Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh wears blue at reception for Ukrainians and volunteers

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The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh were in Edinburgh for a special reception in honour of the city's work to support Ukrainian's refugees and to thank the volunteers involved.

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh wore blue for the occasion, one of the colours of the Ukrainian flag. She opted for a sophisticated midi dress with puffed, cape-style sleeves and a simple pendant necklace.

According to a post on the official Royal Family Instagram, the Duke and Duchess were at the City Chambers reception, "to recognise Edinburgh’s work in supporting Ukrainian refugees, and to thank the range of volunteers who are supporting them across the capital."

Photographs of the event were included in the post, which showed the pair meeting, "volunteers and members of the Ukrainian and Eastern European diaspora in Edinburgh, including families who have made the city their home since the beginning of the conflict last year."

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The royal attended the event with her husband, Prince Edward, who was recently announced as the new Duke of Edinburgh in honour of his 59th birthday last week.

The title was bestowed by The King to his youngest brother and holds special significance as it was that which was famously held by their late father, Prince Philip. The late Prince reportedly told Prince Edward he wanted the title to go to him one day.

This change also meant that Sophie, formerly Countess of Wessex, became the new Duchess of Edinburgh. Their son James, Viscount Severn, has now become the Earl of Wessex, which was Prince Edward's earlier title.

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