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Wessex, Earl of (UK, 1999)


Creation: let. pat. 19 Jun 1999


Family name: Mountbatten-Windsor





The Royal Arms as borne by HM Queen Elizabeth II differenced by a Label of three points Argent charged on the centre point with a Rose Gules barbed and seeded proper


On a Coronet of Crosses Patty and Fleurs-de-Lis a Lion statant guardant Or crowned with a like Coronet and differenced by a Label as in the Arms


Same as the Royal Arms differenced by a like Coronet and Label


Dieu et Mon Droit (God and my right)



*HRH The Prince Edward Antony Richard Louis, 1st Earl of Wessex, KG GCVO ADC

3rd son of Queen Elizabeth II by her husband HRH The Prince Philip, 1st Duke of Edinburgh


10 Mar 1964


19 Jun 1999 Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones GCVO DStJ (b. 20 Jan 1965), only dau. of Christopher Bournes Rhys-Jones, of Church Cottage, Brenchley, co. Kent (by his wife Mary O'Sullivan, dau. of C T O'Sullivan), 2nd son of Theophilus Rhys-Jones, Headmaster of St Peter's School, Harefield, co. Devon, by his wife Margaret Patricia Newall Molesworth, 2nd dau. of Lawrence Teesdale Molesworth (by his wife Annie Marie Wallace Bournes, dau. of George S Bournes, of Rossport, co. Mayo), 4th son of John Molesworth (by his wife Mary Newall, dau. of Laurence Newall, of Littleborough), 2nd son of Rev John Edward Nassau Molesworth DD, Vicar of Rochdale, co. Lancaster (by his first wife Harriet Mackinnon, dau. of William Mackinnon), 1st son of John Molesworth (by his wife Frances Hill, 1st dau. of Matthew Hill), 1st son of Maj Hon Edward Molesworth (by his third wife Mary Renouard), 4th son of Robert [Molesworth], 1st Viscount Molesworth, by his wife Hon Laetitia Coote, 3rd dau. of Richard [Coote], 1st Baron Coote


1. *HRH Prince James Alexander Philip Theo of Wessex, known as Hon James Mountbatten-Windsor, styled Viscount Severn (b. 17 Dec 2007)

1. *HRH Princess Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary of Wessex, known as Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor (b. 8 Nov 2003)


19 Jun 1999 Viscount Severn and Earl of Wessex


Knight of the Garter 2006; GCVO 2011


Editor's Note:


Following the marriage of the Earl and Countess in 1999 it was decided, with the Queen's agreement, that any children they had would not be called His or Her Royal Highness nor have the rank of Prince or Princess of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland despite being grandchildren of the Sovereign in the male line. In the view of the Editor this was contrary to existing Royal Warrants.


It was also declared that the Earl of Wessex would "eventually" succeed to the Dukedom of Edinburgh - this is incorrect as the Dukedom of Edinburgh was created for his father in 1947 with remainder to the heirs male of his body and so can only descend after the Duke's death to his heir male, i.e. the Prince of Wales. If on the Duke's death the Prince of Wales has already succeeded his mother, then the Dukedom of Edinburgh will merge with the Crown and the 1947 creation will become extinct. The title can then be granted afresh to his brother as a new creation should the future King so wish it. The only other possibility is to have the Letters Patent creating the Dukedom of Edinburgh altered by an Act of Parliament and the remainder clause changed so that the Dukedom passed to the Earl of Wessex on the Duke's death rather than his eldest son. The possibility of this happening is considered to be unlikely.



The arms of HRH the Countess of Wessex


Last updated 20 Feb 2011




1st Earl of Wessex

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 19 Jun 1999)

1st Viscount Severn

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 19 Jun 1999)



Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA



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