appears to have become a firm favourite of HM, which is nice.  A rocky start, but fast learner.  Rather her any day than wasty or fergie.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: marion on August 10, 2015, 05:25:46 pm
ITA Now she IS a normal middle class girl unlike waity - no grasping vulgar mother there.  True, she made her mistakes but she learnt from them and moved forward - isn't that one of the things life is - a learning curve? 


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: gingerboy24 on August 10, 2015, 06:16:09 pm
Yup, agree, for most people, but we must remember the medds are a breed apart, not a breed one would want replicated either.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on August 10, 2015, 07:17:09 pm
They seem to be a happy family. It is good to see two royal families together.

But without James. Why is James never included?  Very odd.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: simplyme on August 10, 2015, 09:15:20 pm
He was played with his little cousins


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on August 10, 2015, 10:06:15 pm
Yes, he played with the Phillips girls.   Then the Phillips girls, their mother, Sophie, Louise and Edward were all sitting in the grass together.  James is not with them.  He's never with his family.  Only for short periods of time and then, what -- whisked off by the nanny?     ???


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: leogirl on August 11, 2015, 08:06:07 pm
He's a 7-year-old boy. Maybe he's a trouble maker at home so they want him to be out in public as little as possible?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on August 30, 2015, 07:17:33 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3216136/Better-not-fall-Countess-Couture-Sophie-Wessex-wears-935-Peter-Pilotto-dress-play-HOCKEY-daughter.html#comments

The Copycat Countess is at it again.   She's replaying Kate's hockey field photo op while wearing wedges like Kate.   She look ridiculous. 

And speaking of ridiculous . . . can the woman not EVER put her daughter in clothes that fit her?   The blouse is too small and the shoes are hideous.

 :-      :bored:     :-


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on August 30, 2015, 08:00:53 pm
More than that aren't they appearing a bit too much lately? Shades of Andrew...?


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on August 31, 2015, 03:08:13 pm
^ Sophie knows that her days of basking in the Queen's company are numbered.  She is horning in on every photo op she can.      Did you read any comments from the DM article?    Other people (besides me!!) are commenting on Sophie's copying Kate's look and -- not just Kate's hair and clothes -- but even Kate's facial expressions.   She is  :-    :-    :-


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: kolkomilko on September 01, 2015, 07:06:18 am
 I have respect for your opinion but why does Sophie need for copying Kate's look? Anyway Waity used to copy Diana's look and when she wants to have a different style she fails it.  :flower: 


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: gingerboy24 on September 01, 2015, 09:24:41 am
^Agree. Sophie has her own style, and IMO knocks spots off cath medd every time.  cath medd is not the only person who wears wedges, many women do.  I have seen items of clothing or shoes on other women and thought oh, I like that look, I will treat myself to whatever it is.  Women do it the world over.  cath medd copies many people, we could write a book about how she copies Princess Diana.  She even copied Grace Kelly´s wedding dress, although made it look tarty with the neck too low and the pointed cone boobs, but then we could expect no less from her, very fond of her flash gates, must be overdue on that front, not had one for a good while.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on September 01, 2015, 02:59:05 pm
I have respect for your opinion but why does Sophie need for copying Kate's look? Anyway Waity used to copy Diana's look and when she wants to have a different style she fails it.  :flower: 

Well, that is something I would LOVE for some author to investigate and write about!  Maybe after the queen is gone and Sophie is no longer under her protection.   Because Sophie was famous for copying Diana when she first began dating Eddy.   Then when Kate married in in 2011, Sophie switched over to copying Kate.   An attempt to get attention?   Diana and Kate both command(ed) publicity in a way that Sophie never has and never will.   She obviously wants to be noticed and photographed and admired and it galls her that she married a prince so far down the line.   So, for some weird reason, she evidently seems to think that copying two more popular women will rub off on her.   It appears from recent articles and readers' comments that this behavior is starting to be noticed and hopefully someone will write more in depth about it soon.     :hi:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on September 01, 2015, 07:10:39 pm
We haven't talked about Edward in a while.   Does everyone remember when Edward was young and had hair?  He wasn't bad looking.   And he was energetic and purposeful.   Look at this photo of him working/helping at Gatcomb Park.   Now he goes to the horse trials and glumly walks around while his wife mugs for the cameras.   What happened to him?   Is he depressed?   He just seems so spiritless . . .


