Sophie, Countess of Wessex has been a full-time member of the Royal Family since her wedding in 1999. As a working royal, she is often spotted out performing her royal duties on behalf of the Queen. She was given the title of the Countess of Wessex when she married Prince Edward, who became the Earl of Wessex. When did she meet Prince Edward and what is their relationship like?
Sophie, Countess of Wessex: Inside her and the Earl of Wessex's 20-year marriage
Formally Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess was born in Oxford on 20 January 1965.
She trained as a secretary at West Kent College before she began a career in public relations.
Sophie worked for a number of companies and even set up her own public relations agency, which she ran for five years.
It was during her time working for Capital Radio she first met Prince Edward, who was reportedly dating her friend.
In 1993, the couple met again at a charity event and began dating shortly after.
Sophie Countess of Wessex: After six years of dating, Sophie and Edward announced their engagement (Image: GETTY)
After six years of dating, Sophie and Edward announced their engagement and tied the knot at Windsor Castle just months later on 19 June 1999.
At the wedding, Sophie showed her commitment to Prince Edward by wearing a black and white pearl necklace and earrings set he had gifted to her.
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