The Countess of Wessex’s floral dress has hidden tribute to The Queen

Stitched into the calf length, pleated dress coat worn by Sophie, Countess of Wessex, at the state funeral today was a very touching tribute.

The Royal, who is married to Her Majesty’s son Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, had a custom outfit designed by Suzannah Crabb, designer of luxury label Suzannah London, to pay her respects.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex

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Stitched in panels of the black fabric are Lily of the Valley flowers, the beautiful woodland plants which were famously Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite flower. It made for a charming and personal touch on the sombre day.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex


“The coat dress was embroidered with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II favourite flowers, Lily of the Valley,” Suzannah Crabb tells us. “They are intertwined with inspiration of the flowers from within Her Majesty’s wedding bouquet.”

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

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It is no surprise the Countess of Wessex went the extra mile when deciding on her outfit, considering her closeness to the late Queen.

Having lost her mother Mary Rhys-Jones, to a stomach cancer in 2005, Sophie began calling Her Majesty ‘Mama’, and is said to have been like a second daughter to the UK’s longest reigning monarch.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex hugs Prince George of Wales

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She arrived with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, for the service at Westminster Abbey this morning, and finished the style with a pair of suede, black high heels and a curved black hat embellished with black flowers.

See all of the arrivals at the state funeral here

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