The Countess of Wessex can be seen smiling wearing the Robes of a Dame of the Order of St John in an official portrait released by Buckingham Palace.
In the photo taken last year, Sophie Wessex, 56, the Grand President of St John Ambulance and a charity care volunteer was awarded the First Bar to the Service Medal, marking 15 years with the Order on Wednesday.
She wore her blond hair cut from her face, the mother of two kept her makeup neutral and added just a pair of dainty earrings.
The Order of St. John, led by the Queen, is a historic Christian charity associated with the St. John Ambulance. The Duke of Gloucester is the Grand Prior of the Order.
The Countess of Wessex, 56, can be seen smiling wearing the Robes of a Dame of the Order of St John in an official portrait released by Buckingham Palace
Sophie Wessex, the Grand President of St John Ambulance, has volunteered at a Covid-19 vaccination center (pictured) in south-west London
Around the world, there are five Orders of Saint John that run numerous programs ranging from ambulance corps to programs for young people, care for the elderly, the disabled, children and the homeless.
They also provide first aid training and provide disaster relief and humanitarian aid worldwide.
The British Order of St John is a Knighthood of the Crown.
Reconfirmed in Britain in the mid-19th century by Queen Victoria, the Order goes back 900 years to the Knights Hospitaller who cared for the sick in Jerusalem.
The news comes after the royals recently began volunteering at a vaccination center during the lockdown to help the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine across the country.
On her first shift, the Countess was seen eagerly talking to a man (pictured) and providing him with vital information while receiving the Covid-19 shot
After graduating, Sophie joined helpers at a center in south-west London.
She would like to work in a hands-on manner during the mass vaccination program that St John Ambulance supports and would be proud to be part of the charity’s growing team of volunteers.
On her first shift, Sophie was pictured eagerly talking to people and offering support when they got the Covid-19 shot.
Sophie was seen to provide the patient with… reassurance and essential information during the vaccination process.
She donned a green St John Ambulance T-shirt to mark herself as a volunteer and protected herself by wearing a disposable mask while on duty.
A spokeswoman for the St John Ambulance said: ‘Like many of our existing and long-standing volunteers, the Countess of Wessex has completed the training required to become a care volunteer in support of the NHS vaccination programme.
“We are delighted to welcome the Countess, as Grand President of St John Ambulance, to a growing team of over 10,000 volunteers now trained and deployed in NHS vaccination centers across England in an extraordinary collective effort to pandemic.’
She would like to work during the mass vaccination program and is reportedly proud to be part of St John Ambulance’s growing team of volunteers
St John Ambulance is helping deliver the NHS Covid-19 vaccination program and expects to train around 30,000 vaccination volunteers this coming spring.
Sophie has been at the forefront of the royal family’s response to the ongoing pandemic and has previously been hailed as a ‘royal key worker’ for her volunteer work.
Last June, she visited the St John Ambulance Operational Support Hub to help organize PPE shipments for ambulance and hospital staff across the UK.
Joe Little, editor-in-chief of Majesty, previously said of her volunteer work during the crisis, “She’s making a difference in a very understated, very ‘Sophie’ way.”
Meanwhile, Peregrine Armstrong-Jones of Bentley’s Entertainment, who was helped by the royal family to organize meals for NHS workers, told PEOPLE magazine in June last year: ‘There is no fanfare. These are private visits done in her own private time.
“When she leaves our kitchens, she generally goes on to do more projects in different hospitals.”
A friend added: ‘She was raised by her parents and there would be no free ride in her family. She wasn’t born to be the eldest daughter of a duke and duchess and find a great marriage and polish her tiaras.”