Count de Wessex
The title of count de Wessex was created twice in the British history. The first time for the Anglo-Saxon period former to the Conquest Norman, and once in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.
The area of the Wessex (English: West Saxon , Saxon of the west), in the south and the south-west of England, was one of the seven Anglo-Saxon major kingdoms (Heptarchie) which preceded the unification by the Royaume of England. When the unification was accomplished under Alfred Large the, King of Wessex, the title had a great importance.
The first creation (towards 1019)
The county of Wessex was conferred on Godwin by the king Knut Large the. The county was up to that point a personal property of the king. It passed then to the son of Godwin, which became later the king Harold II. He died in the Bataille of Hastings in 1066.
- 1053 - 1066 : Harold Godwinson (vers1022 - 1066), Count d' Est-Anglie and of Hereford. Wire of the precedent. The throne under the name of Harold II in 1066.
The second creation (1999)
In 1999, the prince the Edouard, youngest wire of the queen Elisabeth II of England, married Sophie Rhys-Jones. The young people wire of the monarch generally receive a title of duke at the time of their marriage, and the experts had forecast the old titles of Duc of Cambridge and Sussex like most probable for Edouard. But this one maintains the close links with the theatrical scene, and the current policy of the royal family is to reduce their size. Moreover Edouard only 7th in the Order of succession for the British throne is. The title of count de Wessex was then recreated, although Wessex does not have any more any legal statute since centuries. With the advertisement of the creation of the title, the palate specified that the count would receive the title of Duc of Edinburgh after the death of his father, the prince Philippe, duke of Edinburgh, and of his/her mother, the Queen Elizabeth II.
The count holds the subsidiary title of Severn Viscount, usable like titrates courtesy by his oldest son.
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