Princess Anne and Countess Sophie: The rare ‘double act’ were a ‘delight’ at royal event

Princess Anne and the Countess of Wessex were carrying out their royal duties attending the show, as Westmorland County Show’s website states, “Westmorland County Agricultural Society has been honoured with the highly esteemed Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2021”. The Westmorland County Show is an agricultural show with events such as show jumping, dog shows, and even sheep and fleece classes. Princess Anne and the Countess of Wessex appeared to be in great spirits as they attended the event together.

Their relationship has often been analysed throughout the years as very cordial, as there have been no major disagreements between the pair nor any royal scandals or drama between the two royal ladies.

Rumours swirled during the 1980s and 1990s that Princess Anne often disapproved of Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson’s actions, the wives of Anne’s other two brothers, but those same rumours never applied to the Countess of Wessex.

A body language expert, Judi James, spoke to about the relationship between Princess Anne and Sophie and analysed their appearances today at the Westmorland County Show.

Judi said: “It’s always a pleasure to spot happy relationships in the royal Firm and this one, between Princess Anne and her sister-in-law Sophie, is a bit of unexpected joy.

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“The two women are rarely spotted together in public, least of all on royal visits.

“This is probably because their workload and their almost identical profiles as drama-free and loyal professionals makes a double act between them unnecessary and a bit of a waste of good talent.

“It’s pretty clear from their body language in these poses though that they delight in each other’s company and have a capacity for shared humour and fun.

“Anne, in particular, seems to have dropped her guard here and to be fully immersed in the kind of relaxed body language and authentic laughter we only normally see from her when she is with her daughter Zara and her children.


“They form a very good synchronized double act.

“Even when they are standing back-to-back their body language is pretty similar and this mirroring suggests strong bonds of empathy and like-minded thinking.

“Not only is Anne happy to hold her own umbrella here, but she also looks completely comfortable holding it over Sophie’s head, too.

“Her fun rituals involve the kind of backwards-lean that suggests side-splitting smiles.

The Countess of Wessex and her husband Prince Edward also attended a royal event on Wednesday, when they paid a low-key visit to a Northamptonshire charity, Home-Start Corby.

They paid tribute to the staff there for their work supporting the local community.

Also, on Tuesday Sophie attended the RAF Wittering base to watch regiments compete in the Wessex Cup.

The 56-year-old was in high spirits as she watched the games taking place, and she even showed off some of her skills as she played the rallying game Dirt Rally 2.

The Countess has a close link with the base, as she holds the honorary title of Air Commodore, Royal Air Force, Wittering.

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