On September 26, Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, stepped out in Rome to pay her respects to Giorgio Napolitano.
The royal looked beautiful in a black cowl neck dress which was very feminine but perfect for the sombre occasion.
It was the Draped Cowl Neck Dress by Valentino, which Sophie has worn before. It does not currently appear to be retailed on the official Valentino website.
The dress was mid-length with a slightly flared skirt and nipped in waist. This highlighted the royal’s slim figure.
Royal fashion blog UFO No More said of the dress: “Italian fashion house Valentino turned to the world of ballet to inform and inspire its AW16 collection.
“With its elegantly draped cowl neck, this midi dress firmly sets the scene for sophistication and makes an effortless choice for evening.
“Crafted in Italy from the label’s signature virgin wool and silk blend, it’s fully lined with silk and holds its A-line shape beautifully. This timeless design will never go out of fashion.”
Sophie accessorised with the Black Lunatic Caviar Clutch by Sophie Habsburg. The leather bag boasts metal snake details and costs £249 down from £267.
The description reads: “Classic Lunatic shoulder bag in embossed calf leather. Three dimensional metal snake embracing the front and back, created by Annie Tempest.”
She wore her Graded Heel Black Suede Pumps by Dior, which she has been spotted in before.
UFO No More said: “The House’s iconic heel is reinterpreted this season in a black and pink sheer gradient. It goes perfectly with the deep black suede calfskin.”
As for jewellery, she went for the 18ct White Gold Diamond Set Infinity Earrings by G Collins & Sons, also a repeat wear.
18ct White Gold Diamond Set Infinity Earrings by G Collins & Sons. The official description of the £2,580 earrings reads: “Handcrafted in our studio, the ribbons of warm 18ct White Gold flowing throughout these earrings are set with rare white diamonds which stand out perfectly.” She also wore a silver brooch in the shape of a flower.
The Princess wore her hair in a bun at the nape of her neck. Her makeup was classic and understated.
Sophie’s fans praised her choice of outfit for the sombre occasion. On Instagram, @rletizia08 said: “Sophie’s outfit is very appropriate for the event and it is still hot in Italy.”
@1961_ava added: “I love this black dress. The neckline is very flattering. Her back accessories work in well. The addition of the brooch adding interest. Beautiful presentation.”