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Countess of Wessex steps out for first public engagement after leaving quarantine

Sophie took the decision to self-isolate in October

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Danielle Stacey
Danielle StaceyOnline Royal CorrespondentLondon
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The Countess of Wessex stepped out for her first in-person public engagement after leaving quarantine last week. 

Sophie, 55, attended a special service at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday evening, where she gave a reading.The Sung Eucharist for All Souls' Day service was held in partnership with Loss and HOPE, a coalition of organisations helping churches of all denominations across the UK to support the bereaved. 

In early October, the Countess took the decision to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.

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Buckingham Palace said in a statement on 9 October that the Countess was "not experiencing any symptoms" but was "following all relevant government guidelines".

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Sophie looked stunning as she stepped out in Westminster Abbey

Sophie continued to carry out her duties remotely via telephone and video calls. Last week, the Queen's daughter-in-law delivered a speech at the online Inclusive Peace 'Pitches for Peace: Rethinking Inclusive Peace Processes' meeting and undertook a virtual visit to Libya via video link. 

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The Countess also took the time to call a member of the public as she celebrated her 100th birthday last week. 

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This was Sophie's first engagement since leaving quarantine 

The charity Blind Veterans UK shared photos of Elizabeth Sharpe-Nelson as she received her telegram from the Queen on her 100th birthday, writing in a tweet: "Last week our lovely #blindveteran Elizabeth Sharpe-Nelson celebrated her 100th birthday. A surprise call from Sophie HRH The Countess of Wessex @RoyalFamily was the cherry on top of her 'perfect day.'"

Sophie has been patron of Blind Veterans UK since 2016, taking over the role from the Queen. 

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