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Sophie Wessex delights Queen Elizabeth II with very important virtual royal visit

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 55, is married to Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son Prince Edward and has been dubbed the Royal Family’s “secret weapon” for her discreet approach to royal duty. On Wednesday Sophie carried out an important virtual visit that was publicly plugged by the Queen.

Sophie has worked internationally in her royal role to combat violence against women and encourage female empowerment across the globe.

On Wednesday, the Countess who lives at Bagshot Park in Surrey carried out a virtual royal tour of Libya.

The British Embassy in Libya shared about the Countess’s special trip in a series of tweets from its official account.

The series of tweets read: “Delighted today to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex @RoyalFamily on her virtual royal visit to Libya to champion Women, Peace & Security.”

The tweet continued: “HRH will meet a range of women, including peacebuilders, civil society & refugees to discuss key issues affecting women & girls in Libya.

“– and how to ensure better inclusion of women in peace processes.

“HRH The Countess of Wessex @RoyalFamily virtually visited the Community Day Centre (CDC) for refugees & asylum-seekers in #Tripoli.

“She discussed the situation facing refugees & migrants with @UNHCRLibya @Refugees and met some of the women who receive help at the CDC.”

The Royal Family’s official Twitter account reshared two of these messages which included Sophie chatting to Libyan women on a Zoom call.

The Royal Family’s retweeting of Sophie’s work is a sure sign the Queen approves of the important visit.

Earlier this year, the Countess became the first royal ever to visit South Sudan, one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

During the trip, Sophie also visited projects helping to support women and girls across the country.

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Speaking about her international work helping women, Sophie told the Sunday Times at the time: “I heard stories where you feel I can’t believe I’m hearing this.

“If I can prod the consciences of those who may be able to do more to try and prevent it, and can help get justice for survivors, I will do everything I can.”

The Countess added: “You read your brief, but don’t really know what to expect, then get there and, oh my God, this is just a drop in the ocean, what can I do?

“At my most depressed times I think what’s the point, but then, like today, they ask, ‘Please can we have more torches.’

“Even if I made the tiniest difference … if we can get them torches, encourage the men, then it was worth going.”

Asked if she spoke to the Queen about these trips, Sophie said: “She is interested in my trips, particularly in Commonwealth countries.”

She added: “I don’t know how many countries she has visited. Every time I come back from a place she has been there.”

Sophie, Edward and their two children – Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn, 12, are said to be royal favourites of the Queen’s.

The Wessexes were the first royal relatives to visit the Queen and Prince Philip at Balmoral this summer.

If the rule of six remains in place at Christmas they could also make likely dinner guests for the Queen and Philip as they could join them as a family at Sandringham without being in breach of the six-person limit.

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