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The Honours of the Earl of Wessex

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, the youngest child of Her Majesty The Queen, has recently been subject to an article in The Sun newspaper following his appearance wearing seven medals at the Golden Jubilee of the Sultan of Brunei.

With the headline “Real Heir-o”, it criticised His Royal Highness’ wearing of the medals in light of his short period of training in the Royal Marines, which he dropped out of.

But what are the medals that His Royal Highness wore, and what orders, decorations and medals has the prince been awarded?

His Royal Highness has been appointed to four orders in his lifetime. In 1989 he was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) by Her Majesty The Queen, being appointed to the higher class of Knight Commander (KCVO) in 2003 and Knight Grand Cross (GCVO) in 2011.

In 2005, Prince Edward was appointed an Honorary Member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit by the Lieutenant Governor of the province for services to Saskatchewan, Canada.

In 2006, the Earl was appointed a Royal Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the premier British Order. As a royal knight, he wears the blue riband sash and breast star of the order during certain events, such as the Sultan of Brunei’s Golden Jubilee.

In addition to the orders he has been appointed to, His Royal Highness has been awarded a series of medals for wear during official ceremonies. He has been awarded the Queen’s Silver, Golden and Diamond jubilee medals in 1977, 2002 and 2012 respectively. He was awarded the New Zealand Commemorative Medal in 1990 for contributions to the country, the Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan in 2005 and the Canadian Forces’ Decoration in 2015.

He has also been awarded the Sultan of Brunei’s Silver and Golden jubilee medals, which are not actively worn.

In addition to these honours, he has also been appointed Personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty The Queen (AdC(P)), as well as various honourary military, civic and academic appointments.

Do you agree with The Sun’s critic? Should the Earl of Wessex be wearing the medals even though he dropped out the of Royal Marines? Let us know in the comments:

  • Mr P J Shelbourn B.E.M.

    Regards the medals there are a lot of veterans and serving members of the armed forces who have served and not been granted medals the thee Earl is wearing and he should not degrade the veterans and serving members by wearing then he is know it the context as a walt ?.

    • vegastearoom

      Medals are not strictly military. The medals the Earl is wearing are not military medals. He degrades nothing. Please reread the article and find something else to send you into high dudgeon.

  • Celya723

    The Court most likely determines what’s pinned to his uniform for what occaission so his representation is correct for the event. Like his brother he wasn’t always thrilled with his parents choices for him but as a minor royal he was allowed to choose his path with the consequences that came with his decisions.
    He gets kicked around no matter what he does so good for Pr Edward being a good rep for the family Firm.

  • Mark Christopher O’Dell

    He is not wearing any medals he either didn’t earn or was duly presented. It is not like he is wearing unearned military medals. The Earl is alright and works hard for the country.

  • Bob James

    Ah. The Queen’s silver Jubilee medal. When this was issued, only six actual medals where awarded to each unit, bearing in mind there could be in excess of three hundred men in say, an Infantry battalion. Out of the six medals the CO got one, as did his 2/IC and Adjutant. Out of the remaining three, the RSM was awarded one, with the remains two going to the newest members of the unit. Myself, as a corporal didn’t get a look in, unlike the cleaners and flunkies in the Royal household, where each and every one were awarded said medal. Wear it with pride your Royal Highness, it is a very rare gong.

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