Sophie, Countess of Wessex went back to work this week. As Patron of England Hockey, Sophie attended the Eurohockey Championship Finals at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on Sunday, August 30, where she watched the England Women’s team beat the Netherlands to win gold. And Sophie was not alone: she brought along her daughter, Lady Louise Windsor.
Sophie toured the facility and met the staff. She also got to play some hockey herself, in heels no less. I guess Duchess Kate isn’t the only one who can play hockey in 4 inch heels. Which is harder, playing hockey in wedges or heeled boots?
Lady Louise got in on the hockey action as well. She was not wearing heels.
Sophie has been Patron of England Hockey since January 2007 and has shown her love of hockey many times over the years including in March 2014 when she visited the Bisham Abbey National Sports Center. During that visit, Sophie said: “I always really enjoyed playing hockey, it’s so much more than just a team sport. Hockey has a great social side and is a thoroughly enjoyable game to both play and watch.” Sophie wore tennis shoes and pants that time.
This time, Sophie opted for a repeated Peter Pilotto dress – the “Flux” Border Print Chiffon Insert Midi Dress ($1,830) – she previously wore to the Chelsea Flower show in May. About those wedges I mentioned above, those are new LK Bennett “Carina Almond Toe Espadrille” (£160.00)
Here are some photos of Sophie and Louise cheering on England. By the way, I love that Sophie is supporting the Women’s team, as opposed to going to the Men’s finals.
Sophie presented the gold metals to the winning team (England). Here she is presenting the gold medal to Helen Richardson-Walsh.