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Prince Edward's best photos as a young royal – from baby prince to father-of-two

Chart the Duke of Edinburgh's life from when he was a baby to the welcoming of Lady Louise Windsor and James, Earl of Wessex


Prince Edward's best photos as a young royal – from baby prince to father-of-two
Matthew Moore
Online News Writer & Diversity and Inclusion Lead
12 April 2024
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Prince Edward is the youngest son of the late Queen and Prince Philip and while he might not have the highest profile of a senior royal, he has been increasing his presence as he supports his older brother, King Charles, through his cancer diagnosis.

Born on 10 March 1964, Edward hasn't followed the exact same paths as his older royal siblings, forgoing the traditional military service and instead finding a career in the entertainment industry, even founding his own company, Ardent Productions.

In 1999, he walked down the aisle with wife Sophie Rhys-Jones for a love that has proven to last the ages, with the couple even welcoming two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Earl of Wessex.

Relive Edward's life with some of his best photos below…

The Queen holding a baby Prince Edward© Roger Jackson

The Prince's first trip – 1964

Edward was just three months old when this photo was taken of him and his late mother. Queen Elizabeth loved her Sandringham estate and she's seen taking her young son with her for her annual summer break.

The Queen and a young Prince Andrew with a baby Prince Edward© Bettmann

Tiny baby – 1964

Edward looks so tiny here in this photo with his late mother and older brother Prince Andrew! The young tot lies in his cot with his family looking over him and he's totally transfixed on the camera.

The Queen, Princess Anne, Prince Charles, Prince Philip and Prince Andrew looking at a baby Prince Edward in a pram© Keystone

Edward's first birthday – 1965

Edward is significantly younger than his three siblings, being Charles' junior by 15 years. For his first birthday, the family had all gathered around, but a young Andrew seems to be a handful as he's seen trying to kick the youngster's pram.

Prince Edward walking with nanny Mabel Anderson© Evening Standard

First day of school – 1968

Edward started his education in 1968 at Gibbs School in Kensington. The four-year-old royal is seen here with his nanny, Mabel Anderson, as he heads for his first day.

A black-and-white photo of a young Prince Edward with tree branches© Keystone

Young explorer – 1969

It's fitting that Edward is now the Duke of Edinburgh as the royal had exploration in his blood from a young age. In this snap, a five-year-old Edward can be seen playing with tree branches while out in the forest.

A young prince Edward with the Queen Mother, Lady Sarah Chatto and David Armstrong-Jones© Douglas Miller

Family bonds – 1970

Edward was one of the younger members of the royal family during the 1970s, and in this sweet family snap he's seen with his grandmother, The Queen Mother, and his cousins, David Armstrong-Jones and Lady Sarah Chatto.

Mark Phillips and Princess Anne with Prince Edward and Lady Sarah Chatto© Hulton Deutsch

Special role at sister's wedding – 1973

Charles and Princess Anne are significantly older than their youngest brother, and this was strikingly clear on Anne's wedding day. In her official wedding portrait with husband Captain Mark Phillips, a nine-year-old Edward is seen at her new hubby's side. Edward and cousin Lady Sarah would also join the happy couple on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Prince Philip, the Queen, the Queen Mother and Prince Edward at the Braemar Games© Anwar Hussein

Family trips – 1975

One of the late Queen's favourite events was the annual Braemar Games in the Scottish Highlands, and Edward accompanied his mother, father and grandmother to the event in 1975, even wearing a traditional kilt.

Prince Philip and Prince Edward carriage driving© Anwar Hussein

Fatherly bond – 1977

Edward had a close bond with his late father, Prince Philip. In this photo, Edward can be seen joining the Duke of Edinburgh in one of his major passions, carriage driving. Edward's daughter, Lady Louise, would also pick up the hobby.

Princess Diana and Prince Edward in New Zealand© Princess Diana Archive

Gap year – 1983

Before he started at Cambridge University, Edward spent two terms in New Zealand. During his time abroad, he was visited by his brother, Charles and his wife, the late Princess Diana.

A black-and-white photo of Prince Edward playing rugby© Tom Stoddart Archive

A sporting royal – 1983

Edward is just as sporty as the other members of his family, enjoying equestrianism, archery and even windsurfing. In this photo taken during his uni days, he can be seen playing in a rugby match.

Prince Edward kissing the Queen on the cheek© Keystone

A kiss for mummy – 1984

Edward enjoyed a close relationship with his late mother, and as she visited RAF Benson, the prince made sure to give her a kiss on the cheek.

Prince Edward meeting Bucks Fizz© Anwar Hussein

Celeb encounters – 1986

Edward has met a wide range of people during his life, including major celebrities. In this photo, the royal meets pop group Bucks Fizz, who had won the Eurovision Song Contest five years earlier.

Prince Edward in a suit© Ron Galella, Ltd.

Ardent Productions – 1993

In 1993, Edward founded his own productions company. The company focused on producing dramas and documentaries, including one about Edward's great-uncle King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne. Edward stepped down from the company in 2002 to focus on his royal duties.

Prince Edward and Duchess Sophie on their wedding day© Anwar Hussein

Wedding bells – 1999

Edward and Sophie have a fairytale romance and the pair walked down the aisle in June 1999 after their engagement was announced just five months earlier.

Prince Edward carrying a baby Lady Louise Windsor© Getty Images

Royal baby – 2003

Edward and Sophie would become parents for the first time in 2003 when the Countess of Wessex gave birth prematurely to their daughter, Lady Louise Windsor.

Prince Edward in a suit at the Commonwealth Games© Stu Forster

Following in his father's footsteps – 2006

Edward has followed in the footstep of his father for many years, taking over many of his roles as he stepped back from public life. In 2006, Edward became the vice-patron of the Commonwealth Games Foundation. He would later take over the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and eventually gain his father's title.

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex holding a baby James, Viscount Severn© Tim Graham Royal Photos

A second royal baby – 2007

Edward and Sophie became parents for the second time on 17 December 2007 when they welcomed their son James. The youngster was originally stylised as Viscount Severn, but now his father is the Duke of Edinburgh, he is now known as the Earl of Wessex.

Prince Edward in a suit and top hat at a garden party© WPA Pool

The Earl of Forfar – 2019

In March 2019, the late Queen granted Edward the title of the Earl of Forfar, with Edward and Sophie visiting the county town in July.

Prince Andrew and Prince Edward at Prince Philip's funeral© Pool

Philip's death – 2021

On 9 April 2021, Edward lost his father Prince Philip with the late Duke of Edinburgh passing away at the age of 99. Due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions at the time, Philip's funeral was scaled back, and Edward was one of the 30 present for the service.

Prince Edward, Lady Louise Windsor and Duchess Sophie in black© Karwai Tang

Death of the Queen – 2022

Just a year later, Edward's mother passed away at the age of 96. Edward will have found solace in his family, with Lady Louise returning from university to be with her father during the difficult period.

Prince Edward in a suit giving a speech© Pool

A new title – 2023

On his 59th birthday, King Charles bestowed the title of Duke of Edinburgh onto Edward. The title had been promised to the royal, but only after the deaths of his parents.