It’s autumn and the royals are off on official visits. I might be crazy but it seems as if there are even more the usual, what with Harry and Meghan in South Africa, Sophie just back from Kenya, Guilliame and Stephanie popping off to Morocco, and my personal favorite, Princess Kako, charming everyone to the gills on her tour of Hungary and Austria. We’ll hit some high points here, starting with Kako because I am a sucker for charm.
The lovely peach kimono is my favorite of her ensembles, but that red and white fit and flare is giving me Jackie Kennedy on tour vibes, and it works for her.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, spent a few days in Kenya last week and because it’s our Sophster, they were jam packed. She did a whirlwind of events that supported women’s issues, including the specific concerns of women in the military. Heaven at UFOnomore has tentatively identified her skirt as a Valentino midi. The dress is by Erdem, and you can see better photos at New My Royals.
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The Countess of Wessex has spent two days in Kenya visiting organisations focused on gender equality, preventing sexual violence in conflict, and girls’ education. The Countess delivered a speech at the 12th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting in Nairobi – an opportunity for ministers from 28 Commonwealth countries to come together to turn commitment to action on achieving gender equality and empowering women. During a visit to refugee charity ‘RefuSHE’ The Countess met young women and girls who have fled conflict in neighbouring countries and are now supported by their ‘Girls Empowerment Programme’ which teaches refugee women and girls textile skills helping them to earn an independent income. On day two, Her Royal Highness visited the International Peace Support Training Centre, to discuss Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) with experts and practitioners from the Kenyan Government and Kenya Defence Forces, before meeting survivors of gender based violence. These two areas of work, WPS and PSVI, are central pillars of The Countess’s work. The Countess also met with British Peace Support Team (Africa) to hear about UK-delivered WPS/PSVI training to military units deploying to neighbouring countries. Lastly Her Royal Highness visited Moi Girls’ School, to join the launch of the next Platform for Girls’ Education policy paper. In an earlier speech, The Countess highlighted the UK’s “Leave No Girl Behind” campaign to achieve 12 years of quality education for all girls by 2030. “It is crucial that all girls receive at least 12 years of quality education in order to realise their rights, increase their political participation and to open opportunities for them to secure better jobs and livelihoods” – The Countess of Wessex.
— HeavenLM (@HeavenQRF) September 20, 2019
She visited the Women’s Empowerment Program. She danced!
The women and girls from @WeAreRefuSHE showcased their exquisite handmade products, from scarves to linen lunch bags, during a fashion show and performance.
An extra special thank you to The Countess’s dance partner, 15 year old Gizele from the Democratic Republic of the Congo! pic.twitter.com/8o1weCr8SI
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 19, 2019
Dancing seems to be the order of the day. Meghan also twirled with these lovely women during their visit to Nyanga Township. Meghan’s dress is by Mayamiko and she is sporting my favorite royal lady ponytail.
Stephanie and Guilliame on their first day during an economic working visit to Morocco. Stephanie is sporting eye-catching yellow.
Le Couple héritier est actuellement au Royaume du Maroc dans le cadre d’une mission économique. Retrouvez les moments clés de cette première journée.
© SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen#luxembourg #maroc #courgrandducale #famillegrandducale #maroc #marocco #marokko pic.twitter.com/8gHpqPtOa0
— Cour Grand-Ducale (@CourGrandDucale) September 24, 2019
It’s a touring kind of week. What do you think?