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Duchess of Edinburgh is elegant in a brown dress and matching boots as she tries out a VR headset at Toronto Western Hospital during her solo trip to Canada

The Duchess of Edinburgh sported a pair of VR goggles as she visited the Toronto Western Hospital during her solo trip to Canada.

Sophie, 58, looked delighted to play around with the tech in her role as Patron of Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, University Health Network (UHN).

Looking typically elegant, the late Queen’s daughter-in-law opted for a stylish brown dress and matching boots, while wearing a poppy badge pinned to her ensemble.

The Duchess styled her blonde tresses in a bun and wore a glam face of make-up, accentuating her eyes with dark mascara. 

Adding a touch of glitz to her outfit, the mother-of-two sported a gold necklace and a matching bracelet. 

The Duchess of Edinburgh sported a pair of VR goggles as she visited the Toronto Western Hospital during her solo trip to Canada The Duchess of Edinburgh sported a pair of VR goggles as she visited the Toronto Western Hospital during her solo trip to Canada

The Duchess of Edinburgh sported a pair of VR goggles as she visited the Toronto Western Hospital during her solo trip to Canada

She painted her nails a sophisticated pink colour while carrying a patterned clutch in her hands.

As well as meeting staff at the hospital, the Duchess also posed for a photograph with Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Madame Edith Dumont. 

The solo overseas tour is an indication of Sophie’s importance within the Royal Family, after being chosen to visit the largest Commonwealth country – and becoming the first member of the monarchy to do so since the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

It comes after the Duchess, who is married to Prince Edward, attended a Service of Remembrance on Sunday.

She wrapped up in a navy coat, which was adorned with a poppy, and a matching hat when stepping out at St Catherine’s Cenotaph, accompanied by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. 

Looking perfectly poised, Sophie donned a navy clutch bag, silver hoop earrings and a brooch, while teaming her sophisticated ensemble with autumnal boots.

She is visiting Canada for five days, until Wednesday, as Colonel-in-Chief of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment, and Patron of Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, University Health Network (UHN).

On Saturday, the Duchess visited barracks in military uniform as part of her solo trip.

Sophie (pictured right), 58, looked delighted to play around with the tech in her role as Patron of Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, University Health Network (UHN) Sophie (pictured right), 58, looked delighted to play around with the tech in her role as Patron of Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, University Health Network (UHN)

Sophie (pictured right), 58, looked delighted to play around with the tech in her role as Patron of Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, University Health Network (UHN)

Looking typically elegant, the late Queen's daughter-in-law (pictured left) opted for a stylish brown dress and matching boots, while wearing a poppy badge pinned to her ensemble Looking typically elegant, the late Queen's daughter-in-law (pictured left) opted for a stylish brown dress and matching boots, while wearing a poppy badge pinned to her ensemble

Looking typically elegant, the late Queen’s daughter-in-law (pictured left) opted for a stylish brown dress and matching boots, while wearing a poppy badge pinned to her ensemble

The Duchess styled her blonde tresses in a bun and wore a glam face of make-up, accentuating her eyes with dark mascara The Duchess styled her blonde tresses in a bun and wore a glam face of make-up, accentuating her eyes with dark mascara The Duchess styled her blonde tresses in a bun and wore a glam face of make-up, accentuating her eyes with dark mascara The Duchess styled her blonde tresses in a bun and wore a glam face of make-up, accentuating her eyes with dark mascara

The Duchess styled her blonde tresses in a bun and wore a glam face of make-up, accentuating her eyes with dark mascara

Adding a touch of glitz to her outfit, the mother-of-two sported a gold necklace and a matching bracelet Adding a touch of glitz to her outfit, the mother-of-two sported a gold necklace and a matching bracelet

Adding a touch of glitz to her outfit, the mother-of-two sported a gold necklace and a matching bracelet

Sophie was all smiles as she greeted army personnel at Lake Street Armoury Military barracks in St. Catharines.

The royal mother-of-two was at the base as she attended The Duchess of Edinburgh competition, hosted by the Lincoln and Welland Regiment.

The venue and challenges change each year and sees Sophie’s military affiliations come together to compete in a series of challenges.

This competition aims to test physical and mental strength through tough tasks but those who are victorious receive a trophy – called The Countess of Wessex Cup – presented by the Duchess herself.

The royal was dressed in a camouflage jacket for the occasion, which had the Canadian flag on the sleeve.

The garment was even personalised with her title on the right pocket, reading ‘The Duchess of Edinburgh’ in white text.

With Armistice Day approaching on 11 November, Sophie honoured those that fought during the World Wars by pinning a poppy to her uniform.

She opted for a practical look and pinned back her blonde tresses. The royal wore her signature pink glitzy eyeshadow – which matched her painted nails – and bold mascara.

The Duchess painted her nails a sophisticated pink colour while carrying a patterned clutch in her hands The Duchess painted her nails a sophisticated pink colour while carrying a patterned clutch in her hands

The Duchess painted her nails a sophisticated pink colour while carrying a patterned clutch in her hands

As well as meeting staff at the hospital, the Duchess also posed for a photograph with Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Madame Edith Dumont As well as meeting staff at the hospital, the Duchess also posed for a photograph with Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Madame Edith Dumont

As well as meeting staff at the hospital, the Duchess also posed for a photograph with Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Madame Edith Dumont

Sophie visits the Virtual Reality Visual Rehabilitation Tool at the Toronto Western Hospital Sophie visits the Virtual Reality Visual Rehabilitation Tool at the Toronto Western Hospital

Sophie visits the Virtual Reality Visual Rehabilitation Tool at the Toronto Western Hospital

However, by the evening, the Duchess selected rather different attire, changing into a dazzling Erdem dress and Prada platform heels.

The royal attended a dinner in support of the Lincoln & Welland Regimental Foundation. Guests were treated to a special performance by the Lincoln & Welland Association Band.

She was snapped beaming alongside the Honorable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Sophie donned the sparkling ‘Lindsay’ dress by Erdem, which is crafted from embellished Chantilly lace. She debuted the design at the Royal Variety Performance in 2022.

She matched the graceful look with a silver clutch bag by Anya Hindmarch and a Service Before Self Poppy Brooch.

For her final few days in Canada, Sophie will spend three days visiting three sites at UHN: Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Toronto Rehab.

During her visits, she will meet those who are working on the frontline of these organisations – such as healthcare workers, researchers, hospital supporters, volunteers, staff and also visit patients.

The royal will hear more about the latest advancements in arthritis, vision and brain research, social and emergency medicine as well as innovations in cardiovascular care and the latest technologies in physical rehabilitation.

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