Sophie, Countess of Wessex's style evolution in 52 photos: from PR pro to working royal

The mother-of-two has perfected the art of dressing for the occasion since joining the royal family in 1999

She cut a sombre figure on Saturday at the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Clad in a demure high-necked dress and a matching face mask, Sophie, Countess of Wessex looked both poised and in line with protocol as she attended the intimate ceremony at Windsor Castle.

And it's not the first time the royal has effortlessly toed the line between event-appropriate and elegant.

The mother-of-two, 56, has perfected the art of dressing for the occasion since joining the royal family in 1999 with her marriage to Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II's youngest child.

The countess, who worked in public relations before becoming a full-time working royal, is just as comfortable in formal eveningwear as she is in relaxed separates.

With a penchant for labels such as Suzannah London, Alaia and Emilia Wickstead, Sophie has also embraced a more vibrant colour palette in recent years, stepping out in bold block colours.

Here, we take a look back through the archives to uncover some of her most elegant appearances.

Scroll through the gallery above to see more photos of Sophie, Countess of Wessex throughout the years.

Updated: April 20, 2021 11:21 AM

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