James, Viscount Severn was born James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor and is the youngest grandchild of the Queen and Prince Philip. He is currently 12th in line to the throne, ahead of his older sister, despite the laws of primogeniture changing in 2013 meaning older sisters no longer fall behind younger brothers in the line of succession.
What does Viscount Severn mean?
The title of Viscount Severn is derived from the Welsh roots of his mother, Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Severn is a river, which runs through Wales.
A viscount is the fourth rank in the British peerage system, standing below an earl and above a baron.
Viscount Severn is the youngest grandchild of Elizabeth II
James is fully styled as The Right Honourable Viscount Severn
Typically, the title of Viscount may be either a place name, a surname or a combination of both.
James is fully styled as The Right Honourable Viscount Severn, and is more commonly referred to as a Lord, like his sister who is known as Lady Louise.
This decision is generally made to avoid the burden of royal titles, similar to what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did with their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor, who is also not a prince.
The couple decided, with the approval of the Queen, that their children would not use HRH titles, and was announced shortly after the birth of James’ older sister, Louise.
The family live at Bagshot Park in Surrey
Instead, he would be given the courtesy titles given to children of an Earl.
Therefore Louise was given the title of Lady, while James was given the Viscount title.
The Prince is apparently close with his grandmother the Queen, and he is her youngest grandchild.
One insider told The Sun: “The Queen loves the fact that Louise and James relish their time at Balmoral, and she has become particularly close to Louise, who seems to have become her favourite grandchild, closely followed by James.”
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They met again at a charity event in 1993 and began dating not long after.
The pair dated for several years and announced their engagement in January 1999.
The wedding took place in June of the same year at St George’s Chapel and the couple moved to Bagshot Park in Surrey, where they still live with their two children.
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Prince Charles is the only member of the UK’s Royal Family to test positive for COVID-19 so far, but he continued to work while experiencing « mild » symptoms.
The Prince was « up and about » despite his diagnosis, and conducted his work via phone and email.
He remained in isolation for one week as the Government advises, at his home in Birkhall, the Scottish Highlands.
Charles emerged earlier this week and urged the rest of the country to remain resolute in the face of the disease.
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