Sophie Wessex visits Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was photographed last night in a sophisticated red dress to meet with President Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, of Malawi, at the State House in Lilongwe. Yesterday was the royal’s second day in Malawi. She has so far visited the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Botswana, and Ethiopia.
Sophie donned a red shirt dress with a collared neckline and buttons running down the centre of the bodice.
A loose belt was tied around her waist and the dress’ skirt flowed to her ankles.
The garment was the Dora Wool and Silk Blend Dress from Rome-based designer Giuliva Heritage.
The dress is still in stock on the brand’s website, retailing for 1,270 euros, or £1,099.
Handmade in Italy, the brand described the dress, saying: “We have selected the finest wool and silk from trusted, sustainable sources and crafted it in such a way to guarantee it will stand the test of time.
“Every piece is imagined and designed in our Roman atelier and then brought to life in specialized workshops across Italy.”
Available only in “chilli red”, the brand added that the garment was a “safari shirt dress in wool and silk blend with fabric belt”.
Sophie has been seen in the dress before, most recently during her and Prince Edward’s tour of the Caribbean in April earlier this year. Sophie donned the dress as she and her husband landed in St Lucia, on the first day of their trip.
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Last night, Sophie combined the dress with a large, envelope-shaped bag, called the Moneypenny Bag in Beige, by Sophie Habsburg.
On her feet were a pair of cream heels – the Kace Pumps by footwear brand Moda in Pelle.
She completed the look with a pair of her favourite earrings, which she has worn on numerous occasions in Africa over the past two weeks.
These are silver and diamond-shaped, featuring a ruby-coloured stone at their centres.
Called the Petal Earrings, they are by Italian jewellers Lucia Odescalchi Jewels.
Sophie had let her blonde locks down in natural waves – a style royal fans have rarely seen her wear.
Her make-up was a little more experiemental than usual as it seemed the royal had put more bronzer on her cheeks.
Her eye make-up was the same as always: lashings of black mascara and subtle eyeshadow.
Royal fans were quick to comment on Sophie’s clothes, hair, and make-up, with many saying how good she looked.
Instagram user Shelby Rogers wrote: “Wow, I really like this on her! And I’m into the more natural hair and the make-up colours here too!”
User @jeannine agreed. She said: “Good look for her. I like the more natural hair and make-up.”
User @wilbursmithmy said: “Beautiful. Love the shoes.”
Kay Cotterill gave high praise indeed, saying: “Best outfit of the tour so far.”
User @sofipusarelli added: “She looks great!!”
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