Wessex's step out for first day of the Chelsea Flower Show

English rose! Sophie Wessex is pretty in a pink trouser suit as she joins Prince Edward at the first day of the Royal Chelsea Flower Show

  • Sophie, 57, sported a pale pink trouser suit as she visited the Flower Show 
  • Mother-of-two paired ensemble with brown wedges and a matching handbag 
  • Was taken on tour of the event to look at garden creations with husband Edward
  • Countess visited the event alongside the Queen, 96, and Princess Beatrice  

The Countess of Wessex was pretty in pink today as she paid a visit to the Royal Chelsea Flower Show with her husband Prince Edward.

Sophie, 57, sported a pale pastel trouser suit as she visited the event in London today, pairing her ensemble with brown wedges and a matching handbag. 

The mother-of-two and the Earl were taken on a tour and introduced to artists and designers at the annual event in the Royal Hospital Chelsea, which showcases the best garden creations and is this year focusing on the theme of calm and mindfulness.

The couple were beaming as they joined the Queen, 96, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi for the public appearance earlier today. 

The Countess of Wessex was pretty in pink today as she paid a visit to the Royal Chelsea Flower Show with her husband Prince Edward 

The mother-of-two and her husband, pictured,  were animated as they looked at one of the exhibitions during their visit to the flower show today

Sophie and Edward, pictured, crouched to look at the plants and designs more closely during their visit 

As she walked around the event, she opted for simple makeup and silver earrings, sweeping her hair into a bun.

The royal couple met with artists and took a closer look at displays in the show. 

The 57-year-old was also photographed pointing at something within the show, while deep in conversation with her husband.

Sophie smiled as she spoke to their guide and greeted guests and visitors at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Sophie and Edward, pictured, appeared enthralled at the show earlier today as they peered down to look more closely at ‘The Cirrus’ Garden

One of the designers at the show, Jason Williams, pictured, spoke to Sophie and Edward about his work ‘The Cirrus Garden’ at today’s show 

At one point, both were photographed crouching down to get a closer look at ‘The Cirrus Garden’ by designer Jason Williams.

They also appeared to be sharing a joke as they laughed together while looking at one of the designs, grinning from ear to ear.

 And they were snapped listening intently during their visit to the flower show. 

It comes as the Queen, who is Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, made a visit  to see the displays which celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.

Both Sophie and Edward, pictured, grinned as they looked at another of the displays during their visit to the Royal Chelsea Flower Show 

The Queen is thought to have only missed around 11 flower shows during her entire reign, with the most recent due to the pandemic.

Other royal guests included Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

The iconic flower show features laser-cut silhouettes of the Queen, surrounded by 70 planted, terracotta pots, representing each year of Her Majesty’s reign.

Royal Chelsea Flower Show was established in 1913 and is one of the largest showcases for garden designers, attracting worldwide visitors.  

The royal couple, pictured, listened intently as they met with artists during a tour of the Chelsea Flower show today

Sophie and Edward smiled as they were given a tour of the different gardens on display at the show earlier 

It has grown from 244 exhibitors in 1913 to more than 500 today, including gardens, nurseries, floristry, educational displays and trade stands. The show attracts 168,000 visitors yearly.

The RQAF Benevolent Fund Garden – which harks to the Battle of Britain in celebration of the support the charity has provided to RAF personnel, veterans and their families for over 100 years – is among the many features that will be shown to the Royal Family.

Helena Pettit, RHS director of gardens and shows, said: ‘We can’t wait to see the return of a spring RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2022 and welcome our visitors back after a two-year wait.

‘The show is jam-packed with stunning gardens and inspirational displays and, with an abundance of wildlife-friendly planting, we won’t be the only ones buzzing!’

The Queen’s appearance came after she was shown how to top up an Oyster card on Tuesday during a surprise visit to Paddington Station to officially open the Elizabeth line with Prince Edward – days after cancelling her appearance at the State Opening of Parliament due to ‘mobility issues’.

Princess Beatrice was also in attendance at the event earlier today, alongside her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi  

The Queen, 96, was stunning in a bright pink coat as she arrived at the event in London in a buggy earlier today

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