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Unseen picture of Countess Sophie emerges - and her outfit features a surprising detail

Sophie wore a new Valentino midi skirt in the photographs

Fiona Ward

The Countess of Wessex has had a busy schedule of engagements recently, but we nearly missed this one! Sophie attended a fundraising event organised by Epidermolysis Bullosa charity DEBRA - for which she is royal patron - back in November 2019, though photographs recently emerged on Twitter from the inspiring event. As usual, the royal looked elegant and effortless in her chosen outfit - a bold red midi skirt from designer Valentino, and a pretty white blouse with flared sleeves. How gorgeous! 

We were surprised, however, that Sophie has chosen to leave the brand's 'V' logo on her statement skirt - since royals don't often wear clothing with any sort of branding on them. Does this mark another move towards more modern wardrobe choices for royal women? Sophie has worn the £954 skirt before, in fact, but largely covered the logo with her Max Mara coat during her visit to the London Stock Exchange in 2019.

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There are other exceptions, of course - Duchess Kate has carried a Chanel bag featuring its iconic CC emblem in the past, as well as a belt from the designer. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie are fond of their Louis Vuitton handbags, too.


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The Countess has certainly been wearing some contemporary looks lately - she chose a stunning satin dress to attend the film premiere of Sulphur and White in London on Thursday evening. The beautiful cocktail dress came from designer Galvan, and cost £1,350; she teamed it with a pair of velvet Jimmy Choo 'Romy' pumps, which are also favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex. 

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The Countess' Valentino skirt

It was the second outfit we saw Sophie wear on Thursday - earlier in the day, she looked stunning in a red lace dress and colour clashing pink coat as she visited the South Bank in Southwark to open the Central School of Ballet's new studios, named in her honour.

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Sophie was glamorous in green at a recent film premiere

In recent years, Sophie has become a royal fashion icon in her own right, rocking everything from statement jumpsuits to modern midi skirts and colour-clashing combinations. Her Valentino skirt is just one piece of her incredible designer wardrobe, adding to a floral number she already owns from the brand. But what will Sophie wear next? 

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