HRH The Countess of Wessex has accepted an invitation to take up the role of Global Ambassador for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
The Countess of Wessex has added to her growing list of 72 charities and patronages she is involved in. Her Royal Highness has been named the Global Ambassador for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
The ambassadorship is part of her visit to various Award schemes during her trip to South Africa.
“The Countess of Wessex is very well known throughout the world for her support for children and young people. She is the patron of both GirlGuidingUK and The Tomorrow’s People Trust in the UK, Chair of the DofE’s Women in Business Committee and is already a wonderful ambassador for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award,” John May, Secretary General of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation stated on the International Award’s website.
The Countess is the first Global Ambassador of the Foundation.
During the visit to South Africa this week, The Countess will visit a young offenders institute on behalf of the Award to see how the programme is rehabilitating and training young people who have had some problems in the past.
The Countess’s patronages comprise organisations that deal with children and young people with learning, communication and sensory disabilities. The Countess along with the Earl of Wessex established The Wessex Youth Trust. The Trust assist in obtaining grants to support, fund and improve registered charities that offer opportunities to assist children and young adults.
Although the Countess of Wessex has keen interest in helping young people, Her Royal Highness is also chair of the Women in Business Group. The group’s main focus is to promote The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award amongst businesses.
Not only is the Countess a patron, Ambassador and champion of many charities, but she also holds seven military appointments.