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- Sophie Wessex appeared on This Morning live from Buckingham Palace garden
- She was joined by presenter Eamonn Holmes to plant a tree in the grounds
- Tree was part of the Commonwealth Canopy project launched by the Queen
- The QCC will also be the subject of The Queen’s Green Planet, a documentary featuring The Queen with Sir David Attenborough
The Countess of Wessex showed off her gardening skills as she planted a tree in the grounds of Buckingham Palace live on This Morning.
The glamorous royal, 53, who was wearing a black and white printed dress, was joined by presenter Eamonn Holmes and got her hands dirty, joking she was ‘inappropriately dressed’.
Asked by the host if she had any tips when it comes to gardening, Sophie joked: ‘Yes there is, first of all you have to be completely inappropriately dressed.
‘I am always inappropriately dressed. The one concession I have made is to wear some very boring shoes because it’s actually been raining a lot otherwise I would sink,’ she said of her black wedge shoes.
Sophie Wessex was joined by Eamonn Holmes as she planted a tree in the gardens of Buckingham Palace
Flourish in floral like Sophie Wessex wearing Erdem
Countess Sophie of Wessex made an appearance on This Morning today live from the gardens of Buckingham Palace. Sophie, who was joined by presenter Eamonn Holmes, was there to plant a tree for the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project.
Looking radiant enough to fit right in to the spring outdoors, the Countess wore one of her favourite designers for the event. Of course, it’s Erdem and she went for the ‘Analena’ floral print dress that was tailored to a midi pencil fit. Sophie kept her look more minimal than usual for the event but it’s a great look if you don’t want to stand out any occasion or event too much yet still work the trends.
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The royal, who was wearing a black and white printed dress and wedged heels, got stuck in digging soil as Eamonn watched on
Sophie added: ‘Normally I’m teetering across wearing very high heels and not geared up for gardening. I thought I wouldn’t break with tradition today and do the same again.’
Asked by Eamonn she’d ever had chance to explore the Buckingham Palace grounds Sophie revealed she exercised there.
‘I have done in the past, I used to run around the grounds in an attempt to get fit.
She added that her children – Louise and James – have also enjoyed the spoils of the vast grounds: ‘Yes when the children were little we would come up in the school holidays.
‘There is actually a little sandpit over there [points] which has got a cover on it and we pulled it back and had about a million bugs in it. But yes the children have enjoyed the sandpit and running around the back garden too.’
Sophie attended an event to mark the launch of the Queen’s Canopy Project (QCC) where Buckingham Palace was transformed on Sunday night as a rainforest design was projected on to the building.
The countess planted the tree as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project which is planting a tree for every member
Eamonn had been invited as part of This Morning, where the cameras filmed as Sophie planted
Rainforest projection on Buckingham Palace for The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project
The image was displayed as part of a global conservation initiative in the Queen’s name.
Her Commonwealth Canopy project (QCC) seeks to preserve precious areas of forest for future generations.
The QCC will also be the subject of The Queen’s Green Planet, a documentary featuring The Queen with Sir David Attenborough, which will be broadcast on ITV at 9pm on Monday.
Sophie revealed she’d already had a sneak peek of the programme: ‘I have to say it is really worth watching. It’s full of humour and warmth.
‘The two of them get on very well together, there are some very funny moments. It’s a lovely tribute to a wonderful scheme.’
This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10.30am
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Countess of Wessex plants a tree for the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy