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REVEALED: Why Is Prince Edward An Earl, Not A Duke?

In any Royal commentator’s books, the announcement in 1999 that Prince Edward would be made an Earl and not a Duke on his wedding day gave quite a shock. By tradition, male children of the sovereign receive a Dukedom on their wedding day, therefore making their new wife, the Duchess of X rather than the slightly more confusing ‘HRH Princess Michael of Kent’ as happened for Prince Michael’s…
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The Countess of Wessex goes to the pub with the Women's Institute

The Countess of Wessex headed to a royal local to meet up with old friends to show her support for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Sophie spent an afternoon with fellow members of the Women’s Institute at a pub to hear about the impact of lockdown on the hospitality trade. The Countess visited the Half Moon at Windlesham, Surrey, a popular spot with her husband who has…
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The Countess of Wessex volunteers at a charity shop

The Countess of Wessex has been helping out at a charity shop as she continues to support volunteers across a wide range of sectors during the coronavirus pandemic. Sophie’s stint in the shop was also part of the Royal Family’s high profile support for Children’s Hospice Week in the UK. The Countess spent time at the Weybridge shop run by Shooting Star Children’s…
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Royal Wedding Dresses: the Countess of Wessex

If ever a royal wedding dress summed up its wearer, it was the gown chosen by Sophie Rhys-Jones for her marriage to Prince Edward on 19 June 1999 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Subtle, elegant and classic, this was the final Windsor bridal dress of the 20th century and it saw in a new era with style. Sophie and Edward’s big day might have been a modern marriage but it had an air of the…
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