Sophie Wessex and Queen: How royal favourite Sophie will stand in for Queen at key event

Sophie Wessex is married to Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son Prince Edward and is said to be the Queen’s favourite daughter-in-law. At 93 the Queen has passed on an increasing number of duties to younger Royal Family members and Sophie provides her with key support. The Queen has a busy schedule in the lead up to Christmas as the general election means she will have to see in a new Prime Minister and attend another State Opening of Parliament.

During this busy time for the Queen, Sophie is scheduled to attend very special royal event in her place.

According to Buckingham Palace, Sophie Wessex will stand-in for the Queen at a special military parade on Friday.

The Buckingham Palace website states: “On December 13, The Countess of Wessex will represent The Queen at the Sovereign’s Parade, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Haig Road, Royal Military Academy, Camberley.”

There are three Sovereign’s Parades a year at the military academy in order to honour the Queen.


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The special ceremonies mark the “passing-out” and the final parade at Sandhurst of the Senior Division.

On December 13, the Countess of Wessex will inspect the cadets who will go on to take part in Trooping the Colour.

Sophie’s attendance at the event is the key sign of the Queen’s trust in her as a senior royal.

Last week, Sophie was unable to join Prince Edward and other senior royals for a key engagement at Buckingham Palace.

According to a Palace spokesperson the Countess had a “longstanding private engagement” which prevented her from greeting NATO leaders alongside the Queen.

Sophie is a full-time working member of the Royal Family and has embraced her role since marrying Prince Edward in 1991.

While the former PR guru was a royal outsider when she first joined the Firm, she adapted quickly to life within the family.

Prince Edward is the only one of the Queen’s children not to have divorced and his enduring marriage to Sophie is said to have won her favour with the Queen.


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The Countess alluded to her close relationship with the Queen when she referred to her as “Mama” in a recent speech.

At a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust event, Sophie gave a special speech to honour the Queen.

She said: “Mama, when I have returned from my travels I have been so proud to share with you the work I have witnessed being carried out under the umbrella of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and the care of so many people working so hard to save and cure sight.”

Sophie and Prince Edward are expected to join the Queen at Sandringham with their two children for Christmas Day.

According to royal insiders a key sign of the Queen’s soft spot for Sophie is that they often share the ride to church together in the Queen’s Rolls Royce.

A former royal equerry told the Sun: “If Sophie Wessex is staying at Sandringham then you can pretty much guarantee the Queen will ask her – usually last thing on a Saturday night – if she would like ‘a lift’ to the church.”

“And the same happens at Balmoral. The Queen likes to be completely calm before church and she finds Sophie’s presence soothing.”

“Who gets the backseat is also one of those quirky royal ways that signals who is in favour.

“For example, Princess Anne may be staying at the same time, but how often do you see her in the Rolls?”

Another source told the Sun: ”She is trusted and relied on by the Queen in a way I couldn’t say applied to the Duchess of Cambridge or the Duchess of Cornwall.

“She is like another daughter to Her Majesty, they are that close.”

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