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Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Val on September 01, 2015, 08:58:58 pm
^^^

Perhaps Cath will have a flashgate at Balmoral, she must be suffering withdrawal symptoms as just as you say she hasn't done one for some while.  She always wants to spoil the Queen's celebrations or steal the limelight so what better opportunity.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on September 01, 2015, 11:00:41 pm
^ Well, if Kate does, then Sophie will probably follow suit and return to her topless pin up girl days at Capitol Radio.       :wopedo:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on September 02, 2015, 06:07:44 pm
Ah, it looks as though those links quit working.   Here's another link to a photo of Edward and a friend working at Gatcomb Park thirty years ago.   Now he just trudges around.   He does not appear to be a happy man.

http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-prince-edward-august-1985-gatcombe-horse-trials-prince-edward-with-32949299.html



Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Rosella on September 03, 2015, 05:42:33 am
^ sometimes Ed doesn't look glum or sad, though, and if he is it might not be to do with Sophie. He may miss his theatrical days or the time when he was working creatively with his company. The royal round, especially with some of the engagements the Wessexes get to perform, probably isn't the most inspiring life imaginable.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: kolkomilko on September 03, 2015, 07:05:37 am
Edward seems to be stern and rigid in general to me and perhaps it is not because of Sophie.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: gingerboy24 on September 03, 2015, 10:53:17 am
^I think he wants be royal, with all the perks etc. and a funded lifestyle, but does not like doing the royal rounds.  Another cath medd, wants everything but not keen to give back anything in return.  Ungrateful little wrtech if that is the case.  Many work their butts off for a pittance and have to live hand to mouth and scrape by if they are lucky.  I also do not think it is anything to do with Sophie, IMO it is because he feels he is hard done by  -  he should team up with bill medd, let them both go and live a "normal" life, work for their own living, no taxpayers funding right down to the tissues they blow their noses with.  Make them do it for a year.  Small car, public transport, scratching for the money to go to the cinema once every few months.  They might feel grateful then for the free, grandiose and luxurious life they lead at our expense.  I have seen photos of him and Sophie together, and they always look comfortable and content.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on September 03, 2015, 06:47:14 pm
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. . . if he is it might not be to do with Sophie.

. . . perhaps it is not because of Sophie.

. . . do not think it is anything to do with Sophie


Oh, did you all think I meant there were marital issues?   Not at all.   I think the Wessexes have a (platonic) friendship/partnership and rub along together quite well.   But I agree (and that was my point) that Edward is finding his position in 2015 to not be to his liking.   He was once the spoiled youngest child of the queen, and the world was his oyster.   As can be seen from his university/theater days [and that link from 1985 isn't working; sorry], he was quite sparky and energetic and loving life.   He doesn't seem to find the trudgery of handing out Duke of Edinburgh awards to be a fulfilling way to live his life, and who can blame him?   It seems he has just stepped back and let his commoner wife -- who cannot believe the luck of marrying into the queen's family and pinches herself every morning -- to be the face of the Wessex family larking about for the media, while he seems to be becoming more and more withdrawn. 

I agree with you GB that he seems to feel hard done by.  But not because he wants a "normal" life, but because he wants a more royal life, and the older his mother gets, the more he sees it all slipping away.  He's having difficulty adjusting to the realities, imo.   A lot like Andrew, in fact.   It's too bad both brothers could not have been more like their sister who found contentment in the horse world, outside of her royal duties. 


