Sophie Wessex makes poignant tribute to Prince Philip with extra personal touch

Sophie Wessex tribute to Prince Philip recognizes their bond and is praised by royal fans who say she's a 'huge asset to the family'

Sophie, Countess of Wessex attends The Ceremony of the Keys on the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 27, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Members of the Royal Family are spending a Royal Week in Scotland, carrying out a number of engagements between Monday June 27 and Friday July 01, 2022.
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Sophie Wessex tribute to Prince Philip during Holyrood Week touched many royal fans. The hardworking royal planted a rose in his honor and coordinated her outfit to match the bloom too!


After a week of busy engagements, which saw the Queen's children step up, Sophie Wessex tribute to Prince Philip most definitely stood out from the crowd. During a visit to an organization close to the late Duke's heart, the hard-working royal showed her natural flare for gardening - by planting a memorial rose.

The rose was planted during a visit to one of Capability Scotland (opens in new tab)'s centers and commemorated the Duke as well as celebrating their 75th year. The organization, to which Prince Philip was a patron for 60 years, delivers care, support, and education for disabled children and adults, that is tailored to the person's individual needs. 

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Sophie Wessex pink suit perfectly matched the memorial rose, an extra touching nod to her father-in-law's memory and an easy one for the Countess who famously adores the rose hue.

Although the Countess' love of all things pink is shared by her daughter, as evidenced by the headband worn with Lady Louise's dress, they also share a special bond with the late Duke.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex wait for the start of the Epsom Derby at Epsom Downs racecourse on June 4, 2011 in Epsom, England. Carlton Hall had been the Bookmakers favourite to win the Derby, but came in third place, with Pour Moi winning.

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In fact, it's been said that Lady Louise Windsor’s birth marked a turning point for Prince Philip after royal ‘snub’. So much so that the youngest female of the Queen's grandchildren was clearly the apple of her grandfather's eye.

Lady Louise and Prince Philip's bond was even more clear after his passing, when she reportedly inherited two of his carriage-driving ponies, named Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw Storm. As well as the beautiful ponies, he also left her his beloved dark green carriage - which was built to his own specifications. 

Aoife Hanna
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