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Princess Kate to reunite with Countess Sophie at big royal event

The Princess of Wales and Countess of Wessex share a close bond

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Danielle Stacey
Online Royal CorrespondentLondon
March 7, 2023
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The Princess of Wales and the Countess of Wessex will be reunited publicly next week as the royals prepare for an annual event in the calendar.

Kate, 41, and Sophie, 58, who share a close bond, as well as similar taste in style (see the clip below), will attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday 13 March.

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The royal ladies will join their husbands, the Prince of Wales and the Earl of Wessex, as well as the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

Kate and Sophie last stepped out together for the church service on Christmas Day in Sandringham, and before that, the Countess supported the Princess at her second Christmas carol concert.

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Princess of Wales and Countess of Wessex at Christmas carol concert 2022© Photo: Getty Images

Kate and Sophie at the Christmas carol concert last December

Monday will mark the King and Queen Consort's first Commonwealth service of their reign, with Charles set to deliver a message marking the occasion from the Great Pulpit in the church where he will be crowned in two months' time.

Afterwards, Charles, Camilla and the senior royals will entertain the Commonwealth secretary-general, high commissioners, foreign affairs ministers and other members of the Commonwealth community at a Buckingham Palace reception.

Charles is now head of the Commonwealth, following in the late Queen's footsteps after she successfully lobbied for him to take on the role.

A Commonwealth flag for peace will be carried in the procession of Commonwealth members' flags to mark 2023 as Commonwealth Year of Peace.

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Royals at Commonwealth Day Service 2022© Photo: Getty Images

Charles, Camilla, William and Kate at the Commonwealth Day service 2022

The service will include musical performances from saxophonist Yolanda Brown, West End stars Roshani Abbey and Nuwan Hugh Perera, and the all-female Amalgamation Choir, from Cyprus.

Guests of honour among the 2,000-strong congregation will include the Commonwealth secretary-general, the prime minister of Samoa, high commissioners, senior politicians and dignitaries from across the UK and the Commonwealth.

Also attending will be athletes from the home nations who competed at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last summer, as well as faith leaders, and more than 750 schoolchildren and young people from throughout the UK.

The service will be broadcast live on BBC One.

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