Queen Elizabeth may be the longest-reigning monarch in the world, but she’s also the queen of hosting parties
QEII’s most recent fête took place at her humble abode, Buckingham Palace, and was held in honor of the work of the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Trust. As Prince Philip officially retired from public duty in 2017, Sophie, Countess of Wessex joined the 93-year-old monarch at the lavish reception.
About 200 health professionals and supporters from across the Commonwealth gathered at the palace to celebrate the success of the Diamond Jubilee Trust, of which the 54-year-old Countess of Wessex is Vice-Patron.
The countess has worked tirelessly to help improve eye health worldwide since 2000. At the Jubilee celebration, she spoke about her charitable work with the foundation in a formal speech, and said to the Queen Elizabeth, “I feel in a way that I have been your eyes, having traveled to Malawi, Bangladesh and India to see the work of the Trust first-hand, witnessing the ambitious initiatives being carried out in Your Majesty’s name, and ensuring that the intended legacy would be real and long-lasting. I am very happy to say that Your Majesty’s honor has been more than upheld.”