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Duchess Sophie breaks royal protocol with bold beauty look we never expected

The Duchess of Edinburgh rarely puts a foot wrong, so her latest move proved to be a surprise!

Duchess Sophie laughing in a pink dress
Melanie Macleod
Melanie MacleodWellness Editor
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When it comes to the royal family, Duchess Sophie is a shining example of what it means to follow royal protocol, showing younger members of the family how to conduct themselves with poise and elegance – while still seeming relatable and accessible to members of the public.

Regularly regarded as one of the late Queen Elizabeth II's favourites, the Duchess of Edinburgh always appears to follow the rules when it comes to royal etiquette, so it came as a surprise when this Tuesday she appeared to make a departure from one of the most talked about royal protocols while attending the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, and again during a second event during a visit to the Royal Society

Prince Edward's wife was the picture of perfection as always when it came to her outfit, wearing a navy velvet gown, which looked fabulous against the Duchess' gold jewellery, but there was one element which flouted royal rules – did you spot it?

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh attends a roundtable discussion on how to collectively strengthen the role of basic science to advance humanity, at the Royal Society, November 22, 2023 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)© WPA Pool
Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh looked lovely in navy

In a stark departure from her usual rule-following, Duchess Sophie had her nails painted in a popping pink coral shade, which of course looked lovely but appeared to break the protocol that forbids royals from rocking brightly-coloured nails, as they are reportedly not appropriate for public appearances.

Never one to put a foot out of line, the royal rarely deviates from royal rules and regulations. So, fans were somewhat surprised to see the Duchess test her limits with a daring coral manicure.

"Wow... Nail polish... Go Sophie," one fan wrote, while another added: "Love the nail polish, that little touch!"

Close up of Sophie Wessex's nails© Shutterstock
Sophie's nails caused excitement among royal fans

Despite her apparent rule-breaking, fans were still very taken with Sophie's dedication to her royal role, heaping praise on her look. "Love Sophie!! Such an asset for the royal family," one wrote, with another adding: "Sophie is smashing it as always."

The royal's outfit even included a nod to the late monarch, with whom she shared a close bond. Duchess Sophie wore a shining silver necklace, engraved with: "The golden thread of courage has no end," a line which is special to the royal family as it's taken from a poem read by the late Queen Elizabeth II in her 1981 Christmas address.

South Korea's President Yoon Suk Yeol and Britain's Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh arrive at the Royal Society© WPA Pool
Sophie looked elegant this week

It's no surprise that Sophie wanted to pay tribute to her late mother-in-law, with the Duchess widely known as the 'Queen's favourite' in her later years, regularly joining the monarch on her Sunday trips to church.

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Sophie also paid tribute to her late mother-in-law last week, wearing a coat with panels that paid homage to Her Late Majesty's favourite flowers, Lily of the Valley, and included motifs of florals from the Queen's bouquet for her 1947 wedding to Prince Philip.

Sophie, The Countess of Wessex arrives at the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II held at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England.
Sophie's coat dress made homage to the late Queen

We love to see Sophie's little nods to the late Queen, and we bet Her Majesty would have approved of Sophie's bold nail choice.

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