Monday, September 17, 2012

HRH Sophie, The Countess of Wessex in Niagara

If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I am somewhat of a Royalist and have been since I was a child. So when I heard that Prince Edward and Sophie, The Countess of Wessex (the Queen's youngest son and his wife for you weirdos who don't know who they are) were in Canada and would be in the Niagara Region I knew I had to go and check it out. I headed out to the site of one of her engagements and was slightly embarrassed to find that I was the youngest person waiting to see her by at least 30 years. (I'm super cool!) The crowd was also quite small (no more than 15-20 people) so I was pretty sure that I would at the very least get a good photograph of her.
 She pulled up to the Wine Centre just after 3:15pm and before greeting the officials who were waiting for her she said she was going to greet the crowd. She walked around her car and worked her way down the line of people waiting to catch a glimpse of her (and we got more than a glimpse). Some people had photographs of previous visits and she stopped to look at them. 
Right about here she stopped in front of me and said "Hello, how are you?" I'm pretty sure I answered back "fine, thank you, how are you?" Seriously, what do you say to a member of the Royal Family?! I didn't actually think I'd get the chance to say anything and was slightly unprepared but those few seconds totally made my week. 
I watched her wedding to Prince Edward with my mom (who doesn't remember) and sister back in 1999 so lets just say a childhood dream came true. Prior to her arrival a reporter from the local newspaper was asking people in the crowd some questions. She asked two elderly women (in their 80's probably) "who are you here to see?" they replied, "we are here to see Fergie!" Wrong royal ladies, wrong royal (hahaha).
Here is my "OMG I just talked to her"face and "I'm in the same shot as her" face (she's somewhere in the group of people behind me)
And because this is a fashion blog here are some better shots of what she was wearing. The dress and jacket were beautiful. This is also the same look that she wore to the Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service back in June. I'm not sure who designed the dress and jacket but I really loved them!


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