Sophie Wessex plants a rosemary bush in New York

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The Countess of Wessex wrapped up warm today as she touched down in New York for a rare solo overseas trip to mark Commonwealth Day.

Sophie, 57,  arrived in the US for a working visit where she’ll  deliver the key note address at an event at the United Nations Headquarters on upholding women’s rights in Afghanistan.

Sporting a white coat with black boots, gloves and a dark patterned scarf the royal planted a rosemary bush in the Queen Elizabeth II Garden in Lower Manhattan.

The mother-of-two, who is married to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, showcased easy glamour in a low ponytail and orange and silver earrings with a natural make-up look.

The Countess of Wessex wrapped up warm today as she touched down in New York for a rare solo overseas trip to mark Commonwealth Day

The Countess of Wessex wrapped up warm today as she touched down in New York for a rare solo overseas trip to mark Commonwealth Day

Sophie, 57, arrived in the US for a working visit where she'll deliver the key note address at an event at the United Nations Headquarters on upholding women's rights in Afghanistan. Sporting a white coat with black boots, gloves and a dark patterned scarf the royal planted a rosemary bush in the Queen Elizabeth II Garden in Lower Manhattan

Sophie, 57, arrived in the US for a working visit where she’ll deliver the key note address at an event at the United Nations Headquarters on upholding women’s rights in Afghanistan. Sporting a white coat with black boots, gloves and a dark patterned scarf the royal planted a rosemary bush in the Queen Elizabeth II Garden in Lower Manhattan

Wearing just a lick of black mascara, the countess sported a light layer of foundation and golden eye shadow for the occasion.   

Showing she’s not afraid to get hands on, Sophie was pictured with a shovel digging into soil before planting a rosemary bush. 

While in the city, The Countess will also visit St George’s Society of New York, which has supported those with British and Commonwealth heritage in the city for more than 250 years. 

The Countess will meet one of the Society’s senior beneficiaries, and young people from across the Commonwealth who have benefitted from the Society’s Scholarship Program, which provides financial aid to academically gifted City University of New York students from under-served communities. 

Together with representatives from Commonwealth UN Member States in New York and visiting delegations for the Commission on the Status of Women, Her Royal Highness will attend a Commonwealth Day reception, which will look ahead to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda later this year.

As a Global Ambassador of 100 Women in Finance, Her Royal Highness will also undertake engagements in support of gender equality in the workplace, as well as celebrating Commonwealth Day.

Together with representatives from Commonwealth UN Member States in New York and visiting delegations for the Commission on the Status of Women, Her Royal Highness will attend a Commonwealth Day reception, which will look ahead to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda later this year. She is pictured in Manhattan today

Together with representatives from Commonwealth UN Member States in New York and visiting delegations for the Commission on the Status of Women, Her Royal Highness will attend a Commonwealth Day reception, which will look ahead to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda later this year. She is pictured in Manhattan today

Sophie , pictured today, will also meet those aspiring to join the global finance industry at 100WF's First Impressions event, during which Her Royal Highness will join roundtable discussions with attendees and senior women in the sector

Sophie , pictured today, will also meet those aspiring to join the global finance industry at 100WF’s First Impressions event, during which Her Royal Highness will join roundtable discussions with attendees and senior women in the sector

The Countess advocates for gender equality and inclusion in the workplace as a Global Ambassador of 100 Women in Finance’s (100WF) Next Generation Initiative, which aims to inspire and support young women to look at careers in finance and investment. 

Her Royal Highness will hear from women in corporate leadership roles, and learn more about their experience in challenging gender-based stereotypes and bias in the workplace.

Sophie will also meet those aspiring to join the global finance industry at 100WF’s First Impressions event, during which Her Royal Highness will join roundtable discussions with attendees and senior women in the sector. 

The Countess attended a First Impressions event during Her Royal Highness’s previous visit to New York in 2019.

Sophie’s solo trip is another glimpse into the new look monarchy, and comes after the royal family released a schedule of of foreign tours for the Platinum Jubilee with Prince Edward and Princess Anne given major roles in a glimpse of the future of the slimmed down monarchy.

Wearing just a lick of black mascara, the countess sported a light layer of foundation and golden eye shadow for the occasion.

Sophie is pictured today

Wearing just a lick of black mascara, the countess sported a light layer of foundation and golden eye shadow for the occasion.

Showing she's not afraid to get hands on, Sophie was pictured with a shovel digging into soil before planting a rosemary bush

Showing she’s not afraid to get hands on, Sophie was pictured with a shovel digging into soil before planting a rosemary bush

The spring of this year will see The Earl and Countess of Wessex – who live in Bagshot Park with their children Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14,  will visit Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

It’s one of the first signs of the new look monarchy, with Prince Andrew and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex previously making similar overseas trips.

The Queen , who no longer flies, would not have been expected to travel, but it’s rare for Wessexes to do a high profile joint overseas tour that might have otherwise been handed to Harry and Meghan.

It’s long been believed that Prince Charles will ‘slim down’ the monarchy when he becomes king to eight key members.

Sophie's solo trip is another glimpse into the new look monarchy, and comes after the royal family released a schedule of of foreign tours for the Platinum Jubilee with Prince Edward and Princess Anne given major roles in a glimpse of the future of the slimmed down monarchy.

Sophie’s solo trip is another glimpse into the new look monarchy, and comes after the royal family released a schedule of of foreign tours for the Platinum Jubilee with Prince Edward and Princess Anne given major roles in a glimpse of the future of the slimmed down monarchy.

 Meanwhile, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate represented the Queen at the Commonwealth Service today after the 95-year-old monarch missed the event at Westminster Abbey for the first time in nearly a decade.

The Queen had earlier said she hoped the Commonwealth ‘remains an influential force for good in our world for many generations to come’ as she renewed her promise made in 1947 to ‘always be devoted in service’. The head of state’s Commonwealth Day Message was issued by Buckingham Palace today ahead of the annual service.

The Queen, who has recently recovered from coronavirus and has been experiencing mobility issues, had hoped to attend the important event in the royal calendar alongside Charles, Camilla, William and Kate.

But last Friday, palace officials revealed that the Queen – who is Head of the Commonwealth – had asked her son Charles to represent her at the service after discussing arrangements with members of the Royal Household.

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