The Countess of Wessex visits Toronto Western Hospital and takes part in a surgery demonstration

By Zach Harper and Russ Martin

Sophie, Countess of Wessex brought a bit of good cheer to Toronto on Nov. 14 as she visited patients and helped demonstrate a robotic surgery at a major hospital.

The former public relations professional is in the city for two days, visiting patronages and promoting an initiative that aims to support young women in finance and investments careers.

Sophie was in good spirits as she arrived in Canada. At Toronto Western Hospital, of which she is a patron, she helped with the demonstration of a robotic clot extraction surgery, which took place at the hospital’s Krembil Discovery Tower. She showed off her sartorial sense during the visit as well, wearing a black dress, black suede boots, burgundy scarf and camel hair white coat that was perfect for Toronto's snowy and chilly weather.

Sophie taking part in the surgery demonstration, which is minimally invasive. Photo: © Russ Martin/ HELLO! Canada

The countess also met with patients and staff of the hospital while there, touring its stroke department. The research and teaching hospital is part of the University Health Network, and its Krembil Research Institute is one of the leading Canadian centres for development of treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, along with epilepsy, strokes, brain tumours, concussions, spinal cord injuries, neurophthalmologic and other ocular disorders, along with multiple sclerosis and autoimmune disorders.

Sophie got to use the tools during the demonstration herself! Photo: © Russ Martin/HELLO! Canada

Sophie was very attentive during the demonstration, asking lots of questions about the technology and how it worked and would help patients. After taking part in the demonstration, Sophie joked that she had no need to go to medical school, since she got it all in just half an hour!

Sophie arrived in Toronto from New York, where she’d spent the evening of Nov. 13 at the (100WF) Next Generation Initiative’s 18 thAnnual New York Gala. The organization helps women in business. The countess looked absolutely stunning in a red tailored dress as she gave a speech at the event. She encouraged the next generation of women finance professionals to “become more visible… be great examples to young women and, if you aren’t already… become champions and mentors.”

The countess will attend another 100WF event in Toronto, where she will discuss how the Next Generation Initiative is working to support young women in the industry and increase their visibility during a Q&A session. She will also visit Toronto General Hospital on Nov. 15, and has plans to meet with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award charity partners while in the city.

Sophie has long supported gender equality at work. In 2014, she was the founding Chair of the Women’s Network Forum, which helps industry leaders share best practices to further gender equality in the UK.

DJ Sophie helped present Diamond Jubilee Medals at Queen’s Park in 2012. Photo: © Ian Blakeman/Getty Images

Sophie is very fond of Toronto, and visited during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, which was the same year as the Queen’s Diamond Jubillee. While here, she attended several TIFF events, and also handed out Queen’s Diamond Jubillee medals at Queen’s Park, where she also learned how to DJ! She was last in Canada in 2015. We’re glad she’s back!

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