Sophie Wessex put on an elegant display in an emerald green dress as she joined her husband Prince Edward at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Thursday.
The Countess of Wessex, 57, greeted her brother-in-law Prince Charles with a kiss on the cheek as the royals took their seats ahead of the stunning spectacle.
Prince Charles, 73, is representing his mother, 96, at the sporting tournament as she continues to take a step back from royal duties. The Queen is currently on her annual summer holiday in Balmoral, Aberdeenshire.
A kiss for Charles! The Countess of Wessex, 57, greeted her brother-in-law Prince Charles with a kiss on the cheek as the royals took their seats ahead of the stunning spectacle
Gorgeous in green: Sophie Wessex put on an elegant display in an emerald green dress as she joined her husband Prince Edward at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Thursday
Let the games begin! Performers lit up the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
A tribute to history: The opening ceremony chartered the history of the host city, including the rise of women’s rights
Showstopping: One of the centrepieces of the opening ceremony was this enormous raging bull that trundled into the stadium
He was joined by his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, 75, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex for the breathtaking opening ceremony.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make an appearance at the Commonwealth Games next week.
The Countess of Wessex opted for a simple green satin shift dress with three-quarter sleeves for the engagement, and wore her blonde locks styled in soft waves around her face.
The Duchess of Cornwall stepped out in a black tunic coat with contrasting white trim.
The royals put on an animated display as they watched the action unfold, with Sophie at one point grabbing a pair of binoculars for a better view.
The Commonwealth Games kicked off with a powerful tribute to The Queen’s 70 years of ‘passion and commitment’ towards the participating nations.
Warm welcome: The Countess of Wessex gave brother-in-law Prince Charles a warm greeting at the opening ceremony
Royal arrival! (From left) Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are representing the Queen at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
Hello there! Sophie Wessex waved at someone as she and Edward (pictured sitting) took their seats at the opening ceremony
VIP viewers: (From left) Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation Dame Louise Martin, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex
Let me get a closer look! At one point the Countess of Wessex whipped out a pair of binoculars for a clearer view
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have arrived at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Birmingham in a blue soft-top car to huge cheers from a sell-out crowd.
The couple entered the arena at the same time as 72 other red, white or blue cars with links to the Birmingham car industry, which formed a Union flag in the centre of Alexander Stadium.
The couple then took their seats to watch the Red Arrows air display team fly over the arena leaving a red, white and blue trail.
Malala Yousafzai said the young athletes competing at the Games are a reminder that ‘every child deserves the chance to reach her full potential and pursue her wildest dreams’.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla appeared at the official start of the games where the senior royals represented Her Majesty, who is patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and Head of the Commonwealth
The senior royals arrived at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham in the Prince’s custom convertible Aston Martin
The RAF Red Arrows perform the classic flypast during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games
In a short but powerful message, the activist and author said competitors represented millions of children and ‘our shared hope for the future’.
‘Tonight, teams from 72 countries and territories join the people of Birmingham to celebrate friendship across borders,’ she said.
‘The young athletes who will compete over the next few weeks represent millions of girls and boys across the Commonwealth – our shared hope for the future. A future where every child can go to school, where women are free to participate in society, where families can live in peace and in dignity.
‘Over the next two weeks when we watch the incredible athletes of the Commonwealth Games, remember that every child deserves the chance to reach her full potential and pursue her wildest dreams.’
Prince Charles visits the Festival Site at Victoria Square, Birmingham before the opening of the 2022 Commonwealth Games
The Prince of Wales poses for a picture with athletes and members of the Sierra Leone team at Athletes Village, Birmingham
Which events will the Royals be attending in the Commonwealth Games?
Thursday, July 28
The Prince of Wales, accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, will represent The Queen at the opening ceremony.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex will also attend the ceremony, with Prince Edward being their in his capacity as vice-patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
At the ceremony Prince Charles will give a speech at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, delivering a message from Her Majesty in the process.
Friday, July 29
The Earl and Countess of Wessex will attend a series of sporting events, the details of which will be released in due course.
Anne, the Princess Royal, will visit the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village at Warwick University where she will meet athletes competing in the games.
She will then watch the Rugby Sevens at Coventry Stadium, where she will see the following matches: England vs Samoa; South Africa vs Malaysia; Scotland vs Tonga; and Canada vs Wales.
Saturday, July 30
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will watch cycling at Lee Valley Velopark in London, being in attendance for the 4,000m Individual Support and presenting the winning athletes with their medals.
Monday, August 1
The Earl and Countess of Wessex will return to Birmingham to watch events in the city between Monday and Wednesday.
Tuesday, August 2
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with the Earl and Countess of Wessex, will attend the games.
Saturday, August 6 – Monday, August 8
The Earl of Wessex will attend a series of fixtures at the Commonwealth Games, as well as meeting and thanking volunteers and support staff involved in running the events. He will then attend the closing ceremony on Monday, August 8, delivering a speech at the event.