The Royal Family are starting to reappear in public as the coronavirus lockdown eases in the UK. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have already been thanking key workers, and now younger royals are following suit. Sophie, Countess of Wessex was pictured on Wednesday as she visited a Childline office in order to say thank you to its volunteers.
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The 55-year-old Countess donned a smart-casual look for the occasion as she visited staff to see what their job was like first-hand.
Sophie was wearing a long camouflage print shirt dress, with double breast pockets and an elasticated drawstring waist.
The long sleeve French Connection dress is currently in the sale at just £60, half its original price.
It is already selling out fast and is now only available in smaller sizes as royal fans hope to copy the look.
However, other retailers have similar versions, including New Look which has a £24.99 dress with the same style and a slightly different camo print.
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The photos were shared on the official Royal Family Instagram account, with the caption: “The Countess of Wessex, Patron of @nspcc_official and #Childline, visited the charity today to thank staff and volunteers for their work supporting vulnerable children since the COVID-19 outbreak.
“For many young people, the already challenging circumstances they were facing have been exacerbated during lockdown.
“The Countess also saw first-hand the work of the Volunteer Counsellors by joining a counselling shift.
“Volunteers and staff, who are recognised as critical workers, have helped deliver over 2,000 counselling sessions a week since the outbreak to children concerned about their mental health and emotional wellbeing. Thank you @nspcc_official.”
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Sophie wore her hair up in a clip for her day at the office, and paired the long dress with a black leather handbag and strappy sandals.
The mother of two was pictured chatting to the staff as she talked to them about the service they’d been providing over the last few months during the lockdown.
She then sat at a desk to join in with the volunteers and joined a debriefing session with other counsellors.
Sophie has been the principal patron of the NSPCC since taking over from the Queen in 2016, and supports other charities in her work as a royal.
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It’s not the first time the Countess has been spotted in an affordable dress this week.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon posted a photo on his Twitter account of a video call with the Countess on Tuesday, showing she has a love of bright prints.
Sophie was wearing a bold red star and moon print dress from Ghost, called the Aueline dress.
The bright red dress is just £90.30, in the sale down from £129, and is still available to buy in two colours.
The wrap-style dress features elasticated cropped sleeves and shirring details on the shoulders.
It suggests that Sophie could be taking style tips from her fellow royals, with Ghost being one of Kate Middleton’s favourite brands.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted multiple times in recent months and years wearing Ghost’s floaty dresses, and always causes a frenzy as fans copy her look.
Kate recently wore a purple dress by the brand in a similar silhouette as she clapped for carers alongside her family during the BBC’s Big Night In, causing it to sell out.
Sophie’s shirt dress meanwhile is more Meghan Markle’s style, as the Duchess of Sussex often favours shirts and shirt dresses for her public appearances.
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