Countess of Wessex and Edward and swarmed with schoolchildren on day two of their visit to Gibraltar


True blue! Sophie Wessex has a quick outfit change as she joins Prince Edward on a walkabout in Gibraltar after spending the morning meeting schoolchildren

  • Countess of Wessex looked stylish in an off-white dress as she reached Gibraltar 
  • Sophie, 57, wore a shirt sleeved structured dress with full skirt to visit the island
  • Later performed an outfit change and switched to a floral white and blue number
  • She was joined by Prince Edward as part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee  

The Countess of Wessex was a vision in blue as she stepped out this morning to begin day two or her and Prince Edward’s visit to Gibraltar.  

The mother-of-two, 57, donned a blue day dress to visit the Moorish Castle Estate, where she and the Earl of Wessex, 58, were greeted by dozens of schoolchildren in uniform. 

During the joyous walkabout, Sophie was gifted flowers by local schoolgirls and was seen chatting with pupils and their parents. 

After her first set of engagements, the Countess performed an outfit change and donned another blue number, this time with a floral pattern. 

The Countess of Wessex was a real vision in blue as she stepped out this morning to begin day two or her and Prince Edward's visit to Gibraltar

The Countess of Wessex was a real vision in blue as she stepped out this morning to begin day two or her and Prince Edward’s visit to Gibraltar

Sophie later performed an outfit change to resume the walkabout alongside Gibraltar's Main Street

Sophie later performed an outfit change to resume the walkabout alongside Gibraltar’s Main Street 

For her day out, Sophie opted for an elegant tiered shirt dress ibn a flattering shade of blue. 

The number highlighted the Countess’s slim shape with a large white leather belt at the waist.  

Sophie paired the dress with sensible denim espadrilles adorned with white flowers, which matched her accessories, which included blue drop earrings and a white bracelet.  

The Queen’s stylish daughter-in-law was also seen carrying a raffia bag adorned with blue flowers. 

Sophie received a beautiful bouquet of red and white roses and took the time to introduce herself to the pupils

Sophie received a beautiful bouquet of red and white roses and took the time to introduce herself to the pupils 

Her pair was styled in a practical updo, held by a pin at the back of her head. 

The mother-of-two was sporting a natural makeup, with just a dash of bronzer and mascara, however, she perfected the look with subtle touches of glamour, including a pastel pink manicure. 

Meanwhile, the Earl of Wessex looked very dapper in a navy blazer he wore over a crisp white jacket with blue chinos.  

Sophie seemed in her element as she introduced herself to the schoolchildren who had been awaiting her arrival. 

The couple were greeted by schoolchildren waving Union Jack flags this morning. Prince Edward, 58, looked very dapper in a navy blaser

The couple were greeted by schoolchildren waving Union Jack flags this morning. Prince Edward, 58, looked very dapper in a navy blaser 

Older schoolchildren were waving a large Union Jack flag with the Queen's Jubilee's logo for the Wessexes' visit

Older schoolchildren were waving a large Union Jack flag with the Queen’s Jubilee’s logo for the Wessexes’ visit 

Sophie could not resist stopping to give a special hello to a mother and her baby who had come to the royal walkabout on Main Street

Sophie could not resist stopping to give a special hello to a mother and her baby who had come to the royal walkabout on Main Street

She accepted a beautiful bouquet of red and white roses and blooms that was handed to her by the local pupils. 

The mother-of-two also stopped to greet local mothers and get herself acquainted with their adorable babies. 

As the morning progressed, the royal couple visited the Moorish Castle Estate, before heading to the mental health charity The Clubhouse. 

High five! The Countess clapped hands with one of the local boys, who also gifted her with drawings

High five! The Countess clapped hands with one of the local boys, who also gifted her with drawings 

For her day out, Sophie opted for a flattering blue shirt dress cinched with a white belt, her accessories had floral details too

For her day out, Sophie opted for a flattering blue shirt dress cinched with a white belt, her accessories had floral details too 

Prince Edward was greeted by Gibraltar officials as the couple began the second day of their visit

Prince Edward was greeted by Gibraltar officials as the couple began the second day of their visit 

Sophie seemed in her element as local children coyly introduced themselves. Some were waving small Gibraltar flags

Sophie seemed in her element as local children coyly introduced themselves. Some were waving small Gibraltar flags 

Divide and conquer! Edward and Sophie kept to their side of the stairs as they began their morning walkabout

Divide and conquer! Edward and Sophie kept to their side of the stairs as they began their morning walkabout 

Mother-of-two Sophie gave a local baby a tender squeeze during the walkabout a she chatted to her mother

Mother-of-two Sophie gave a local baby a tender squeeze during the walkabout a she chatted to her mother 

The Countess of Wessex cut a relaxed yet stylish silhouette this morning, with denim espadrilles and a raffia bag

The Countess of Wessex cut a relaxed yet stylish silhouette this morning, with denim espadrilles and a raffia bag 

There, Sophie showed off her baking skills as she joined volunteers in the kitchen, where she served coffee and made a cake. 

She later joined a crafting workshop, making cards with the charity’s other volunteers. 

Later on in the morning, Sophie performed an outfit change and swapped to a floral white and blue dress and nude stilettos before resuming her walkabout around the city with Prince Edward. 

The Countess of Wessex put her travel woes behind her and looked stylish is a simple white dress when she arrived in Gibraltar on behalf of the Queen yesterday. 

Mother-of-two Sophie visited the Rock to see the Royal Gibraltar Regiment display its new colours during the Queen’s Birthday Parade.

