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The Countess of Wessex wows in chic winter coat - and M&S has a similar version

·2-min read
Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

The Countess of Wessex has been embracing the Christmas spirit over the past week by engaging in some voluntary work.

The royal served festive snacks and prepared Christmas care packages for children alongside volunteers at The Lighthouse in Woking, Surrey, on Thursday.

The Lighthouse hosts a range of creative projects to support, encourage and empower marginalised and vulnerable members of society.

Wearing her blonde hair in a simply ponytail, Sophie wore a cosy dogtooth coat with a shearling collar and tortoiseshell buttons to keep the cold at bay, over a chocolate-brown turtleneck, smart black trousers and brown boots.

Photo credit: UK Press Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: UK Press Pool - Getty Images

Although we are yet to find the exact coat she was wearing, we've spotted a stylish high street alternative at M&S for £89.

The snuggly borg lining makes this checked Per Una coat an irresistible winter warmer. Plus, you can wear it with anything from trousers to skirts.

Sophie's visit was the third time this week the royal engaged in community outreach activities.

On Monday, she visited Step by Step, a homelessness charity in Surrey.

In pictures shared to their Twitter account, staff at the Aldershot Foyer centre said they were “honoured” to receive a visit from the Countess.

The mum-of-two met with young people that worked within the charity and spoke to staff about plans to launch a new fostering agency.

For her visit, she wore a long cream coat with a blue top, green trousers and beige boots.

And on Wednesday, the royal visited the Disability Initiative in Camberley, Surrey, where she participated in interactive sessions with the clients ahead of the United Nations International Day of Persons with a Disability on Friday.

Donning a Santa headband during a music and drama session, the Countess also took part in a Christmas wreath-making activity, and a chocolate Christmas sculpture making class where she produced a sweet robin creation.

Photo credit: Pool/Max Mumby - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool/Max Mumby - Getty Images

Sophie has been a patron of Disability Initiative since 2003, a charity that specialises in the provision of disability services to adults with physical disabilities and/or acquired brain injury.

Keen to recreate Sophie’s look? Check out our round-up of the most stylish winter coats on the high street right now.

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