James, Viscount Severn
James at Trooping the Colour in 2016
17 December 2007 |
Frimley Park Hospital, Frimley, Surrey, England
|Father||Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex|
|Mother||Sophie, Countess of Wessex|
|Religion||Church of England|
James, Viscount Severn (James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor; born 17 December 2007), is the younger child and only son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the youngest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. At birth, he was eighth in line to succeed his grandmother; he is currently tenth.
Lord Severn was born by caesarean section at 16:20 UTC on 17 December 2007, at Frimley Park Hospital. Prince Edward, who was present for the birth of his second child, remarked that the birth was "a lot calmer than last time" (a reference to the emergency delivery of their first child, Lady Louise), that his wife was "doing very well," and that his son was "like most babies, rather small, very cute and very cuddly." The baby and his mother were released from hospital on 20 December, and the following day his names were announced as James Alexander Philip Theo. His sister, Lady Louise Windsor, is four years his senior. The siblings live with their parents at Bagshot Park in Surrey.
James was baptised on 19 April 2008, in the Private Chapel of Windsor Castle by the Dean of Windsor, Bishop David Conner. His christening gown was a newly made replica of the gown originally used by his great-great-great-grand-aunt Victoria, the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria, in 1840. It has been worn for most royal christenings since then, and the original gown has now been preserved. Severn's godparents are Denise Poulton, Jeanye Irwin, Alastair Bruce of Crionaich, Duncan Bullivant, and Tom Hill.
Titles, styles and honours
Titles and styles
Letters patent issued in 1917 (and still remaining in force today) assign a princely status and the style of Royal Highness to all male-line grandchildren of a monarch. Therefore, all else being equal, James would have been styled as His Royal Highness Prince James of Wessex. However, when his parents married, the Queen, via a Buckingham Palace press release, announced that their children would be styled as the children of an earl, rather than as princes or princesses. Thus, as is customary, court communications refer to him as Lord Severn, which is one of his father's subsidiary titles. His full title is James, The Viscount Severn.
His mother descends from King Henry IV of England. James is also distantly related to the family of the Viscounts Molesworth via the descent of his mother's grandmother - Margaret Patricia Molesworth - from Robert Molesworth, 1st Viscount Molesworth.
|Ancestors of James, Viscount Severn|
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- "Announcement of the Arrangement for the Christening of Lord Severn". royal.gov.uk. 15 April 2008. Archived from the original on 20 April 2008.
- "Queen sees grandson's christening". BBC News. 19 April 2008.
- Tominey, Camilla (12 April 2015). "Lady Louise and James accompany mother Sophie on royal mission in South Africa". Daily Express. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
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- Charles Mosley, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 2720.
- Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, volume 2, page 2731.
James, Viscount SevernBorn: 17 December 2007
|Lines of succession|
The Earl of Wessex
|Line of succession to the British throne
Lady Louise Windsor
|Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom|