THE COUNTESS of Wessex was spotted decorating Valentine’s Day treats and reading stories during a heartbreaking visit to a hospice in London.
Sophie, 55, decorated Valentine’s Day biscuits and read to the residents of a hospice in Hampton, London called Shooting Star House. The Royal is a patron of the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices which is a charity that cares for children, babies and young people with life-threatening conditions that significantly alter their life expectancy.
She was photographed alongside Spandau Ballet star Tony Hadley, who is vice-president of the organisation.
Sophie was spotted wearing an understated ensemble of a black sweater and camel trousers to the hospice.
Her hair was tied back with a bulldog clip and her make up was refreshingly neutral.
She opened the charity’s Guildford hospice, Christopher’s, in 2002 and now supports Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
Royal Family news: Countess of Wessex decorates adorable Valentine’s Day biscuits at hospice (Image: GETTY)
Sophie, 55, decorated Valentine’s Day biscuits (Image: GETTY)
She regularly visits both and hosts vital fundraising events.
When she arrived, Sophie was shown around the newly refurbished lounge and dining areas.
The spaces were renovated last year in a bid to make families feel more at home with their loved ones in the hospice.
The Countess was then involved with the activities on offer which showcased her artistic skills.
Sophie was also seen reading ‘That’s Not My Princess….’, a popular children’s book (Image: GETTY)
She was also seen helping out three-year-old Gwen who has spina bifida.
The pair were seen adorably decorating Valentine’s Day cookies along with the girl’s mother, Jenny.
Jenny said of the day: “It’s been a lovely afternoon – Gwen thoroughly enjoyed meeting a real-life princess.
“Gwen decorated a biscuit with the countess, which is a special memory that we as a family will be able to treasure.
The Countess was then involved with the activities on offer (Image: GETTY)
She was also seen helping out three-year-old Gwen who has spina bifida (Image: GETTY)
“When you have a child with a life-limiting condition it’s lovely to be able to do things like this because life can be hard sometimes and these sorts of things make you realise that you’re not alone.
“The support that we get from the charity is just brilliant.”
Sophie was also seen reading ‘That’s Not My Princess….’, a popular children’s book.
She said to the nurses and care staff at the hospice: “Thank you for what you do in looking after these wonderful and beautiful children.
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“The care and love that you show to every single child who comes through the door is immeasurable.
“You are their family when they’re here. The parents trust you completely with their children and no price can be put on that.
“And to all of the people who are helping to fund this amazing organisation, thank you – it’s a very special place and I know that many families couldn’t survive without Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.”
Sophie became a working royal when she married Prince Edward in 1999 (Image: GETTY)
Sophie became a working royal when she married Prince Edward in 1999.
Since then, she has seemingly taken to her royal duties with ease and it is often speculated she is the closest royal with the Queen.
The Countess has appeared confident and has used her speech to assert herself in the role.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK