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Prince Edward

The Rock HotelPrince Edward

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, is the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Edward has carved out a distinct role within the British Royal Family, focusing on a wide range of public duties and charitable work.

During their most recent visit to Gibraltar from June 7th to 9th, 2022, as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, were warmly welcomed by the Gibraltarian community. He thanked Gibraltar for its “generous hospitality” and “immense welcome”. Their visit was characterized by a series of engagements that allowed them to connect deeply with people across the territory, emphasizing the strong bond between Gibraltar and the United Kingdom. The protocol for all these occasions was strict, but the couple broke it repeatedly much to the delight of those they met. Addressing guests at the lunch on Thursday, the Earl reflected on Gibraltar's "very long and very distinguished history" and the way the Rock had changed since the couple’s last visit in 2012. "Oh my God, what you have achieved in those last 10 years is quite extraordinary," he said, citing changes in the landscape including new education and sporting facilities.

This visit not only highlighted the enduring relationship between Gibraltar and the Royal Family but also underscored Prince Edward's role in fostering ties and promoting unity within the Commonwealth. As he wrapped up his speech, he asked guests to rise and offered a toast to "the health and happiness of the people of Gibraltar”.


Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex meeting the people of Gibraltar.

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex meeting the people of Gibraltar.

Prince Edward thanks Gibraltar for 'immense welcome' during Royal visit

Prince Edward Thanks Gibraltar