The Wessexes

The Earl and Countess of Wessex celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary at Royal Ascot



The Earl and Countess of Wessex are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary at Royal Ascot alongside The Queen, their family and friends.

Edward and Sophie, who married on this day twenty years ago, were spotted in the Royal Box at the racecourse.

They did not take part in the carriage procession and are celebrating their anniversary privately.

Prince Edward is the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s youngest child and married Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999 at Windsor Castle.

The Earl of Wessex is the only child of The Queen who has not been divorced, and 20 years on his relationship with the Countess is as strong as ever.

Although they did not form part of the carriage procession on Wednesday, they did so on Tuesday, the eve of their anniversary, when they arrived by horse and carriage alongside Princess Beatrice & Princess Eugenie.

Spending the day at Ascot alongside the couple on their special day is The Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince & Princess Michael of Kent among others.

The couple’s Deputy Private Secretary, Mark Magee, is also there and did ride in a carriage alongside The Royal Family – a treat reserved for a small number of Her Majesty’s staff.