Sophie Wessex looks emotional as she reads Queen messages

Sophie Wessex visits Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Sophie Wessex looked emotional today as she read messages to the late Queen in a book of condolence during her Ethiopia visit. The Countess viewed tributes to her mother-in-law at the residence of the British Ambassador Dr Alastair McPhail to the east African nation in Addis Ababa.

Sophie appeared pensive as she read the messages penned following the late monarch’s death last month.

The royal, who was said to be like a second daughter to the late Queen, sat at a desk as she looked through the book.

At one point the ambassador looked sombre as he stood behind the Countess.

Prince Edward’s wife was typically chic in a dark grey blazer for the engagement on Wednesday.

Her official visit to Ethiopia is part of a tour to a number of African countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda.

The Countess was in Botswana yesterday and is due to travel to Malawi on Thursday to celebrate World Sight Day.

During her visit to Botswana on Tuesday, Sophie met local entrepreneurs at the British High Commissioner’s residence in the capital Gaborone.

She sampled products and chatted to the business owners about their merchandise.

The royal was joined by British Ambassador to Botswana Sian Price as she met each of the entrepreneurs in turn.

Sophie became the first member of the Royal Family to travel to the DRC with her visit last week.

Her visit to the country was focused on addressing the impact of sexual and gender-based violence in conflict.

During a visit to the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, South Kivu Province, she hugged world-renowned surgeon and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr Denis Mukwege.

Dr Mukwege was honoured for his work helping sexually abused women at the hospital he founded.

While in Rwanda, the Countess paid her respects to victims of the genocide in the African nation.

Sophie visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where the remains of an estimated 250,000 people are interred.

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