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Prince Edward and Countess Sophie of Wessex's royal love story in pictures

Prince William and Duchess Catherine aren't the only rock solid couple within the firm.

By Alex Lilly
When it comes to royal couples, some tend to dominate the headlines - Prince William and Duchess Catherine, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan and even the Queen and Prince Philip to name a few.
But one duo tend to shy away from the limelight and are often forgotten despite being married for 22 years.
Prince Edward and his wife Countess Sophie of Wessex have been married since 1999 and Edward remains the Queen's only child who has not been divorced.
Unlike the rushed arranged marriage of his older brother Prince Charles and his first wife Princess Diana, Prince Edward and Sophie met organically and began dating shortly after a charity event in 1993.
"The failures of the marriages of Edward's beloved sister Anne and then, in rapid and ever more embarrassing succession, Andrew and Charles, made him even more determined to put caution before commitment," royal expert Ingrid Seward says.
Then a public relations executive with her own firm, Sophie Rhys-Jones was 34 when the royal engagement was announced - the same age as her husband-to-be.
Proposing with a stunning diamond ring that featured two heart-shaped gemstones, Edward asked Sophie to be his wife during a Christmas holiday on Windermere Island in the Bahamas and the couple tied the knot less than a year later at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Since marrying, the couple have welcomed two children - their eldest daughter Lady Louise Windsor was born in 2003 and their son James, Viscount Severn in 2007.
Both Edward and Sophie are regulars on the royal engagement calendar and Sophie is meant to be a firm favourite with her mother-in-law thanks to never causing drama, but the couple's love story is something out of a fairytale.
Keep scrolling to see Edward and Sophie's journey from fun-loving boyfriend and girlfriend to the happily married Earl and Countess they are today.

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