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Sophie Countess of Wessex has refused to allow the coronavirus lockdown to stop her providing support to Britons amid these unprecedented times offering heartfelt messages and preparing meals for NHS workers. The Wessex family are largely spending time together at their home, but where exactly do the Wessexes live now?
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was recently spotted outside her home, helping to prepare food for NHS staff.
Pictures shared by PR agency Roche Communications revealed Sophie wearing a protective mask and globes preparing handmade pasta, weighing pasta on a kitchen scale and wrapping burritos intended to feed heroic NHS workers.
The images were shared on Twitter with a caption reading: “Amazing to see Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex joining the team at @rhubarb_food yesterday to help prepare food for our heroic NHS Hospital Teams!”
Sophie and Prince Edward are like other members of the Royal Family, spending the lockdown period working from their home to assist their patronages throughout the lockdown.
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Sophie and her 16-year-old daughter Lady Louise delivered a heartfelt message to the nation in March.
The official Royal Family social media account shared Sophie’s video message which offered a heartfelt message of support to parents and carers who now have their children at home with them 24/7.
In the video, Sophie said: “For parents and carers, it can be a daunting time to help our children and young people through this period of uncertainty, but please don’t feel alone.
“Make use of the resources out there and fantastic digital communities that are sharing them and supporting them.
“Stay safe and thinking of you all.”
Where do the Wessexes live now?
Sophie, Edward, Louise and James live together in their family home at Bagshot Park in Surrey.
The royal residence is located near the village of Bagshot, which is 11 miles south of Windsor and north-west of Guildford.
The impressive family home occupies 21 hectares and is within the designated area of Windsor Great Park.
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The Grade-II building was listed in 1976 and is built with red brick and stone dressings in a Tudor Gothic style.
The Mansion House at Bagshot Park was leased by the Crown Estate to Prince Edward for 50 years in March 1998.
The Mansion House then underwent a £2.98m renovation, £1.6m of which was paid by the Crown Estate with the remainder funded by Edward.
Edward rented it from the Crown Estate initially for £5,000 a year then after renovation rising to £90,000 a year subject to 15-year rent reviews linked to RPI.
Since first leasing the property, Edward has extended the lease to 150 years for £5m.
The interior of the property is kept fairly private, however, aerial shots of the home reveal it is an extensive property with many rooms.
In 2005, Sophie conducted an interview and photoshoot with Harpers Bazaar at her home, revealing the first and only insight into the home’s interior.
The photographs showed a regal interior design style with light blue often featured.
In the family’s living room, blue wallpaper, blue and gold curtains and blue furnishings were shown.
Elsewhere the home featured lots of lavish touches including a large, ornate wooden desk and a glittering chandelier.
In another image, Sophie was pictured against a large wooden wall which features elaborate images carved into it.
One happy benefit of the Wessex family home is its proximity to the Queen.
Speaking to Sky News Sophie said: “We’re a lot more fortunate because we live so close to the Queen, so when she spends a lot of time at Windsor at weekends, our children are more fortunate because they can go over and have tea with her on a regular basis.”
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