The Earl and Countess of Wessex – Prince Edward born in 1964, was created The Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn on his marriage in 1999. At the same time it was announced that His Royal Highness will be given the title Duke of Edinburgh in due course, when the present title now held by Prince Philip eventually reverts to the Crown. The Earl of Wessex has a busy programme. As well as duties in support of The Queen, the Earl plays an active role in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the programme for young people set up by his father in the 1950s. He also works on behalf of a number of charities and organisations, particularly those connected with the arts, sport and young people. The Countess of Wessex was born Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1965 in Oxford. After working in public relations for over a decade, in 1999 Miss Rhys-Jones married The Earl of Wessex in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. As The Countess of Wessex, she acts in support of her husband in his roles, and undertakes public duties for a large number of her own charities. She is particularly involved with charities relating to children, disabilities and communication problems.