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Sophie Wessex looks so elegant in chic dress for celebratory night out

The Countess of Wessex was gifted an honorary title by the Queen

The Countess of Wessex cut a seriously elegant figure in a beautiful burgundy dress on Wednesday, marking a poignant moment in her royal career.

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Countess Sophie has been named as the new Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, a role previously held by her father-in-law Prince Philip. Looking radiant for the occasion, the 57-year-old royal wore a 'Kamira' plum wool midi dress from Roksanda - a label also loved by the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Sophie's dress was complete with elegant long sleeves, gorgeous ribbed detailing and a natural gathered waistline, highlighting her feminine silhouette.

The wife of Prince Edward teased her sleek blonde hair into a beautiful half-up, half-down style, drawing attention to a set of dainty gold hoop earrings.

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Sophie looked as stylish as ever to honour her new title

Accessorising with her 'Love the Life Quote Pendant' necklace from Cassandra Goad, Sophie looked immaculate in her burgundy ensemble.

Royal fans were quick to comment on a photo of the Countess' look on a post shared by Instagram account @royalfashionpolice, admiring the royal's unrivalled elegance. "This looks great on her, love the colour, the style. Fab!" wrote one fan, as another agreed: "The colour is great on her."

A third simply wrote: "Amazing," adding a string of heart-eye emojis.

Countess Sophie was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers by the Queen, who is head of the Armed Forces, with the decision announced the day after Philip's memorial service held at Westminster Abbey.

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The Countess is understood to be very honoured to be awarded the honorary title, which Philip held for more than 50 years, since becoming Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps in 1969.

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The change in title is likely to be a hugely personal achievement for Sophie, who is following in the footsteps of her father-in-law, with whom she enjoyed a close relationship.

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