The Countess of Wessex has been photographed looking relaxed and smiling in a special portrait image released to mark her 50th birthday.
The milestone has been commemorated with the simple black and white picture showing Sophie seated and wearing a white shirt.
The Countess will celebrate her birthday on Tuesday but will not be taking the day off but has two engagements in London with her husband the Earl.
The Countess was born Sophie Rhys-Jones and like the Duchess of Cambridge, hails from a middle-class background.
Her father was a former car salesman and she was brought up in a Kent village near Tunbridge Wells.
She has been a member of the Royal Family for more than 15 years after marrying the Earl at St George's Chapel in Windsor on June 19 1999.
They were brought together by a mutual passion for the ancient sport of real tennis and romance blossomed between Edward, 50, and Sophie, 49, a former public relations woman, who once worked for Capital Radio.
Sophie and Edward later stepped down from their individual careers to become full-time royals.
They now work supporting a range of charities and good causes and bringing up their two children, Lady Louise Windsor, aged 11, and seven-year-old Viscount Severn.
Two members of staff from the University of Southampton have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.
Cyrus Cooper, Professor of Rheumatology, has been awarded an OBE for services to medical research, and Colin Miles, a Facilities Manager within Physical Sciences and Engineering, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to higher education.
Professor Cooper's key research contributions have been the discovery of the developmental influences that contribute to the risk of osteoporosis and hip fracture in late adulthood and vitamin D supplementation in the elderly, as immediate preventative strategies against hip fracture.
Professor Cooper comments: “I’m surprised and delighted to be recognised with this very special honour. I am fortunate to have been involved in working on the causes and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, a major cause of ill health and disability. Throughout my career I have been privileged to work with outstanding colleagues in both academia and the clinical setting, who are very much part of this achievement."
Colin Miles has devoted over 35 years to the University of Southampton as Facilities Manager within Physics and Astronomy at the University.
He provides technical support for teaching and research requirements in the University’s state-of-the-art research labs, and manages technical staff across various disciplines, such as mechanical and electronic workshops, teaching labs, procurement and research group technicians.
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Mrs Margaret Carol Ann HANNIBAL - Poole, Dorset, 63 yrs old Director of Operations, MOSAIC. For services to Bereaved Children and their Families in Dorset
She is the founder and manager of MOSAIC, a charity providing support to bereaved children and their families across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. She previously worked as an administrator in a hospice for people suffering from cancer, which inspired her to set up MOSAIC.
Hector COLE - Chippenham, Wiltshire, 75 yrs old Master Arrowsmith. For services to Heritage Crafts.
He is the foremost arrowsmith in the UK and is internationally recognised as one of the world's leading authorities on medieval blade-smithing and arrow smithing. During his childhood he spent time with the village blacksmith, learning the basic skills of forging and fire management in the small Lincolnshire village where he grew up.
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Among those honoured in today's New Year's Honours list are plenty of people who have contributed to life throughout Dorset.
Isabel de Pelet, founded the Guggleton Farm Acts Project in Stalbridge and has been given a BEM for her services to artists in Dorset.
Hugh Fogarty, from Poole, was been given a MBE for his work with the Royal Lifeboat Institution.
Sue Kirkham, from Lymington, has been given an MBE for services to education.
Dr Simon Fraser, from Poole, has been awarded a Knights Bachelor for his services to chemistry and innovative research.
Colin William George Weston, from Dorchester, has been given an MBE for his services to the police and Magistracy in Dorset.
Helen Knights, from Poole, has been awarded an MBE for his services to Dorset Home Start and to the community.
LT COL DAVID EDWARD LANGFORD, 69, for services to the community in the Isle of Wight. Since retirement he has thrown himself into community life and event organising on the Isle of Wight. The list of his appointments and service is almost endless; for instance, he is currently a Deputy Lord Lieutenant and he served as the High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight from 2007-08.
MISS KATHERINE MARY POWLEY, 52, (OXFORDSHIRE) County Network Coordinator and Streetworks Manager, Oxfordshire County Council. For services to the community in Oxfordshire.
