Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, is a full-time working royal and provides vital support to Queen Elizabeth II, 94. Prince Edward’s wife is a royal patron of multiple organisations including The Foundation of Light charity, which she honoured during a video call on Thursday.
The call was to celebrate the Sunderland charity’s 20th birthday, and during the chat with Sunderland AFC board member Dave Jones, trustee, Sir Bob Murray CBE, chief executive Lesley Spuhler and Sunderland AFC Ladies captain Keira Ramshaw, Sophie laid bare her hopes for a proper celebration later this year.
The Foundation of Light charity shared a clip of the Countess’s video call on Twitter.
The message read: “Our Royal Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex talks to Foundation staff and learners about the incredible pride she has for @SunderlandAFC’s official charity…”
During the call, Sophie said: “I want to wish everyone well, but to mark this anniversary and hope that later in the year may be that we can get together and actually have a proper celebration.”
A second tweet about the engagement read: “Resilience Forums are partnerships between councils and frontline services which respond to emergencies at a local level.
“The Earl has been keeping in touch with @surrey_lrf throughout the pandemic, and thanked police, fire officers and council staff in person last summer.”
Prince Edward is due to inherit Prince Philip’s, 99, Duke of Edinburgh title upon his death.
This means Edward and Sophie are the future Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.