Kate to follow in ‘favourite’ Sophie Wessex footsteps with major change to royal routine

Kate to follow in ‘favourite’ Sophie Wessex footsteps with major change to royal routine

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge has been increasingly taking on more duties in preparation for her future role as Princess of Wales and later as Queen Consort. While the Duchess has captivated international audiences on several tours alongside Prince William, she may soon have to spread her wings and learn how to conduct solo tours abroad. Online magazine The Talko said: “With all the engagements and appearances in their super-busy schedules, it only makes sense that Kate may have to do some solo tours.

“Sure, she’s gone to the Netherlands on her own for about 24 hours, and she did a one-day tour of the UK by herself but the odds are pretty good will need to take longer solo trips.”

The Duchess of Cambridge embarked on an intense one-day tour of the UK’s four nations to launch her 5 Big Questions poll on early-years development earlier this year.

And in 2016 Kate dazzled on a solo visit to The Hague and Rotterdam to meet with Dutch King Wilhelm-Alexander and table a meeting on the themes of addiction, intervention, family and mental health.

But the growing pressure the Duchess will face in the coming months could be eased by following in the steps of Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, who has long mastered her overseas tour skills in over 20 years as a senior member of the Royal Family.

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The Countess of Wessex, wife to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, has amassed a large number of solo visits abroad, with the latest one in South Sudan taking place shortly before the lockdown in March.

Through the years Sophie, who has long been considered to be Her Majesty’s favourite daughter in law, has been entrusted with a growing number of duties overseas and she is patron to several charities across the world.

Body language expert Judy James suggested images of the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Cambridge together have long shown signs of Sophie feeling quite “maternal” towards Kate.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms James said: “Many of the poses of the two women together show Sophie face-checking Kate with quite strong bouts of watchful-looking eye contact to suggest she’s taking a semi-maternal approach.

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“This attitude must have made her the perfect royal wife to welcome and induct Kate into the Royal Family.

“Especially in the face of William’s horror of bringing Kate into the same circus that he watched his mother suffer.”

She added: “Sophie’s formula does appear to have been copied by Kate too as – so far – she has managed to tread the very fine line of creating interest that is positive but not unmanageable.”

Sophie and Kate have often been paired together at royal events, with the pair often spotted chatting away with broad smiles on their faces.

The pair was reduced to stitches in 2017 as they rode together on a carriage at Royal Ascot after the Duchess of Cambridge had to intervene to stop the Countess of Wessex crashing into her after taking a tumble while standing up. 

Published at Thu, 23 Apr 2020 13:50:00 +0000