Royals: Sophie Wessex plants a rose for Prince Philip
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex is expected to attend the second day of Beating Retreat, an annual event of military and musical spectacle, on Wednesday. Running from Tuesday, July 5th – Thursday, July 7th, the event will take place on Horse Guards Parade and will feature a colourful pageant of military music and precision drill, carried out by the Mounted Bands of the Household Cavalry and the Massed Bands of the Household Division. A salute is then taken by the Royal Family .
Sophie is known to be interested in military history and holds multiple honorary appointments in the UK and Canada . Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward , and upon the day of their marriage, the pair became the Earl and Countess of Wessex, a move that strayed from royal protocol.
However, Sophie had originally had another title in mind.
The Queen refused Sophie’s request to be known as princess. (Image: Getty Images)
Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward got married in 1999. (Image: Getty Images)
Writing in Vanity Fair, royal commentator Katie Nicholl claimed: "The Countess of Wessex had wanted to be known as Princess Sophie, but the Queen would not allow it." Princess Charlotte , Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice — as daughters of the Queen's children and grandchildren, they are all directly descended from the Royal Family.
The Queen and Sophie share a close relationship despite the snub. (Image: Getty Images)
Similarly, she could use the title of Princess Edward of Wessex, much like Princess Michael of Kent, but could not use her own first name as it would suggest she was born a royal. Prince William .
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"It will, no doubt, rattle some cages within the royal hierarchy." Royal Wedding .
Kate and William got married in 2011. (Image: Getty Images)
William and Kate continue to be known as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. (Image: Getty Images)
However, the name 'Kate' has stuck rather than Catherine, and the royal is still known as a Duchess rather than a Princess, meaning that she is most commonly referred to as Kate, Duchess of Cambridge . Diana, Princess of Wales . Prince Charles , the Prince of Wales.
Diana and Charles married in 1981 but divorced in 1996. (Image: Getty Images)
In 2005, when Charles married his long-term girlfriend Camilla Parker Bowles , the title of Princess of Wales was technically transferred to the new royal wife.
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