King Charles confers The Dukedom of Edinburgh upon Prince Edward

Pictured is His Royal Highness on the flight deck of RFA Tidespring. Photographer: LPhot Louise George - UK MOD © Crown copyright. MOD News Licence.

His Majesty The King has granted the title of Dukedom of Edinburgh upon his brother Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and Forfar.

The title was conferred today (10 March) on the occasion of Prince Edward’s 59th birthday and will be held 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.

In a statement the new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh say they are “proud to continue Prince Philip’s legacy of promoting opportunities for young people of all backgrounds to reach their full potential.”

His Royal Highness was created Earl of Wessex in 1999, on the occasion of his marriage to Miss Sophie Rhys-Jones.

In 2019, Queen Elizabeth II granted The Earl of Wessex the additional title of Earl of Forfar, on the occasion of His Royal Highness’s 55th birthday.

The Dukedom has previously been created four times for Members of the Royal Family:

1726 – Prince Frederick, eldest son of King George II

1764 – Prince William, brother of King George III, as part of the joint title , The Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh

1866 – Prince Alfred, second son of Queen Victoria

1947 – Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II

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