Sophie warmed hearts as she visited a learning centre in Scotland this morning. During an adorable meeting with children at the Forfar Early Learning Centre, the Countess of Wessex sat down with the youngsters and joined their activities.
One particularly sweet snap from the engagement shows the royal pretending to be shocked while chatting with a young girl donning a pink sweather.
Other pictures portray Sophie working with leaves and cotton pads as she takes part in arts and crafts activities – which included “potion-making” and autumn collages.
Finally, the Countess posed for pictures with two girls who offered her beautiful bouquets of flowers.
The Countess accompanied her husband Prince Edward on an official visit to Forfar on Tuesday.
While the Earl donned a grey jacket and a kilt, Sophie looked typically stylish in a long cream-coloured coat she wore above a blouse and brown skirt.
Sophie and Edward’s visit to Forfar comes three years after he was created Earl of Forfar by the late Queen to mark his 55th birthday.
This was added to the two titles Edward has been holding since his nuptials with Sophie – Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn.
The county of Forfar was surely very close to Elizabeth II’s heart as it includes Glamis Castle, the ancestral seat of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, from whom Prince Edward’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was descended.
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The Wessexes’ first official visit to Forfar was paid in July 2019, four months after he received the title.
Sophie and Edward’s latest trip to Forfar comes one day after it was announced the Earl was adding another patronage to his extensive portfolio.
The Earl, who worked in theatre and television productions between the 1980s and 2002, became the patron of Reading Rep Theatre, a leading theatre and cultural hub in Berkshire.
Marking the announcement, the Earl said: “Reading Rep is rapidly becoming an essential part of the arts scene in Reading for three really good reasons.
“It is creating pathways to the performing arts for young people, regardless of background; it is introducing new audiences to the performing arts through its outreach and access activities; and it is a space providing an alternative venue for creative and production talents to hone their skills.
“I look forward to helping with reinforcing this theatre’s inspiring work in the local community and to supporting its future endeavours.”
On Monday evening, the Earl headed to the theatre, launched 10 years ago, to celebrate the new patronage and take part in the launch of the Reading Rep’s Corporate Partnership Scheme Launch, which aims at connecting businesses across Reading and the Thames Valley with fellow organisations.
The Earl is the patron of several arts-focused organisations, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, London Mozart Players and the Northern Ballet.
On the other hand, Sophie’s attention is focused on supporting organisations championing, among others, avoidable blindness and the end of gender-based violence in conflict areas.