The 56-year-old will now serve as the patron of Guide Dogs, a charity that supports individuals who are blind or partially sighted. The Countess of Wessex has inherited the role from Princess Alexandra (Queen Elizabeth’s cousin), who held the position for 67 years.
Sophie announced the exciting news during a visit to the organization’s newest facility, Guide Dogs South West in Bristol. The royal celebrated the opening alongside Princess Alexandra, who was honored for her service.
During their visit, Sophie and Alexandra watched a demonstration of the organization’s training course for dogs and puppies. They also spoke with Jamie Hambro (Guide Dogs Chairman), who released a statement thanking the royals.