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O Know To End O Know To End is the first movement of a 6-movement piece titled The Hour Glass, written by Irving Fine in 1949. I would say that it is the most musically sophisticated piece we are singing this concert. The first few times we rehearsed there was a lot of focus on getting the notes right, and I think we had to remind ourselves to actually put it together into one work. I think that was definitely the most challenging part of the piece: Taking the individual parts that we worked on and welding them into one cohesive piece.
Contents. Early life Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones was born at, on 20 January 1965, the second child and only daughter of Christopher Bournes Rhys-Jones (born 1931), a retired sales director for an importer of industrial tyres and rubber goods. Her mother was Mary ( O'Sullivan; 1934–2005), a charity worker and secretary.
Sophie has an elder brother, David, and was named after her father's sister, Helen, who died in a riding accident in 1960. Her godfather, actor, was her father's; both men spent their early life in, North Borneo, then a ruled by the.
Sophie was raised in a four-bedroom 17th-century farmhouse in, Kent. She began her education at, before moving on to, where she was friends with Sarah Sienesi, with whom she subsequently shared a flat in Fulham and who later became her. Sophie then trained as a secretary at,. She began a career in, working for a variety of firms, including four years at, where she was assigned to the press and promotions department, as well as public relations companies The Quentin Bell Organisation and Communications & Media.
She also worked as a ski representative in Switzerland and spent a year travelling and working in Australia. In 1996, Rhys-Jones launched her public relations agency, RJH Public Relations, which she ran with her business partner, Murray Harkin, for five years. Further information: and While working at Capital Radio, Sophie met, the youngest son of the and the, for the first time in 1987 when he was dating her friend.
She met Prince Edward again at a charity event in 1993, and the two began their relationship soon afterwards. Their engagement was announced on 6 January 1999. Edward proposed to Sophie with an engagement ring featuring a two-carat oval diamond flanked by two heart-shaped gemstones set in 18-carat white gold.
The ring was made by Asprey and Garrard (now Garrard & Co) and is worth an estimated £105,000. Sophie, who was reportedly close to the Queen from the beginning of her relationship with Edward, was allowed to use the royal apartments at Buckingham Palace prior to her engagement. The wedding took place on 19 June of the same year at at, a break from the weddings of Edward's older siblings, which were large, formal events at.
On the day of their marriage, Prince Edward was created a as with the of (derived from the Welsh roots of the Countess's family). It is understood that he will be elevated as when that reverts to. The couple spent their honeymoon at. Following their union, the Earl and Countess moved to, their home in. While their private residence is Bagshot Park, their office and official residence is based at. Due to renovations at Buckingham Palace in 2018, the couple temporarily moved their offices to. The Earl and Countess of Wessex at in June 2013 The Earl and Countess have two children: (born 8 November 2003) and (born 17 December 2007).
In December 2001, the Countess was taken to the King Edward VII Hospital after feeling unwell. It was discovered that she was suffering from an and the foetus had to be removed. Two years later, on 8 November 2003, she prematurely gave birth to her daughter, Louise, resulting from a sudden that placed both mother and child at risk, and the Countess had to undergo an emergency at, while the Earl of Wessex rushed back from. The Countess returned to Frimley Park Hospital on 17 December 2007, to give birth, again by caesarean section, to her son, James, Viscount Severn.
Activities Public appearances The Countess of Wessex's first overseas tour after her marriage was to the Canadian province of in 2000. In December 2011, the Countess of Wessex joined her husband visiting troops in. On the same trip, the royal couple visited, and received two gifts of jewels from the Bahraini royal family and Prime Minister. Given concern about human rights abuses in Bahrain, this gift attracted controversy, with calls for the jewels to be sold, and the proceeds used for the benefit of the. In February and March 2012, the Earl and Countess visited the for the Diamond Jubilee, visiting,. Highlights of the tour included the 50th Anniversary Independence Day celebrations in Saint Lucia, a joint address from both houses of the Barbados Parliament and a visit to sites affected by the recent volcanic eruptions in.
