Sophie Wessex keeps calm and carries on as wild animal nearly knocks her sunglasses off during official outing

Sophie Wessex remained calm when she was swooped by a bird, nearly knocking her sunglasses clean off, during an official outing

Sophie, Countess of Wessex handles a parrot at The Botanical Gardens on April 23, 2022 in Kingstown, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines. The Earl and Countess of Wessex are touring the region for one week, with visits to Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. The tour forms part of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
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Sophie Wessex was attacked by a bird during a recent outing and fans cannot get over how well she styled the pretty awkward moment out.


It's been said that, Sophie Wessex has, "very big shoes to fill," as she climbs the Royal Family ranks. However, if this altercation is anything to go by, this Countess isn't easily ruffled.

Bagshot Park's famous resident and her husband Prince Edward are on an official royal tour of the Caribbean, as Lady Louise’s life-altering decision remains unclear. During a visit to the botanical gardens in the island nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines she met their national bird, the Amazona guildingii. However, the meeting didn't go quite to plan.

As the Countess walked into the aviary, she hadn't spotted the bird perched on top of a cage behind her. The Earl of Wessex, who also didn't initially see the feathered beast, was standing close behind her when the bird swooped down.

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Quick thinking Sophie ducked, but not quite low enough as the bird knocked her sunglasses off her head and onto her face. The royal managed to laugh it off and acted cool as a cucumber throughout the whole experience.

Fans couldn't believe how chilled she was over it all with one Twitter user commenting, "She is so gracious. The way she acted was so regal. I would have screamed and started chanting in prayers. LMAO."

Another added, "The Countess is just gorgeous. Always classy and professional even when faced with a frenzied bird."

Sophie, Countess of Wessex smiles as she poses with Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Cyril Errol Melchiades Charles, Acting Governor-General of Saint Lucia and his wife Anysia Charles on day one of their Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of the Caribbean at Government House on April 22, 2022 in Castries, Saint Lucia. The Earl and Countess of Wessex are touring the region for one week, with visits to Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. The tour forms part of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

(Image credit: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Although this moment appears to have gained plenty of praise, their royal tour of the Caribbean has already been dubbed 'tone-deaf,' considering the horrific history of colonialism between the British monarchy and the region. Their trip comes only months after the Cambridges' royal tour of the region was heavily criticized. 

Anti Commonwealth and slavery reparation protests during this included one in which it was made crystal clear that Prince William and Kate Middleton are 'not welcome' in Jamaica. Prince William held ‘emergency crisis talks’

Aoife Hanna
Aoife Hanna

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