January 7, 1999 |
Britain's Prince Edward is to marry his longtime girlfriend, Sophie Rhys-Jones, who confessed to being stunned when Queen Elizabeth II's youngest son finally proposed to her. Posing hand-in-hand for photographers, the couple said they plan a low-key family wedding and will both keep working in full-time jobs after they are married.
June 20, 1999 |
Prince Edward wed commoner Sophie Rhys-Jones in the regal grandeur of Windsor Castle's ornate chapel Saturday, determined to avoid his siblings' highly publicized stumbles and make his marriage last. Thousands lined the streets of this small town to celebrate the union of the new Earl of Wessex--the title his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, gave him as a wedding gift--and a radiant Rhys-Jones, hereafter to be known as Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex.
December 22, 1993 |
Following in the footsteps of his sister-in-law Diana, who declared recently that she vants to be alone, Prince Edward and his girlfriend have made a plea to Britain's media: Give us a break! Edward, 29, confirmed in an open letter to British editors that he and Di look-alike Sophie Rhys-Jones, 28, have been dating for three months and desperately want privacy.
June 11, 1999 |
It may be the wedding of the decade, but the forthcoming nuptials between Prince Edward, the queen's youngest son, and Sophie Rhys-Jones, his career-woman fiancee, will be decidedly more modest and modern than those of his brothers. In the 1980s, amid much pomp and splendor, Prince Charles and Diana Spencer were wed in London, in lofty St. Paul's Cathedral, and Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah Ferguson, now divorced, married in the traditional royal house of prayer, Westminster Abbey.
July 9, 2001 |
Buckingham Palace has set out strict guidelines to ensure that royals keep official duties and business careers separate, a palace spokeswoman said. The rules were drawn up after an inquiry into remarks made by Prince Edward's wife, Sophie Rhys-Jones, who told a reporter posing as a sheik that her royal connections were useful in business dealings.
December 7, 2001 |
Prince Edward's wife, Sophie, was airlifted to a hospital Thursday for emergency surgery for an ectopic pregnancy, Britain's Press Assn. news agency said. Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the type of surgery but said the 36-year-old countess of Wessex was recovering. There had been no announcement that she was pregnant. In an ectopic pregnancy, the fetus develops in a fallopian tube. The news agency said the countess was "comfortable" after surgery at King Edward VII Hospital in London.