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The Central School of Ballet's new premises was named in honor of their patron, the Countess of Wessex

By Stephanie Petit
February 27, 2020 02:14 PM
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, wasn’t the one with sparkling headwear during her day at the ballet.

Queen Elizabeth‘s daughter-in-law visited the Central School of Ballet’s new premises, named in her honor, on Thursday. And while there were plenty of tiaras in the room, this time they weren’t worn by the royal!

Sophie chatted with dancers in intricate costumes, including the eye-catching headpieces. While Prince Edward’s wife was without a royal sparkler, she looked lovely in a patterned dress by Alaïa topped by a pink wool coat by Max Mara.

The 55-year-old royal also watched performances by the dancers and officially opened the new location by unveiling a plaque displaying the name: The Countess of Wessex Studios.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
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Sophie has worn a number of tiaras since joining the royal family through her marriage to Prince Edward in June 1999. On her wedding day, she sported a sparkler commissioned by the Queen that is widely believed to have been made up of four pieces of Queen Victoria’s Regal Circlet.

Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones
Sophie and Prince Edward at their 1999 wedding
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
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Sophie is patron of the Central School of Ballet, but she’s not the only member of the royal family with an interest in the art form. The dance style is part of the curriculum at Prince George and Princess Charlotte‘s school — and Prince William has said his son “loves it.”

Princess Charlotte and Prince George
Prince George and Princess Charlotte
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And to get in the holiday spirit in Dec. 2019, Kate Middleton took her daughter to see an early sneak peek of the Royal Opera House’s performance of The Nutcracker. Earlier that year, William revealed that dancing is the little royal’s favorite hobby. “My daughter Charlotte loves dancing,” he proudly told attendees at a Commonwealth Day reception.