The Countess of Wessex said It’s been hard

The Countess of Wessex is currently undergoing training for her 445 mile Duke of Edinburgh Diamond award challenge, and has opened up about how challenging she has found the preparation for her impressive journey so far.

Her Majesty posing with her two youngest grandchildren Louise and James, and her five great-grandchildren. Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Her Majesty posing with her two youngest grandchildren Louise and James, and her five great-grandchildren. Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Appearing on the royal family’s Instagram account, Sophie said: “I think if you’d asked me a few months ago if I would be able to do sixty miles I think I probably would have laughed but here we are I’m doing sixty miles!

The Countess has been training for a 445 mile challenge

Sophie and Prince Edward have two children, a 12-year-old daughter Louise and an eight-year-old son James. Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Sophie and Prince Edward have two children, a 12-year-old daughter Louise and an eight-year-old son James. Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

“It’s been hard and it’s probably been harder than I thought. There have definitely been moments when I have thought what on earth have I decided to do?!”

The video was captioned explaining the Countess’s ambitious challenge. It read: “An update from The Countess of Wessex on training for her 445 mile #DofEChallenge. The Countess of Wessex will cycle from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to Buckingham Palace in September, on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award @dofeuk in its 60th year.”

Sophie opened up about the cycling challenge

Sophie said To grow up as normally as possible we felt was quite important. Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Sophie said To grow up as normally as possible we felt was quite important. Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

The challenge will take place in six weeks, and the Countess will be joined by a team of six others who represent four of HRH’s regiments including 5th Battalion The Rifles, RAF Wittering, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps and Corps of Army Music. The HMS Daring, which will be on sea during the ride, will also have a team of cyclists going the distant on static bikes while on board.

Sophie said To grow up as normally as possible we felt was quite important. Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Sophie said To grow up as normally as possible we felt was quite important. Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Sophie spoke about the support she received from her team, saying: “They know how to get me from one point to the next…they’re providing a lot of chat to distract me and a lot of encouragement up the hills!

“They’ve been incredible, huge enthusiasts, and I could not be doing this now if it wasn’t for them.”

Well for Louise, actually, it was much more of a shock to the system. It was only when she was coming home from school and saying, 'Mummy people keep on telling me that grandma is the queen,' said
Well for Louise, actually, it was much more of a shock to the system. It was only when she was coming home from school and saying, ‘Mummy people keep on telling me that grandma is the queen,’ said

Source: HELLO MAGAZINE

%d bloggers like this: