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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:

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