Ray of sunshine! Beaming Sophie Wessex decorates Valentine’s Day biscuits and reads youngsters stories on a visit to a children’s hospice
- Countess of Wessex visited Shooting Star Chase Hospice in Hampton, London
- Mother-of-two, 55, helped three-year-old Gwen decorate heart-shaped biscuits
- Read a storybook about princesses to the children and greeted Tony Hadley
- Spandau Ballet star is vice-president of the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices
The Countess of Wessex provided a ray of sunshine today on her visit to a children’s hospice in Hampton, London.
Caring Sophie, 55, was on hand to decorate Valentine’s Day biscuits and read to a group of youngsters at Shooting Star Chase Hospice.
The mother-of-two is patron of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, a charity which cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.
She was pictured greeting Spandau Ballet star Tony Hadley, who is vice-president of the organisation.
The Countess of Wessex provided a ray of sunshine today on her visit to a children’s hospice in Hampton, London
Sophie looked chic in a terracotta belted trench coat and nude court shoes, which she teamed with a black sweater and camel trousers.
She pulled back her blonde locks with a bulldog clip and kept her make-up natural, accessorising with one of her favourite gold pendant necklaces and colourful gem cluster earrings.
The countess officially opened the charity’s Guildford hospice, Christopher’s, in 2002 and continues to support Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, with regular visits to both, as well as hosting major fundraising events.
Today Sophie got stuck in with the activities on offer, showing off her artistic skills by icing a heart-shaped shortbread biscuit.
Caring Sophie, 55, was on hand to decorate Valentine’s Day biscuits – and helped out three-year-old Gwen and her mother Jenny (pictured)
Sophie, looking chic in a terracotta trench coat, was pictured greeting Spandau Ballet star Tony Hadley, who is vice-president of Shooting Star Childrens Hospices
She also helped three-year-old Gwen decorate a Valentine’s Day cookie, along with the little girl’s mother Jenny.
The countess also delighted the children by reading ‘That’s Not My Princess….’, and treated one youngster to a cuddle during storytime.
Last month a source claimed Sophie, the Queen’s ‘long-term favourite’, is set to take on more royal responsibility and represent Her Majesty, 93, at more engagements after Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from the royal family.
The countess also delighted the children by reading ‘That’s Not My Princess….’, and treated one youngster to a cuddle during storytime
A royal insider revealed how the ‘very popular’ Countess has been chosen by Buckingham Palace to step into the spotlight in the coming months.
They told The Sun: ‘Sophie’s a long-term favourite of the Queen and has been singled out as a person the Palace would like to help ease the burden.’
Sophie, who is married to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, 55, has a particularly close relationship with her mother-in-law and already represents the Crown both at home and overseas.
Sophie Wessex, 55, will take on more royal responsibility after being ‘singled out’ by Buckingham Palace to help ‘ease the burden’ of Megxit, a source has revealed
The Countess of Wessex is particularly close to the Queen, with the source calling her ‘a long-term favourite’ (pictured together in October 2019)
The source went on to explain that Sophie is ‘very popular’ with other senior royals including Prince Charles, 71, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 72.
It is believed Sophie is seen by the Queen as the Royal Family’s safest pair of hands, because her marriage to Prince Edward has lasted, while Charles, Anne and Andrew have all been divorced.
It has already been a tumultuous year for the royals; this week Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips announced he and his wife Autumn are divorcing after almost 12 years of marriage.
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