The Earl and the Countess of Wessex are celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary on 19 June 2022 – see their most loved-up PDA moments in photos
The Earl and Countess of Wessex are celebrating 23 years of marriage on Sunday 19 June, having announced their engagement in January 1999 before marrying five months later.
Prince Edward and Sophie tied the knot at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, where the bride wore a wedding dress designed by Samantha Shaw with the ‘Anthemion’ tiara from the Queen‘s jewellery collection.
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Edward and Sophie live at Bagshot Park in Surrey with their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, born in 2003 and 2007 respectively. The couple are patrons of a number of organisations and charities and carry out engagements in relation to them.
The Prince is the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh‘s youngest child and was born in 1964 at Buckingham Palace. He is currently 14th-in-line to the throne.
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Take a look at some of the couple’s sweetest PDA moments over the years…
Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys Jones announced their engagement in January 1999 and posed for photos at St James’s Palace. The royal proposed to his girlfriend with a diamond engagement ring made by Asprey and Garrard. There was a sweet moment as Edward kissed the bride-to-be on the cheek during the photocall.
The newlyweds gazed at one another lovingly, following their wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in June 1999. They were given the titles of Earl and Countess of Wessex on the day of their marriage.
The couple’s first child, Lady Louise Windsor, was born in 2003 at Frimley Park Hospital. The proud parents beamed at one another for their first official portrait as a family-of-three, taken at the Queen’s Sandringham estate.
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Photographers captured this sweet moment of the couple during a visit to Brunei in 2000 in the Ulu Temburong National Park. Edward placed his arm around his wife as they walked across a rope bridge.
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Edward is always making his wife laugh when they carry out joint engagements together. We love this photo of the pair of them giggling during a trip to Oxfordshire in 2014.
The Wessexes had a cute moment together at Royal Ascot in 2013, when they celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary.
A proud Edward kisses wife Sophie after she completed a gruelling 450-mile cycling challenge from Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace in 2016, to raise money for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The Countess and her team completed the ride in seven days and looked overjoyed to be greeted by her husband and two children at the palace.
20th wedding anniversary
Edward and Sophie marked their milestone anniversary at Royal Ascot in 2019.
The look of love
Edward and Sophie were seen glancing affectionately at one another as they arrived for day two of Royal Ascot 2021. The Earl looked smart in a morning suit, while his wife wowed in a blouse and a floral A-line skirt for their day out at the races.
A romantic stroll
The Earl and Countess were all smiles as they enjoyed a romantic stroll through a display at the Chelsea Flower Show in September 2021, where Sophie stunned in a white knitted Victoria Beckham dress.
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