Royal replacement: Key sign Sophie Wessex is standing in as Queen remains behind doors

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Royal replacement: Key sign Sophie Wessex is standing in as Queen remains behind doors

Queen Elizabeth II, 94, is at high risk from coronavirus because of her age and will have to be extremely cautious if and when she returns to publi

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Queen Elizabeth II, 94, is at high risk from coronavirus because of her age and will have to be extremely cautious if and when she returns to public engagements. While younger royals including Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Countess of Wessex have all got back to face-to-face royal meetings, the Queen has remained behind doors.

The Queen and Prince Philip, 99, have spent lockdown at Windsor Castle where they are expected to remain for the foreseeable future.

Vulnerable Britons have been urged to isolated until at least August and must be extremely careful about how they ease themselves back into interactions with others.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 55, has volunteered with local charities and organisations throughout lockdown.

She has donned protective equipment to help prepare food packages and meals for key workers with initiatives based near her Surrey home Bagshot Park.

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Sophie has been called the Royal Family’s “secret weapon” for the low-key way in which she attends to royal duty.

The Countess is dedicated to serving the crown and tries to harness her status for the greater good.

Much of her charitable work focusses on promoting women and girls’ rights and earlier this year she became the first-ever Royal Family member to visit South Sudan.

Updates on Sophie’s endeavours have been regularly shared by the Royal Family’s official Twitter account.

From volunteering undercover to jumping on conference calls with charities, Sophie has earned herself a new nickname among royal watchers.

The Countess has become known as the Royal Family’s ‘secret weapon’ for the way she has excelled in recent months.

Karen Sugarman, from the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices which Sophie supports told the Mirror: “I’ve heard Sophie being called the royal’s family’s secret weapon and I can see why, but to us, she is simply our guardian angel.”



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