The Earl and Countess of Wessex's recent engagement sparks rumors about new royal titles for the couple

The Earl and Countess of Wessex's recent engagement in Scotland has led to some speculation about a possible change for the couple

Earl and Countess of Wessex's recent engagement
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The Earl and Countess of Wessex's recent engagement in Forfar has led to rumors about a potential change in royal title for the senior members of the Royal Family.


The Earl and Countess of Wessex - who have also been known as the Earl and Countess of Forfar since 2019 when the late Queen bestowed the couple with the additional titles - make frequent visits to Forfar and were photographed there this week.

The appearance in the Scottish town was posted on the Royal Family's social media pages. This led to many fans talking about the couple's connection to Scotland, and the possibility of them taking on a new senior title in the Royal Family that is no longer in use.

On Instagram, one fan commented, "Love the Earl and Countess of Wessex. They are wonderful working royals and I hope Prince Edward becomes the next Duke of Edinburgh."

"Time to make them the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh," said another. Yet another commenter added, "The new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh that's what they should have been by now...."

One fan even questioned if the royal couple was already holding this title, "I thought they were the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh now?"

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It has been reported that King Charles plans to have a 'slimmed down monarchy' during his reign, and is keen to not have excessive numbers of working royals relying on taxpayer money.

However, it has also been rumored that Sophie Wessex could get a new title previously held by Queen Elizabeth as the Earl and Countess would take over as the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh. The rumors about the couple taking over this role have now increased since the passing of the Queen who held the Duchess of Edinburgh title, but didn't use it.

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While in Scotland for this engagement, Sophie Wessex looked glam in a sophisticated cream coat and dainty gold necklace. The Countess began the day at Forfar Early Learning Centre, which is a new purpose-built early learning and childcare center in Angus. After a tour of the center and its modern equipment specialized for childcare, the Countess then officially opened the center by unveiling a plaque.

While the Countess opened a childcare center, the Earl had a very different start to the day as he visited Scotland's first vodka-dedicated distillery, Oglivy Distillery. Prince Edward toured the farm to view where the potatoes for the vodka are grown and have been farmed by the same family for more than 100 years.

The royal couple then joined forces as they met at Lowson Memorial Church, where the couple joined a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. After the service, the couple then met some of the 200 members of the congregation.

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