It was the King’s youngest brother’s birthday this month, and he received a gift to remember! Charles conferred a new title on Prince Edward, meaning he will now be known as the Duke of Edinburgh. Edward’s wife, Sophie, has become his Duchess.
It’s a poignant way for Edward to celebrate turning 59, since the title previously belonged to he and Charles's father, Prince Philip, who held it from 1947 until his death in April 2021. It was Philip - and Queen Elizabeth's - express wish that the Dukedom would one day belong to Edward. A statement released at the time of his wedding to Sophie in 1999 read: “The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales have... agreed that the Prince Edward should be given the Dukedom of Edinburgh in due course.”
Edward’s 'promotion' means that his son, 15-year-old James, has taken over his previous role as the Earl of Wessex. His daughter will remain Lady Louise Windsor.
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The new Duke and Duchess, who live in a sprawling estate just 11 miles from Windsor Castle, are overjoyed by Charles's gesture and want to bring honour to their titles. Their official statement referenced their commitment to Philip's much praised Duke of Edinburgh youth scheme: “The new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh are proud to continue Prince Philip’s legacy of promoting opportunities for young people of all backgrounds to reach their full potential.”
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