Duchess Sophie’s shell-pink satin shirt and statement belt is the style pairing we’ve been dreaming of!

Duchess Sophie’s shell-pink satin shirt was paired with a statement brown belt and cozy cardigan and it couldn’t be more perfect for spring

Duchess Sophie’s shell-pink satin shirt for recent visit wows. Seen here the Duchess of Edinburgh visits HMS Daring
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Duchess Sophie’s shell-pink satin shirt and statement belt is the style pairing we’ve been dreaming of this spring. 

When it comes to royal fashion Kate Middleton’s dresses might have become more well-known, but her aunt-in-law the Duchess of Edinburgh is also pushing the boundaries. Not only did Princess Catherine’s red nail polish at Easter mirror a confident move from Duchess Sophie, but both have showcased a flair for seasonal outfits with equally bold details. Just days after Duchess Sophie’s bold pink coat wowed as she walked to church at Windsor Castle on Easter Sunday, she showed transitional dressing can be fun and full of texture in London. 

Duchess Sophie’s shell-pink satin shirt was the perfect soft pastel tone for spring as she attended Mencap’s Health Inequalities Summit at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Mencap is committed to supporting people with learning disabilities and focused on improving their lives. The Duchess of Edinburgh has been Patron of Mencap since 2004 and she learnt about the healthcare inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities.

For this important engagement, Duchess Sophie wore a satin shirt tucked into a fashion-forward snake-print Emilia Wickstead skirt. This was quite a surprising choice for Duchess Sophie, whose husband Prince Edward is 13th in the royal line of succession as animal prints are not typical go-tos for senior royals.

Satin Collared Blouse |$43 /£35 | Marks & Spencer 

Satin Collared Blouse |$43 /£35 | Marks & Spencer 

Bring pastels into your wardrobe this spring with this beautiful satin blouse. Recreate Duchess Sophie's shell-pink satin shirt with this staple, featuring long sleeves, elegant buttons and waist darts for extra structure.

Olivia O Detail Croc Leather Jeans Belt |$35/£28 | John Lewis

Olivia O Detail Croc Leather Jeans Belt |$35/£28 | John Lewis

With its more low-key gold buckle, this tan belt is a versatile accessory that can help you put your own twist on Duchess Sophie's statement belt look. Made from leather, this brown crocodile-effect belt is the perfect finishing detail to your outfit.

Adding extra dimension and detail to her outfit, the Duchess of Edinburgh brought the two items together with a statement brown waist belt. The large metal clasp appears to have a pattern of engraving and stones set into it which mirrors the style of her circle stud earrings - a unique pair that also has stones branching out from the center. Over the top of Duchess Sophie’s shell-pink shirt and giving even more texture to the final look was a cozy beige coatigan. 

Perfect for the sunshine and chillier breeze in London, Duchess Sophie proved she was the Queen of spring dressing with this confident outfit. The contrast of the satin shirt, knitted coatigan and brown leather belt comes together to form a look that is both formal and modern for this significant engagement. 

Sophie, Countess of Wessex joins the Virtual London Marathon

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Duchess Sophie took over as Patron of Mencap from the late Queen Mother and ran the first 1.5 miles of the virtual London Marathon in 2020 in support of this vital charity. At the summit, the Duchess of Edinburgh heard from NHS Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard, Mencap Chair Dame Carolyn Fairbairn and met many inspirational campaigners including Cath Horbury and Paula McGowan as well as campaigners for Mencap’s Treat Me Well campaign.

This was launched in 2018 with a mission to transform how how people with a learning disability are treated by the NHS in hospital. 

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!