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Prince Edward

by David Johnson

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The youngest child and third son of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, Edward Antony Richard Louis was born March 10, 1964. He is the only child of the Queen's not to cause a scandal. After three years in the Royal Marines, Prince Edward left to become a theater producer, eventually forming his own television production company. Patron of a number of musical and theatrical organizations, Edward also performs official duties.

After publicly denying that he is homosexual, Edward married Sophie Rhys-Jones, a public relations executive, in 1999. Upon his marriage, Edward became the Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn. They had a daughter, Louise, in November 2003. He is the seventh in line to the throne.

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