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: FortressODaveBarry on September 08, 2015, 02:20:32 am
"I agree with you GB that he seems to feel hard done by.  But not because he wants a "normal" life, but because he wants a more royal life, and the older his mother gets, the more he sees it all slipping away.  He's having difficulty adjusting to the realities, imo.   A lot like Andrew, in fact.   It's too bad both brothers could not have been more like their sister who found contentment in the horse world, outside of her royal duties."

I agree. Especially when I remember Edward trying to accept flowers during a Christmas walk & everyone ignoring him. He looked a bit dejected 


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: simplyme on September 11, 2015, 03:31:36 am
Is the life of people who is not the future for the monarchy, walk and be ignored!

He is doing his duties.

Thanks for the old pics, anyway


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: leogirl on September 12, 2015, 09:31:36 am
Too many egos in that family. Most of them weren't born for the "top job"... out of their entire family, only Elizabeth, Charles, William and George--one person per generation--is going to rule. And only one at a time. The rest of them have a supporting role as children or grandchildren of a monarch. Remember why you're they're (it's not about you), stay humble, be friendly to well-wishers, and keep a positive attitude.

I think part of the problem is that Andrew and Edward are so much younger than Charles and Anne. Charles grew up as the heir and I think he's just now come to terms with being the prince... before it was all about the day he'll be king but he seems to be doing more as Prince of Wales, realizing that his reign is going to be a short one. Anne was the "spare" growing up. She did appearances for her mother/country, but she always knew she wasn't going to be queen so she found other interests because the future of the monarchy is her brother and his heirs. I think Andrew and especially Edward were the "babies" in the family. Didn't grow up with their older siblings (Charles and Anne were already teenagers by the time Edward was born). Maybe more spoilt as children. Also, I notice that their children have titles, which probably adds to their sense of self-importance. Which also means they're going to take it harder if/when the monarchy is scaled back a bit.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: simplyme on September 12, 2015, 12:47:58 pm
Good post, i really enjoyed read and agree!

Sincerely for Andrew and family  I not feel sorry, for the Wessex yes because they are doing ought of the time very well their duties. So sorry we can't see James or Louise doing royal duties.

Is life , no first child no throne, no power  :cookie:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on September 26, 2015, 02:47:17 pm
Also, I notice that their children have titles, which probably adds to their sense of self-importance. Which also means they're going to take it harder if/when the monarchy is scaled back a bit.

What do you mean exactly? Only Anne's children have no titles and Edward and Sophie actually opted for 'lower' titles for their children. Under the rules established in the early 1900's, the children of Edward are Prince/ Princess of the UK. Instead, the couple wanted their children to have the titles belonging to Edwards peerage of Earl of Wessex. So Louise is Lady and James has the courtesy title of his father, Viscount Severn. Just like f.e. George Percy has the courtesy title of his father the Duke of Northumberland.

I think Edward decided on this because he realised very well that his children will never have a royal role (as adults) with royal appearances other than an occasional family-event. So to use lower titles for his children makes sense.
I think the person who has the biggest problem with the upcoming change is Andrew. And that is probably because he is spoiled most, being his mother's favourite child.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on September 27, 2015, 08:25:45 pm

The Flying Countess! Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Takes a Skyward Spin to Honor the Troops


http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_20955292,00.html


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on September 29, 2015, 06:49:35 pm
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I think Edward decided on this because he realised very well that his children will never have a royal role (as adults) with royal appearances other than an occasional family-event. So to use lower titles for his children makes sense.
I think the person who has the biggest problem with the upcoming change is Andrew. And that is probably because he is spoiled most, being his mother's favourite child.

I don't think this was Edward's choice.  I think he was told how it was to be.  Things were tricky for the monarchy in 1999, so soon after Diana's death.  Edward was not popular, and so compromises had to be made.  First, the wedding was held at St. George because it would have been embarrassing to have had a London wedding and no crowds show up.  Even at Windsor, tickets were given out to members of the public so as to guarantee a crowd.  Second, Edward was made an Earl, but with the promise that he would be the Duke of Edinburgh upon the deaths of Phil and Liz.  [But there is no guarantee of that; it is up to Charles].   

