Peep Show Sophie Winkleman’s Royal link explained as she attends Queen’s vigil

On Friday the Queen's children vigil beside her coffin in emotional scenes at Westminster Hall where she is Lying-In-State.

King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward came together on Friday 16 September, to pay tribute to their late mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Other members of the Royal Family we also seen in attendance, including Zara and Mike Tindall and their daughters, Princess Beatrice, the Queen Consort Camilla, the Countess of Wessex and Sophie Winkleman.

Sophie, 42, is also known as Lady Frederick Windsor was among the special royal guests at the service in London clad in a black outfit.

While fans of the comedy world may be familiar with Sophie’s role as Big Suze on David Mitchell and Robert Webb’s hit programme, the star lives a very different life off screen.

Back in 2009, the TV star officially joined the Royal Family and became Lady Frederick Windsor after marrying Lord Frederick Windsor, who is the only son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

Since the couple tied the knot in 2009, mother-of-two Sophie says everyone has "looked after" her, in particular the Queen and Prince Charles, who have been "wonderful", and Prince William, whom she described as "heaven".

The pair tied the knot during a lavish ceremony at Hampton Court Palace in front of Princess Eugenie and the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

While King Charles and Princes William and Harry weren’t in attendance, the trio sent a joint present to congratulate the happy couple.

Since then, the Two and a Half Men actress has been spotted attending several royal events including the Prince and Princess of Wales’s wedding ceremony in 2011.

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Together Sophie and Lord Frederick share two daughters – nine year old Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor, who was a bridesmaid at Princess Eugenie’s wedding, and six year old Isabella Alexandra May Windsor.

And while Sophie may consider the royals as her family, she also has some rather showbiz links, too.

In fact, Sophie’s half-sister is none other than Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman.

Speaking about her sibling, Claudia previously told The Telegraph: “She is adorable. And the funniest person you’ll ever meet.”

While Sophie may spend some of her time working as a royal patron for The Children’s Surgery Foundation, she also continues to act and is a regular cast member on various BBC Radio 4 dramas.


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