Prince Edward and Duchess Sophie’s royal love story in pictures

The Prince and Princess of Wales aren't the only rock solid couple within the firm.
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When it comes to royal couples, some dominate the headlines – Prince William and Princess Catherine, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and of course, we can never tire of talking about the late Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

But one duo tends to shy away from the limelight and – despite being married for nearly 25 years – often slip under the radar. Prince Edward and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh have been married since 1999, and Edward remains the Queen’s only child who has not been divorced.

Unlike the rushed introduction and later marriage of his older brother King Charles and his first wife Princess Diana, Prince Edward and Sophie met organically and began dating shortly after a charity event in 1993.

“The failures of the marriages of Edward’s beloved sister Anne and then, in rapid and ever more embarrassing succession, Andrew and Charles, made him even more determined to put caution before commitment,” royal expert Ingrid Seward says.

The then-public relations executive with her own firm, Sophie Rhys-Jones was 34 when the royal engagement was announced – the same age as her husband-to-be.

Proposing with a stunning diamond ring that featured two heart-shaped gemstones, Edward asked Sophie to be his wife during a Christmas holiday on Windermere Island in the Bahamas and the couple tied the knot less than a year later at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Since marrying, the couple have welcomed two children – their eldest daughter Lady Louise Windsor was born in 2003 and their son James, Viscount Severn in 2007.

Both Edward and Sophie are regulars on the royal engagement calendar but still, as aforementioned, stay out of the limelight.

With that being said, the couple’s love story is something out of a fairytale and deserves a moment in the sun…

Keep reading to see the relationship journey of Prince Edward and Sophie – from fun-loving boyfriend and girlfriend to the happily married Earl and Countess they are today.


Royal fans suspected things were serious between Prince Edward and his then-girlfriend Sophie when she began to attend numerous weddings with him.


Before they were married, the Queen’s youngest son and the former PR executive bonded over their love of sports and outdoor living.


At their official engagement photo shoot, the happy couple were all smiles.


And whilst the royals don’t tend to pack on the PDA, the groom-to-be planted a sweet kiss on Sophie’s cheek.


The couple were snapped horse riding in Windsor ahead of their wedding.


The look of love!


Sophie’s first Trooping the Colour was just days before her wedding day – a royal rarity as protocol usually dictates that plus ones can only be wives or husbands.


On their wedding day, the Queen bestowed Edward and Sophie with the titles Earl and Countess of Wessex (since the Queen’s death, they are now titled the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh).


Royal waving like a pro!


The newlyweds kept things playful on royal engagements.


During a visit to Bhutan in 2000, Edward lovingly placed his arm around his wife.


The husband and wife were photographed holding hands as they left an official photo call.


The two know how to scrub up nicely when there’s a royal wedding on.


And Lady Louise makes three! Following the birth of their daughter, this sweet snap of the new parents, taken by Prince Andrew, was released.


A keen cyclist, Sophie has participated in numerous charity bike rides and was photographed sharing a quick kiss with her proud husband.


Who would’ve thought Royal Ascot would be such a romantic setting?


Edward always manages to put a smile on Sophie’s face.


The royal sports fans share a laugh at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.


Family comes first.


Eye see you! The couple are always throwing themselves into royal engagements.


The Edinburgh family are very close and live at Bagshot Park in Surrey, outside of London.


Edward and Sophie celebrated an impressive 20 years of marriage at Royal Ascot in 2019.


Who wouldn’t want to share a drink with these two?


Even in protective coats and hats, their love shines through.


Smiles all round.


Always the gentleman!


During their royal tour of the Caribbean during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, the couple shared a smitten look.


The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh were seen looking quite loved up at their recent visit to the Right Stuff Amateur Boxing Club in Staffordshire.


The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, on behalf of King Charles III, watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace with France’s Gendarmerie’s Garde Republicaine taking part to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale – the historic diplomatic agreement between Britain and France which laid the groundwork for their collaboration in both world wars on April 8th, 2024.

(Photo by Victoria Jones-Pool/Getty Images)

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