MRS MARGARET MARY ALFORD, 64, (WEST SUSSEX) For services to the community in Ashington, West Sussex
MRS VIRGINIA ANNE BARNACLE, 52, (EAST SUSSEX) For services to Brighton Sailing Club and Brighton Surf Life Saving Club and to the community in Brighton, East Sussex.
MRS EMMA CALLAN, 30, (KENT) Counsellor, Waymark Counselling Trust and Arcadia Counselling Service. For services to the community in Canterbury and Herne Bay, Kent.
MR MICHAEL DAVID MOGRIDGE,80, (OXFORDSHIRE) Secretary, Oxfordshire Branch, SSAFA. For voluntary service to SSAFA
MRS JEANNE DOROTHY MARY WILDE (HAMPSHIRE) For services to the community in Burley, Hampshire
MR JOHN CHARLES WILLIAMS,86 , (BERKSHIRE) For services to the community in Hungerford, Berkshire
Margaret Aldwin, 65, from Berkshire has been awarded an MBE as a founding member and Trustee, Ichthyosis Support Group for services to people with genetic disorders.
She set up the ISG in 1997 to provide support for sufferers of ichthyosis, a rare genetic condition, and their families.
She has a daughter with the condition and found that even health professionals often knew very little about the condition.
The isolation and ignorance she experienced over the next few years motivated her to set up, with her daughter Mandy, ISG. The support group achieved its charity status a year later.
The efforts she has put in have enabled greater understanding of the condition by health professionals, the general public and sufferers themselves.
A select few across Hampshire have been granted MBEs, CBEs and BEMs as part of the New Year's honours by the Queen.
John Bonney - is Hampshire's chief fire officer and has been the past decade. He was awarded a CBE for his work in the fire service.
Bob Ratcliffe - is Hampshire's assistant chief fire officer who was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal.
Jan Ward, from the New Forest, has been awarded a CBE for her work with the Hampshire business Corrotherm International in Totton.
Jillian Ghanouni, a founding member of a Southampton charity who works with those suffering from Leprosy, was awarded a MBE.
Jinty Williamson, from Chandler's Ford, has been given an MBE for her services to Girl Guiding in the area.
Trevor Richards, from Southampton, has been awarded a BEM for services to Biomedical Research and welfare of animals in research.
Keith Chapman, a Hampshire councillor, has been given an MBE for his services to arts and culture.
Jeanne Wilde, from New Forest, has been given a BEM for her services to her local community.
Amanda Chessell, from Southampton, received a CBE for her services to engineering as part of her work in developing computer software.
Eve Richardson, from the Isle of Wight, has been given an OBE for services to the Palliative Care charity for services to help others end their lives.
Steven Dexterm from Romsey, has been recognised with an MBE for his work improving water safety in the Maritime Coastguard Agency.
Margaret Marten has been given an MBE after the amount of dedication she has given to assisting Winchester prison visitor's cafe.
Sue Kirkham, from Lymington, has been awarded an MBE for services to education.
Amanda Tincknell, from Romsey-based charity Cranfield Trust, has been awarded a CBE for her contribution to charity services.
Peter Camp, from Gosport, was awarded a BEM for his services to the community in Alverstoke.
David Stone, from Romsey, was given a BEM for his services to horticultural heritage.
Valerie and Michael Andrews, from Hampshire County Council, are being given MBEs for their work fostering children.
For over 53 years, Kenneth Norman Batley, 88, has been recognised for serving his community in the village of Chalgrove, Oxfordshire.
He has been a member of Chalgrove Parish Council since 1957. He was Chair from 1985 to 1991 and since 1991 he has been Vice-Chair.
As Chair he was instrumental in the building of the new village hall, housing the playgroup and the Age Concern club.
He was awarded the MBE by the Queen for services to the community in Chalgrove, Oxfordshire.
Since 1989 he has been a member and Chair of the Chalgrove Amateur Dramatic Society.
As a dedicated committee member and chair he has provided leadership and guidance. For a number of years he has been a trustee of Chalgrove Scouts and Age Concern.