Prince Edward County Virginia ties to the royal family

Cheryl E Preston

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Prince Edward Duke of York

During the 1960s several local churches took their congregations to Prince Edward Lake every year for picnics. The locale is now known as Prince Edward Lake and Gooden State Park and Prince Edward County is named for British royalty. There are at least three royals who have shared the name.

Prince Edward County was formed in the Virginia Colony in 1754 from Amelia County. It was named for Prince Edward, Duke of York March 25, 1739 – September 17, 1767)

He was the second son of Frederick, Prince of Wales, and the younger brother of George III of the United Kingdom. The original county seat housed the courthouse and was called Prince Edward Courthouse but was later renamed the village of Worsham.

Prince Edward Duke of Kent and the Duke of Edinburg

There was also Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent 9 November 2, 1767- (January 23, 1820)the fourth son of King George III who was the father of Queen Victoria. The royal currently bearing the name is Prince Edward the former Earl of Wessex and the 4th and youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip. Edward has been given the title of his father the late Prince Phillip and is the new Duke of Edinburgh. His wife Sofie Rhys Jone is now the Duchess of Edinburgh.

The current Prince Edward and his wife met in 1994 and were married on June 19, 1999. They have two children, a daughter. Lady Louise Windsor was born on November 8, 2003, and a son James was born on December 17, 2007. who inherited his father's former title of the Earl of Wessex. Tongues have been wagging because Lady Louise was not automatically given a title as her brother was.

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburg are low-key, do their work in private, and are rarely in the news. While Princess Diana, Sarah Ferguson, Queen Consort Camilla, and Duchess Megan Markle have all been hounded by the press Sophie has not. Prince Edward also escaped scandal and tabloid stories unlike King Charles II, and Prince Andrew.

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