The Countess of Wessex marked her 50th birthday by carrying out two public engagements with her husband Prince Edward on Tuesday. Sophie attended the engagements in support of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Trust and charity Tomorrow's People.
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The Countess of Wessex celebrated her 50th birthday on Tuesday
The Countess was greeted by royal fans and well-wishers as she arrived at the Tomorrow's People Social Enterprises at St Anselm's Church in Kennington, London with her husband. The 50-year-old looked smart and stylish on her special day in a blush pink coat and dress teamed with knee high boots and black tights.
Sophie and Edward met with staff and supporters of the national employment charity, of which Sophie is a Patron, before touring the different enterprises at the South London church. The Countess was then presented with a birthday cake by a former Tomorrow's People client who now works at a local bakery and flowers from the charity's flower stall.
Prince Edward's wife was presented with a beautiful birthday cake
After their visit the royal couple proceeded to The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to see demonstrations of the Avoidable Blindness Programme of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. They met with eye care students and took part in a presentation of "Peek", a portable eye examination kit which turns a smart phone into a comprehensive eye exam tool that takes high resolution images of the eye.
Sophie and Edward's day will culminate with a reception for students, staff and supporters of the programme.
Sophie received scores of birthday messages on Twitter to commemorate her milestone celebrations, both from the charities that she is a patron of and British Monarchy, who shared an adorable picture of the Countess as a youngster alongside a recent official portrait.
"Wishing a very happy birthday to Sophie, Countess of Wessex who turns 50 today #HappyBirthdayHRH" they tweeted.
The mother-of-two posed for the new official photograph in honour of her 50th birthday, and looks effortlessly poised as she smiles in an elegant white blouse.
British Monarch also commemorated Sophie's birthday with a never-before-seen photo of the Countess ready to perform in Cinderella as a child.
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The photo attracted lots of comments and birthday wishes from royal fans, who described the photo as "beautiful" and "cute", along with the hashtag #HappyBirthdayHRH.