Sophie Wessex pays sartorial tribute to her Canadian hosts13 SEPTEMBER 2012
With their nephew, William, and his wife wowing crowds on the other side of the world, the Earl and Countess of Wessex touched down in Canada this week.
And although their visit may be of a more low-key nature than that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it comes off the back of a whirlwind summer for Sophie and Edward.
Hot on the heels of their appearance at the Paralympic Ball, as well as their previous Jubilee tours to Gibraltar and the West Indies, the royal couple are on a seven-day tour of the country they know very well.
Wearing a vibrant red dress in a nod to the country's national flag, Sophie and her husband were shown around Rideau Hall in Ottawa by Canadian Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon.
Then, the duo journeyed north, visiting for the first time Nunavut, the most northerly territory of Canada.
Their tour also includes stops in Iqaluit and the Ontario cities of Trenton, Toronto, Hamilton, St. Catharines and Midland.
Their arrival in Nunavut - also the largest and newest of the country's territories - has sparked the interest of many locals.
Premier Eva Aariak tweeted her excitement at having met the royal pair, saying: "It was an honour to welcome the Earl and Countess of Wessex to Nunavut last night. I look forward to the feast tonight!"
The couple, who serve as colonels-in-chief to a number of Canadian Forces regiments are also patrons for a number of Canadian charities. During the trip they are set to give out approximately 250 Duke of Edinburgh Awards earned by outstanding young Canadians.