Sophie Wessex sports beautiful blue dress as she inspects fruit syrups and hot sauce in Botswana

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Print perfection! Countess of Wessex dons a vibrant blue dress as she samples local produce on a visit to the residence of the British High Commissioner in Botswana

  • The Countess of Wessex, 57, sampled local produce during a trip to Botswana
  • Sophie Wessex will visit Botswana and Malawi for World Sight Day on Thursday
  • She’s an ambassador for International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness 
  • Trip follows her becoming first royal to visit Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Countess of Wessex looked stunning in blue today as she continued her visit to Botswana. 

Sophie, 57, attended a reception today for entrepreneurs from Botswana companies at Westminster House, Residence of the British High Commissioner, in Gaborone, Botswana.

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

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

The Countess of Wessex 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)

She wore a stunning blue dress that was paired with cream and wicker heels and subtle bracelets and jewellery

She wore a stunning blue dress that was paired with cream and wicker heels and subtle bracelets and jewellery 

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

Today’s reception follows her meeting with the President of the Republic of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi, yesterday morning.

Sophie is visiting the countries in her capacity as global ambassador for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

Ending avoidable blindness is a cause the royal, who is married to King Charles’s brother Prince Edward, has long lent her name to, and she has worked with the IAPB for some 20 years. 

The wife of Prince Edward smiled as she met businesswomen from Maungo Craft, a food processing company makings sauces and syrups using African indigenous fruits

The wife of Prince Edward smiled as she met businesswomen from Maungo Craft, a food processing company makings sauces and syrups using African indigenous fruits

She also met an entrepreneur from Nubian Seed, a company in Botswana that specialises in beauty products

She also met an entrepreneur from Nubian Seed, a company in Botswana that specialises in beauty products

She was pictured smelling a preserve made from indigenous fruits. The company Maungo Craft also creates hot sauces and melon syrups

She was pictured smelling a preserve made from indigenous fruits. The company Maungo Craft also creates hot sauces and melon syrups

While in Botswana, the royal has visited Molefe Primary School in Kopong.

There, she met children who have benefited from treatments the Trust was involved in.

It included the Pono Yame school eye health programme which aims to identify and treat vision problems in young people. 

She also attended a Chevening and Commonwealth Scholars and Commonwealth Points of Light reception yesterday, which celebrated the accomplishments of young people from the family of nations.

Among her appointments today, Sophie met the President of the Republic of Botswana Mr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi (pictured in the President's Office)

Among her appointments today, Sophie met the President of the Republic of Botswana Mr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi (pictured in the President’s Office)

As a passionate advocate for eye health, Sophie spoke on behalf of the Pono Yame school eye health programme while visiting Molefe Primary School in Kopong today

As a passionate advocate for eye health, Sophie spoke on behalf of the Pono Yame school eye health programme while visiting Molefe Primary School in Kopong today

The politician and the royal appeared to enjoy the meeting, with photographs of the appointment showing Sophie beaming

The politician and the royal appeared to enjoy the meeting, with photographs of the appointment showing Sophie beaming

These appearances follow Sophie becoming the first member of the Firm to visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which she did last week, 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.

The Countess of Wessex (pictured during yesterday's visit to Molefe Primary School) is currently visiting Botswana as part of her advocacy work with blindness charities

The Countess of Wessex (pictured during yesterday’s visit to Molefe Primary School) is currently visiting Botswana as part of her advocacy work with blindness charities 

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