The Countess of Wessex falls ill – Details


The Countess of Wessex has been forced to postpone her recent engagements, due to illness. 

The Old Fire Station in Gipton, Leeds, has been expecting Sophie’s visit as previously planned but sadly had to cancel her engagement.

The organisation wrote on their website concerning her scheduled visit as follows: “Her Royal Highness will be meeting the team behind The Old Fire Station along with members of the Heselden family and Leeds Community

Foundation. The Countess will also meet representatives from charities and services who reside in the building including: Leeds Cookery School, Elevate – Gipsil, Space2 Leeds, Zest, Healthwatch Leeds, People in Action, SLATE Feel Good Cafe & Safari Cubs Nursery.

But with recent developments took to Twitter to share the news, The Old Fire Station wrote: “We are sorry to announce that HRH the Countess of Wessex is unwell and has had to postpone her planned visit to our community hub this afternoon. We wish her a speedy recovery,” before adding: “(And don’t worry, it’s not covid19) We look forward to welcoming HRH in the future.” 

Furthermore, the Countess of Wessex will be exempted from all of her official duties up untill 

Tuesday 17 March, when she will be due for another royal outing according to the Royal Diary.

The Old Fire Station is a community hub in East Leeds where “local people go to socialise, access support and simply relax and have fun”. They offer a wide range of classes and activities, a crèche, café, cookery school and complimentary not for profit tenant organisations who provide services, support, advice and information.

“The Countess will also meet the family of the late Pam Leighton who passed away suddenly in September 2019. Pam was an integral part of the Leeds Eastern Fire Heritage Group who have worked with Space2 to curate a museum of memorabilia around the history of The Old Fire Station which dates back to 1937.”

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