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Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward hold special event after honorary title awarded by Queen

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Sophie and Prince Edward caught up with Scottish frontline services, volunteers and businesses on the week Scotland celebrates Burns Night. The Countess and Earl reached out to various organisations including Police Scotland, Angus Council and Voluntary Action Angus.  

Sophie and Edward, who spoke from their home in Surrey, also got in touch with staff at NHS Tayside, the same trust which received Burns Night suppers as part of a donation by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge earlier this week.  

This series of virtual engagements is particularly poignant to the Wessexes, who almost two years ago received the new honorary titles of Countess and Earl of Forfar - linked to a town in the Angus council. 

During their video chats, Wessexes heard from NHS Tayside, Police Scotland and Angus Council what the frontline response to the pandemic continues to be and which new challenges they have faced during the winter, when coronavirus cases skyrocketed across the UK. 

Voluntary Action Angus, on the other hand, described to the royal couple the work volunteers continue to do to support people struggling during the pandemic. 

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Sophie Wessex news: Sophie and Prince Edward spoke with Scottish associations (Image: ROYAL FAMILY/TWITTER)

The organisation offers, among other services, food banks and prescription pick up. 

Sophie and Edward were also delighted to be reunited with the Saddler Family, of Saddler’s Bakery in Forfar, to discuss how the business has adapted to operate within Covid-19 restrictions.

The Wessexes met them during their first official tour to Forfar in July 2019, four months after they were appointed by the Queen Countess and Earl of Forfar. 

During this visit, the Saddlers let Sophie and Prince Edward sample the Forfar Bridie - a special bake the family has been selling since 1897. 

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