Prince Edward, 56, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 55, have been working members of the Royal Family since in 2002. In that time, Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son has amassed a number of honorary posts on top of his royal titles and patronages.
Prince Edward’s official royal title
As the Queen and Prince Philip’s son Prince Edward received a ‘His Royal Highness’ (HRH) style at birth.
From his birthday on March 10, 1964, until his wedding day, Edward’s official royal title was His Royal Highness The Prince Edward.
However, as is royal custom, Edward received a new peerage upon his marriage to Sophie on June 19, 1999.
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Prince Edward’s honorary military appointments
Despite dropping out of his Royal Marine training in order to pursue a career in the arts, Edward still holds several honorary military positions:
October 1986 – January 1987: Officer Cadet, Royal Marines
August 2004 – present: Personal Aide-de-Camp to the Queen
2002: Colonel-in-Chief of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment
2003: Colonel-in-Chief of the Saskatchewan Dragoons
2005: Colonel-in-Chief of the Prince Edward Island Regiment
2007: Honorary Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
August 19 2003: Royal Honorary Colonel of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry
2006: Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary
2007: Royal Colonel of 2nd Battalion, The Rifles
2008: Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Waddington
May 1 2011: Royal Honorary Colonel of the London Regiment
Prince Edward and his wife Sophie have taken on an increasingly important role in the wake of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s departure from the monarchy.
The Wessexes are the second youngest working royal couple after the Cambridges and were the most logical fit to take over from the Sussexes.
They live at Bagshot Park with their two teenage children – Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and James, Viscount Severn.