Surprise activity Sophie, Countess of Wessex could be seen doing at Buckingham ...

Sophie likes to exercise in the garden, she revealed to This Morning viewers back in April 2018. She added that her two children – Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn – also enjoy the garden during school holidays. Lady Louise, 16, enjoys horse-riding and carriage-driving, a sport popularised in the UK by her grandfather Prince Philip.

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The Countess revealed this insight into the life of her and her family while live on air with Eamonn Holmes.

The pair had gathered to plant a white elm tree in honour of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy and to mark the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

Donning a black and white floral print pencil dress and “sensible” black wedge shoes, Sophie took a spade to shovel three scoops of dirt onto the roots of the plant. 

Describing herself as “inappropriately dressed”, she explained that she dressed this way to “not break with tradition”.

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sophie countess of wessexSophie, Countess of Wessex, likes to exercise in the Buckingham Palace gardens (Image: GETTY)

sophie wessex eamonn holmesSophie and Eamonn on This Morning (Image: ITV)

She told Mr Holmes: “Normally I am teetering across wearing very high heels and not geared up for gardening. 

“I thought I wouldn’t break with tradition today and do the same again.” 

While Sophie has disclosed she sometimes exercises in Buckingham Palace, she and her family actually live near Windsor Castle, where they go most weekends to horse-ride or have tea with the Queen.

Today, the Countess will be celebrating her birthday with her husband Prince Edward, sister-in-law Princess Anne, nephew Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as the royals mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit.

sophie wessex newsSophie revealed the titbit about her life to the This Morning audience (Image: ITV)

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The Summit will be hosted on behalf of the Queen by William and Kate, who will greet Heads of State and Government and their partners, followed by a photograph with them alongside the other royals. 

The royals will then convene in the state rooms of the Palace where William will make a short speech.

During the reception, Sophie and the other royals will entertain guests, including diplomats, business leaders and state officials. 

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