By Robyn Morris
Sophie Wessex has made history after becoming the first member of the royal family to sit for a live sculpting of her face to support one of her patronages.
- The Countess of Wessex joined Frances Segelman at her London studio on Wednesday.
- The sculptor created the bust, designed for blind and partially sighted people as part of a special event for the Vision Foundation.
- In other royal news, here is how Prince Harry has fulfilled his late mother Princess Diana's wishes.
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The countess said, "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."
She added: "Thank you to Frances for sculpting my face today.
"This sculpture, and the faces of many others, will allow the blind and partially sighted to see through touch and so to more vividly imagine their world.
"Whether you are a long-time supporter or friend of the Vision Foundation, or you are new to us, thank you for your vital support.
"and I would encourage you all to speak to the Foundation team to find out more about our work and explore how you can play a part in bringing the world to within closer reach for those who struggle to see it."
Once completed, the bust will provide an opportunity for blind and partially sighted people to know the Countess of Wessex’s features.
This is part of the Vision Foundation's effort to help blind and partially sighted people access art in a different way.
Sophie Wessex has been the organisation's patron since 2003, having taken over the role from the late Queen Mother.
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