History of royal life. Prince Edwardthe youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, is 13th in line to the British throne.
Following the Queen’s death at the age of 96 in September 2022, the Earl of Wessex joined his three older siblings – King Charles III, Princess Anna as well as Prince Andrew – in following their late mother’s hearse during the funeral procession from Holyroodhouse Palace to St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. The eldest of the siblings, Charles, became king immediately after the death of their mother.
Edward, who is almost 16 years younger than Charles, was born at Buckingham Palace in March 1964. According to Ingrid Seward My Husband and Me: The Inside Story of a 70-Year Royal MarriageThe Queen and her husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99, broke with royal tradition by allowing the Duke of Edinburgh to attend the birth.
“The Duke of Edinburgh actually held his wife’s hand when their youngest child was born,” Seward wrote. “The Queen, who by then was 37 years old, asked him to be there. She carefully read women’s magazines that emphasized the importance of involving fathers in childbirth, and she was fascinated by this idea.
Edward’s wife Sophie Rhys-Jonessaid sky news in 2016, she and her husband maintained a close relationship with Her Majesty.
“We see her quite often,” the Countess of Wessex said at the time. “We ride there on the weekends.”
The Prince and Countess married in June 1999 after years of dating. They have two children: Lady Louise Windsor, born in 2003, and James, Viscount Severn, born in 2007. Louise and James are 14th and 15th in the royal line of succession, just behind their father.
Edward graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1986 and briefly served in the Royal Marines. After working as a theater assistant and starting his own television production company Ardent Productions in 2002, he began working full-time as a member of the royal family. His royal philanthropy focuses on the arts, sports and the development of the royal family. Duke of Edinburgh Award, youth program founded by his father.
Speaking to reporters after Philip’s death, the Cambridge graduate described his father’s passing as “a bit of a shock”.
“No matter how much you try to prepare for something like this, it’s still a terrible shock,” he said then. “And we’re still trying to come to terms with it, and it’s very, very sad.”
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