Countess of Wessex Sits for a Sculpture Benefiting Art for the Blind & Partially Sighted

The royal is an active collaborator in different foundations and boards, keeping its schedule full of commitments. One of the causes to which it is mainly dedicated to those that benefit people with visual disabilities.

Sophie the Countess of Wessex, 55, is the wife of the youngest of the children of the Queen of England Elizabeth II, Edward, Earl of Wessex. Since their marriage in 1999, the royal couple has tried to stay out of the public eye, although they have not always been successful.

This time, the Countess of Wessex does not mind being in the media, as it is a good deed. For two hours, the Countess remained almost motionless so that the artist Frances Segelman, made the bust that reproduces her features in clay.

 Sophie, Countess of Wessex visiting a community center in Mersea Island, UK in March 2020. I Image: Getty Images.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex visiting a community center in Mersea Island, UK in March 2020. I Image: Getty Images.

The two women met in the artist's studio in London and the session was broadcast live to a virtual audience of supporters of caritative causes and other guests. After the bust is completed in clay, the face of the Countess will be cast in bronze.

SUPPORTING THOSE IN NEED

During the live session, the Vision Foundation sought an exchange between the members of the board of trustees and the audience to explain the scope of the institution's work.

The Countess is the patron of this institution, she is passionate about the issues that cause vision loss and prevent avoidable vision loss. 

“For the blind and partially sighted amongst us, these past months have been especially challenging.  “However, through the care that the Vision Foundation has extended to those in difficulty, I am hopeful that the people we care for will feel empowered within their communities,” Sophie said.

DIFFERENT BUT ALIKE

The Countess of Wessex has at times been compared to her sister-in-law the late Princess Diana. And although she is aware that the scope of her work is not equal to that of the Princess, the Countess continues to participate and promote in more than 70 charities.

The focus of her attention is in the areas of agriculture, childhood, prevention of sexual violence, and avoidable visual problems. On a trip to Sudan, her work there was compared to that of the late Princess Diana, for the trip she made in 1999 to dangerous Angola.

ATTENTIVE TO THE NEW FAMILY

In addition to charity work, her schedule is committed to her family. The Earls of Wessex have two children together: a 16-year-old daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, and a 12-year-old son, James, Viscount Severn.

The Countess gave her support to the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle when she joined the royal family after her marriage to Prince Harry. Both women come from middle-class families and share the desire for their children to have as normal a life as possible.

Just as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave up the HRH deal for themselves and moved out of England to raise their first-born Archie, the Earls of Wessex hope their sons will not use the HRH deal either and are grooming them to earn their livelihood with their job.

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