In June 2012, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, represented the Queen during a three-day tour to. The couple attended a Queen's Birthday Parade and toured Main Street, in the historic old town. In 2013, the couple visited and Sophie later made solo trips to and as the patron of the sight-saving charity Orbis UK. In her capacity as patron of Vision 2020: The Right to Sight and ambassador for IAPB, the Countess visited numerous facilities in Qatar and India in order to raise awareness about preventable blindness. Her work on the issue has been described as influential in creating the Qatar Creating Vision initiative.
She subsequently wrote an article on the subject which was published on in October 2013. She made a similar visit to Bangladesh in November 2017. The Countess as Colonel-in-Chief of, visited The Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra at the, in London. On 3 March 2014, the Queen approved the title of 'The Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra' for the new Army String Orchestra in recognition of the Corps of Army Music's Colonel-in-Chief. In November 2014, the Countess was in representing the Queen at the State funeral of the late President of Zambia,. Sophie attending in 2015 On 26 March 2015, she attended the of in.
In May 2015, the Countess represented the Queen in the 70th anniversary celebrations to mark the Liberation Day of the. The Countess delivered a message from the Queen, who paid tribute to the island's continued allegiance and loyalty to the Crown.
The Countess visited and the in November 2015. While in Toronto, she criss-crossed across the city, making stops at the and the UHN's and, of which she is patron. The two-day tour to Canada comes on the heels of a stop in, where she paid an emotional visit to the. The Countess also made an appearance at an service at the, which was opened in commemoration of the 67 British victims of the attack. In the evening, Sophie attended the Gala dinner in New York. The Earl and Countess of Wessex were in in June 2016, visiting,. The couple toured a variety of places in and around before attending the Globe Theatre's 50th anniversary gala.
In March 2017, the Countess embarked on a 4-day visit to as Vice-Patron of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, visiting programmes to end avoidable blindness and champion young leaders. On 9 May 2017, the Countess represented the during King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway's 80th Birthday Celebrations. The Earl and Countess of Wessex represented the Queen at the in October 2017. On 30 November 2017, the Countess visited the ‘Making for Change’ fashion training and manufacturing unit at as London College of Fashion's Patron. 'Making for Change' is a fashion training and manufacturing unit established by the and in 2014.
During her visit, the Countess met staff and prisoners, including female inmates, and awarded participants with certificates as part of their training programme. An avid supporter of charities that deal with learning disabilities, the Countess made a solo trip to in January 2018 to visit a number of charities that she had supported through her work over the last decade including 's children's centre. She also opened the new dementia-friendly unit of Northern Ireland Hospice, the first of its kind in the UK. The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited in February 2018 to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Independence, the Commonwealth, education and young people. In October 2018, the Earl and Countess of Wessex toured the. Charity work and patronages The Earl and Countess of Wessex established their foundation The Wessex Youth Trust in 1999 with a focus to help, support and advance registered charities which provide opportunities specifically for children and young people. In 2000, she became of a number of organisations, including (formerly Foundation) which develops educational and community programmes in northern England, based around football.
Moved by the death of her friend in 1999, the Countess became a trustee of, an institute of crime science established in her name in 2001. In 2003, after quitting her business interests she became more involved in charity works and started to carry out solo engagements on behalf of the royal family.
She started to support charities that focus on communications difficulties, including, and the New Haven Trust in a learning centre for children with autism. She also became patron of Tomorrow's People Trust which helps the disadvantaged to find work, housing and a place in society. The Countess became patron and ambassador of, a charity that supports people who have experienced meningitis, and raising awareness of the disease. In February 2003, she became patron to The Scar Free Foundation, a medical research charity raising and investing funds in wound healing, burns and cleft research. In 2003, she succeeded as patron of the.
The Countess, who was a Brownie as a child, became the new president of in 2003. She took over the presidency following the death of in February 2002. She established the Women in Business Group in 2003 to support reach more young people and help them develop skills that can transform their futures. The Countess became Brainwave's president in 2003, a charity providing therapy for children with developmental delay.