Edward has never chosen the lesser option.  He has the largest private home of all the royals.  When told (after Sophie-gate) that they must choose between their private careers or royal duties, they both chose royal duties.  They were mightily miffed when their bodyguard was taken away.  There is nothing in their behavior to indicate that they are yearning for a simple life.

Edward is quite spoiled, having grown up as the Queen's youngest child.  I think he and Andrew are equally spoiled, can't choose between them, and they both are having/will have difficulty adjusting to the new era.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Fly on the wall on October 08, 2015, 01:33:00 am
Countess of Wessex speaks movingly about plight of blind people across the world
THE COUNTESS of Wessex has spoken movingly of the plight of blind and visually-impaired people across the world.
Speaking as patron of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness to mark World Sight Day tomorrow, Sophie said 39 million people have sight problems but that 80 per cent of blindness is preventable.

The 50-year-old royal, who is also global ambassador for Vision 2020, a worldwide initiative aiming to eliminate avoidable blindness over the next five years, gave the poignant speech in Doha, as part of a four-day trip to Qatar with the sight-saving charity Orbis UK.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/610581/Countess-of-wessex-Sophie-world-sight-day-royal-family-orbis-uk-Qatar-Airways

The Countess of Wessex urges big businesses to do more for charity
THE Countess of Wessex has urged big businesses to do more for charity, saying some companies "fall far short" of their corporate social responsibilities.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/610316/Countess-of-Wessex-big-business-charity


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on October 08, 2015, 04:24:14 pm
wait wait

She is in Quatar?!  ??? So what Andrew did more or less has gone to these two? Or even Sophie alone? How many trips the BRF does to middle east a year?  :-


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on October 10, 2015, 08:37:27 am
Sophie has been involved with the organisation Vision 2020 (actually with more organisations that are involved with the issue) for many years. She is in Quatar because the organisation held its annual meeting there.
Nothing to do with what Andrew did.

If the organisation holds its annual convention in Peru next year, the countess will be there as well I guess.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on October 11, 2015, 07:37:30 pm
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Her Royal Highness this afternoon attended a Lunch with the Qatar British Business Forum at W Hotel, Doha.
The Countess of Wessex later visited the offices of Standard Chartered Bank, Doha.

Her Royal Highness afterwards visited Mada (Qatar Assistive Technology Center) and Information and Communication Technology Senior Management Team, Doha.
The Countess of Wessex, Global Ambassador, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, this evening attended a Dinner for Orbis and Seeing is Believing on board SHAMEKH.

The Countess of Wessex this morning departed from Heathrow Airport, London, for Qatar and was received upon arrival this afternoon at Hamad International Airport by Her Majesty's Ambassador to the State of Qatar (His Excellency Mr. Nicholas Hopton).
Her Royal Highness, Global Ambassador, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, this evening attended an Awards Ceremony and Dinner for the Qatar British Business Forum at the British Embassy in Doha.

I agree that she went because of her patronage but the rest of the agenda is iffy.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on October 12, 2015, 11:16:00 am
But how would the public react if Sophie is there for her charity and Andrew is there for another event, and probably took a different route, so a different plane?

The outburst would be massive; two royals in the same country, at the same time, meaing double security detail in that country, being paid overtime etc. Now it is just one royal who combines things.
I really see no problem in that.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on October 12, 2015, 11:59:31 am
But I didn't say that? Simply that the Wessex seem to be taking the controversial role Andrew had as trade ambassador.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on October 12, 2015, 01:51:28 pm
Could be, but I am not convinced after just one visit. Especially after her other activities could be easily explained by stating that she was in the country anyway because of the annual conference of her charity.
We'll see what happens in the future. If Sophie and/or Edward will start making dedicated visits to country for the sole purpose of trade-missions, we will know more.

