Prince Edward and Sophie continue their busy week with receptions and conferences

The Earl and Countess of Wessex continued their week with a round of royal engagements in support of their charities in London. On Wednesday, Edward and Sophie were out for their patronages, including Women’s Network Forum, Stoll, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, and the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

Unfortunately, photos of these events have been limited.

As Chairman of the Women’s Network Forum, The Countess of Wessex kicked off her day at Credit Suisse EMEA Women’s Financial Summit at the Credit Suisse offices in London.

The Women’s Network Forum is a unique network of cross-industry leaders whose goal is the advancement of gender balance and equality, by influencing business leaders, inspiring the next generation and sharing best practice. This is something the Countess has been working on for a while. The 100 Women in Finance (100WF) runs a global initiative, aiming to inspire the next generation of young women to explore at a career in the financial sector: Sophie is their Global Ambassador.

Sophie then went on to host a lunch at St James’s Palace as patron of Stoll. The charity provides affordable, high-quality housing, and support services to enable vulnerable and disabled veterans to lead fulfilling and independent lives.

Stoll even have a house named after the Countess, which opened in 2014 to provide these services.

She ended her day of engagements as patron of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, attending the Honours Ceremony and Giving Voice Awards in Nottingham. Sophie handed out the majority of the awards herself. The Royal was assisted in this by Nick Hewer (ex-Apprentice) who is President of the RCSLT.

Meanwhile, The Earl of Wessex attended the Annual Conference of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, of which he is President in London. The Alliance is responsible for bringing together the sport and recreation sector.

They are the voice of the sector with government, policy makers and the media. They help the nation get active at a grass roots level by providing advice, support and guidance.

The Alliance stated their delighted that the Earl was on hand to announce Park Run founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE as winner of the Alliance’s Arthur Bell Trophy.

Hermione Way spoke to Edward and explained, what Sportsidehq was: “We’re the Tinder for sports.”

“Excellent,” he replied, posing for a photo afterwards.

Edward also gave Roy Smith MBE of Metro Blind Sport the Alliance’s Emeritus Award.

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