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Josefine 05-06-2003 08:21 AM

And the babies just keep comming...

Josefine 05-06-2003 08:24 AM

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Edward and Sophie Wessex have announced that they are expecting their first child in December. The couple, who suffered the trauma of an ectopic pregnancy in 2001, are said to be "thrilled" at the news.

"Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex are very pleased to announce that the Countess is expecting a baby," said a statement from Buckingham Palace. "The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh and members of both families are delighted."

Sophie's spokesperson has also revealed that she a little tired but is "absolutely fine". The announcement comes 18 months after she was rushed to hospital with an ectopic pregnancy. The then 36-year-old had to be airlifted to hospital where she underwent a two-and-a-half hour operation to treat the potentially life-threatening condition, in which the foetus grows outside the womb.

Sophie has been advised by doctors to rest and she will not be undertaking any official engagements for the time being.

fred 05-06-2003 08:38 AM

How nice. After all that happened I'm really glad for them and I hope everything will be fine this time. They deserve it. It's a real joy to have a child.

Teresa 05-06-2003 10:25 AM

This is great news, after what happened before, I hope everything goes well, and that they have an healthy baby :)

sara1981 05-06-2003 08:35 PM

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sara1981 05-06-2003 09:08 PM

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Julia 05-06-2003 11:59 PM

Great news!! Congrats to the parents-to-be!

Josefine 05-07-2003 04:18 PM

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The Countess of Wessex has been keeping a low profile since news of her pregnancy was announced, as she is under doctor's orders to "take it very easy". There has been no disguising her family's excitement, however, as they spoke to journalists about the happy news.

"We're very, very happy," said Sophie's father Christopher Rhys-Jones. "We couldn't be happier it's been a long time coming. All good things come to those who wait."

The Queen herself was said to have urged Sophie to cancel all her public engagements for the time being. The Countess has therefore scrapped a planned trip to the Cayman Islands with Edward, which was scheduled for this weekend.

During a visit to Devon on Tuesday, the Prince was sporting a broad smile. "I am just very sorry my wife can't actually be here," he said. "She has been told that she has got to take it very easy. Those are the doctor's orders and she is not going to disobey." Sophie, 38, suffered an ectopic pregnancy 18 months ago.

Meanwhile, the couple have decided that their new baby will not have a royal title, though he or she will be eighth in line to the throne. Edward and Sophie opted to break with tradition as they want their child to have as normal a life as possible. The baby will have a courtesy title, however. If it is a boy, he will be called Viscount, while a baby girl would be a Lady.

sara1981 05-07-2003 07:14 PM


By Jane Kerr

Pregnant Sophie Calls off her visits

SOPHIE Wessex yesterday quit all officals engagements after annoucing that she is pregnant.

Prince Edward's 38-year-old wife has been told by her doctors to rest before the December birth.

Their advice follows her traumatic ectopic pregnancy that ended in heartbreak 18 month ago.

Edward and Sophie said they were "absol-utely thrilled" at their good news.

And a palace spokesman said: "The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and members of both families are delighted."

The Mirror rev-ealed at the end of March that Sophie was pregnant.

She was so excited she told close friends but refused to make a formal annoucement in case anything went wrong.

Friends strongly denied that she had undergone IVF.

Edward told his Joy as he toured Devon yesterday.

He said Sophie had dropped out on Doctor's orders and that "she is not going to disobey."

Edward added: " I can't tell you much more about it. There's a first time for everything, i suppose.

" I am just very sorry that my wife can't actually be here."

Alexandria 05-08-2003 11:48 PM

A daughter for Sophie would save family name
By Caroline Davies
(Filed: 09/05/2003)

Prince Philip's deep-rooted desire for his descendants to bear his family name may at last be realised - with the birth of a daughter to the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

While the Earl's first-born son will have no surname because he will be titled Viscount Severn, a daughter will hold the title of Lady and the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.

The birth of a daughter to the Countess, who is expecting her first child in December, will present the first opportunity for a royal child to bear the surname since the Queen proclaimed, more than 40 years ago, her desire for her husband's name to be passed down.

The Mountbatten-Windsor name will be possible because of the Earl and Countess's declared intention that their children should not take the "HRH" style they are entitled to. This was announced at their wedding four years ago but, as yet, there has been no formal Royal Warrant stipulating that their children will forgo the royal style.

It is expected that the Queen will sign a Royal Warrant expressing her will around the time of the birth of the child, who will be eighth in line to the throne.

The Earl and Countess's decision is a tribute to the 82-year-old Prince, who is close to the couple. The Earl is expected to inherit the title Duke of Edinburgh, and has been continuing his father's work with the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

The only other occasion on which the name Mountbatten-Windsor has been used in any official capacity was when Princess Anne married her first husband Capt Mark Phillips in 1973. She requested that the Queen allow her to put her name on the register as Mountbatten-Windsor. It was a gesture the Queen was delighted to approve.

It is a matter of great importance to Prince Philip that his name is passed on. He was born Prince Philip of Greece, but in a move designed by his ambitious uncle Lord Mountbatten to endear him to the British nation, the Prince adopted the appellation Mountbatten on his naturalisation shortly before his engagement to Princess Elizabeth. Mountbatten was, itself, an anglicised version of his mother's Battenberg family name.

But when his wife took the throne, the question of what the Royal Family and its descendants should be called taxed the finest brains in Britain.

The Queen was a Windsor, which itself was adopted by the British Royal Family by proclamation of King George V in 1917, replacing the German name House of Saxe-Coburg Gotha.

Prince Philip was prevented from passing on his name after Winston Churchill's cabinet put pressure on the Queen following speculation that their first-born, Prince Charles, would become the first King in the House of Mountbatten.

The Queen, who sympathised with her husband's desire to pass on the name of Mountbatten, found herself caught in the crossfire, and was eventually persuaded to give her formal approval to a proclamation in April 1952, that she and her descendants "should continue to bear the family name of Windsor".

Prince Philip, angered by the government's decision, complained to friends: "I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his children".

In 1960, with the birth of her third child, Prince Andrew, imminent, the Queen told a meeting of the Privy Council that she had decided that her descendants, other than her children, those entitled to use the style of "Royal Highness" and the title of Prince and Princes and the descendants of females who marry, would bear the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.

Alexandria 05-11-2003 01:20 AM

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In honour and celebration of the impending stork visit to the Earl and Countess of Wessex, I thought I would post some pictures of this lovely couple.

Sources: Rex Features

thissal 05-11-2003 01:25 AM

Nice pictures, thanks. I wonder what the estate looks like that the Queen gave them for a wedding gift? Is it big enough for a child? :rolleyes:

Alexandria 05-11-2003 01:31 AM

1 Attachment(s) - Putting on a brave face. Edward and Sophie leaving the hospital after Sophie's ectopic pregnancy. Glad that happier times are now on the horizon!

Alexandria 05-11-2003 01:38 AM

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To answer your question, I think the royal residence Bagshot Park the Queen gave the Earl and Countess of Wessex will be more ;) than enough for the couple and their new baby! Have a look! - Bagshot Park, Surrey

Alexandria 05-11-2003 01:41 AM

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Sources: Corbis, Rex Features, IBL

Alexandria 05-11-2003 02:06 AM

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Sources: IBL, Corbis, Rex Features

Teresa 05-11-2003 03:34 PM

Lovely pictures Alexandria, some of them are new to me, thanks. :flower:

Yuna 05-12-2003 12:20 AM

She look like Diana lol

Alexandria 05-12-2003 10:35 AM


Alexandria 05-12-2003 01:42 PM


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