The night Sophie al­most be­came a fallen an­gel…

Daily Mail - - News - By Laura Lambert Show­busi­ness Reporter [email protected]­ly­

IN fluffy white an­gel wings and blue eyeshadow, with her hair slicked back and jew­els on her cheeks, she was al­most un­recog­nis­able. Per­haps the Count­ess of Wes­sex might have been eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able by her re­gal bear­ing – had it not been for those tow­er­ing heels she was wear­ing.

The nor­mally poised Sophie nearly took a tum­ble as she ar­rived at a fancy dress party thrown by su­per­model Elle Macpher­son in up­mar­ket St Moritz, Switzer­land.

The 51-year- old count­ess was a lit­tle too hasty as she ar­rived at the event and walked to­wards a bar made of ice.

To the shock of other guests, she stum­bled on the ice-cov­ered car­pet in her high heels and only man­aged to steady her­self just in time.

Sophie, who oth­er­wise looked el­e­gant in a lay­ered white skirt and cream blouse, laughed off the mishap and joined other par­ty­go­ers at the out­side bar, which was lined with shots, be­fore go­ing into the party, be­ing held in a mem­bers’ club in the Swiss ski re­sort.

She was joined at the party by her hus­band Prince Ed­ward, also 51, and sev­eral celebrity guests.

While some guests wore be­jew­elled eye make-up sim­i­lar to the count­ess’s, oth­ers went for elab­o­rate masks in­clud­ing a horned troll and a devil. Lit­tle red plas­tic horns were also pop­u­lar, along with haloes made from tin­sel.

Ed­ward was smartly but soberly dressed in a white shirt and dark jacket and trousers but was seen hold­ing a red face mask.

Few are likely to have even recog­nised his wife at first glance be­cause her slicked back hair had a dis­tinct brown tint to it, rather than her typ­i­cal blonde style.

Adding to the dis­guise was a shift away from her usu­ally un­der­stated make-up – she had cov­ered up her nat­u­ral eye­brows and drawn on a se­vere brow­line, and was wear­ing dark red lip­stick.

With the white wings strapped se­curely to her back, it seemed that the count­ess was keen to chan­nel her in­ner an­gel.

By the end of the evening, how­ever, the mother of two had opted to give up her wings and sim­ply car­ried them by her side as she left the party venue.

Prob­a­bly keen to avoid an­other stum­ble, she was flanked on ei­ther side by two men who of­fered her their arms, while her hus­band walked be­hind them.

The elab­o­rate evening was hosted by Aus­tralian su­per­model Miss Macpher­son, 51, and her for­mer part­ner, French fi­nancier Ar­pad Bus­son, 53. They had two chil­dren to­gether – sons Flynn and Aure­lius – but sep­a­rated in 2005.

In 2013 Miss Macpher­son mar­ried Amer­i­can ho­tel heir and bil­lion­aire Jef­frey Sof­fer, but it seems that she and her ex are still on good enough terms to hold a party to­gether.

Sophie and Ed­ward have two chil­dren – 12-year-old Lady Louise Wind­sor and James, Vis­count Sev­ern, who is eight. Two months ago it was re­ported that the count­ess had banned James from go­ing shoot­ing with the roy­als – a claim flatly con­tra­dicted when Ed­ward, Sophie and their son were seen on a New Year shoot at San­dring­ham.

Her royal high­ness: Sophie ar­rives at the party in heels and wings

Go­ing fly­ing: The count­ess stum­bles as she heads to­wards the bar

Help­ing hands: She leaves the event

Party prince: Ed­ward with mask


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