James, Earl of Wessex facts: Royal's age, parents, titles and more revealed

3 May 2023, 16:11 | Updated: 6 May 2023, 13:47

James in 2020
James in 2020. Picture: Getty

James, the Earl of Wessex, was the youngest of Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren.

The son of Prince Edward and the Duchess of Edinburgh, James is 14th in line to the British throne.

Here are all the main facts about the young member of the Royal Family:

  1. How old is James?

    Earl & Countess of Wessex With Their Baby Son in 2007
    Earl & Countess of Wessex With Their Baby Son in 2007. Picture: Getty

    Viscount Severn was born on December 17, 2007, at Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley, Surrey.

    He celebrated his 15th birthday in 2022.

    His full name is James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn.

  2. What are his titles and what does Viscount Severn mean?

    The Wessex family in 2020
    The Wessex family in 2020. Picture: Getty

    James was previously styled as Viscount Severn.

    The title Viscount Severn acknowledges the Welsh roots of his mother's family: the River Severn in Wales.

    When his parents married, Buckingham Palace announced that their children would be styled as the children of an earl, rather than as prince or princess.

    In 2020, the Countess of Wessex and Forfar stated that James and his sister Louise retained their royal titles and styles, and will make a choice on whether to use them when they each turn 18.

    When his father was made the Duke of Edinburgh, James was in turn made the Earl of Wessex.