Sophie Wessex joins Wellbeing of Women campaign
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex is a senior working member of the Royal Family, along with Prince Edward. The couple have been married for more than 20 years and regularly carry out visits and engagements. The Countess will make both visits on her own as well as with her husband.
The royal couple got married in 1999 after announcing their engagement five months prior.
They exchanged vows in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Since then, the couple have publicly shown their interest in many different charities and organisations.
Sophie is also patron to several charities, which means she will often attend events and give speeches.
The royal will even sometimes appear on behalf of the Queen.
After months of virtual video calls, members of the Royal Family have restarted their in person visits due to lockdown rules easing.
The couple have made a few of in person engagements recently as well as Sophie playing a game of wheelchair basketball on her own.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, body language expert Judi James explained how Sophie “changes” when she’s on her own compared to with Edward.
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She said: “It’s interesting to see how much Sophie’s body language changes as she role-swaps from wife to front-line royal in her own right.
“On solo events Sophie tends to look rather relaxed, energetic and keen and very much the royal poster girl for female equality.
“She is openly, actively sociable, using very inclusive body language to suggest a strong trait of leadership.
“But she also looks fun.
“Her smile lacks the ‘fixed’ traits of a traditional royal smile and, with her head slightly lowered, her eyes up and her eye expression engaged and engaging and her very congruent mouth smile that raises the cheeks and reaches the eyes.
“She looks more like an inspirational business leader, with a keenness to join in, with a very hands-on approach.”
According to the expert, Sophie “seems to notch down the charisma” when she is with Edward “to avoid eclipsing” him.
She added: “Edward used to be quite the performer with a career in the theatre planned but as a more mature man he seems to be rather shy and happy to have Sophie provide the encouragement and confidence-boosting when the cameras are around.
“Her posture becomes less high-energy almost gently maternal and watchful, often standing with her hands clasped in front of her torso and her eyes on her husband, but it seems clear that the pair also exchange quite a few flirt signals too, like this eye-gazing and eye-smiling as they look at one another over the top of their masks.”
According to another expert, the Countess has also “settled more into her voice” in her years as a royal, showing she has become more confident in her role.
Expert Frankie Kemp told Express.co.uk: “Over the years, Sophie seems to have settled more into her voice… clips of her in 1999 showed some signs of tension in the throat, with a tendency to narrow her vowels.
“This could make her sound just a little bit ‘posh’ – a clue to a rather noble bloodline, despite the talk of her being a ‘commoner’.
“Can’t remember the last commoner I knew who shared a flat with a future lady in waiting and was related to Henry IV.”
Sophie is a descendant of King Edward III of England, and also of King Henry IV of England through his son Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester.
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