Sophie, Countess of Wessex used Queen’s ‘firm but warm’ attitude to become royal favourite

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward tied the knot at Windsor Castle on June 19, 1999. Since then, an expert revealed how she may have copied a technique used by the Queen to become a royal favourite.


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Sophie and Prince Edward dated for around six years before saying “I do”.

The couple have two children, Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn, 12.

Prince Edward is the youngest son of the Queen and Sophie has often been spotted with her mother-in-law.

Over the years, she has represented the monarch at a number of different events.

The Countess appears to have taken to the role naturally and is thought to be particularly close with the Queen.

Analysing a speech by Sophie last year, communications and body language expert Judi James explained she had a strong speaking style.

The royal may have looked to the Queen for tips when making speeches.

Judi told “Sophie is a very adept speaker with some interesting fluctuations in style and speech patterns.

“When she made a speech for the Diamond Jubilee Trust last year, with the Queen standing by her side a couple of paces from the lectern, she used several traits that were reminiscent of the Queen’s own speaking style.

“She mirrored her mother-in-law in a flattering way terms of vocal tone and delivery.”

When addressing royal fans, the Countess used techniques such as being both warm and firm, according to the expert.

As the Queen was also among those listening, Sophie may have shown their bond by taking tips from the monarch.


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Judi added: “Her voice had a slightly high lilt to it but it lacked variation, meaning it was steady, rather than producing higher and lower notes to add emphasis via some rises or falls.

“It was a very simple delivery with no show-boating gesticulation or additions and the air of both warmth and firmness in her understated tone was very similar to the Queen’s signature style.

“Sophie lacks the rather clipped accent of her mother-in-law but her enunciation is similar at times.”

By making a speech in this style, Sophie seemed to get the approval of the Queen.

The Countess looked pleased as she received praise from her mother-in-law, Judi suggested.

She added: “When she stepped off the podium she walked straight over to the Queen.

She was appearing to glow at what looked like some words of approval from her mother-in-law.”

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