Prince Edward has been named as the new Duke of Edinburgh, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
The title, granted by King Charles III on Edward’s 59th birthday (10 March), remains with the prince throughout his lifetime. Edward inherits the title almost two years after the death of his father Philip, who held the role for more than 70 years.
Philip acted as Duke of Edinburgh from 1947 until his death in 2021 and it is believed that Phillip wanted his youngest son, Edward to inherit the title when Charles became king. Edward’s wife Sophie has also been named as the Duchess of Edinburgh - a title formerly held by Queen Elizabeth II from 1947 to 1952.
What has Buckingham Palace said?
Prince Edward and his wife Sophie have taken the title as the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh. In a statement, Buckingham Palace confirmed the new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh are proud to be continuing Prince Philip’s legacy.
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.”
Who has previously been the Duke of Edinburgh?
The Duke of Edinburgh, which is named after the Scottish capital, is a title which was formed by the British royal family in 1726.
In total six people have held the title of Duke of Edinburgh these are:
- Prince Frederick: 1726-1751
- Prince George: 1751-1760
- Prince Alfred: 1866-1900
- Prince Philip: 1947-2021
- Prince Charles: 2021-2023
- Prince Edward: 2023 - present
Who is Prince Edward?
Prince Edward, is the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip. He is currently 13th in line of succession to the British throne.
Prince Edward studied history at the University of Cambridge and worked as a theatre production assistant at the Reality Useful Theatre Company after graduating from University. He later formed his own company named Ardent Productions.
Since 2002 Edward has worked full time for the royal family and works with over 70 different charities and organisations. His charity work mainly focuses on the arts and athletics. He is best known for his development of the Duke of Edinburgh Award which focuses on fitness, well being and community service.