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The Countess of Wessex opens £77m West Bromwich College

Yesterday, The Countess of Wessex officially opened West Bromwich’s £77 million college.

Not even the cold weather could stop the Countess’s busy day, which began with a stop to the Whittington Barracks near Lichfield. Sophie, has developed a strong relationship with the armed forces, and is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC).

The Countess, married to The Queen’s son Prince Edward, has proved to be one of the busiest Royals, despite being the mother to two young children, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn.

The Countess, wearing the black and fawn fitted coat which she debuted on Christmas Day this year, wore the Corps’ cap badge as a brooch. Sophie attended the annual Corps Day Service at The Garrison Church of Saint George on the site.

The Service was attended by about 200 medics, nurses and soldiers, which was held for the first time at the Barracks. The site is undergoing a £144m transformation to become the Defence Medical Services. Next March, will see 1,400 members of staff, and 8,500 medical trainees from the Army, Navy and RAF taught there.

Next stop on the royal’s busy day was the new Sandwell College building, which would be officially opened by The Countess.

During the visit, Sophie was given a guided tour of the college, where she met students from the fashion, photography, automotive and engineering departments.

The royal has recently become the first ever patron of the London College of Fashion, and during the tour of the West Bromwich College students showed the Countess sketches and fashion shoots.

The Countess of Wessex has reportedly helped The Duchess of Cambridge settle into Royal life, and the pair attended many of the London 2012 Olympic events together.

photo credit: Defence Images via photopin cc

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