PICTURES HRH Sophie, Countess Of Wessex Tours The Isle Of Wight

A cheeky cuddle for the Countess of Wessex, with Brian Newman, who attends the John Cheverton Centre for day services

HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex, returned to the Isle of Wight on Wednesday to visit Shanklin Chine, the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and the Isle of Wight College’s new building dedicated to training students in engineering, manufacturing, and electronics.

HRH Countess of Wessex arrives at CECAMM, Whippingham:

The Countess of Wessex started her day with a visit to Shanklin Chine to mark its 200th Anniversary, viewing an art exhibition celebrating its history and the PLUTO (pipeline under the sea) Exhibition.

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HRH the Countess and Earl Mountbatten Hospice CEO Nigel Hartley (Image: Emma Topping)

Helping to celebrate the 35th birthday of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, the Countess of Wessex met staff and volunteers and viewed the Chelsea Garden (donated by Greenfinger’s and designed by Matthew Wilson).

With Carys Morgan from Hunnyhill Primary who presented the bouquet

She finished her day at the Isle of Wight College’s new CECAMM (Centre of Excellence for Composites Advanced Manufacturing and Marine) Facility at Whippingham.

Hear Carys Morgan from Hunnyhill Primary School speaking to Lucy Morgan about presenting the bouquet to HRH The Countess of Wessex:

At her visit to CECAMM, the Countess told the crowd:

“It takes a lot of brave people to break the mould. It’s very rare for me to come on the first day. I’m really impressed. It feels completely polished already. Businesses on the Island stand to benefit from well-skilled well-motivated young people. If we could use the 3D printer to replicate this college right the way around this country, just this what we could do for the future of our young people. I have a feeling there’ll be a lot of people beating a path to your door. Thank you very much for letting me do the honours.”

 

Chair of the Isle of Wight Council, Councillor Lora Peacey Wilcox, said:

“Once again we are delighted to have our Royal Family taking such a keen interest in the achievements of our Island.

“Her Royal Highness is warmly welcomed back, and it is hoped the diversity of places for her to see will only encourage more visits. We sincerely thank The Countess for coming to our beautiful Island.”

1. The Countess of Wessex on the Isle of Wight

The Countess unveiled a plaque at the hospice (Image: Emma Topping)

2. The Countess of Wessex on the Isle of Wight

(Image: Emma Topping)

 

3. The Countess of Wessex on the Isle of Wight

With Carys Morgan from Hunnyhill Primary who presented the bouquet at CECAMM

4. The Countess of Wessex on the Isle of Wight

Countess of Wessex with Hospice CEO Nigel Hartley (Image: Emma Topping)

5. The Countess of Wessex on the Isle of Wight

A cheeky cuddle for the Countess of Wessex, with Brian Newman, who attends the John Cheverton Centre for day services (Image: Emma Topping)

6. The Countess of Wessex on the Isle of Wight

At the CECAMM centre, with Isle of Wight College Governor Dr Nicholas England

7. The Countess of Wessex on the Isle of Wight

Signing the visitors’ book at CECAMM

8. The Countess of Wessex on the Isle of Wight

Signing the visitors’ book at CECAMM

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Meeting key players at CECAMM

10. The Countess of Wessex on the Isle of Wight

At the CECAMM centre

11. The Countess of Wessex on the Isle of Wight

At the Earl Mountbatten Hospice (Image: Emma Topping)

 

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