The new Duke of Edinburgh has been named, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.
On his 59th birthday, Prince Edward was bestowed the title by King Charles III.
Their father, Prince Philip, who served as Duke of Edinburgh for more than 70 years, until his passing in 2021, is deeply linked with the title.
Later on Friday, the new Duke and his wife Sophie, who will be the Duchess of Edinburgh, will be in Edinburgh.
The couple is anticipated to take part in a celebration of the first year of the war in Ukraine in the Scottish capital.
The “opinion of the people of Edinburgh” should have been taken into consideration before the title was awarded as a “birthday present,” according to anti-monarchy advocacy group Republic.
Over two years after the passing of his father, Philip, who received the title in 1947 when he wed the then-Princess Elizabeth, who would later become Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Edward assumes the title.
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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is remembered
Although it was known that Philip had preferred his youngest son Edward to assume the throne, King Charles made the final decision.
It implies that Edward, who is 13th in line for the throne, will be a duke during the coronation in May, a title that was closely associated with his late father.
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The current and previous Dukes of Edinburgh: In 2012, Prince Edward was shown with his father, Prince Philip.
Since Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, is no longer a “working royal,” Edward, the King’s youngest brother, might play a more prominent role.
The addition of Prince Edward and Princess Anne to the list of “counsellors of state” with the authority to act on behalf of the King was hastily enacted by Parliament at the close of the previous year.
Prior to focusing more on public service, Prince Edward had worked in theater and television production. As he became older, he even assumed some of Prince Philip’s positions.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program, established by Prince Philip in 1956 and offering activities and training programs for young people in the UK and abroad, was one of the initiatives supported in this.
1999 marriage of Edward and Sophie
Sophie, who is now the Duchess of Edinburgh, wed Edward in 1999
In 1999, when Prince Edward wed Sophie Rhys-Jones, Buckingham Palace declared that the Queen and Prince Philip anticipated that Edward would someday become Duke of Edinburgh.
Although being a distinguished title, it is not accompanied by any property or money.
Graham Smith of Republic, an anti-monarchy organisation, however, disputed the announcement.
If we’re going to have such ridiculous titles, they should be selected by the government or by Parliament; the head of state shouldn’t be able to give his own family a title, according to Mr. Smith.
When Edward passes away, the title of Duke of Edinburgh won’t pass to his offspring because it’s not inherited; instead, it might be granted to a senior member of the next Royal Family.
But, his son, the 15-year-old Viscount Severn, will now hold the title that Prince Edward previously had as Earl of Wessex.
Prince Charles, who was then a prince, received the title of Duke of Edinburgh upon the passing of Prince Philip, but he never used it. With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II last year, the title was once again the Crown’s to bestow, as it has now done.
The new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh are pleased to carry on Prince Philip’s legacy of supporting opportunities for young people from all backgrounds to realize their full potential, according to a statement released by Buckingham Palace on Friday.
The first Duke of Edinburgh was formed in 1726, when the Hanoverian ruler George I bestowed the title to his grandson, Prince Frederick. Prince Alfred, the second son of Queen Victoria, received the title once more in 1866, and Prince Philip received it once more in 1947.