Prince Philip held the title of Duke of Edinburgh for 73 years – since he married Queen Elizabeth.
After his death on April 9, 2021, Prince Charles inherited the title of eldest son.
But Charles will not remain as a duke after he ascends to the throne and becomes king.
The title of Duke of Edinburgh is inherited from the Queen and Prince Philip’s youngest son, Prince Edward.
It is passed on to the Earl of Wessex on the day of the Queen’s death.
This was made clear by the Queen in 1999 when Prince Edward married Sophie Rhys-Jones and they became the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Edward will one day succeed his father as the Duke of Edinburgh with the blessings of Prince Philip and the Queen.
When Prince Charles becomes King, the title of Duke of Edinburgh will merge in the crown, meaning that the title no longer exists but follows the wishes of the Queen in 1999 – Edward will be bestowed on a new creation by the Duke of Edinburgh.
According to The Telegraph, it is the fourth creation of the title since it was awarded in 1726.
Prince Edward is the perfect choice to be the Duke of Edinburgh as he has long been associated with the Duke of Edinburgh who was founded by Prince Philip in 1956.
Edward is the trustee of the program and chair of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards.
The 57-year-old also won the gold medal of the award for a four-day 60-mile walk in Scotland.
Edward’s wife, the Countess of Wessex, eventually becomes the Duchess of Edinburgh – a courtesy title held by the Queen.
In recent years the Earl and Countess of Wessex have gained greater public notoriety than before.
In 2019, Prince Andrew was forced to resign from his royal duties due to his friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
And now that Harry has also stepped down from his duties to live abroad with his wife Meghan, Prince Edward will have an even bigger public profile.
According to royal author Harry Mount, the earl has struggled with his intent until recently.
In The Telegraph, Mount, author of How England Made the English, wrote: “Born in 1964, the Queen’s youngest child and nearly 16 years younger than Prince Charles. He followed Charles’ educational path – Gordonstoun and Cambridge. He did not excel academically – with a C and two Ds at A-Level and a 2.2 in the story. “
Prince Edward then retired from the Royal Marines after completing just four months of year-long training.
Prince Philip – from 1953 to 2017 captain general of the Royal Marines for 64 years before the contract was awarded to Prince Harry for just over three years – is said to have been “deeply disappointed”.
At the time, Prince Andrew was considered the family’s golden boy, having served with honors as a helicopter pilot in the Falklands Conflict in 1982.
While the Duke and Duchess of York and the Prince and Princess of Wales made headlines in the 1980s, Edward was trying to build a theater career.
However, its 1987 production of the Grand Knockabout tournament, in which members of the royal family competed in a version of It’s a Knockout, was ridiculed.
Since marrying Sophie Rhys Jones in 1999, Prince Edward has focused on royal duties. The couple have two children – Lady Louise Windsor, 17 and Viscount Severn, 13.
The Countess of Wessex got particularly close to the Queen. Mount wrote: “Sophie speaks to the Queen most days and accompanies her on Saturday afternoons to watch old movies. It also helps that the Wessexes live in Bagshot Park, only 11 miles from Windsor Castle, where the Queen is likely to be staying will be most of the time from now on. “