19 June 2019

The Wessexes Celebrate Twenty Years of Marriage

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Today, the Earl and Countess of Wessex celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary, a milestone that they marked on Tuesday with a new set of official portraits.

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The images of Edward and Sophie were taken at Royal Ascot. Sophie wore pearl drop earrings, a diamond tennis bracelet, and a diamond rose brooch with her ensemble, while Edward donned a tie pin featuring the cap badge of the Rifles.

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Edward is the second of the Queen's four children to celebrate a twentieth wedding anniversary. His sister, the Princess Royal, has been married to Sir Timothy Laurence for twenty-six years.


Prince Edward, the youngest of the four children of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, married Sophie Rhys-Jones at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on June 19, 1999. Their wedding, which fell in the midst of the busy Order of the Garter/Royal Ascot season in Windsor, featured Garter-themed outfits for their young attendants. Sophie wore a diamond tiara given to her by her new mother-in-law, as well as a suite of black and white pearl jewelry designed by the groom.


Recently, Sophie debuted a new setting of her wedding tiara, which many have deemed a major improvement to the piece.

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Sophie and Edward have two children, Louise and James. The entire family recently gathered with the Windsors on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Queen's annual birthday celebrations.