Prince Edward confirmed as new Duke of Edinburgh

Buckingham Palace has announced King Charles’s decision to confer the Dukedom of Edinburgh upon Prince Edward. This move was shared on the day of Edward’s 59th birthday.

The title change will affect other members Prince Edward’s family, with Sophie, previously the Countess of Wessex, becoming the Duchess of Edinburgh.

Their son James, who was given the title of Viscount Severn in accordance with Edward’s earldom, will now become the new Earl of Wessex.

Lady Louise Windsor will not be affected by these changes but, as she was born the granddaughter of the sovereign, late Queen Elizabeth II, she remains eligible to start using the royal title of HRH Princess Louise.

A statement by Buckingham Palace read: “His Majesty The King has been pleased to confer the Dukedom of Edinburgh upon The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Forfar, on the occasion of His Royal Highness’s 59th birthday.

“The title will be held by Prince Edward for His Royal Highness’s lifetime.

“The Dukedom was last created for Prince Philip in 1947, upon his marriage to Princess Elizabeth, who held the title of Duchess of Edinburgh before acceding to the throne in 1952.

“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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