Today is The Earl of Wessex’s 57th birthday. To celebrate, we’re giving you a run down on The Queen’s youngest.
1. The Prince was born at 8.20pm on 10 March 1964 and was The Queen’s lightest baby, weighing 5lb 7oz.
2. Edward was first introduced to the world aged three months, when he was carried on to the balcony of Buckingham Palace after Trooping the Colour.
3. In 1986 he achieved the Gold Award in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. In recent years, he has taken over much of his father’s role in this organisation.
4. On June 15, 1987, Edward produced the charity fundraiser ‘It’s a Royal Knockout’. The event became a PR disaster for the royals, when they participated in a tv gameshow, and is thought to have annoyed The Queen.
5. In the summer of 1993, he met Sophie Rhys-Jones when she handled the publicity for his Real Tennis Challenge. The pair got engaged in January 1999 and were married in June 1999. The wedding became the largest event in Windsor since the funeral of George VI in 1952. It was watched by an estimated TV audience of 200 million.
6. When the Prince was five, he met Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, and told Armstrong he wanted to be an astronaut too.
7. He has two children with The Countess of Wessex: Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn. The couple decided to forgo the right to HRH styles and titles as grandchildren of the Monarch, and are instead styled as children of an Earl.
8. The Earl of Wessex has always had a passion to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. After three months training for the Royal Marines (he did not complete the course), Edward joined Lord Lloyd-Webber’s Really Useful Theatre Group.
9. Edward received the prestigious Bette Davis Special Achievement Awards in 2002 at Boston University for his work in television production.
10. Prince Edward had a production company called Ardent Productions, which was established in 1993. The company produced a range of documentaries, including an in-depth programme on the royal family which was screened on US TV in 2002.