Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 54, entered into the Royal Family when she married the Queen’s youngest child, Prince Edward, 55. The pair wed at St George’s Chapel at Windsor castle on 19 June 1999 after dating for six years. They have since had two children together, Lady Louise Windsor, 15, and James Viscount Severn, 11. Formally Sophie Rhys-Jones, she was given her an official title when she got married, but this has recently changed.
Sophie Countess of Wessex: Prince Edward’s wife has this HRH title
When Sophie married Prince Edward, he took on the title of Earl of Wessex, reportedly by choice.
That gave her the title of the Countess of Wessex, and Buckingham Palace released a statement at the time to say any children they had would be titled as the children of an Earl and not as the grandchild of the Queen.
As well as becoming a Countess, Sophie was given Her Royal Highness status, according to royal.gov.
However, her title was recently changed by the Queen when Prince Edward was given an extra title on his 55th birthday on 10 March 2019.
He was granted the Earldom of Forfar for use in Scotland, which meant Sophie’s title changed too, and she was given the additional title of Countess of Forfar to use when in Scotland.
Sophie Countess of Wessex: She entered into the Royal Family when she married Prince Edward (Image: GETTY)