SOPHIE, COUNTESS OF WESSEX stunned in blue today as she took the Queen’s place at a special royal engagement. This is the subtle message the royal favourite sent the Queen while standing in for her.
Queen Elizabeth II had to be at Buckingham Palace today to see Boris Johnson in as Britain’s newly-elected Prime Minister. The general election meant the Queen missed the Sovereign’s Parade at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Prince Edward’s wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who is said to be a favourite of the Queen’s, attended the event instead.
Sophie Wessex tied the knot with Prince Edward in 1991 and has since become a dedicated member of the royal family.
The hardworking royal is trusted by the Queen and often represents her at engagements.
What was the subtle measure Sophie sent the Queen?
Sophie’s outfit at today’s royal engagement was a clear tribute to her mother-in-law.
She wore a striking long blue dress coat teamed with a smart black hat.
Blue is known to be the Queen’s favourite colour and Sophie seems to have paid her a tribute by wearing the shade.
Blue also has historic links to the royal family as royal blue is a shade associated with monarchy.
By wearing blue Sophie sent a reassuring message to the Queen outwardly demonstrating her commitment to the firm.
What is the Sovereign’s Parade?
There are three Sovereign’s Parades a year at the military academy in order to honour the Queen.
The special ceremonies mark the “passing-out” and the final parade at Sandhurst of the Senior Division.
The Countess of Wessex inspected the cadets who will go on to take part in Trooping the Colour.
Sophie’s attendance at the event is the key sign of the Queen’s trust in her as a senior royal.
The key sign Sophie is a royal favourite
Former PR guru Sophie was a royal outsider before she began dating Prince Edward.
However, she quickly took to her royal role and proved herself a valuable asset to the family.
Royal expert Robert Jobson told the Telegraph: “[The Countess] is probably the best example of an outsider coming into the family and learning on the job.
“She’s very much the Queen’s favourite, and you’ll notice that whenever there is a family holiday or gathering, Sophie and Edward often stay a while longer than the rest.”
Sophie and Edward are expected to join the Queen with their two children for Christmas at Sandringham.
During these stays the Queen often makes a special gesture for Sophie asking her to join her for the car ride to church.
Palace insiders claim this is a gesture the Queen only makes for favourites.
A former royal equerry told the Sun: “If Sophie Wessex is staying at Sandringham then you can pretty much guarantee the Queen will ask her – usually last thing on a Saturday night – if she would like ‘a lift’ to the church.”
“And the same happens at Balmoral. The Queen likes to be completely calm before church and she finds Sophie’s presence soothing.”
“Who gets the backseat is also one of those quirky royal ways that signals who is in favour.
“For example, Princess Anne may be staying at the same time, but how often do you see her in the Rolls?”
Another source told the Sun: “She is trusted and relied on by the Queen in a way I couldn’t say applied to the Duchess of Cambridge or the Duchess of Cornwall.
“She is like another daughter to Her Majesty, they are that close.”