Sophie Wessex has traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo, becoming the first ever member of the British Royal Family to visit the Central African country.
- Sophie Wessex flew to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, becoming the first ever British royal to visit the Central African nation.
- The Countess of Wessex's trip will focus on the issue of sexual and gender-based violence, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
- In other royal news, Camilla, Queen Consort pairs sleek green and navy coat with leather accessories for super glam appearance with King Charles III.
The Countess of Wessex made history on Monday after becoming the first British royal to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sophie, 57, is visiting the Central African country to address the "devastating impact of sexual and gender-based violence in conflict while supporting and empowering survivors and tackling the stigma they face", Buckingham Palace has confirmed in a statement.
The overseas trip, which was reportedly planned months before the Queen's death on September 8, marks the countess's first official engagement since the period of Royal Mourning ended.
It also coincides with King Charles III and Camilla's visit to Dunfermline in Scotland, which has recently been awarded city status in the Platinum Jubilee Civic Honours ahead of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June.
Sophie got straight to work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, meeting with representatives from TRIAL International; a non-governmental organization that is dedicated to fighting impunity for international crimes in the conflict. Keeping cool in the 33degrees heat, she wore a green maxi dress with a spotty white pattern and flat white brogues for the conference.
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex is currently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (at request of @FCDOGovUK) to address the impact of sexual and gender based violence in conflict and help provide support to survivors. It’s a trip that was planned some months ago. pic.twitter.com/PZfvtI4jqIOctober 3, 2022
Tackling sexual and gender-based violence has long been close to Sophie's heart, with the royal mum-of-two regularly using her platform to raise awareness for the subject. Speaking in a London School of Economics webinar in January, the countess revealed she'd "gone to some very dark places" whilst hearing the stories of survivors.
"But I’m not living it and therefore if they can survive, if they can put one foot in front of the other, then for goodness’ sake, of course, I can," she added.
Sophie also wrote an article for the Telegraph in October 2020 about women peacekeepers in conflict zones, highlighting that many perpetrators of sexual and gender-based violence face "little or no justice or accountability" for their actions.
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