Sophie, Countess of Wessex, married Prince Edward on 19 June 1999, six years after they first met. At the wedding, Prince Edward was given the title of the Earl of Wessex and Sophie, formally, Sophie Rhys Jones, became a Countess. Others who married into the family received the title of Duchess, such as Sarah Ferguson, 59, who became the Duchess of York, and Kate Middleton, 37, who became the Duchess of Cambridge. Sophie missed out on this title but she could soon scoop an important title which once belonged to Queen Elizabeth II, 93.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex: Prince Edward’s wife could become Duchess of Edinburgh
The Countess is married to the Queen’s youngest son and has worked as a full-time royal since getting married.
Sophie missed out on the title of Duchess or Princess when she wed and this is apparently down to a choice made by Prince Edward.
Edward took on the title of the Earl of Wessex, reportedly by request.
At the time, it was also announced any children they had would be named as the children of an Earl and not the grandchildren of the monarch.
However, this could be as the royals are preparing to get an even more important title.
Sophie Countess of Wessex: She could soon scoop an important title