King Charles, Revolution at Court: The Gift for Prince Edward

King Charles of England bestowed the title “Duke of Edinburgh” on Prince Edward. Title that had been vacant since the death of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth. Now it will be the prerogative of the new sovereign’s younger brother to keep it for life.

The occasion for the reassignment of the title was the 59th birthday of Edward, who until then was Earl of Wessex. The latter title now passes to his son, Viscount Severn. The reorganization, says the royal house, was made to honor the wishes of the queen, who died on September 8, after seventy years of reign.

The dukedom was created for Prince Philip in 1947 following his marriage to Princess Elizabeth, who held the title of Duchess of Edinburgh before taking the throne in 1952. Edward was promised the title by his late father over twenty years ago , on the occasion of his marriage to Sophie Rhys-Jones in June 1999, when the Queen created him Earl of Wessex and Buckingham Palace announced that in time he would become Duke of Edinburgh.

When Philip died in April 2021 the title went to his eldest son Charles. And when Charles became king, the title reverted to the Crown. It has now been reassigned. The new Prince of Edinburgh will soon visit the Scottish capital with his wife Sophie as a token of appreciation and to meet the local people.

Source: IL Tempo