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the Duchess of Wessex, the Duke of Gloucester, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, London, Britain - 29 Jun 2011 At a typical Buckingham Palace garden party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed, with Some 400 waiting staff involved in the serving.

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Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie Countess of Wessex attend the religious ceremony of the Royal Wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco to Princess Charlene of Monaco in the main courtyard at the Prince's Palace on July 2, 2011 in Monaco.

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Love her dress and hat one of her best looks by far!
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex attends a dinner at Opera terraces after the religious wedding ceremony of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco on July 2, 2011 in Monaco.

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That blue gown is quite ill-fitting around the waist...
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The only way is Wessex: How stylish Sophie has transformed into a real jewel in the crown
By SARAH STACEY
Last updated at 8:00 PM on 16th July 2011

Kate isn’t the first middle-class jewel in the royal family’s crown: since joining ‘the Firm’ 12 years ago, Sophie Wessex has become a favourite of both the Queen and the many causes she champions. And as Sarah Stacey explains, she has also quietly undergone a soigné transformation…

Sophie at William and Kate's pre-wedding dinner in April
A hush fell among the 80 guests as a slight figure, understatedly chic in taupe and silver-grey, glided into the (very grand) dining room at St James’s Palace for a charity dinner.
I hadn’t seen guest of honour Sophie Wessex in the flesh for over a decade, and the change in her appearance and demeanour was remarkable. Back then she had been bubbly and attractive, if perhaps a tad chubby – in a word, ordinary. Now she is slender, chic and rather beautiful. There’s something else too – an elusive, indefinable aura. Her title isn’t just words. The PR girl from Kent has become Her Royal Highness.

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Fashionwise, she’s something of an icon for discreet glamour and statement hats (gorgeous ones, not a pretzel in sight). And for William and Kate’s pre-wedding dinner, she broke away from her usual neutral palette and looked stunning in long flame-red silk with a plunging neckline.
We originally met through work, when she was running her PR company, R-JH, and came to know each other well enough to discuss her hair for her wedding to Prince Edward in 1999, and swap horror stories about renovating bathrooms (mine in a basement flat in West London, hers at a 50-room mansion in Surrey). She was genuinely nice: I remember her following the Queen round the Big Tent at Chelsea Flower Show, catching sight of me and bouncing off the dry walkway into the mud in her heels to give me a hello hug.
Now we were in the state apartments at St James’s at a fundraising dinner for Treloar’s, a school and college for young people with profound physical disabilities and learning difficulties. (It’s a wonderful establishment, which I wrote about in YOU last year.) I was there with my beau, who’s a trustee. Sophie, now 46, was there as patron of the Vision Treloar’s Appeal, part of her portfolio of charity work. As well as being a hands-on mother, she’s known for her commitment to her causes (almost 60 in the UK and overseas).
Having a slice of Sophie confers an amazing advantage for a charity. It was down to her that we were at St James’s, with a guest list of the great, good and rich, as well as two wheelchair-bound pupils – to whom she was as warm as if they were her own children. Her concern for disability started long before her daughter Louise, now seven, was born with the condition extropia, where one eye is directed outwards (now much less noticeable following treatment). I remember her passion when, more than a decade ago, she was trying to persuade me to write about a support group for a little-known and incurable genetic disability. (It worked: I wrote a long feature.)

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Becoming a family has taken Sophie (and her husband) through heartache: a ruptured ectopic pregnancy, an emergency caesarean with Louise when mother and baby came close to death, and several failed cycles of IVF before becoming naturally pregnant with James at the age of 42. While Sophie was in hospital after Louise’s birth, the Queen paid a secret visit, in an unprecedented break with tradition. ‘Her majesty doesn’t even visit people on their deathbeds,’ says one royal insider.
Now, hopefully, the storms are over. And unlike her former sisters-in-law – Diana with her dramas and ‘issues’, Fergie with her gaffes and extravagance – Sophie has come through triumphantly: with charm, grace, discretion and, not least, an enduring marriage.
In years to come, she may have to overcome her reluctance to put herself in the limelight. Word is that the Queen sees Prince Edward as taking over the Duke of Edinburgh’s duties, with his wife at his side. Today, Sophie Wessex is one of the Royal Family’s greatest assets.

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