On the occasion of his 59th birthday, Friday, March 10, Prince Edward received a nice present by obtaining the title of Duke of Edinburgh. Full of gratitude, the youngest of Elizabeth II spoke at a reception.
The hero of the shadow of the Windsor clan was highlighted. Friday, March 10, 2023, the day of his 59th birthday, Prince Edward was honored. “His Majesty the King is pleased to confer the Duchy of Edinburgh on Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Forfar, on the occasion of the 59th birthday of His Royal Highness,” said Buckingham Palace in a statement. A title that he was quick to mention during a visit to Scotland, in Edinburgh, organized in honor of volunteers in the capital who have worked in recent months for Ukrainian refugees who came to find refuge.
In his speech, the youngest brother of King Charles III did not fail to greet the assembly present to listen to him, but also to give a special nod to his better half, Sophie Rhys-Jones: “Thank you very much for welcoming us to Edinburgh today, on this very special and somewhat upsetting day for my wife… The Duchess.” A living force of the Firm to deputize his mother Queen Elizabeth II, until her death on September 8, Prince Edward was photographed smiling alongside his wife during this oh-so-symbolic day. Indeed, although he is only 13ᵉ in the order of succession, the prince is very active and has always had at heart to represent the Crown in the United Kingdom and abroad. His new title will thus allow him to continue his mission. “The new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh are proud to continue the legacy of Prince Philip, to develop opportunities for young people from all backgrounds to reach their full potential,” the Royal Palace also said. Before Prince Philip, the title of Duke of Edinburgh was held by Prince Alfred, the second son of Queen Victoria.
Prince Edward, beloved son of Elizabeth II
If today Prince Edward is often represented as the son of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, who has always respected protocol and stayed away from scandals, he received a special treatment from his parents from a very young age. Indeed, he was raised differently from the rest of the siblings. After studying at Cambridge, he left the Royal Navy where he had to follow a military training and turned to the theater to become a producer. A daring choice, yet supported by the late Queen and her husband.
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