Prince Edward congratulated on new title as ‘nobody deserves it more’

Prince Edward given Duke of Edinburgh title

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King Charles III conferred the Duke of Edinburgh title to his brother Prince Edward to mark his 59th birthday. The decision has been well-received by readers, with a staggering 95 percent backing the move, a new poll has found.

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Buckingham Palace announced that Edward will hold the title for his lifetime and that it will revert to the Crown on his death. His wife, Sophie, will now be known as the Duchess of Edinburgh.

As the King has not made the Edinburgh dukedom hereditary, Edward’s former title of the Earl of Wessex passes to his 15-year-old son James, Viscount Severn. But 19-year-old Lady Louise Windsor will not see her title change.

In a statement released on Friday, Buckingham Palace said: “His Majesty The King has been pleased to confer the Dukedom of Edinburgh upon Prince Edward, on the occasion of HRH’s 59th birthday today.

“The title will be held for HRH’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.”

Buckingham Palace said

In a poll that ran from 10am on Friday, March 10, to 10am on Tuesday, March 14, asked readers: “Do you support Edward being given Duke of Edinburgh title?”

A total of 17,520 votes were cast with a massive 95 percent (16,626 people) answering “yes” they do support Edward becoming the Duke of Edinburgh.

Whereas five percent (808 people) said “no” they do not, and a further 86 people were unsure.

Hundreds of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers discussed Edward’s new title.

Many readers congratulated Edward and Sophie on their titles, with username Js.Emd writing: “Congratulations to the new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh! They are fantastic representatives of the Monarchy and the British people!”

Another, username JIMHO, said: “Congratulations to the new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh. I know you will serve the title with dignity and grace.”

Username Solegirl said: “Absolutely appropriate, well deserved and the former Duke of Edinburgh’s wish. There would surely have been a national outcry if the title had been bestowed on anyone else.”

And username Tgs5995 added: “No other Royal deserves the honour more than Prince Edward and Sophie. Congratulations! Your father’s wish come true.”

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Similarly, readers commented that the couple were deserving of the Edinburgh dukedom. Username Huntersville said: “Edward and Sophie deserve getting recognised, they are an asset to the Royal Family.”

Username galsimom1 wrote: “Glad to see Prince Edward and Sophie become Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh. They have put in the time and work to earn it.”

Edward was promised the Duke of Edinburgh title on his wedding to Sophie in June 1999 by his mother and father, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

The dukedom reverted to the crown last September following the Queen’s death, and Charles chose to wait six months before conferring it.

Some readers argued that Charles should’ve moved quicker than this, with username Here Goes commenting: “Well deserved! This distinction is well overdue.”

And username Beanie70 said: “This should have been done much sooner.”

However, a minority of readers were less accepting of Edward’s new title due to Philip’s excellence in the role he held until he died in 2021.

Username lisa121 explained: “My reticence is sentimental. Philip Duke of Edinburgh was such an exceptional figure, and such a strong personality that it is difficult for me to imagine anyone else bearing that name.”

But others noted that Edward had already taken on some of his father’s responsibilities concerning the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Username Brian at home said: “Edward has been hard working all the time, he has already taken over many of Prince Philip’s duties, including the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.”

Likewise, username oldmargery said: “100 percent correct decision by the King. The late Queen wanted this and Edward has taken a keen interest in the DofE award scheme.”

Edward has been a Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh Award since 1988 and its International Award since 2006, but in line with his new title, he has become the new patron.

He said: “Some say The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is in my DNA; it’s certainly been a major part of my life for a very long time. Being asked to take on the role of Patron after my father is a particular honour and quite a responsibility. Sustaining and enhancing what is arguably his greatest legacy around the world matters a great deal to me, as does pursuing The Award’s long-term ambition of universal access so that every eligible young person has the opportunity to participate.

“Above all, I hope to ensure The Award to which my father gave his title, those that achieve it, and those who deliver it continue to enjoy the recognition they so richly deserve.”

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