Belfast Telegraph

Queen Elizabeth so set on service

Britain’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has learnt many lessons from Queen Elizabeth II, including the art of talking meaningfully.

The blonde royal is married to Prince Edward, the youngest of the queen’s four children.

Speaking to glossy magazine Harper’s Bazaar UK, Sophie couldn’t help but gush about her mother-in-law.

“The queen would never let anybody down, and that means that you feel the same way. Because there’s that part of her which I’m sure is like the proverbial stick of rock… the word ‘service’ just runs through her,” she smiled to the publication.

Sophie and Edward married in June 1999 and have two daughters together; Lady Louise Windsor, 11, and seven-year-old James, Viscount Severn.

Over the years 49-year-old Sophie has gleaned many lessons from the British monarch, including learning how to take things slowly.

“It doesn’t matter how tired you are – carry on.

“In the early days, I used to rush around as quickly as I could, but when you observe the queen, she does things in such a measured way, and I hope I’ve learnt to try not to bounce into the room, but do things in a slightly more elegant way,” she revealed.

Sophie also spoke about how the 88-year-old sovereign is a regular visitor at their family home and other important lessons she’s been taught.

“The art of talking meaningfully is one that has to be learnt,” she explained. “It’s hard to make people feel that the conversation you’ve had with them was worthwhile, but the queen is very good at that – she makes everybody feel very special.”

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