Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

youngest child of Elizabeth II (born 1964)

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, KG, GCVO, CD, ADC(P) (Edward Antony Richard Louis; born 10 March 1964)[2] is the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and thus a member of the British Royal Family. He married Sophie Rhys-Jones (born 20 January 1965) on 19 June 1999, the day he was made Earl of Wessex.[3] They have two children James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.[4]

Prince Edward
Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward February 2015.jpg
The Earl of Wessex in 2015
BornPrince Edward
(1964-03-10) 10 March 1964 (age 57)[1]
Buckingham palace, London
SpouseSophie Rhys-Jones (1999-)
IssueLady Louise Windsor
James, Viscount Severn
Full name
Edward Antony Richard Louis
FatherPrince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
MotherQueen Elizabeth II


He was born at Buckingham Palace in London, and is the third son and fourth child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At the time of his birth, he was third in the line of succession to the thrones of ten independent states; however, after additions to the Royal Family, and an evolution of the Commonwealth, Edward is currently eleventh in line to the thrones of 16 countries.

He lives in the United Kingdom. He also helps govern in other countries where his mother is queen.[source?]


  1. The London Gazette, p. 2255. London, UK: Authroity. 26 July 2021.
  2. "TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex". Members of The Royal Family. Buckingham Palace. Archived from the original on 8 March 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2008.
  3. "No. 55536". The London Gazette. 19 June 1999. p. 7011.
  4. "The Countess of Wessex – Marriage and family". The official website of the British Monarchy. 2008/2009. Retrieved 10 April 2012. Check date values in: |date= (help)