Sophie, Countess of Wessex, married Prince Edward on 19 June 1999, six years after they first met. At the wedding, Prince Edward was given the title of the Earl of Wessex and Sophie, formally, Sophie Rhys Jones, became a Countess. Others who married into the family received the title of Duchess, such as Sarah Ferguson, 59, who became the Duchess of York, and Kate Middleton, 37, who became the Duchess of Cambridge. Sophie missed out on this title but she could soon scoop an important title which once belonged to Queen Elizabeth II, 93.
The Countess is married to the Queen’s youngest son and has worked as a full-time royal since getting married.
Sophie missed out on the title of Duchess or Princess when she wed and this is apparently down to a choice made by Prince Edward.
Edward took on the title of the Earl of Wessex, reportedly by request.
At the time, it was also announced any children they had would be named as the children of an Earl and not the grandchildren of the monarch.
However, this could be as the royals are preparing to get an even more important title.
In 1999, it was announced Prince Edward would one day become the Duke of Edinburgh.
This is a title currently held by his dad, Prince Philip, who has held the title since 1947 when he married the Queen.
Although Edward is not naturally the next in line for this title, it is expected to be newly created for him after the Prince of Wales succeeds to the throne.
When Edward gets this title, Sophie’s title will become the Duchess of Edinburgh.
This role will be particularly important as it was the title carried by the Queen after she married and until she was coronated as the Queen in 1953.
Sophie has appeared to take on more royal roles in recent years which could show the start of her growing importance in the family.
Recently, the royal travelled to Lebanon to visit charities and became the first British royal to ever visit the country.
She also shares a close bond with her brother-in-law, Prince Charles, 70.
This is because Sophie supports the Charles in the Campaign for Wool.
It is one of the Prince of Wales’ passions to see British wool thrive, and his sister-in-law has taken up a role besides him.