Prince Edward warmly welcomed in Paderborn

AOn Monday billions of people watched his mother's funeral in London, four days later the grieving youngest son of the queen appeared Elizabeth II very popular in Germany. In Paderborn, East Westphalia, the prince from the English royal family shakes many hands at the barriers and accepts a rose as a sign of sympathy. Dressed all in black, Edward, Count of Wessex, congratulates a newlywed couple on their wedding in front of the Paderborn town hall – with a joyful smile on their faces.

What language was spoken? “English”, says the groom happily and speaks of a very special moment. Before driving to City Hall, where the prince signed the town's Golden Book, Edward had his in East Westphalia stationed regiment, the Royal Wessex Yeomanry. The public was not admitted to the conversation between the honorary colonel and the British soldiers in Paderborn-Sennelager in the morning. His visit was part of the royal mourning for the late Queen.

Otherwise, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II is rarely in the limelight. His eldest brother Charles, as heir to the throne, has been in the spotlight for decades. As the new king, he is likely to receive even more attention. And also about brother Prince Andrew, the black sheep of the family due to allegations of abuse, is much more common in the media. In the corona pandemic, Edward's wife, Countess Sophie, in particular, kept many royal appointments via video switching. She called for more openness about women's problems during menopause or chatted, of course with due restraint, about the grief in the family for Queen's husband Prince Philip. The queen, it was said, was very taken with Sophie.

Scandal-free for many years

But now the Earl of Wessex, as Edward's official title is, has the honor of making the first royal trip abroad since the Queen's death. After the death of his mother, he could have a more important role anyway. Because king Charles III wants to slim down the royal house. As the conservative tabloid “Daily Express” recently reported, seven royals are said to actively represent the monarchy: in addition to the regent and his queen wife Camilla, these are heir to the throne Prince William and his wife Princess Kate and Princess Anne – and Edward and Sophie.

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