Royal Family - Prince Edward
Title: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Full Name: Edward Antony Richard Louis
Father: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Mother: Queen Elizabeth II
Relation to Elizabeth II: Son
Born: March 10, 1964 at Buckingham Palace, London
Current Age: 53 years, 5 months, and 13 days
Married: Sophie Rhys-Jones on June 19, 1999 at St. George's Chapel, Windsor
Children: Lady Louise Windsor, Viscount Severn
Prince Edward is the third son and youngest child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. He was born at Buckingham Palace on 10 March 1964, and christened at Windsor Castle on 2 May 1964. He was educated at Heatherdown Preparatory School, Ascot, and like his father and two brothers went on to Gordonstoun School in Scotland where he was head boy in his last term.
In 1982 he spent a gap year as a house tutor at the Collegiate School, Wanganui, in New Zealand. On his return he attended Jesus College, University of Cambridge and graduated in 1986 with a degree in History. His interests included theatrical productions. On leaving Cambridge he joined the Royal Marines but did not take to the army life. He resigned his army commission in 1987, and joined Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Really Useful theatrical company. In 1993 he formed the Ardent Television company and was involved in documentaries about the Royal Family, but in 2002 stepped down to concentrate on his royal duties in support of the Queen.
He met Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1993 while she was working in public relations, and they were married at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on 19 June 1999. On their wedding Edward was created Earl of Wessex, and Sophie became Countess of Wessex. They have two children Lady Louise Windsor born 8 November 2003, and James Viscount Severn born 17 December 2007. Edward has taken over several of the public roles of his father including President of the Commonwealth games, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme founded by his father Prince Philip. It is believed that Prince Edward will eventually inherit the title Duke of Edinburgh