Anyway, I wouldn't mind seeing less of Randy Andy. Edward is not perfect (who is) but at least he was never mentioned in a child-abuse case like Andrew.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on October 12, 2015, 02:23:59 pm
The British royals never miss an opportunity to kiss up to rich Middle Easterners.   I don't know if Sophie is taking on any of Andrew's responsibilities -- it's a thought -- but certainly she isn't going to let any opportunity slip by.  She might get an expensive jewel or two, after all!   Remember how enthusiastically she went after the "shiekh" to tell him insider tidbits to reel his supposed millions in to her company. This is not new ground for her.    :bored:


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: My2Pence on October 29, 2015, 09:04:39 pm
Sophie, Louise, and James attend Families' Day on board HMS Daring

http://hrhcountessofwessex.blogspot.com/2015/10/hrh-attends-families-day-and-trafalgar.html (http://hrhcountessofwessex.blogspot.com/2015/10/hrh-attends-families-day-and-trafalgar.html)


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on November 02, 2015, 10:16:54 pm
I didn't saw this one. The kid is cute! And Louise has grown a lot. But she will need a makeover soon.

Though funny that they are giving the kids a lot more limelight even on official (semi?) events. This will end up like the Yorks...


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Rosella on November 02, 2015, 11:47:03 pm
^ I think Sophie Wessex mentioned once after taking Louise and James to see a charity in action when they were overseas that she and Edward thought it was valuable that their children saw how others lived, away from their comfort zone. The Wessex kids are probably quite curious about how their parents occupy their time. I think it's been made quite clear to them that they will have to get jobs and lead a normal life.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on November 03, 2015, 10:04:54 am
I didn't saw this one. The kid is cute! And Louise has grown a lot. But she will need a makeover soon.

Though funny that they are giving the kids a lot more limelight even on official (semi?) events. This will end up like the Yorks...

Oh please...
First 'we see too little of the Wessex-children and 'something is wrong with them'. Now we see a little of them, as they grow older, and they will turn out like the Yorks. No matter what the Wessexes do, someone will find fault in it.
Princess Beatrix (when Crown Princess and later when Queen) brought her three sons to some events, if they were of interest to the boys. And the younger two sons of the Queen turned out OK. They have (or in Friso's cade had) their own careers, are only spotted on royal events on the big days and that is about it. I think Louise and James will be brought up in this manner and are prepped by their parents to have their own lives.

As for Louise needing a make-over. What a horrible thing to say. We ridicule Kate because she is too focussed on who she looks, we protest magazines who place pictures of models that look like they neer had a decent meal in their lives and you feel it is OK to say that a girl barely in her teens needs a make-over. As far as I am concerned, that comes pretty close to bullying. And it is dangerous as well. Louise doesn't need to be body-shamed. She will go through a natural make-over in a few years like all girls who turn into young women do. Until then she looks perfectly OK for her age.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Alexandrine on November 03, 2015, 10:31:27 am
When did I say she needs to diet? *confused* Or criticised her body? Even body shamed?? Maybe you should reread my post before you accuse anyone of something like bullying.

She will need a makeover because she is still dressing as a child and will soon be a teenager. Im sure it will be fun to experiment and find her own style. I was more like thinking that she needed a haircut.

But really you like to found fault with wathever I say. I enjoy discussing with you even when we not agree but I see is not the same for you.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Countess of Holland on November 03, 2015, 12:05:30 pm
I guess it is semantic; in my point of view a make-over is much more than new clothes and a new hairstyle (BTW...I know plenty of teenage girls with long hair, like Louise). And even so, the use of the term 'need' is rather forceful. No one can decide wether she NEEDS a make-over. Louise can decide if she WANTS to make changes to her wardrobe and her hair.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on November 03, 2015, 02:53:30 pm
The criticism about how Louise is dressed is directed toward Louise's mother, in my opinion.    Why is Louise's mother spending boatloads of money on her own clothing and beauty treatments and placing articles in the media about how fashionable she is, and chasing the spotlight, while dressing her daughter in dowdy, ill-fitting clothing meant for much younger and smaller children?   THAT, in my opinion, is the shameful behavior of Louise's mother toward her daughter.  She should be ashamed of herself.    It is possible to dress a young girl tastefully, modestly, AND fashionably.   And if money is tight in Bagshot Manor, perhaps Louise's mother can forego buying new designer hats and dresses for a while in order to buy her rapidly growing daughter appropriate clothing.

