Countess of Wessex delivers the keynote address at a UN event

The looked polished in a suit as she spoke about the importance of upholding in Afghanistan at the in New York. 

Sophie, 57, who is married to , delivered the keynote address at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan event, part of her busy schedule of engagements for her four-day visit.   

The event was hosted by the Group of Friends of Women in Afghanistan and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security.

She means business: The Countess of Wessex looked polished in a suit as she spoke about the importance of upholding women's rights in Afghanistan at the United Nations in New York.

She means business: The Countess of Wessex looked polished in a suit as she spoke about the importance of upholding women’s rights in Afghanistan at the United Nations in New York.

Speaking out: Sophie, 57, who is married to Prince Edward, delivered the keynote address at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan event

Speaking out: Sophie, 57, who is married to Prince Edward, delivered the keynote address at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan event

Global leaders: The Countess of Wessex with other attendees at the UN event yesterday

Global leaders: The Countess of Wessex with other attendees at the UN event yesterday

Address: Sophie, seen on screen and on the table at the back, delivered the keynote speech

Address: Sophie, seen on screen and on the table at the back, delivered the keynote speech

It brought together experts and leading policy makers across nations and sectors to renew the UN’s commitment to ensuring effective, international mechanisms are in place to uphold the human rights of Afghan women and girls in the region, in the face of unprecedented challenges. 

The issue is one close to Sophie’s heart and last year she also was a guest at the 65th Commission on the Status of Women, a virtual event held by the Afghanistan Mission, the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the UN.

Earlier on Tuesday Sophie attended a briefing, led by the UK Mission to New York, to hear about the impact of the conflict of Ukrainian women and girls, and the international humanitarian response. 

The mother-of-two kicked off her trip on Monday by planting a rosemary bush in the Queen Elizabeth II Garden in Lower Manhattan, wrapping up in a cosy cream coat with a pair of suede black boots. 

Passionate: The Countess of Wessex is an advocate of women's rights in Afghanistan

Passionate: The Countess of Wessex is an advocate of women’s rights in Afghanistan

Global stage: The Countess of Wessex has a busy schedule for her four-day solo visit

Global stage: The Countess of Wessex has a busy schedule for her four-day solo visit

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Briefing: The Countess of Wessex arriving at the UN ahead of the women's rights event

Briefing: The Countess of Wessex arriving at the UN ahead of the women’s rights event

Later in the day, the royal donned a black leather dress to meet with officials at St George’s Society of New York, which has supported those with British and Commonwealth heritage in the city for over 250 years. 

The mother-of-two spoke animatedly with a number of young people from across the Commonwealth who have benefitted from the Society’s Scholarship Program. 

The program provides financial aid to academically gifted students from under-served communities. 

And on Monday night, she opted for a stylish navy gown featuring a bold white print of women’s figures as she attended the UN Commonwealth Day Reception.

Engaged: The Countess of Wessex listened to other invited speakers at the UN

Engaged: The Countess of Wessex listened to other invited speakers at the UN

Speaking out: The Countess of Wessex spoke about the importance of bettering women's rights in Afghanistan

Speaking out: The Countess of Wessex spoke about the importance of bettering women’s rights in Afghanistan

Busy schedule: Earlier on Tuesday Sophie attended a briefing, led by the UK Mission to New York, to hear about the impact of the conflict of Ukrainian women and girls, and the international humanitarian response

Busy schedule: Earlier on Tuesday Sophie attended a briefing, led by the UK Mission to New York, to hear about the impact of the conflict of Ukrainian women and girls, and the international humanitarian response

Sophie opted for minimal make-up, wearing just a lengthening mascara and subtle eyeshadow as she joined civil society organisations for the briefing

Sophie accessorised with small hoop earrings

Polished: Sophie opted for minimal make-up, wearing just a lengthening mascara and subtle eyeshadow as she joined civil society organisations for the briefing 

During this trip, Sophie will also attend 100 Women in Finance’s First Impressions event  and will attend a celebration for the adoption of the United Nations’ Vision for Everyone Resolution with other international leaders in the realm of eye health from U.N. Women, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization.  

Sophie’s solo trip is another glimpse into the new look monarchy, and comes after the royal family released a schedule of of foreign tours for the Platinum Jubilee with Prince Edward and Princess Anne given major roles in a glimpse of the future of the slimmed down monarchy. 

The spring of this year will see The Earl and Countess of Wessex – who live in Bagshot Park with their children Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14, visit Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St Lucia, and St Vincent and PTS Terbaik ASEAN the Grenadines.

The Queen, who no longer flies, would not have been expected to travel, but it’s rare for Wessexes to do a high profile joint overseas tour that might have otherwise been handed to Harry and Meghan. 

Stepping out: Sophie cut an elegant figure in an navy dress for the UN Commonwealth Day Reception to round off her first day in New York

Stepping out: Sophie cut an elegant figure in an navy dress for the UN Commonwealth Day Reception to round off her first day in New York

Quick change! The Countess arrived in the US on Monday where she carried out three separate engagements. Pictured, on a visit to Queen Elizabeth II Garden on Commonwealth Day

On a visit to the St George's Society of New York

Quick change! The Countess arrived in the US on Monday where she carried out three separate engagements. Pictured, on a visit to Queen Elizabeth II Garden on Commonwealth Day (left) and on a visit to the St George’s Society of New York

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