| Danial Norjidi |
THE British High Commission has announced that His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and Her Royal Highness Princess Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, will be representing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne.
The announcement was made yesterday during an interview with the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, Richard Lindsay.
According to a press release from the British High Commission, the Earl and Countess of Wessex are delighted to be representing Her Majesty the Queen at such a momentous occasion and one of such importance to His Majesty and the people of Brunei.
Their Royal Highnesses last visited Brunei in October 2000 and are very much looking forward to returning to Brunei.
The longstanding and special relationship between the two royal families, especially between His Majesty and Her Majesty the Queen is what makes the UK-Brunei relationship so unique.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex and His Majesty also enjoy a very close and personal relationship.
His Majesty attended the wedding of Their Royal Highnesses in June 1999 in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The Earl of Wessex also represented Her Majesty the Queen at His Majesty’s Silver Jubilee 25 years ago.
The Earl of Wessex is the youngest child of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh and a full-time working member of the royal family.
He supports Her Majesty in her official duties – often alongside his wife the Countess of Wessex – as well as undertaking public engagements for a large number of his own charities.
His work has a particular focus on the development of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, from which he has taken over many responsibilities from his father.
The Earl carries out a busy schedule of engagements in support of a large number of charities.
His Royal Highness is especially passionate about organisations and causes which provide opportunities to young people.
In 2002, His Royal Highness announced that he would focus full-time on supporting Her Majesty the Queen, during Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee year and beyond.
This work has included playing a leading role in the development of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, as chair of the organisation’s International Council.
The Earl also supports a range of charities and other organisations, spanning the arts, sport and entrepreneurship, amongst other fields. The Countess of Wessex, a full-time working member of the royal family, splits her time between her work in support of Her Majesty the Queen and visits to a large number of her own charities and organisations.
She has a wide range of interests which include supporting people with disabilities, the prevention of blindness in developing countries, agriculture and fashion.
Much of the day-to-day working life of The Countess of Wessex is taken up with her roles as Patron of over 70 charities and organisations.
Each year, Her Royal Highness undertakes hundreds of visits to schools, universities, military bases and charity headquarters to learn more about their work, and to highlight it to the wider world.