There have been no other young girls who have been body shamed and bullied on the internet more than the York girls.  And they were ridiculed for their bodies and teeth and eyes -- things they cannot help -- as well as their clothing.   The only thing pointed out about Louise is how her mother dresses her.   Not Louise herself, who has the potential to be a pretty young women when she gets through her gawky stage (and if she has the backbone to stand up to her forceful and self-centered mother who won't want even her daughter to outshine her).

And, as has been commented on before here and in other forums (and is becoming increasingly a topic in readers' comments in stories about the Wessexes), the Wessex children are different because their parents treat them differently.   Louise was kept away from public eye until the wedding when she was seven.  Only then did she began joining her parents regularly.  James has not yet been regularly included in the Royal Family gatherings, and when he is photographed with his family on the rare occasion, he and Louise have no interaction with one another and the entire family seems stressed.  It is abnormal any way you look at it, as all other royal children (except for the Cambridge children and their absence is criticized harshly on this forum, so why not the Wessex children) appear at family outings and are photographed with their families on a regular basis:  The Danes, the Swedes, the Spanish, the Norwegians and all the British royals except for the Wessexes and the Cambridges.  So it is odd, and since this is a gossip board, it is fair game to discuss, in my opinion. 


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: My2Pence on November 03, 2015, 03:20:31 pm

Has anyone considered that Louise has a brain and gets to select her own clothing? I sincerely doubt Sophie stands there telling her she isn't allowed to wear her favorite pink coat, even if Sophie knows the sleeves are too short.  Sophie the mom would just roll her eyes and think, next time I'm getting her to wear a new coat if it kills me.  Others of you insist that Sophie-the-evil-mother does it deliberately to try to shove her daughter aside.   I see absolutely no evidence of anything other than a normal, loving relationship between all four members of this little family. Likewise their interactions with the extended family appear normal and loving to me.


Louise is wearing trainers, jeans, and a tshirt at that event. In other casual photos she is dressed the same as the other girls. Why do some people insist that Sophie is an evil mother because Louise dresses like other girls her age in casual gear? She wears the old-fashioned clothes is at formal events with her formal granny.  When she's out riding with granny, she wears riding clothes. When doing casual things, she wears the same casual clothes as other girls her age - jeans, tshirt, trainers.


It seems to me it has always been the plan that Anne and Edward's children would be private citizens. The wildcards were Andrew's kids, partly due to Counselor of State duties. B&E may be called upon for those roles, even if they are not working royals. Because of that, and Andrew in general, the question of whether or not B&E would be working royals was up in the air for two decades. Louise and James, it was always known they wouldn't be working royals and their parents acted accordingly.

Sophie and Edward have never been big on polo, so why would they drag their kids to polo events? They take them to riding events, where they all interact just fine with each other and other members of the family. The Wessex children are private citizens. Private Citizens. Their parents are under NO obligation to trot them out for public consumption to be torn apart on gossip boards. Linley and Sarah's kids aren't discussed and they are in much the same position.  I question whether Louise and James are "fair game" on a gossip board, as they are private citizens and under the age of 18.  They will never work for the family firm, will never be working royals.  Their parents are "fair game" but the kids? That's a big question. 

Why compare them to royal children who are going to be the heir-and-spare like W&K's kids or any of the Scandinavian kids?  The children lower down in the succession for all royal houses are all seen and photographed less than those higher up, whether Scandinavian, Continental European, or British.




Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: Miss Hathaway on November 03, 2015, 03:40:02 pm
^ I don't know any families wherein the 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 year old children pick their own wardrobes or where if they did and it was unsuitable for the occasion (such as wearing coats and dresses that are too short and the sleeves are halfway up the arm to a ROYAL occasion), then the parent would step in as a parent and say no, you may not wear this today.  Show respect for Granny.

