The Countess had a sculpture made of her face, but with one big difference, which was included to highlight an important and poignant message. It raised awareness for blind and partially sighted people by missing one eye.
This is a cause very, very close to Sophie Countess of Wessex’s heart as her daughter Louise was born with an eye condition and had difficulties with her vision growing up.
The images were captioned: “The Countess of Wessex sat for a sculpture designed for blind and partially sighted people as part of a special event yesterday for @vision_fdn, a charity which Her Royal Highness has been Patron of since 2003.
“The Countess joined sculptor Frances Segelman at her London studio for the unique socially distanced sculpting, which was live streamed to a virtual audience of charity supporters and guests.”
It went on: “Sculpture is one of the most accessible forms of art due to its tactile nature. For a visually impaired person, touching a sculpture can bring the piece to life in more ways than an audio description.
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“Once completed, the finished bust will be cast in bronze and will provide an opportunity for blind and partially sighted people to know The Countess of Wessex’s likeness – part of the Vision Foundation’s effort to help blind and partially sighted people access art in a meaningful way.
“The bust will be unveiled during the charity’s centenary year in 2021.”
Sophie Wessex has been passionately advocating for the blind and visually impaired for many, many years.
Her daughter, Louise, underwent her first operation due to her sight aged just 18 months.
Then in 2014 she had another operation, which was reported to correct her sight totally.
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Sophie has previously spoken about Louise’s sight with the Sunday Express.
She said: “Premature babies can often have squints because the eyes are the last thing in the baby package to really be finalized.
“Her squint was quite profound when she was tiny and it takes time to correct it.
“You’ve got to make sure one eye doesn’t become more dominant than the other but she’s fine now—her eyesight is perfect.”
Sophie is said to the Queen’ favourite daughter-in-law. The images of Sophie were given pride of place on The Royal Family Instagram account.
In fact, her close relationship with Her Majesty is exemplified by her £2million tiara collection.
Sophie’s royal wedding tiara was even made from the jewels of Queen Victoria, one of Britain’s most famous and iconic monarchs.
Eddie LeVian, CEO of jewellery Le Vian, told Express.co.uk: “The tiara Sophie, Countess of Wessex, wore for her wedding day, the day she became a royal was commissioned for her by the Queen and is widely believed to have been made up of four pieces of Queen Victoria’s Regal Circlet.”