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Duchess Sophie in sporty throwback attire, unrecognizable in wetsuit

By MrSmith Feb 29, 2024
Duchess Sophie in sporty throwback attire, unrecognizable in wetsuit

Duchess Sophie, also known as Countess of Wessex, is not someone you would typically associate with sporting activities. However, recent images of the royal clad in a wetsuit have left fans in awe of her sporty side.

In a super sporty throwback, Duchess Sophie was spotted rocking a black wetsuit while enjoying some water activities. The usually elegant and regal Duchess looked completely unrecognisable in her sporty attire, and fans couldn’t help but marvel at her adventurous side.

The images of Duchess Sophie in a wetsuit have shed light on a different side of the royal that many may not be aware of. Known for her passion for giving back to the community and her dedication to charitable causes, Duchess Sophie has always been seen as a compassionate and caring member of the royal family. However, her recent foray into water sports has shown that she also has a fun and adventurous side.

It’s not every day that we get to see a royal rocking a wetsuit, so it’s no wonder that fans are going gaga over Duchess Sophie’s sporty look. The images have sparked a wave of admiration for the countess, with many praising her for being unafraid to try new things and step out of her comfort zone.

Duchess Sophie’s sporty throwback serves as a reminder that royals are just like us – they enjoy trying new things and getting out of their usual routine. It’s refreshing to see a member of the royal family embracing their adventurous side and having some fun in the great outdoors.

So next time you see Duchess Sophie in her elegant attire, just remember that underneath that regal exterior lies a sporty and adventurous spirit waiting to break free. Who knows, maybe we’ll see her rocking a wetsuit again in the future!

Duchess Sophie is well-loved among royal fans for her effortless sense of style. Whether attending a historic state banquet or a relaxed public engagement, the Duchess, 59, can be relied upon to bring her sartorial A-game.

But there is another side to Sophie, a sportier side. The Duchess of Edinburgh looked unrecognisable in a set of unearthed throwback photos where she showed off her sporty streak whilst on a staycation in 1994. 

sophie in wetsuit in sea© Getty
Sophie looked so different with cropped hair

The then-Sophie Rhys-Jones was spotted five years before her 1999 wedding to Prince Edward in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The wetsuit-clad PR professional was seen taking a dip having gone water skiing in Cowes on the Isle of Wight where she sported cropped sandy blonde locks, minimal makeup, and stud earrings.

Sophie waterskiing with peter phillips© Getty
Sophie went waterskiing with her soon-to-be nephew

In a second unearthed snap the royal was seen with a then-17-year-old Peter Phillips, the son of Princess Anne, who would end up being her nephew. Later that day, Sophie was seen showing off her sporting prowess mid-windsurf. 

Sophie windsurfing© Getty
Sophie tried her hand at windsurfing

The wetsuit moment marked a sharp departure from her slew of fabulous outfits that year that included the red jacket and slinky black skirt she wore to the wedding of her friend Lord Ivor Mountbatten. 

Sophie exiting car in red jacket and black skirt © Getty
Sophie attended Lord Ivor Mountbatten’s wedding looking like a movie star

Sophie has established herself as a woman of many sporting talents. See her best athletic moments…


sophie cycling© Getty

Sophie joined a group of visually impaired cyclists for a tandem bike ride in Bushy Park in 2021 in her role as patron of sight loss charity Vision Foundation where she was seen donning her best lycra and bike helmet.

Clay pigeon shooting

Sophie in camouflage holding rifle© Getty

Sophie swapped her lyra for a pair of ear defenders as she partook in a clay pigeon shoot during the Countess of Wessex Cup at Gibraltar Barracks last year.  


sophie playing hockey© Getty

Doing her public girl educators proud, Sophie was seen playing hockey during a visit to England Hockey at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre in 2016 in the brightest blue trainers.  


sophie in suit swinging golf club© Getty

In 2005 the Duchess launched a charity golf day at the Camberley Heath Golf Club where she wore a fabulously unsporty beige power suit with heeled loafers. 


sophie on a yacht in denim shorts© Getty

Sailing is clearly an enduring passion for the royal who was seen at the helm of the Donald Searle yacht during an Association of Sail Training Organisations sailing day in 2018 in denim shorts.


sophie running marathon in rain© Getty

Sophie popped on her running trainers in 2020 when she joined a member of Mencap’s Learning Disability Running Team for the first 1.5 miles of their Virtual London Marathon in the pouring rain.


sophie on horseback© Getty

Sophie showed a shared passion for her niece Zara Tindall’s love of horses in 2003 when she was seen on horseback at Windsor Great Park in Berkshire during The Royal Windsor Horse Show wearing cream jodhpurs and a tan tweed jacket.

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