Sophie Wessex

Every day we bring you the latest Sophie Wessex news, everything you need to know about the Countess of Wessex.

Every day we bring you the latest Sophie Wessex news, everything you need to know about the Countess of Wessex. We love keeping up with all the royal news here at woman&home, and know what Sophie is up to. The royal always looks extra chic at every royal appearance (we love all of Sophie's outfits (opens in new tab)) and has plenty of interesting projects you might want to hear about. Sophie, whose maiden name is Rhys-Jones, was born on 20 January 1965 in Oxford. She met Prince Edward at a tennis event in the summer of 1993, and the two announced their engagement six years later, in January 1999. Their wedding ceremony took place at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, on 19 June 1999, when it was announced The Queen had conferred her the title of Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex. The couple went on to have two children, Lady Louise, who was born on 8 November 2003 and James, Viscount Severn who was born on 17 December 2007. Sophie now lives with her husband Prince Edward and their two children at Bagshot Park (opens in new tab) in Surrey – not far from The Queen’s residence at Windsor Castle (opens in new tab) and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s UK base, Frogmore Cottage (opens in new tab). She has become one of the favourite faces of the British royal family, and is often seen as the firm's 'secret weapon' because of her quiet hard work. Sophie dedicates her time and efforts as a royal to several fields, including agriculture, avoidable blindness, as well as provisions for people with disabilities and opportunities for young people. The Countess became the first ever Patron of London College of Fashion in 2013, and she’s also announced in 2019 that she is committed to champion the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda and the UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI).