6. Are there any famous countesses?
Queen Elizabeth’s daughter-in-law, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and Forfar, is probably the most well-known countess of the royal family. Sophie was born in Oxford and went on to study at West Kent College. After school, she worked as a publicist before opening her own public relations agency, before eventually meeting her future hubby.
On their wedding day, Queen Elizabeth announced that she was giving Prince Edward the “Earl of Wessex” title. (It later became Earl of Wessex and Forfar.) Together, Sophie and Edward have two children: Lady Louise (18) and James, Viscount Severn (14).
As a countess, Sophie has taken on quite a number of royal duties. In fact, she and the queen had also built a very close professional and personal relationship, and she even had a nickname for her mother-in-law, “Mama.”
“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,” she said during a speech in 2019.
We're starting to get a handle on this whole countess thing now...