Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, accompanied by Tariq Ahmad, Special Representative of the UK government for the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI), visited Colombia to oversee British aid projects supporting survivors.
The visit, which took place from November 28 to December 1, included various commitments, particularly the formal handover of the 2024 presidency of the International Alliance on PSVI to Bogota. This alliance, a network of 25 members established by the UK, aims to combat sexual violence in conflict zones, as highlighted in a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The agenda of Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh in Colombia
During her stay, the duchess and Ahmad assessed how UK-funded programs help survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, providing them with legal representation and psychological support. This initiative is part of a broader effort supported by the UK’s network, which will be officially handed over to Colombia in a ceremony.
The duchess’s visit highlights collaborative efforts between the UK and Colombia to address the crucial issue of sexual violence in conflict regions.
Who is Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh?
Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh, formerly Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones, recently received the title after her husband, Prince Edward, was invested as the new Duke of Edinburgh. This title, once held by Prince Philip, was transferred on the eve of Prince Edward’s 59th birthday, marking a significant and honorary occasion for the royal couple.
Sophie’s proximity to the British monarchy has been evident in her long-standing relationship with Queen Elizabeth II and her supportive role during Meghan Markle’s integration into the royal family. Her dedication and consistent work have earned her esteem within the royal family and from the public, as noted in the court circular, with the number of her official engagements exceeding those of even Prince Charles and Kate Middleton.
Born on January 20, 1965, in Oxford, England, Sophie has been married to Prince Edward since June 1999. The couple have two children, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and James Mountbatten-Windsor, the latter inheriting the title of Earl of Wessex.