Sophie Wessex named Chief of Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers

Sophie Wessex takes over as Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers after Prince Philip held the role for 50 years

  • The Countess of Wessex has has been named as the new Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, a role previously held by Prince Philip 
  • Duke of Edinburgh took over role in 1969 from Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent
  • Announcement comes a day after Sophie mourned her father in law at Thanksgiving of Life ceremony at Westminster Abbey

The Countess of Wessex has  has been named as the new Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, a role previously held by her father-in-law Prince Philip.

Sophie, 57,  met with Master General REME Lieutenant General Paul Jaques CB CBE and Colonel REME Colonel Jason Phillips ADC this morning to formally receive the honorary title.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who was honoured in a Thanksgiving service yesterday, served as Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps for more than 50 years.

He took over the role in  1969 from Princess Marina, The Duchess of Kent,  and visited the Corps many times over five decades.

The Countess of Wessex has has been named as the new Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, a role previously held by her father-in-law Prince Philip.

Sophie – who is married to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward –  holds other positions in the military and she meets troops whenever possible.

In 2007 she became Royal Colonel of 5th Battalion The Rifles and is also Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Corps of Army Music and of Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps.

She’s also held the position of Sponsor of HMS Daring since 2006 and been  Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Wittering since 2008. 

Yesterday, Sophie was among the seniors royals mourning Prince Philip as The Firm approaches the one-year anniversary of his death aged 99.

Sophie joined her husband Prince Edward and children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn as she arrived at the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service.

The mother-of-two was demur in a £2950 velvet gown by Suzannah London as she joined more than 30 foreign royals, Philip’s family and friends and 500 representatives from charities and organisations of which he was patron at Westminster Abbey. 

Prince Philip is pictured in 2016 visiting speaks to soldiers in a hangar with weapons on a desk in front of him during a visit the new home of REME to be named ‘The Prince Philip Barracks’ at at MOD Lyneham in Wiltshire

Sophie Wessex joined her husband Prince Edward and children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn as she arrived at the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service yesterday

 The Wessex family, who live at Bagshot Park, just a few miles from Windsor Castle, enjoyed a close relationship with the Duke, and were among the 30 guests at his funeral in April.

Sophie, who has often been referred to as one of Her Majesty’s favourite family members, cut an elegant figure in a dark blue, buttoned coat dress which she paired with an elegant headpiece and silver floral brooch. 

The mother recycled a Sophie Habsburg clutch bag and pair of £2,950 white gold, knot-shaped earrings by G.Collins and Sons. 

The dress, which is currently out of stock, features a circular skirt with hidden side seam pockets and a level hem with a signature silhouette taking inspiration from a vintage hunting coat. 

The Countess wore her blonde tresses swept up in a tidy up-do and opted for a low-key make-up look as she attended the service this morning. She teamed her understated outfit with elegant silver droplet earrings.

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