Sophie Wessex Christmas card photo is here ahead of the festive celebrations

Sophie Wessex is the latest member of the Royal family to release a sweet Christmas card snap ahead of the royal festive celebrations.

Sophie Wessex Christmas Card: Countess of Wessex visits the Corps of Army Music for a renaming ceremony and short parade at Kneller Hall
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Sophie Wessex has released an adorable Christmas card photograph despite the family's Christmas plans thrown into chaos with Tier 4 restrictions.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, who live at their sprawling country home at Bagshot Park, are like many other families who are being forced to re-plan how they will spend the festive season, since the government plunged places into tighter lockdown restrictions.

The card following in the footsteps of Prince William's royal Christmas card and Duchess Camilla and Prince Charles's card creation

The couple, who were recently pictured with Her Majesty the Queen for the first time since lockdown began in March, have released the festive card, which includes a happy picture of Prince Edward, 56, and Sophie, 55, sitting on a straw bale with beaming smiles on their faces. 

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The photo, taken during a visit to Vauxhall City Farm, Lambeth back in October was a memorable trip for the pair after Sophie was left amused having come face to face with alpacas.

The card, shared on Twitter by a recipient, is signed by the couple and their teenage children, Lady Louise Windsor, 17 and James, Viscount Severn, 13.

The snap follows the trend of the Cambridges Christmas card which has the natural rustic feel, of the royals sitting on straw bales.

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During the visit to the city farm, Sophie was introduced to Jerry the alpaca and talked to the animal while he waited to be fed.

The Countess, who wore an elegant cream coat, plum jumper and olive green trousers, said to the animal, "You've got a funny face. I suppose you must think I have a funny face too."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to release their own official Christmas photo soon...

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