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Sophie Wessex wows in a £1,650 dress to meet the President and Prime Minister of Lebanon

The Countess of Wessex met the President and Prime Minister of Lebanon on the second day of her visit to the country. 

Sophie, 54, who is the first royal to officially visit Lebanon, met with the officials in Beirut earlier today.

For the occasion Sophie donned a £1,650 dress printed with ‘peace lilies’ from favourite label Suzannah. She paired the frock with nude ballet shoes.

Sophie Countess of Wessex, 54, met with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri (left) in Beirut earlier today 

The royal, who is the first member of British royalty to visit Lebanon, sat down with the country's president Michel Aoun (right)

The royal, who is the first member of British royalty to visit Lebanon, sat down with the country’s president Michel Aoun (right) 

Her blonde hair was styled in a neat bun and she wore discreet jewelry to complete the look.  

During her visit Prime Minister Saad Hariri took her to the balcony, where she admired the Beirut skyline and he pointed to the different monuments she could see.

She also sat for a meeting with the country’s president Michel Aoun.

Sophie is visiting Lebanon at the request of the the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Her trip was kept a secret until the very last moment for security reasons. 

Yesterday she visited a Syrian refugee settlement in Bekaa Valley.   

Visiting the residence of the country's Prime Minister (pictured right), Sophie sat down for a chat and some pictures

Visiting the residence of the country’s Prime Minister (pictured right), Sophie sat down for a chat and some pictures 

The British royal enjoyed a lively chat with the Prime Minister as they posed for pictures together, sitting by the portrait of Lebanon's President Michel Aoun

The British royal enjoyed a lively chat with the Prime Minister as they posed for pictures together, sitting by the portrait of Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun 

While she visited the settlement, Sophie spotted a toddler and stopped to meet their mother. All smiles, the countess talked to the child as volunteers and refugees looked on. 

She later interacted with more children, including a little girl named Sidra who seemed a bit starstruck.

Sidra’s sister Nisrine, four, was not shy and could not resist climbing on top of Sophie’s back as the Countess talked to their mother Asmaa, 25. 

She had the chance to admire the Beirut skyline with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri during her visit

She had the chance to admire the Beirut skyline with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri during her visit 

Sophie took in the view as Mr Harari talked her through the city's skyline, from the balcony of his residence in Beirut

Sophie took in the view as Mr Harari talked her through the city’s skyline, from the balcony of his residence in Beirut 

Sophie (pictured) later signed the Lebanese PM's visitors book. She visited the country at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Sophie (pictured) later signed the Lebanese PM’s visitors book. She visited the country at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 

Sophie (pictured with Lord Ahmad and support staff) beamed during the first official Royal visit to the country, wearing a floral frock by Suzannah

Sophie (pictured with Lord Ahmad and support staff) beamed during the first official Royal visit to the country, wearing a floral frock by Suzannah

The Royal spoke at length to Father Paul Karam, at a Caritas Lebanon shelter, which supports victims of sexual and gender-based violence, in the south of Beirut

The Royal spoke at length to Father Paul Karam, at a Caritas Lebanon shelter, which supports victims of sexual and gender-based violence, in the south of Beirut

Sophie was shown around the shelter which launched in 1972,  offering temporary housing, medical assistance, counselling and legal assistance, in addition to protection for women

Sophie was shown around the shelter which launched in 1972,  offering temporary housing, medical assistance, counselling and legal assistance, in addition to protection for women

The 54-year-old appeared delighted as she sat for a talk with a refugee woman and her children, alongside Father Paul Karam

The 54-year-old appeared delighted as she sat for a talk with a refugee woman and her children, alongside Father Paul Karam

Refugee women and children at Caritas Lebanon shelter met with Sophie as the UK continues to support Caritas in Lebanon, as part of a two-year programme, through the FCO's International Programme

Refugee women and children at Caritas Lebanon shelter met with Sophie as the UK continues to support Caritas in Lebanon, as part of a two-year programme, through the FCO’s International Programme

The Countess of Wessex (pictured with Nadim Mla'eb, Mayor of Baissour) also attended a community council meeting in Lebanon

The Countess of Wessex (pictured with Nadim Mla’eb, Mayor of Baissour) also attended a community council meeting in Lebanon 

She later on met with an Non governmental association called the Awareness Foundation’s in Beirut. She met and talked with the organisation’s ‘Syrian ‘Ambassadors for Peace.’  

During her stay in Lebanon, Sophie will hear how the UK is championing women’s engagement in peace and security issues in the region, and recognise the ongoing humanitarian response to the Syria crisis from both the UK and Lebanon. 

The countess announced her commitment to supporting the UK’s efforts in the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, and the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) earlier this year.

The latter organisation was set up by actress Angelina Jolie and former former foreign secretary William Hague in 2014.  

Yesterday, Sophie met with the Syrian Ambassadors for Peace of the Awareness Foundation (pictured) in Beirut

Yesterday, Sophie met with the Syrian Ambassadors for Peace of the Awareness Foundation (pictured) in Beirut 

Later Sophie met with another of the children of the camp, a shy six-year-old girl (pictured) named Sidra

Later Sophie met with another of the children of the camp, a shy six-year-old girl (pictured) named Sidra

The Countess could not resist stroking the baby's cheek during her visit to the refugee settlement in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

The Countess could not resist stroking the baby’s cheek during her visit to the refugee settlement in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Sophie, 54, sat down with family and played with children during her visit of the settle. There she is smiling as four year-old Nisrine (left) climbs on her back and six-year old Sidra (right) sits next to her

Sophie, 54, sat down with family and played with children during her visit of the settle. There she is smiling as four year-old Nisrine (left) climbs on her back and six-year old Sidra (right) sits next to her 

Sophie Countess of Wessex (pictured) at the Bekaa Valley refugee camp in Lebanon, where she met Syrian refugee women who have been displaced following the conflict in the region

Sophie Countess of Wessex (pictured) at the Bekaa Valley refugee camp in Lebanon, where she met Syrian refugee women who have been displaced following the conflict in the region 

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