[post_page_title]The Queen and the Countess[/post_page_title]
As a tradition, soon-to-be-royal brides choose a tiara from the royal collection. Sophie was an exception. Reportedly, the Queen had a special tiara commissioned as a gift to the young bride.
The generous gesture could suggest that the Queen already favored the young lady, even before she became royalty. On top of this incident, the Queen and Sophie share several interests, including their love of horses and a passion for military history. The Queen has also been reported to make many social visits to the couple in their family home.