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Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex's best family photos through the years

The Queen's youngest son and his family are so close.

By Alex Lilly
As a mother of four and grandmother of eight, the Queen is very much the matriarch of the British royal family.
However, her youngest son Prince Edward and wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex usually keep themselves and their two children out of the spotlight.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex are proud parents to Lady Louise Windsor, born in 2003 and James, Viscount Severn, born in 2007 making them the Queen and Prince Philip's youngest grandchildren.
Though the family of four reside at Bagshot Park, a 17th-century estate near Windsor and have been taking on more royal duties since Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex stepped back, they're not exactly high-profile.
Neither Louise nor James have royal titles bestowed on them, a decision the Queen approved, and both live generally normal lives. In fact, Lady Louise wasn't even aware that her grandmother was the most famous woman in Britain for years.
"Well, for Louise, actually, it was much more of a shock to the system," Sophie told the BBC in 2016.
"It was only when she was coming home from school and saying, 'Mummy, people keep on telling me that grandma is the queen.' And I asked her, 'Yes, how does that make you feel?' And she said, 'I don't understand.'"
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When Lady Louise turned 18 she had a big decision to make; would she adopt a formal HRH title and take on more royal duties, or continue her low-key life out of the spotlight?
It seems that her parents knew best when they chose not to give her that HRH title years ago, as she opted to carry on without it when her 18th birthday arrived.
It's expected that younger brother James will do the same when he comes of age, and their parents will no doubt stand by his decision too.
In honour of the royal family's more private members, we thought we'd take a look at their best family snaps over the years.
Keep scrolling to see the Wessex family photo album!

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