James, Viscount Severn
James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor
17 December 2007
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James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn (born 17 December 2007) is the younger child of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and the youngest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is 15th in line of succession to the British throne.
Birth and baptism
He was baptised on 19 April 2008, in the Private Chapel of Windsor Castle by David Conner, the Dean of Windsor, and his godparents were Alastair Bruce of Crionaich, Duncan Bullivant, Thomas Hill, Denise Poulton and Jeanye Irwin. He wore a newly made replica of the royal christening gown originally used by Victoria, the eldest child of Queen Victoria, in 1840. It has been worn for most royal christenings since then, and the original gown has now been preserved.
In April 2015, James and his sister, Lady Louise, participated in their first overseas engagement by accompanying their parents on a trip to South Africa. In September 2020, James participated in the Great British Beach Clean with his family at Southsea Beach in Hampshire, in support of the Marine Conservation Society.
In March 2022 James attended the memorial service for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. In June 2022 he attended the Platinum Jubilee National Service of Thanksgiving and the Platinum Party at the Palace.
Titles, styles, and honours
Titles and styles
James is styled as Viscount Severn. The title Viscount Severn acknowledges the Welsh roots of his mother's family: the River Severn rises in Wales. Letters patent issued in 1917, and still in force, assign a princely status and the style of Royal Highness to all children of a monarch's sons. However, 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. Thus, court communications refer to him as Viscount Severn. In 2020, the Countess of Wessex stated that James and his sister retained their royal titles and styles and will make a choice on whether to use it when they each turn 18.
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