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Sophie Wessex romance: How Countess took years to win over Prince Edward

has been a member of the for over 20 years and she is believed to have become one of the Queen’s favourite members of the family. The former PR executive has been happily married to since 1999 and has taken on an increasing number of roles as a working royal since giving up her job ahead of the 2002 Golden Jubilee. But Sophie and Edward did not fall in love at first sight, and it took the couple over six years before getting together, according to French magazine Closer.

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The magazine claims Sophie Rhys-Jones first met the youngest son of the Queen in the 1980s while working as a PR expert at Capital Radio in London.

Prince Edward and Sophie were originally introduced in 1987 by a friend of the now-Countess, whom the prince was dating at the time.

Love sparks did not fly between the two until they met again at a charity gala in London nearly six years later.

Sophie and Edward began dating shortly after their second meeting and would come to announce their engagement in 1999.

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Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward did not experience love at first sight (Image: GETTY)

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Sophie and Prince Edward married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor (Image: GETTY)

The Countess of Wessex has been known to have had a good relationship with the Queen since the beginning of her relationship with Edward.

Sophie was in fact the first girlfriend of a senior royal to be granted permission to stay overnight in the royal apartments at Buckingham Palace before her engagement to Edward. 

The pair tied the knot at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in June 1999 and was granted the title of Earl and Countess of Wessex on the same day of their nuptials.

Edward and Sophie continued to work after their wedding but were forced to give up their roles after a series of embarrassing faux pas.

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Sophie was the first royal girlfriend to be allowed to join the Royal Family on holiday (Image: GETTY)

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Sophie and Edward welcomed two children, Louise and James, since marrying in 1999 (Image: GETTY)

The Earl and Countess have been focussing on the royal duties since the Golden Jubilee.

Since marrying in 1999, Sophie and Edward have welcomed two children, Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn, 12.

The family of four lives at Bagshot Park, a small village in Surrey located approximately 18km south of Windsor.

Edward and Sophie have their official residence and office at Buckingham Palace.

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Sophie has been focussing on her royal work since giving up her PR firm in 2002 (Image: GETTY)

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Sophie and Edward tied the knot 6 years after they first got together (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

With the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in March, and the temporary retirement of Prince Andrew last year, Edward and Sophie are now expected to share a growing burden of duties with Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Princess Anne.

In anticipation of Prince Philip’s retirement in 2017, the Earl of Wessex has taken on the chairmanship of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and has been serving as patron of several charities working in the sport and arts sectors.

Edward also holds several military appointments, including Royal Colonel of 2nd Battalion The Rifles whose members and relatives he regularly meets with.

Sophie has increasingly taken on a supporting role in representing the Queen both in the UK and abroad.

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