Is that a common practice in Britain?  That the children tell their parents what to do rather than vice versa?   

Are the Wessex children private citizens?  Unlike Anne's children, they have courtesy titles, and they live in a big ol' manor courtesy (at least in part) of the taxpayers.  I'd say (and this is my opinion only) that they are "semi-private".

I see no reason for the Wessexes to go to polo if they aren't into it, but every year they go to Christmas with the family and James has never been there.  That is a family function and he is part of the family. 

And have you ever seen Louise and James interact?  Regularly?   There were lots of photos of Zara and Peter, William and Harry, Beatrice and Eugenie, Christian and Isabella, etc. playing around with one another as siblings do.   

Edward and Sophie were given the option of leaving the royal life altogether and working their business as private citizens.  They were quite alarmed at this option and immediately gave up their (failing) businesses and totally embraced the royal life and began cutting ribbon (as Sophie swore she would never do, while disparaging Diana).   This was before they had children.  Therefore, they knew that their children would be in the public eye.  If this was so distasteful to them, they should have renounced the royal life before starting their family -- they were given that option in 2001.   But they want to be royal, and so they brought this life to their children as well.


Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: My2Pence on November 03, 2015, 04:13:59 pm
Through the course of time in any society with royals and aristocracy, there is this transition. A young prince or princess far down the line marries. Their children may end up with titles (and secretly some royal cash and tiaras) but are private citizens.  Through the years, the royal association fades away, the money gets hidden and spent, and they continue as private citizens. Has happened for centuries and that's all we're seeing here.

Louise and James remain private citizens, no matter what funding their parents receive. Linley and Chatto have a big inheritance from their mother (and TITLES) and no doubt perks from Auntie Queen, but are private citizens descended from someone who used to be a working royal. Zara and Peter live on a private estate fixed up by the Crown Estate that is the basis for Anne's lifestyle and business.

They ALL have been funded through the years by a mixture of public and private funds when their parent is a working royal.  Margaret had a public role, Linley and Sarah do not. Anne has a public role, Zara and Peter do not. Yet even as adults, they live off their mother and her royal largess. Louise and James are no less private citizens because their parents (like Margaret and Anne) have public funding for a public role.

A child wanting to wear her favorite coat is now an example of all of UK society having bad parenting practices? Maybe granny bought her that coat and that's why Louise loves it.  I see nothing abnormal in the family interactions between the Wessex family members as a unit and their interactions with the larger family. Nor do I think that they are required to trot their children out to interact with their cousins in public places so you can criticize them. 

Not taking your child to a PR parade (AKA church at Christmas with the Queen) is a personal decision, especially when that child is a private citizen. For all you know, Louise and James regularly attend church with the Queen in private.  You find something nefarious in private citizens being raised as private citizens. I see nothing wrong with this practice and I see nothing wrong in Sophie and Edward's parenting.

They were asked to help the family firm at a time when things were falling down around the BRF's ears, and oh heaven forbid, they chose to do so? If they were needed for royal work, if the Board of Directors (Queen and Prince Philip) asked them to, they should have said no? You are assuming that they ran scared, you're making enormous assumptions.  They would have ended up fine if they were to try again in business, and they like all the others would have continued to have behind the scenes financial support, whether publicly through the Sovereign Grant or privately.  They were asked to join the firm full-time at a time when the Firm really needed them, so they did. Zut Alors! 







Title: Re: The Wessex Family: News and Photos
Post by: YooperModerator on November 03, 2015, 04:25:42 pm
Ok. I'm not liking the direction nor the tone that this thread is taking, so I'm locking it for a cooling off period.  We're getting into personal attacks and veering off topic, in general.  A new, fresh thread to start over will be created soon and you will find it under Wessex, which is under QEII/PP.

Moving forward:  Keep in mind the title of the thread which is News and Photos, not general chat.  Thanks!  YM