The couple later headed to the charity Clubhouse, where Sophie helped volunteers with their crafting workshop

The couple later headed to the charity Clubhouse, where Sophie helped volunteers with their crafting workshop 

The Countess sported a subtle glamourous makeup, with just a dash of bronzer and mascara and a glossy lip

The Countess sported a subtle glamourous makeup, with just a dash of bronzer and mascara and a glossy lip

Sophie was put to work and was seen cutting a cake for the volunteers

She was also seen pouring some cream into a coffee cup

Sophie was put to work and was seen cutting a cake for the volunteers, left, during her visit. She was also seen pouring some cream into a coffee cup 

Expert barista! The Countess was seen pouring coffee from the machine like a pro under the watchful eyes of a volunteer

Expert barista! The Countess was seen pouring coffee from the machine like a pro under the watchful eyes of a volunteer 

Sophie sat down for coffee with some of the residents and staff at the mental health charity this morning

Sophie sat down for coffee with some of the residents and staff at the mental health charity this morning 

Later this morning, Sophie performed an outfit change and swapped the blue dress for a floral number she paired with nude stilettos

Later this morning, Sophie performed an outfit change and swapped the blue dress for a floral number she paired with nude stilettos 

The couple stopped to meet one of Gibraltar's elderly resident during a series of engagements this morning

The couple stopped to meet one of Gibraltar’s elderly resident during a series of engagements this morning 

Sophie looked elegantly stylish in an off white short sleeved structured dress with full pleated skirt. 

She wore her blonde hair neatly, yet casually pinned back, and opted for subtle accessorising with small pearl earrings, gold pendant and two delicate bracelets.

It comes as the plane carrying Sophie and her husband Prince Edward was forced to make an unscheduled landing due to what was described as a ‘technical issue.’

The couple were on their way to visit Gibraltar to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee when their flight was disrupted at the last minute.

Alternative arrangements were being made for their arrival on the Rock, which took place safely later on Tuesday, Buckingham Palace said.

A spokesperson for British Airways said its plane ‘landed normally’ back at Heathrow following a decision by pilots to return after taking off as a precaution.

This afternoon Sophie completed her sophisticated look with off white suede stilettos and matching bag. 

Following their arrival, the Royal Couple crossed the runway to RAF Gibraltar where they were greeted by gun salute from Devil's Tower Camp

Following their arrival, the Royal Couple crossed the runway to RAF Gibraltar where they were greeted by gun salute from Devil’s Tower Camp

The Count and Countess of Wessex are visiting Gibraltar to see the Royal Gibraltar Regiment display its new colours during the Queen's Birthday Parade

The Count and Countess of Wessex are visiting Gibraltar to see the Royal Gibraltar Regiment display its new colours during the Queen’s Birthday Parade

The Royals visited the Nautilus Project, to see how researchers are working to protect Gibraltar's marine life

The Royals visited the Nautilus Project, to see how researchers are working to protect Gibraltar’s marine life

Edward and Sophie are visiting Gibraltar to see the Royal Gibraltar Regiment display its new colours during the Queen’s Birthday Parade, which were approved by Her Majesty.

Prince Edward had presented the colours at a ceremony at Windsor Castle in March.

It has been 25 years since the regiment had new colours. The regiment’s flag now bears the Royal prefix, which it gained in 2009.

The visit is part of the Royal Family’s ongoing tour of the Commonwealth.

Following their arrival, the Royal Couple crossed the runway to RAF Gibraltar where they were greeted by gun salute from Devil’s Tower Camp.

The Earl of Wessex then took the Royal Salute and reviewed the Royal Gibraltar Regiment’s soldiers.

The Commander British Forces Steve Dainton & the Regiment’s Commanding Officer Lt Col Simon Dyson were present. 

]Edward and  Sophie met members of the Regiment as well as RAF Station Commander Nell Doherty.

The visit of the was been delayed after their British Airways flight was turned back to London Heathrow this morning. 

The BA Press Office confirmed to GBC that pilots on flight 490 decided to return to Heathrow as a precaution due to a minor technical issue, and the aircraft landed normally. It was making arrangements for passengers to be flown to Gibraltar on an alternative aircraft.

The Royals did visit the Nautilus Project, to see how researchers are working to protect Gibraltar’s marine life.

They also met with local people on a walk down Main Street. 

 The couple recently visited Belfast before heading to Bangor in County Down as part of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

In Belfast, the Earl and Countess met groups of performers, including the Belfast Busking Band.

On the beachfront of Bangor, which has newly been awarded city status, the pair joined members of the public at a vintage, seaside funfair.

Plane carrying Edward and Sophie forced to make emergency landing due to ‘technical issue’ 

A plane carrying the Earl and Countess of Wessex was forced to make an unscheduled landing due to what was described as a ‘technical issue.’ 

The couple were on their way to visit Gibraltar to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee when their flight was disrupted at the last minute.

Alternative arrangements were being made for their arrival on the Rock, which took place safely later on Tuesday, Buckingham Palace said.

A spokesperson for British Airways said its plane ‘landed normally’ back at Heathrow following a decision by pilots to return after taking off as a precaution.

Edward and Sophie were later met at Gibraltar International Airport by Governor Sir David Steel and Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.

They were due to move on to Gibraltar’s RAF base to be welcomed with a Guard of Honour formed of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment.

The trip is also set to feature a special Queen’s Birthday Parade near the 19th century British-built barracks in Casemates Square on Thursday.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Earl and Countess of Wessex’s arrival in Gibraltar has been delayed slightly, after their flight was diverted safely back to the UK due to a technical issue.’

A BA spokesman said: ‘Our pilots decided to return to Heathrow as a precaution due to a minor technical issue, and the aircraft landed normally.’

 

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