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Sophie Wessex visits Shooting Star Children’s Hospices charity shop



Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex standing in front of a building: MailOnline logo


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The Countess of Wessex visited the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices charity shop to help it prepare for Christmas in Hampton today.

Sophie, 55, who wrapped up warm in a festive reindeer-patterned jumper, gilet, and chic long skirt, is patron of the charity which cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

The royal accessorised with a pair of stylish suede boots for the visit, and couldn’t help giving Blitz the Border Collie a fuss before making her way to the store. 

Once inside, Sophie put safety first and donned a floral face mask, before sifting through rails of clothes and putting various items on display.  

In one snap, the royal can be seen holding a sweet reindeer cuddly toy, while in another, she reaches up to place a board game onto the top shelf. 

It’s been a busy few days for Sophie – who is married to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward.

The Countess – mother to Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn – joined her husband and helped with a meal prepping session for charity FoodWise at the Moorcroft Community Centre on Tuesday.

During the visit, the royals chopped carrots and assisted other volunteers in preparing meals that will be delivered to 300 local families in Woking and Guildford. 

FoodWise, which usually offers budget cooking class to teach families to cook healthily on a budget, changed their approach in March and have been offering food to families in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

And on Tuesday evening, Sophie met with Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 38, as they finished off their whistle-stop Christmas Express tour of the UK at Windsor Castle.

Also in attendance was the monarch, 94, Prince Charles, 71, and Camilla, 73, Prince Edward and the Princess Royal, 70.

It was the first time the senior members of the royal family have been seen in public en masse since before the Covid-19 crisis took hold in March.

As a Salvation Army band played festive tunes for the Queen and her family gathered around her, the head of state could be seen quietly singing along,

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall stood socially distanced nearby, as did William and Kate, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Princess Royal with Christmas trees lit with lights nearby, adding to the atmosphere.

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