Prince Edward was designated the new Duke of Edinburgh on Friday by his elder brother, British King Charles, inheriting the position from their father Prince Philip, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.
Since Charles became monarch in September following the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, Edward, who turns 59 on Friday, is the most recent member of the royal family to receive a new title.
The children of Charles’s second son Harry, who is no longer a working royal, were formally named as prince and princess earlier this week. William, Charles’s oldest son and the heir to the throne, was named Prince of Wales.
Edward now holds the position he previously held in his father’s organizations, including The Duke of Edinburgh Award charity, which inspires young people to take on difficult tasks.
The new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, Edward’s wife Sophie, are “proud to continue Prince Philip’s legacy of encouraging chances for young people of all backgrounds to achieve their full potential,” according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.
From the time of his 1947 marriage to the then-Princess Elizabeth until his passing in 2021, Philip carried the title of Duke of Edinburgh.