In June 2003, she became royal patron of the which raises funds for smaller charities for visually impaired people in London. The Countess has been 's royal patron since August 2003. She took over this role from. In 2004, she joined as Grand President and heads the work of St John's County Presidents who provide a variety of support for their local St John members.
She has supported for many years, and became their first patron in 2005. In 2006, she lent her support to the research project, which investigated causes of and between 2007 and 2010. In September 2006, she was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the. The Countess is a keen supporter of agriculture, farming and food production and held the position of Show President of the in 2010 before becoming Vice Patron in 2011. She is also Patron of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations and has been Patron of The Border Union Agricultural Society since its bicentennial year in 2012.
The Countess also works to support the ‘Campaign for Wool’ which was set up by and aims to promote the use of British wool. In 2013, the Countess became the first ever Patron of. In June 2013, she was appointed global ambassador for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation, an umbrella body co-ordinating organisations running The Duke of Edinburgh's Award worldwide. She has been the chairman of Women's Network Forum since January 2014, a committee that was founded by her whose goal is the advancement of gender balance and equality by influencing business leaders, inspiring the next generation and sharing best practice. In June 2014, the Countess was appointed the patron of Ubunye Foundation based in the. This is a rural development trust dedicated to unlocking the potential of rural communities. On the Countess's 50th birthday, she became Vice-Patron of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, a charitable foundation established in 2012 for.
In February 2015, the Queen gave a joint reception to celebrate the patronages and affiliations of the Earl and the Countess of Wessex as well as their 50th birthday at. Elizabeth, accompanied by the couple, met key supporters, staff, volunteers and alumnus from the charities of which they are patron or president, as well as representatives from their various military appointments. In November 2015, announced that the Countess will serve as Global Ambassador of 100WF’s Next Generation initiatives. In September 2016, the Countess took part in a cycling challenge from the to for Diamond Challenge. The ride raised more than £180,000 for the DofE's Award, which was celebrating its 60th anniversary.
The Countess received a diamond pin to mark her completion of the Diamond Challenge. Farming organisation Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) in October 2016 named the Countess as its new Honorary President. LEAF’s mission is to be the leading global organisation delivering more sustainable food and farming. In November 2016, she was announced as Women of the Future's official ambassador which supports and celebrates the successes of young women. In December 2016, the Countess participated in ICAP charity day in order to raise money for, a children's hospice of which she has been a patron. At the same month, after the Queen stepped down from her position as patron of numerous charities, Sophie replaced her as the principal patron of,. Sophie playing with children in 's children centre in, 2018 The Countess was elected president of the Devon County Agricultural Association in February 2017.
In May 2017, as Patron of the the Countess attended its 90th anniversary as well as the athlete awards dinner. The Ice Maiden, five women, received royal patronage from the Countess for their ambitious coast-to-coast ski expedition across in October 2017. The team aimed to inspire women and girls everywhere to challenge perceptions and grow their ambitions. In January 2018, the Countess became the Royal Patron of the Nursing Memorial Appeal.
The Appeal aims to create a memorial dedicated to the 1,500 nurses who gave their lives in First and Second World Wars. In February 2018, Westmorland Agricultural Society welcomed the Countess as its president. Fashion and style Although Sophie was not initially prominent for her fashion style, she subsequently began to develop her own style and has worn outfits by many notable fashion designers. The Countess has exclusively worn Jane Taylor millinery designs since 2009 on numerous occasions.
In a interview, Jane Taylor described her first royal commission: 'My first royal client was the Countess of Wessex, and it was quite nerve-racking. But she wears such lovely clothes and she always looks so fabulous, so it's quite easy to design for her. Since she came to see me, she's never worn any other milliner's hats, which is a big compliment. I was really excited, honored, and slightly nervous.' Alongside the and the, Sophie has been named one of the most stylish members of the royal family. The Countess who has been able to create her own fashion trend throughout the past years is particularly known for wearing different combinations of hats and coats, and favours silk dresses and frocks.
