Countess of Wessex flips through late Queen's book of condolence during Ethiopia trip

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The Countess of Wessex look pensive as she flipped through a book of condolence for the beloved Queen during her trip to Ethiopia today.

Sophie, 57, sported an elegant two-toned ensemble as she flipped through the pages at the Residence of the British Ambassador to the east African nation in Addis Ababa.

The wife of Prince Edward appeared emotional as she looked through the tribute to the late monarch, who passed last month.

She was pictured with Ambassador Dr Alastair McPhail as she sat behind an ornate desk, presented with a cup of tea, to take in the book.

In one photo she appeared to be reading a message from an ambassador, seemingly penned on September 12 – just a few days after the Queen’s passing. 

The Countess of Wessex look pensive as she flipped through a book of condolence for the beloved Queen during her trip to Ethiopia today

The Countess of Wessex look pensive as she flipped through a book of condolence for the beloved Queen during her trip to Ethiopia today

She was pictured with Ambassador Dr Alastair McPhail as she sat behind an ornate desk to take in the messages

She was pictured with Ambassador Dr Alastair McPhail as she sat behind an ornate desk to take in the messages

The royal sported a chic charcoal grey blazer for the engagement, featuring stylish lapels.

The Countess teamed it with a scoop-necked white top, opting for simple accessories including a pendant necklace and and ring.

She swept her blonde tresses back into a collected hair do, showing off her elegant waves for volume.

Sophie and the late monarch enjoyed an extremely close relationship, and she has been seen looking emotional on a number of occasions following the Queen’s death. 

Sophie, who has been visibly emotional after losing her beloved'mama', spoke to the Queen every day. Pictured: The Queen and Sophie in 2019

Sophie, who has been visibly emotional after losing her beloved ‘mama’, spoke to the Queen every day. Pictured: The Queen and Sophie in 2019 

The pair first became close in 2002 in the aftermath of the Queen losing her mother and sister within a short period of time.

The source said that the Queen trusted Sophie greatly and that they had the same sense of humour.

They also claimed that she enjoyed their chats and laughs as she used to do the same with her sister.

The Countess of Wessex and the Queen were brought closer by the death of Sophie’s mother in 2005 and Prince Philip last year. 

The Countess teamed it with a scoop-necked white top, opting for simple accessories including a pendant necklace and and ring

She swept her blonde tresses back into a collected hair do, showing off her elegant waves for volume

The royal (pictured left and right) sported a chic charcoal grey blazer for the engagement, featuring stylish lapels

In the midst of the media attention attracted by Harry and Meghan, the source claimed that Sophie’s common sense was ‘welcomed’ by the Queen. 

It comes as Sophie yesterday stunned in a blue while continuing her visit to Botswana. 

She attended a reception for entrepreneurs from companies of the southern African nation at Westminster House, Residence of the British High Commissioner, in Gaborone.

The mother-of-two stunned in a blue, white and pink pattern dress as she tried products made by people from the country.

She was seen smelling preserves and taking a bite of local food as well as inspecting hot sauce and fruit syrup. 

It came following her meeting with the President of the Republic of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi, earlier this week. 

The Countess of Wessex yesterday wore a blue, pink and white patterned dress today as she tried products from Botswana

The Countess of Wessex yesterday wore a blue, pink and white patterned dress today as she tried products from Botswana

She was attending a reception for entrepreneurs from the southern African country at Westminster House, Residence of the British High Commissioner, in Gaborone, Botswana (pictured with British ambassador to Botswana Sian Price, centre)

She was attending a reception for entrepreneurs from the southern African country at Westminster House, Residence of the British High Commissioner, in Gaborone, Botswana (pictured with British ambassador to Botswana Sian Price, centre)

Last week Sophie also became the first member of the Firm to visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a trip which had been planned for many months before the death of the Queen. 

There, the Countess’s visit focused on addressing the devastating impact of sexual and gender-based violence in conflict, while supporting and empowering survivors and tackling the stigma they face.    

In its recent history, the DRC has endured years of civil conflict in what has been called Africa’s world war, with the loss of up to six million lives through fighting or disease and malnutrition.

Sophie said last year that hearing survivors’ stories of sexual violence has taken her to ‘some very dark places’ during her work to raise awareness.

‘Every story I am told is pushing me forward. I feel obligated to tell people this is happening – it is their story to tell and I support them,’ she added.

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