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Sophie Wessex stuns in blue as she gives speech on female empowerment

Royal blue! Sophie Wessex speaks at a reception for women’s rights campaigners as she returns to the Democratic Republic of the Congo after a whirlwind visit to Rwanda

  • Prince Edward’s wife, 57, met with women’s rights campaigners this afternoon  
  • The mother-of-two opted for a chic £136 maxi dress from British brand ME + EM
  • She finished off her look with tan espadrille wedges and silver leaf earrings

The Countess of Wessex looked radiant in a blue maxi shirt dress as she delivered a speech on female empowerment during her tour of the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

The wife of Prince Edward, 57, opted for a £136 frock from British brand ME + EM as she braved the 30C heat on the second day of the couple’s royal tour.

The mother-of-two finished off her ensemble with a pair of elegant silver leaf earrings and some tan espadrille wedges.

Sophie Wessex, 57, stunned in a £136 Me + Em blue dress on the second day of her African tour

Sophie Wessex, 57, stunned in a £136 Me + Em blue dress on the second day of her African tour

The Countess of Wessex attended a reception at the British High Commissioner's Residence in Kinshasa where she joined campaigners working across the country to uphold and protect women's rights

The Countess of Wessex attended a reception at the British High Commissioner’s Residence in Kinshasa where she joined campaigners working across the country to uphold and protect women’s rights

The Countess of Wessex alongside Special Advisor to the President on Youth, Gender and Violence Against Women Chantal Mulop during a reception to discuss the empowerment of women and girls at the British High Commissioner's Residence in Kinshasa

The Countess of Wessex alongside Special Advisor to the President on Youth, Gender and Violence Against Women Chantal Mulop during a reception to discuss the empowerment of women and girls at the British High Commissioner’s Residence in Kinshasa 

The Countess of Wessex with Minister for Justice Rose Mutombo (right) and other Congolese ministers at a roundtable meeting to discuss the empowerment of women and girls at the British High Commissioner's Residence in Kinshasa

The Countess of Wessex with Minister for Justice Rose Mutombo (right) and other Congolese ministers at a roundtable meeting to discuss the empowerment of women and girls at the British High Commissioner’s Residence in Kinshasa

 Sophie kicked off the day with a meeting with ministers regarding the urgent need to address conflict related sexual violence – which has been the main focus of the Countess’ engagements so far.

The mother-of-two then attended a reception at the British High Commissioner’s Residence in Kinshasa where she joined campaigners working across the country to uphold and protect women’s rights.  

Sophie’s keynote speech follows her meeting with NGOs in Rwanda yesterday who are working tirelessly to working to address gender-based violence in the nation.

The Countess also met with Prof Nshuti Manasseh, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Jeannette Bayisenge, the Minister for Gender and Family Promotion – amid other leading figures.

Later, she went on to meet with the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Felix Tshisekedi at the Cite De L'Union Africaine in Kinshasa

Later, she went on to meet with the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Felix Tshisekedi at the Cite De L’Union Africaine in Kinshasa

The Countess meets with President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Felix Tshisekedi alongside Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

The Countess meets with President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Felix Tshisekedi alongside Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

Later, she went on to meet with the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Felix Tshisekedi at the Cite De L’Union Africaine in Kinshasa.

The Countess changed her ensemb;le  Yesterday, the Countess was in Rwanda where she paid her respects to the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi people.

Sophie was visibly emotional as she looked at photographs and human remains of victims at the nation’s Kigali Genocide Memorial.  

As well as laying a wreath of white roses, the Countess also left a touching message to mark the visit. 

It read: ”A very moving and fitting tribute to those who were lost, but with hope for the future.’

In 1994 hundreds of thousands of members of the Tutsi community were slaughtered in Rwanda by ethnic Hutu extremists.

The Countess of Wessex, alongside Lord Ahmad (left) and members of the Congolese government at a reception for the empowerment of women and girls at the British High Commissioner's Residence in Kinshasa.

The Countess of Wessex, alongside Lord Ahmad (left) and members of the Congolese government at a reception for the empowerment of women and girls at the British High Commissioner’s Residence in Kinshasa.

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