Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, is one of many members of the British royal family paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth as she approaches her ninetieth birthday.
“Our Queen at Ninety” airs in the U.K. on Easter Sunday on ITV and features several royal family members talking about the queen. According to Hello magazine, Sophie reveals why the queen chooses bright colors for public engagements.
“Don’t forget that when she turns up somewhere, the crowds are two, three, four, ten, 15 deep, and someone wants to be able to say they saw a bit of the Queen’s hat as she went past,” Sophie says.
The countess explains that the queen must be visible to all of her admirers who stand way in the back on walkabouts and other royal duties she makes appearances at.
“She needs to stand out for people to be able to say ‘I saw the Queen’.”
Others interviewed in the 2-hour documentary include Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry.
Prince Harry touched on his grandmother’s work over her reign as England’s queen and how daunting it can be filling her shoes.
“People have always said, ‘do you feel as though you are following in her footsteps?’ That’s exactly what we are doing,” he said. “There is nowhere on this planet that I can think of, that she hasn’t been in the last 90 years.
“She has been everywhere and that’s sometimes quite hard, because you go to a place where she hasn’t visited for maybe 20 years, maybe 15, and you just think to yourself, ‘how can I ever fulfill this huge expectation that comes with her and being a member of her family?”
As Starpulse reported, the Duchess of Cambridge shares that the queen gently guides her when it comes to royal protocol and that she isn’t one to push her views on her.