The Countess of Wessex landed in New York on Monday for a solo four-day visit, including marking Commonwealth Day.
Sophie’s first stop was The Queen Elizabeth II Garden, where she met Consuls General from across the Commonwealth.
Showing she isn’t afraid to get stuck in, the Countess grabbed a shovel and helped plant a rosemary bush to mark Commonwealth Day.
Sophie was joined her fellow members of the Royal Family in marking the annual day with other Senior Royals attending a service at Westminster Abbey.
The Queen Elizabeth II Garden celebrates the historic ties of friendship between the UK, the USA and the Commonwealth.
The Countess of Wessex then proceeded to meet individuals at St George’s Society of New York, which has supported those with British and Commonwealth heritage in the city for over 250 years.
Sophie with a young people from across the Commonwealth, who have benefitted from the Society’s Scholarship Program, which provides financial aid to academically gifted students from under-served communities.
Stepping out wearing a midi leather dress, HRH also spoke to one of Society’s senior beneficiaries and opened the organisation’s new office.
Sophie concluded her first day in New York by attending a UN Commonwealth Day reception, where she was joined by representatives from Commonwealth UN Member States and visiting delegations for the Commission on the Status of Women.
The Countess of Wessex previously visited New York in 2019, where she attended a First Impressions event.
The visit comes ahead of her and her husband, Prince Edward’s,visit to Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines from 22 to 28 April to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.