It could be thought-about a last, poignant nod to the daughter-in-law who referred to as her “Mama”.
Queen Elizabeth II’s title of the Duchess of Edinburgh will cross to the Countess of Wessex if, as anticipated, Prince Edward succeeds his father because the Duke of Edinburgh.
Such a transfer would elevate the standing of the Countess at a time when her position turns into notably extra vital – one among only a handful of working royals within the new, slimmed-down monarchy.
The choice rests within the fingers of the King, who has held the title ever since his father’s loss of life.
Nonetheless, the late Prince Philip had made his needs clear: when the time comes, his youngest son ought to be given the title. Prince Charles was stated to agree and the deal was all however rubber-stamped.
Final 12 months, following the Duke’s loss of life, hypothesis swirled that Charles had had a change of coronary heart.
One supply instructed the Sunday Instances: “The Prince is the Duke of Edinburgh because it stands, and it’s as much as him what occurs to the title. It is not going to go to Edward.”
Even the Earl, the one one of many late Queen’s three sons who doesn’t have a Dukedom, seemed to be having doubts, telling the BBC in an interview: “It was high-quality in concept, ages in the past when it was form of a pipe dream of my father’s… and naturally it can depend upon whether or not or not the Prince of Wales, when he turns into king, whether or not he’ll do this, so we’ll wait and see. So sure, it is going to be fairly a problem taking that on.”
However specialists imagine it possible that the title will finally be handed to the Earl, who has already taken on the obligations related along with his father’s massively profitable Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
To take action, a brand new dukedom of Edinburgh must be created by letters patent however such a transfer isn’t unprecedented. The gesture would supply a becoming hyperlink between the late Queen and her daughter-in-law.
Their relationship could have blossomed behind closed doorways however few this week can have been left in any doubt concerning the shut bond between the 2.
The depth of the Countess’s grief has been plain to see; as she crouched, ashen confronted and red-eyed, to view flowers at Balmoral on Saturday and when she gazed from the automobile window, misplaced in thought, throughout the procession from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles’ Cathedral on Monday.
Queen handled Sophie ‘like a second daughter’
When the devastated Princess Royal dropped to a deep curtsy because the late Queen’s coffin was carried previous her into the cathedral, it was the Countess whose arm was outstretched in assist. That temporary human contact stated greater than a thousand phrases.
Sophie, 57, had grown so near the late Queen that she is claimed to have been handled like a “second daughter”.
It was when she misplaced her personal mom, Mary Rhys-Jones, to abdomen most cancers in 2005 on the age of simply 71, that their relationship flourished, because the Queen supplied a lot wanted assist and solace.
The Wessex household residence, Bagshot Park, is just some miles from Windsor Fortress, enabling the entire clan to spend many treasured hours within the firm of the Queen and Prince Philip.
Sophie and the late Queen are stated to have shared a love of army historical past and loved poring over paperwork within the Royal Archives at Windsor.
When her busy diary didn’t enable her to go to in particular person, she made positive to contact the Queen by phone day by day.