Sophie Countess of Wessex & Prince Edward

Edward Wessex and Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones
Edward Wessex and Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones  

Sophie Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward have been married for 22 years. They were dating for 5 years after getting together in 1994. After 5 months of engagement they married on 19th Jun 1999.

They have 4 children, Louise (18), Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor (18), James (13) and James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor (13).

On Screen Matchups

Sophie Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward have been in 3 on-screen matchups, notably The Royal Wedding(2011), The Diamond Jubilee Concert(2012) and The Diamond Queen(2012).


Sophie Countess of Wessex is a 56 year old British Royal. Born Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones on 20th January, 1965 in Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, she is famous for Marrying Prince Edward (Edward Wessex). Her zodiac sign is Capricorn.

Prince Edward is a 57 year old British Royal. Born Edward Antony Richard Louis Mountbatten-Windsor on 10th March, 1964 in Buckingham Palace, London, England, he is famous for 4th Child of Queen Elizabeth II. His zodiac sign is Pisces.


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Relationship Statistics

Dating1994 - 6th Jan 1999 5 years
Engaged6th Jan 1999 - 19th Jun 1999 5 months, 14 days
Married19th Jun 1999 - present 22 years, 7 months
Total 1994 - present 28 years

The engagement of Sophie Rhys-Jones and The Prince Edward, the youngest son of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, was announced on 6 January 1999. Their wedding took place on 19 June of the same year at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, a break from the weddings of Edward's older siblings, which were large, formal events at Westminster Abbey or St Paul's Cathedral.
The couple had met six years earlier, in 1993, at a charity event, and began their relationship soon afterwards.
On the day of their marriage, The Queen declared her youngest son would eventually be created Duke of Edinburgh, once that title reverts to the Crown, ie. after both The Queen and Prince Philip die and Charles as heir apparent to his father's titles as well as those of his mother becomes King – Sophie should then assume the title of Duchess of Edinburgh. Until then The Prince Edward will be Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn, the latter title reflecting his bride's Welsh origins. Upon her marriage Rhys-Jones became Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex. After the union, the couple moved to Bagshot Park, in Surrey.
In December 2001, the Countess was taken to the King Edward VII Hospital after feeling unwell, whereupon it was discovered that she was suffering from a potentially life-threatening ectopic pregnancy. Two years later, she gave birth to a daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, on 8 November 2003. It was a premature birth, resulting from a sudden placental abruption that placed both the mother and child at risk, and the Countess had to undergo an emergency caesarean section at Frimley Park Hospital, while The Earl of Wessex rushed back from Mauritius. The Countess returned to Frimley Park Hospital on 17 December 2007, to give birth, again by caesarean section, to her son, James, Viscount Severn. The children, per prior agreement between The Queen and their parents, will either not have or use (depending on interpretation) the titles of Prince and Princess, nor the style Royal Highness.
The Countess of Wessex is particularly close to her mother-in-law, The Queen, with whom she rides and shares an interest in military history. The Countess is reported to be the first of The Queen's children-in-law with whom she has enjoyed a permanently warm relationship. Due to this fact, The Countess is privileged enough to be the only member of the Royal Family to ride in the State Limousine with The Queen at Sandringham on Christmas Day.

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Relationship Timeline

17th December, 2007 - Child

17th December, 2007 - Child

8th November, 2003 - Child

8th November, 2003 - Child

19th June, 1999 - Marriage

6th January, 1999 - Engagement

1994 - Hookup

Couple Comparison

Sophie Countess of Wessex
Prince Edward
Sophie Countess of Wessex
Prince Edward
Age (at start of relationship)
Hair Color
Brown - Light
Eye Color


LouiseFemale8th November, 200318 years old
Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-WindsorFemale8th November, 200318 years old
JamesMale17th December, 200714 years old
James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-WindsorMale17th December, 200714 years old

Onscreen Matchups

  • The Royal Wedding The Royal Wedding 2011
  • The Diamond Jubilee Concert The Diamond Jubilee Concert 2012
  • The Diamond Queen The Diamond Queen 2012



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