Prince Edward seemed in high spirits when he visited a service at Castle Rising Church in Norfolk today.
The Duke of Edinburgh was all smiles as he was photographed enjoying a walk around the historic building’s picturesque grounds during the tour.
Father-of-two Edward looked dapper bundled up in a gray tweed coat against the gloomy January weather.
Underneath his coat, he put on what appeared to be a dark gray two-piece suit, paired with a crisp white shirt.
The 59-year-old accessorized his Sunday outfit with black patent leather Oxfords and a striped tie in royal blue, yellow, navy blue and green.
Prince Edward, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh (pictured today in Norfolk church) is the King’s younger brother.
Today’s outing (pictured) appeared to be a happy one, and the guests seemed to smile as they talked among themselves.
Edward did not appear to photograph his wife Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh, 58.
The couple’s children also did not appear in any of the images.
The couple, who married in 1999, share two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Earl of Wessex.
Lady Louise, who turned 20 last November, is a student at the University of St Andrew, where she studies English.
While she has been making some public appearances recently, she has generally been sheltered from public life.
Sophie and James’ parents chose not to have the children have princess and prince titles when they were young so that they could have as normal an upbringing as possible and decide when they were older how much they wanted to be involved in public life.
The couple’s youngest son, James, was previously known as Viscount Severn, but inherited his father’s subsidiary title when his parents were promoted to Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh in March 2023, and is now known as the Earl of Wessex. .
Like his sister, in recent times James has been seen by the public at important royal events, however, for many, little is known about the 16-year-old, who lives in Bagshot Park, a 17th-century estate near Windsor. with his parents.
Edward appeared to smile at the snappers while attending today’s service. He did not appear to be accompanied by his family.
While Sophie may not be the most prolific royal, she was a favorite of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
The young woman had a difficult start in life: she was prematurely admitted to Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, England, on November 8.
Doctors realized she needed an emergency C-section. She showed signs of acute placental abruption, in which the lining separates from the uterus.
The moment Louise was born, weighing just 4lb 9oz, she was rushed to St George’s Hospital in Tooting for special care.
According to the Mail On Sunday in 2014, Sophie had lost so much blood that she was just 15 minutes away from dying.
The royal was pictured chatting with other parishioners at the Sunday service at Castle Rising Church today (pictured)
Louise was born with esotropia, a condition that causes the eyes to turn outward, and faced difficulties with her vision while growing up.
She underwent her first eye procedure at just 18 months old, but the procedure was unsuccessful and Lady Louise had to undergo a second attempt in 2014. This time the surgeons succeeded.
Louise was baptized in the private chapel at Windsor with her godparents, including Lady Sarah Chatto and Lord Ivar Mountbatten.
She brought a great sense of personal pride to Prince Philip when she became the first royal to officially carry the surname Mountbatten-Windsor, allowing Philip’s surname, Mountbatten, to continue into the future of the royal family.
A former assistant said Philip would be “delighted” that, 55 years after the birth of his first child, a member of the Firm was finally carrying on the Mountbatten line.
Both Prince Edward (pictured) and his wife Sophie wanted their two children to enjoy as normal a life as possible.
Little is known about James. Fifteenth in line to the throne and the youngest grandson of the late Queen Elizabeth II, he was born James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor in Surrey on December 17, 2007.
When he was born, James (whom his father described as “very pretty and very gentle”) was eighth in line to the throne, ahead of his older sister, Lady Louise Windsor.
Since then, the introduction of the Crown Succession Act means that sons no longer surpass sisters when it comes to the order of succession.
The Law was approved in 2013 and only applies to those born after October 28, 2011.
James, who was reportedly one of the Queen’s favorite grandchildren, was baptized in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle in April 2008.