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The Countess of Wessex takes on one of Duke of Edinburgh’s patronages

The Countess of Wessex is said to be “extremely honoured” after she was named as Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, a role previously held by the late Duke of Edinburgh for over fifty years.

REME is a corps of the British Army that oversees vital engineering support, maintenance and repairs for the Army’s equipment both at home and overseas.

The Countess of Wessex began her appointment as Colonel-in-Chief by receiving REME’s Master General, Colonel and Corps Adjutant for a meeting.

The Duke of Edinburgh died aged 99 in April 2021. Throughout his lifetime, Prince Philip was associated with 992 organisations in roles such as President, Patron or Honorary Member or in another capacity. The Duke of Edinburgh was Colonel-in-Chief of REME for over five decades – a role which “combined his enduring support of the Forces, and keen interest in engineering.”

The Countess of Wessex’s appointment came just hours after she and members of The Royal Family, including Her Majesty The Queen, attended a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey to mark the life of The Duke of Edinburgh. The Abbey was filled with British and European royalty as well as politicians, dignitaries and representatives of various charities who all came together to celebrate the life of a remarkable royal.

The Countess of Wessex was also helping to celebrate Her Majesty’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Thursday. Sophie planted an elm tree at Buckingham Palace bringing the first planting season of The Queen’s Green Canopy to a close. The Queen also issued a statement of thanks to those who have come together to plant over one million trees in honour of her Platinum Jubilee.

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