The Count and Countess spent the day meeting with community leaders, charities and emergency services workers in order to hear more about the work they were doing to benefit the region. There was a particularly emotional moment for Sophie who took the opportunity to meet with 90-year-old Edna Farley, who had been speaking with the royal regularly on the telephone since the beginning of the pandemic as part of the NHS Volunteer Responders programme.
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Edna, who shares her birthday with the Prince, was invited for tea by the Countess.
The royal couple started their day at the opening of the Ken Dodd Happiness Hall in Knotty Ash. The building used to be the school that the late Ken Dodd attended, but has since been transformed into a community centre in his memory.
At the Hall, they met with children who were dressed as the 'Diddy Men' to celebrate the late comedian as well as representatives from their patronages who were supporting people in Liverpool.
They also met with those who are attempting to help people in Ukraine, including Ukrainian clergyman Father Taras Khomych and Gosia McKane, the director of Merseyside Polonia, a Polish charity that has organised donations of clothing and other essential items for refugees from Ukraine arriving in Poland.
Thank you for the wonderful welcome Liverpool!
The Earl and Countess of Wessex today officially opened the Sir Ken Dodd Happiness Hall which, in memory of the late comedian, has been transformed into a new space for the community. pic.twitter.com/rK4MkBLGgi
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 10, 2022
The Count and Countess started their day opening the Ken Dodd Happiness Hall
The royal couple's next stop was at Asylum Link Merseyside, where they met with case workers and volunteers who supported refugees and asylum seekers arriving in the country.
Edward and Sophie also met pupils learning English, and heard about the support they were receiving.
As Sophie had tea with Edna, the Duke of Wessex officially opened Merseyside Police's new headquarters, and was introduced to police officers and cadets.
He also met with an honour guard of officers who had been in the force for 20 years, before the Police Band performed to mark his birthday.
A v special event celebrating the official opening of @MerseyPolice's new HQ Rose Hill!
A pleasure to join @merpolchiefcon to introduce @RoyalFamily HRH, the Earl of Wessex, to reps of the entire police family - from our mini-police & cadets through to those on the frontline. pic.twitter.com/hwwSa5TEYn
— Merseyside's Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell (@MerseysidePCC) March 10, 2022
The royal met with serving police officers
The photo was taken last October and showed Edward beaming as he attended the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022, the XXII Commonwealth Games at Buckingham Palace.
Her Majesty was also in attendance at the engagement in her role as Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation, while Edward is Vice Patron.
"Wishing The Earl of Wessex a very Happy Birthday!" the caption on the Prince's birthday post read.
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