On the occasion of his 59th birthday, His Royal Highness Prince Edward has been named the Duke of Edinburgh by His Majesty The King.
The title was previously held by the Prince’s late father, Prince Philip, who passed away in April 2021. The Prince will hold the title for his lifetime.
Prince Edward has previously created Earl of Wessex in 1999 when he married Sophie Rhys-Jones.
In 2019, he was granted the additional title of Earl of Forfar by Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of his 55th birthday.
The Dukedom of Edinburgh has been created four times in the past for members of the Royal Family, the last time being in 1947 for Prince Philip upon his marriage to Princess Elizabeth, who became Queen Elizabeth II in 1952.
Continuing Prince Philip’s Legacy The new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, are proud to continue Prince Philip’s legacy of promoting opportunities for young people of all backgrounds to reach their full potential.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, which was founded by Prince Philip in 1956, is a testament to his dedication to the development of young people.
The naming of Prince Edward as the Duke of Edinburgh is a fitting tribute to his late father, Prince Philip.
As the new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the couple will continue to support the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and promote opportunities for young people.