The Countess of Wessex chats with members of the public in Manchester

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The Countess of Wessex visited Manchester on Thursday, 15 September, to pay tribute to Her Majesty, the Queen.

Sophie was seen meeting with members of the public, who were in Manchester city centre to greet her and to leave floral and written tributes for the Queen.

As part of the visit, Sophie was seen walking through St Ann's Square. Here, she stopped to greet and chat with members of the public. A particularly heartwarming moment occurred when she appeared deep in conversation with an onlooker holding a teddy bear, while the Countess herself held a bright bouquet of flowers.

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Sophie continued to walk through the crowds in Manchester, taking time to talk with people who had come to see her and leave tributes for the Queen. In yet another lovely moment, she was seen talking to some children, while sweetly holding one of their hands.

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In addition to meeting with the public, the Countess of Wessex joined her husband, Edward, Earl of Wessex, on a visit to Manchester Cathedral. Here, the couple viewed both floral and written tributes that have been left by the people of Manchester for Her Majesty, following the Queen's death.

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Both the Earl and Countess of Wessex were also seen lighting memorial candles for the Queen.

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Commemorations for Her Majesty, the Queen, are taking place across the UK. The Queen's state funeral will be held on Monday, 19 September.

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