Sophie Wessex could get new title previously held by Queen Elizabeth as Prince Edward may take Prince Philip's Edinburgh dukedom

Sophie Wessex could be getting a new royal title

Sophie Wessex
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Sophie Wessex could get a new royal title which was once held by the late Queen Elizabeth, as her husband Prince Edward may take on his father's title of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Sophie Wessex could become the Duchess of Edinburgh if Prince Edward takes on Prince Philip's title of the Duke of Edinburgh. This new title for Sophie was the same courtesy title which was held by the Queen from her wedding in 1947 until her accession to be Queen in 1952. 

King Charles plans to have a 'slimmed down monarchy' during his reign. Prince William and Kate have already received their new titles as the Prince and Princess of Wales, but the new monarch is expected to hand out more titles as he works on modernising the Royal Family and it has been suggested Prince Edward could receive his late father Prince Philip's title as the Duke of Edinburgh. 

It's understood that King Charles III is determined to scale back his highly-anticipated crowning, which will take place at Westminster Abbey sometime next year, in light of the cost-of-living crisis facing millions of people in the UK. 

"The King is very aware of the struggles felt by modern Britons so will see his wishes carried through that although his coronation ceremony should stay right and true to the long-held traditions of the past, it should also be representative of a monarchy in a modern world," a source told The Daily Mirror.

The date of King Charles III's coronation ceremony has yet to be announced, but it's expected to go ahead in 2023. The new monarch's crowning usually takes place within 12 months of their ascension to the throne, meaning we could be looking at a spring or summer ceremony for the eldest of the Queen's children.  

Charles' coronation "will be shorter, sooner, smaller, less expensive and more representative of different community groups and faiths," a source has since told The Telegraph. Charles is also apparently hoping to streamline the Royal Family once he is crowned, having "long been an advocate" of a "slimmed down monarchy." 

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