Describing her style in an interview by Sophie said: 'It's about my charities but I recognize that I'm on display. When you walk into a room, yes, people are going to talk about what you're doing there, but they're also going to want to know what you're wearing'. She also revealed that she has never had a stylist of her own and that she makes her fashion choices herself. In 2015, the Countess was named on 's Best Dressed List. Together with the Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess hosted the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange reception at Buckingham Palace during the 2018. Privacy and the media Violation of privacy In May 1999, less than a month before her wedding, published a photo of a topless Sophie with her Capital Radio colleague, which was taken during a business trip to Spain in 1988.
Buckingham Palace immediately issued a statement saying, 'This morning's story in The Sun is a gross invasion of privacy and cannot be regarded as in the public interest. It has caused considerable distress.' Prime Minister also condemned the publication of the photograph.
The Palace made an official complaint to the (PCC). According to Sophie's business partner the incident had left her 'distressed', and she was reportedly 'devastated' and felt 'she was 'letting the side down’ before her wedding'. Tarrant later said, 'There was never, ever the slightest hint of romance between Sophie and myself, let alone these snidey insinuations.' Following its publication, the newspaper issued a statement and apologised to Rhys-Jones and the next issue came out with the headline 'Sorry, Sophie'. It also said that it would again apologise to Sophie in a letter and donate all sale proceeds of the issue to her charities.
The photo had been given to the tabloid by Kara Noble, a friend and colleague of Sophie, for £100,000. Noble later apologised in the following months saying, 'I just want to say sorry to everyone who was involved.' Both she and the newspaper faced criticism from the public, and Noble was fired from her job at. The couple later decided not to make a formal complaint. Media sting In April 2001, Sophie appeared in the media after she was misled in a meeting at by a reporter posing as an Arab sheikh, who was later exposed for in.
It was claimed by the newspapers that during their 'secretly taped' conversation, the Countess had insulted the Royal Family and politicians, calling the Queen 'old dear', and referring to as 'absolutely horrid, horrid, horrid', as well as criticising the leadership of Prime Minister and, and mocking 's appearance. It was reported by and that the Countess subsequently had sent apology letters to Blair, Hague and Prince Charles. Buckingham Palace denied the accuracy of the reports saying, 'The Countess of Wessex, who is trying to pursue her own career, is obviously vulnerable to set-ups such as this.' The Palace released a statement saying the reported comments were 'selective, distorted and in several cases, flatly untrue'. The Palace officials stated that the Countess hadn't insulted the Queen, the Queen Mother, or the politicians, and the rumours about her difficulties in marriage and her alleged comments about her husband's sexuality were untrue, while according to the Mail on Sunday multiple reliable sources had confirmed these reports. Subsequently, in 2002, both the Earl and Countess announced that they would quit their business interests in order to focus on activities and official engagements on behalf of the royal family and aid the Queen in year. Jewellery gifts The Countess of Wessex has been criticised for accepting two sets of jewels from the of during an official day-long visit to the country in December 2011, as she and her husband returned to the UK from a trip to.
She was given one set by and a second set by the country’s prime minister, Sheikh. Her husband, the Earl, received a pen and a watch as well as a silk rug from the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Prince, who also gave the countess a silver and pearl cup. The value of the jewellery has not been estimated and its precise contents were not disclosed. Prior to marriage, Sophie Rhys-Jones had her arms redesigned by the, based on a 200-year-old previous coat of arms, which had never been officially recognised. The new grant of arms applied to her father Christopher with remainder to his older brother Theo.
The grant alludes to her family's noble and one of her ancestors the warrior, Prince of Ferrig (represented by the Lion). The colours of red and blue are also the colours of the Regiment, in which members of her family have served.
She is quoted saying: 'It's wonderful, I'm absolutely thrilled', 'It's not modern and different, because it is representative of my family's heritage, so it's in keeping with that.' Previous versions Previous versions were depicted without the Royal Victorian Order, to which she was only appointed in 2010, but superimposed upon the of the (as ). Prior to her marriage, she bore her father's arms on a lozenge only. Ancestry Sophie descends from King. She is also related to the family of the by the descent of her paternal grandmother – Margaret Patricia Molesworth (1904–1985) – from.
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