SOPHIE Wessex is set to take on a number of the Queen's old roles after becoming a second daughter to her, it has been reported.
The Countess, who is married to Her Majesty's son Prince Edward, shared a unique bond with her mother-in-law.
They shared a dedicated work ethic as well as many of the same interests.
And as a gift from her late "mama," Sophie will reportedly be handed a raft of patronages to continue her legacy.
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A royal source told the Mirror: “The Queen and the countess had a fantastically warm and joyful relationship.
“Her Majesty admired Sophie’s quiet sense of duty, her strong work ethic and the way she balanced her public and family lives. They also shared many of the same interests.
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“The Queen’s decision to pass on these patronages reflects the closeness of their bond.
“Sophie’s growing popularity with the public is also evident and she will take on a larger public profile in a new-look monarchy of King Charles.”
It's understood Sophie is likely to adopt patronages the Queen held for the Women’s Institute and Dogs Trust.
The mum is already patron of over 70 charities and organisations – such as Childline and Blind Veterans UK – and is known for her dedication and empathy.