Sophie Wessex looks effortlessly chic as she opens new JCB plant


The Countess of Wessex cut an elegant figure as she attended an engagement today.  

The stylish royal braved the rain to open a new manufacturing plant for JCB in Uttoxeter this morning. 

The wife of Prince Edward, 57, wrapped up in a gingham coat in brown and blue from Harris Wharf London, which she first wore in March. 

She paired it with a beloved sweeping forest green skirt from Alberta Ferretti which she has also worn several times. 

Today’s event saw the mother-of-two unveil a plaque at the plant, and congratulating JCB staff on their fundraising efforts for the NSPCC, the child protection charity she is a patron of. 

Later, Sophie travelled to Safe Space, in Newcastle Under Lyme, UK, where she learned more about the work being carried out by staff and volunteers on the local refugee programme, before visiting the local Salvation Army Centre. 

The mother-of-two got down to her knees in order to speak to some of the local children she met in Safe Space 

Sophie happily posed in the driver's seat as she took a tour around the new JCB Plant this afternoon

Sophie happily posed in the driver’s seat as she took a tour around the new JCB Plant this afternoon

Sophie stepped out of her car while an aide rushed with an umbrella to protect her from the cold November rain.

Looking relaxed, the mother-of-two met with the JCB staff who will work on the plant as well as officials from the company. 

She wore the pleated, high-waisted green skirt with a fine knit sweater in a warm shade of burgundy, and paired the look with a clutch in a similar tone from designer Sophie Habsburg, which she debuted last week. 

The mother-of-two gave her outfit an autumnal feel with a pair of suede brown boots.

The wife of Prince Edward, 57, braved the rain to open a new manufacturing plant for JCB in Uttoxeter this morning

The wife of Prince Edward, 57, braved the rain to open a new manufacturing plant for JCB in Uttoxeter this morning

Today's event saw the mother-of-two unveil a plaque at the plant, and congratulating JCB staff on their fundraising efforts for the NSPCC, the child protection charity she is a patron of

Today’s event saw the mother-of-two unveil a plaque at the plant, and congratulating JCB staff on their fundraising efforts for the NSPCC, the child protection charity she is a patron of

She sported a pretty day makeup, with a pink lip and a smoky eye and just a dash of blush to bring a glowing shimmer to her complexion

She sported a pretty day makeup, with a pink lip and a smoky eye and just a dash of blush to bring a glowing shimmer to her complexion

The Countess of Wessex was all smiles as she officially opened the premises

The Countess of Wessex was all smiles as she officially opened the premises

Sophie looked very elegant as she chatted with JBC staff by the new plant's production command centre

Sophie looked very elegant as she chatted with JBC staff by the new plant’s production command centre 

The royal chatted with the plants' employees, who were all wearing their JCB uniforms during her visit

The royal chatted with the plants’ employees, who were all wearing their JCB uniforms during her visit 

The mother-of-two, who took over the patronage of the NSPCC from Queen Elizabeth in 2016, was wearing the charity's pin on the lapel of her coat

The mother-of-two, who took over the patronage of the NSPCC from Queen Elizabeth in 2016, was wearing the charity’s pin on the lapel of her coat 

During the visit, the mother-of-two was shown around the plant and chatted with its staff. Pictured accepting a bouquet of flowers as she arrived for her tour

During the visit, the mother-of-two was shown around the plant and chatted with its staff. Pictured accepting a bouquet of flowers as she arrived for her tour

Sophie was given an tour of the new JCB facilities and met with production operators, some of whom are hearing impaired

Sophie was given an tour of the new JCB facilities and met with production operators, some of whom are hearing impaired

The Countess of Wessex took a look at the machinery available at the plant during her visit today

The Countess of Wessex took a look at the machinery available at the plant during her visit today

The Countess of Wessex looked relaxed during the visit and smiled as she as she signed the guest book

The Countess of Wessex looked relaxed during the visit and smiled as she as she signed the guest book 

The countess was in good spirits and could be seen joking and laughing with the members of staff present

The countess was in good spirits and could be seen joking and laughing with the members of staff present 

She added a touch of bling with a gold cuff bracelet from Halcyon Days adorned with a a ruby and another sporting an emerald which matched her stud earrings, and a pin that read ‘NSPCC’ on the label of her coat. 

Sophie’s blonde locks were styled into a natural wind-swept blow-dry, and she sported a pretty day makeup, with a pink lip and a smoky eye and just a dash of blush to bring a glowing shimmer to her complexion. 

During the visit, the mother-of-two was shown around the plant and chatted with its staff. 

She met with production operators, some of whom are hearing impaired. She also met some of the young apprentices working at the plant, before moving to the Cab Completion Area, where she viewed a demonstration of the virtual reality cab. 

She also thanked the attendees and praised JCB for the amount of fundraising it has accomplished for the NSPCC over their three-decades-long partnership. 

Sophie has been the patron of the NSCPCC since 2016, taking over from Queen Elizabeth II. 

Later on during the day, Sophie travelled to Safe Space, in Newcastle Under Lyme, UK, where she learned more about the work being carried out by staff and volunteers on the local refugee programme

Sophie recognised one of the attendees during her visit of the plant, and reached out to hug them

Sophie recognised one of the attendees during her visit of the plant, and reached out to hug them 

Sophie was seen kissing on of the attendees on the cheek during the event in Ottoxeter this afternoon

Sophie was seen kissing on of the attendees on the cheek during the event in Ottoxeter this afternoon 

Later on during the day, Sophie travelled to Safe Space, in Newcastle Under Lyme, UK, where she learned more about the work being carried out by staff and volunteers on the local refugee programme

Later on during the day, Sophie travelled to Safe Space, in Newcastle Under Lyme, UK, where she learned more about the work being carried out by staff and volunteers on the local refugee programme 

Doting Sphie got a closer look at a little girl's school uniform during her visit as she chatted to her and some of the centre's staff

Doting Sphie got a closer look at a little girl’s school uniform during her visit as she chatted to her and some of the centre’s staff 

Sophie also visited Newcastle Under Lyme's local Salvation Army centre. where she met with volunteers

Sophie also visited Newcastle Under Lyme’s local Salvation Army centre. where she met with volunteers 

Sophie, who attendance the Remembrance Day Service on Sunday, sat down for tea with one of the Salvation Army Centre's visitor

Sophie, who attendance the Remembrance Day Service on Sunday, sat down for tea with one of the Salvation Army Centre’s visitor

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