There seems to be no end to the rumored rancor between Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Middleton. The latest news highlighting the presence of Sophie Wessex at the Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey made tonge waggers go into overdrive again. Queen Elizabeth was reported to have purposely ignored the Duchess of Cambridge, who was not seen at the special occasion that celebrated the Diamond Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex accompanied the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. It marked The Duke of Edinburgh’s foundation of the Award, and his commitment to its success over the last 60 years.
Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex who is the third son of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II, delivered the speech to celebrate the Awards which has helped transform many lives in the U.K. and other parts of the world. The Duke of Edinburgh Awards has carried out outreach missions in 140 countries. It has inspired millions of young people between the ages of 14 and 24 to render community service and acquire skills that can be utilized in the future.
Latest News of Kate Middleton Being Alienated by Queen Elizabeth Hogwash?
The latest news and the buzz that trouble was brewing between Kate Middleton, Prince William and Queen Elizabeth II may have gotten louder, but there has been no real proof that the Queen was miffed with her grand daughter-in-law. Kate may have pulled out of a few royal engagements in the past to focus on family, but the feud remains unconfirmed. If indeed Queen Elizabeth opted to invite Countess Sophie to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Diamond anniversary celebration, it may not be linked at all to her sentiments towards Kate Middleton.
The reality is that Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, had trained months in advance for Duke of Edinburgh Cycling Challenge from Edinburgh to London. In her JustGiving fundraising page, she indicated that her aim was “to help change the lives of young people.” The Countess had limited cycling experience prior to embarking on the endurance bike ride. The 51-year-old wife of Prince Edward raised more than £180,000 for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The Countess was given a welcome hug by Prince Edward and her two kids. She beamed as she received the Diamond Award that she then showed the waiting crowd of well-wishers. The Countess of Wessex said that beyond contributing to the achievement of the Diamond Challenge Fund goals, she wanted to inspire others to embark on their own challenges, no matter how big or small.
The Duke of Edinburgh Awards, after all, paves the way for individuals to commit to undertake activities that use gifts for the greater good. Royal watchers, who got wind of the latest news, theorized that Queen Elizabeth may have thought it more appropriate to invite Countess Sophie rather than Kate Middleton since she had immersed herself a lot into what the event represented. Sophie also exhibited both stamina and a sense of adventure, apart from service-orientedness.
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