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Prince Edward and Sophie shine in new photo celebrating 25th wedding anniversary

Prince Edward and Sophie shine in new photo celebrating 25th wedding anniversary
Prince Edward and Sophie shine in new photo celebrating 25th wedding anniversary

King Charles’ youngest brother and sister-in-law have become important working members of the royal family



<p>Chris Jelf</p>
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Chris Jelf

Prince Edward and Sophie

Prince Edward and Sophie, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, are celebrating a milestone in their relationship.

The royal couple will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on June 19 and are marking the occasion with the release of a new photo. Prince Edward and Sophie posed for the photo taken by photographer Chris Jelf on June 10 in the gardens of Bagshot Park, the royal residence about 10 miles south of Windsor where they live.

Prince Edward, 60, and Sophie, 59, married in 1999 at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle – the same venue where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as well as Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, exchanged vows in 2018.



<p>Chris Jelf</p>
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Prince Edward and Sophie

The bride wore an ivory silk organza wedding dress by designer Samantha Shaw with a crystal beaded veil. For her tiara, Sophie wore a never-before-seen piece from the Crown Jewel collection, consisting of four detachable diamond anthemions believed to have come from one of Queen Victoria’s famous crowns.

Sophie also accessorized her bridal look with special gifts from the groom that he designed himself: pearl earrings and a matching cross necklace. The royal family regularly reaches for the pieces, including wearing the earrings during the Commonwealth Day service in 2023.

Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Sophie and Prince Edward at their wedding in June 1999Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Sophie and Prince Edward at their wedding in June 1999

Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Sophie and Prince Edward at their wedding in June 1999

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King Charles’ youngest sibling and sister-in-law have become important members of the royal family in recent years. The number of working royals has declined significantly in recent years in the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan stepping back from their royal roles and Prince Andrew’s “step back from public duties” amid his ties to Jeffrey Epstein.

This year, King Charles and Kate Middleton largely stayed out of the public eye due to their cancer treatments. Therefore, other members of the royal family have appeared to represent the monarchy.

Prince Edward and Sophie have recently taken high-profile outings, from viewing a statue of Queen Elizabeth to attending a special parade in honor of the 120e anniversary of a major diplomatic agreement between Britain and France known as the ‘Entente Cordiale’.

Sophie also visited Ukraine in April, the first member of the British royal family to visit the country since the Russian invasion in 2022.

They were also a comforting presence within the family. At Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in 2022, a funeral guest said Sophie was “incredible.”

“I saw her put her arm around three or four people,” attorney Pranav Bhanot told PEOPLE. “I felt like she was really the glue that kept everyone strong today.”



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Sophie and Prince Edward (far right) at Trooping the Color with the Royal Family on June 15, 2024

Related: See Prince Edward and Sophie’s Joint Coat of Arms After Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Crest Caused Controversy

Sophie was also photographed at Trooping the Color on June 15, where she placed a comforting hand on the back of her nephew Prince William. The event celebrating King Charles’ official birthday marked the first time the Prince of Wales’ wife, Princess Kate, has joined the royal family for an outing since Christmas amid her cancer treatment.

On Prince Edward’s 59th birthday in March 2023, King Charles made the couple — previously known as the Earl and Countess of Wessex — the new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh. The titles have extra special and sentimental meaning, as the nicknames previously belonged to Edward’s late parents, Prince Philip (who used the title until he died in 2021) and Queen Elizabeth (who was known as the Duchess of Edinburgh before she became monarch).

The couple, parents of Lady Louise (20) and James (Earl of Wessex, 16), visited Edinburgh for the first time in their new titles shortly after the announcement. Edward called it a “very special and slightly overwhelming day”.



<p>Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty</p>
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Sophie and Prince Edward will visit Garter Day on June 17, 2024

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Prince Edward and Sophie’s anniversary falls during a busy royal week. The couple joined King Charles and other royals for Trooping the Colour on June 15 and again for Garter Day on June 17.

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