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Prince Edward named new Duke of Edinburgh as King Charles confers Prince Philip’s title on his brother

The King has conferred his late father’s title on his brother Prince Edward, who now becomes the Duke of Edinburgh, Buckingham Palace has announced.

King Charles passed on the title to his youngest brother to mark his 59th birthday and Prince Edward will hold the title for his lifetime.

Prince Edward previously held the title of Earl of Wessex, which he was given in 1999 when he married Sophie Rhys-Jones, who became the Countess of Wessex.

Sophie will not become the Duchess of Edinburgh and their 15-year-old son James, Viscount Severn, is the new Earl of Wessex.

The Duke of Edinburgh title was last created for Prince Philip in 1947 when he married Princess Elizabeth, who held the title of Duchess of Ednburgh before acceding to the throne in 1952.

Prince Philip, who died in April 2021, had always wanted his youngest son to succeed him as the Duke of Edinburgh, however the decision was ultimately down to King Charles.

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In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh are proud to continue Prince Philip’s legacy of promoting opportunities for young people of all backgrounds to reach their full potential.”

The new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, Sophie, will be in Edinburgh later.

This story is being updated.

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