03/18/2013 02:21 pm ET

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Becomes Patron Of London College Of Fashion

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Turns out the Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II aren't the only fashion-loving British royals. Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has just been announced as the first patron of the London College of Fashion.

Vogue UK reports that the royal, wife to Prince Edward, has signed a three-year patronage with the college. It's quite common for royals like Sophie to support a charity through patronage (Kate announced her support for several arts and addiction charities last year), but rarely has a fashion-related organization received official support from a royal in such a major way.

Sophie isn't nearly as famous as her queenly mother-in-law, but she has been recognized for her chic style. Like her fellow royal family members, she's also weathered a few scandals, including the leaking of a topless photograph during her engagement to Prince Edward and a controversy over jewelry gifted to her by the royal family of Bahrain.

But her new patronage will give her plenty of outlets for do-gooding. Sophie will be working on the college's Better Lives campaign to "drive change, build a sustainable future and improve wellbeing," according to the Telegraph. One specific project includes a magazine for female prisoners called The Beauty's Inside, which aims to give them fashion-related skills that will help them once they're released.

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